Dallas plastic surgeon, Dr. Steven J. White, is an acclaimed specialist in body contouring and fat removal. An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, uses a variety of advanced cosmetic procedure techniques to remove excess skin and fat deposits from the upper arm, leading to a restored, youthful and fit look. Excess skin in the arms typically develops naturally in the aging process or as a result from massive weight loss. In order to lift the arm, an incision is typically made from under the elbow along the inner arm to the upper arm. Dr. White may use a combination of techniques for greater success. For example, liposuction may be used alone or in partnership with an arm lift.
The best candidates for an arm lift procedure are men or women who have loose and hanging skin from the underside of the upper arm. This skin keeps these individuals from wearing short sleeves or fitting clothing. Patients must be at or near their goal weight, and their weight loss should be stabilized. This surgery is not reserved for weight loss patients alone. Aging and gravity can also have a negative effect on the arms. Patients who are in good health and wish to have their arms toned and tightened may also consider this procedure.
"For years I had struggled with getting rid of my belly and constantly felt defeated. I am 30 years old and for the most part am very active. I worked out six days a week and tried ever diet out there .I still could not get the results I wanted. I finally decided in May of this year to make a consultation .I choose Dr. White because he performed liposuction and breast augmentation on my mother 15 years ago and did an amazing job. Therefor I went in met with Dr.White and literally 2 hours later scheduled my operation for liposuction of the stomach and arms for six months later. I walked out of his office feeling so ensured and excited for what was to come. I am not going to lie I was very skeptical for 2 reasons. One I had never had surgery and the second did not know what to expect. Nevertheless surgery day came and I could not have felt more excited. From the hospital staff to Dr. White I had never felt more comfortable and assured. Dr.White literally walks you through ever step and takes such pride in his work. The surgery went amazing there was literally no pain at all and 3 weeks out of my surgery I was in a bodysuit for Halloween. It’s been two months since my surgery and I cannot explain how happy I am with my results. My friends ask me if I would do it again and the answer is YES!!!!!!"- C.B. / Google / Dec 12, 2018
"Dr White is the best surgeon by far. He really cares about his patients and is truly an artist. He took the time to answer my questions and gave a very lengthy consultation where he went through the pros and cons of surgery. I was extremely worried to get surgery. I didn't know what to expect but Dr White helped me feel comfortable with the whole process. I had little to no pain after surgery and was off pain medication within one day. I also had NO bruising and NO discharge. I was so surprised after the surgery at how easy the recovery was. After the surgery Dr White has seen me with no additional charge to ensure that I am healing correctly. I would recommend him 100% to anyone who is thinking about plastic surgery. I already told my family if they are thinking of getting any surgery they HAVE to use him. Thank you so much Dr white for the amazing results. I couldn't be happier!"- S. / Healthgrades / Jan 10, 2020
"I've have nothing but great to say about Dr. White & his staff! I've been wanting BA since my breast were deflated after having kids & nursing for years. DFW area has so many doctors to research on. I looked through tons of reviews & before/after photos. His portfolio was the only one that I loved every single result. Most people would go with the most advertised or special discounts. I was lucky to have found Dr. White. Even though he didn't have any discounts or on social media, he had outstanding credentials! If you really think about it, if you're a good doctor you don't have to spend so much time on social media or give deep discounts. Originally, I thought I had amount of CCs in mind, but you really have to trust him. He truly cares about his patients & knows what's best for you. I saw him before, during, & after surgery. I didn't feel uncared for. He didn't operate & just left me. If I had any concerns, him & his staff were quickly to help. I couldn't be happier with my results!"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Jan 09, 2020
"After speaking to Dr. White and Jazmin at the consult, it was a no-brainer whom I would trust to be my surgeon - I have never been one to have the most confidence, especially when it came to my breasts. As I got older, my breasts continued to get smaller and smaller. Last year I began researching surgeons in DFW. For me, how a website is designed and the reviews of that surgeon speak volumes. Dr. White’s stood out to me and once I was ready to afford the procedure, I set up a consult. After speaking to Dr. White and Jazmin at the consult, it was a no-brainer whom I would trust to be my surgeon. Leading up to the surgery I was getting very anxious and nervous, as I have never gone under before. At my pre-op appointment, Melanie thoroughly went through what to expect and answered every question I had. Now I’m almost three months post-op and could not be happier with the results. My breasts are exactly what I was hoping for and have boosted my confidence. There really is no better choice than Dr. White and his staff!!"- V. / RealSelf / Dec 17, 2019
"Absolutely hands down the best doctor I have met. The process was flawless. I was educated every step of the way. By the time the surgery came I knew exactly what to expect as far as procedure, recovery, medications and continued service. I was absolutely impressed that this would be at a hospital and I would spend two days under supervision of Dr. White and nurses. The experience at the hospital was 5 stars alone. Loved my nurses!I have gone through this procedure before with another surgeon and it was nothing like this. Lack of knowledge and research on my part led to poor results 15 years ago. I never imagined anyone could fix my previous results. Dr. White gave me hope and he surpassed my expectations. Its not a quick process on his end, there are steps I am taking to have the best outcome. Its working!My recovery has been a piece of cake. I personally experienced minimal pain. I still can not believe how easy it was for me to be up and moving around with in days.Dr. White welcomes me into his office with the biggest smile and genuinely seems happy to see my progress. That made it well worth the 15 year wait for the right surgeon.My husband, who did not want me to have a second surgery was truly amazed by the work Dr. White did for me. He couldn’t believe that I had no bruising and he was happy with the results. He asked several questions at each of my appointments and Dr. White was eager to answer. We never felt rushed to leave.If your looking for a OUTSTANDING Cosmetic Surgeon then start here. Your in the best hands! Your health should be trusted by someone who cares about your results. He takes pride in what he does and that certainly showed.Thank you so much to Dr. White and his amazing staff. Each of you are equally amazing. We appreciate all that you have done for me."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Nov 07, 2019
What to Expect
The goal of a brachioplasty procedure is to result in a toned upper arm appearance. Our talented surgeon will evaluate the skin quality and looseness and determine how much fat, tissue and skin should be removed to attain the results the patient desires. The length of the incision made during surgery will vary; patients who have healthy skin tone may only require a minor incision. Massive weight loss patients that present with excessively loose and hanging skin will require a more extensive approach. During surgery, the excess skin is trimmed and removed, and the underlying muscles are tightened. An armpit lift is sometimes incorporated during this procedure for patients who have additional skin and fat deposits within the armpit.
Swelling is expected after brachioplasty surgery although this varies between patients. The swelling starts to resolve during the first 1-2 weeks after surgery. A compression garment or sleeve will usually be needed to control this swelling and help keep the skin and tissue firmly protected. Most patients can resume modest arm activity in 3-4 weeks, with a complete recovery occurring in about 4-6 weeks. While scarring is unfortunately a part of this procedure, the incision resides under the arm so that it is not as noticeable. Our doctor will provide a scar treatment plan so that the incision heals in a healthy and quick manner.
Get Toned Arms Today!
If you are in the process of completing your weight loss journey, or if aging and gravity has caused loose skin to hang from your arms, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our talented staff today. As a body contouring board-certified plastic surgeon, our doctor creates tighter, youthful looking arms with lasting results.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
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