What is Arm Lift Surgery?
A frustrating side effect of weight loss and aging is the development of loose skin. At J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills, we offer arm lift surgery (also called brachioplasty) as a treatment for people who can't tighten or tone their arms with diet and exercise alone. Hanging skin on the upper arm is very common, especially for extreme weight loss patients. An upper arm lift removes this unwanted skin, sometimes known as "bat wings," and is often included in upper body lift surgery. Dr. Timothy Katzen is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, CA who is world-renowned for his innovative skin removal techniques, especially those for post-weight loss patients. If you would like to learn more about how brachioplasty can enhance the contour of your arms, please contact us for a consultation.
Arm Lift Reviews
""Life is a journey that most of all take for granted until a life-altering experience comes into our lives. I had to make a choice and have bariatric surgery on my 40th birthday in 2004, not only for my health - I wanted the next half of my life to be a better one. Although gastric bypass was not an easy decision or road to take, losing 240 pounds isn't a journey to take lightly (sorry the pun). With the help of Dr. Katzen, the step to have the circumfrential body lift in July 2006, a medial thigh-lift, bilateral arm lift & a male chest reduction in 2007 was something I had to do to make me more complete as a person. There has been a few bumps in the surgical highway, but it has changed my life for the better. I've learned that in life's journey, the decision begins with me. And with Dr. Katzen on my side - his high standards & expertise has made this journey a better one. So ... thank you so, so much in making my dreams come true and believing in me. I owe you, Dr. Katzen ~ my life!""- M.S. / Yelp / Aug 24, 2010
"After losing 219 lbs I decided I had no choice but to get reconstructive surgery. I looked at 3 plastic surgeons before I chose Dr Katzen. I went to 2 of his seminars and meet many of his patients. He is very knowledgable and caring. When I had a consult with him he made me feel very comfortable and he is very confident in his work. I had a lower body lift and thigh lipo on June 5th and on Aug 28th I had a mons lift and a thigh lift. All my reconstructive surgery turned out excellent, especially my flat stomach. Never in my life have I had a flat stomach. I walk around trying to show family and friends my new stomach. I love my new belly button...I have some friends and work acquaintances that want to meet him for consultation after seeing the work he did on me. I healed great and had no complications.I I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Dr Katzen. I will be having my a BL/BA and arm lift next year with Dr Katzen. He is a Miracle Worker."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Apr 03, 2015
"Having lost over 250 lbs, I was left with an excessive amount of loose skin that required a great deal of reconstructive surgery. After consulting with 6 different cosmetic surgeons, I chose Dr. Katzen to perform my circumferential body lift and medial thigh lift, and I'm beyond thrilled with the results! So thrilled, I've already scheduled my brachioplasty and breast lift with implants. Dr. Katzen is not only an amazing surgeon who genuinely cares about the well-being of his patients, he's a true artist, as reflected in the before and after pictures which show his outstanding work. The care and compassion exhibited by Dr. Katzen and his entire staff is second to none and I can't recommend them enough."- M.B. / Google / Jun 23, 2018
"In April, 2004 I had WLS by Dr. Tanaka. My life changed dramatically as I went from 352 lbs. down to 190 within 1 ½ years. I was a changed woman … free from the bondage of bad food habits and free to be physically fit without the restrictions of my own body.I attended an Obesity Help conference in Orange County in 2005 in order to learn more about reconstructing my body. How exciting and rewarding it was to hear Dr. Katzen speak to not only my needs, but to my heart as well. My husband and I both felt as we heard Dr. Katzen that he understood the issues of patients concerning cosmetic surgery after WLS surgery. During this past year I have had the following procedures: circumferential body lift, inner thigh lift, breast and arm lift, eye-lid lift.As I read over the testimonials of other of Dr. Katzen’s patients they all seem the same… he is caring, knowledgeable, patient, kind, etc. etc. etc. But guess what? He REALLY is all of these things and much, much more! Added to all of his strengths as my surgeon are the strengths of his staff. I have enjoyed interacting with them both on the phone and face-to-face.During one of my follow-up visits with Dr. Katzen I was thanking him for changing my life and making me a different person. He responded with, “Laura, you are the same great person. I was just involved in changing the outside.” For the first time I can contradict him. I am a different person, indeed! I walk in confidence, knowing that Dr. Katzen and his staff have provided me with the tool (a changed body) that reflects the work I have put in through the entire WLS process as I have followed the dietary guidelines as well as the physical exercise plans. My inner self has changed as well as the outside. I walk in newness of life and I enjoy a better lifestyle.Who do I ultimately thank? I am a committed believer in God and I walk closely with Him. I know that he directed me to the best surgeon for me. I believe He was with Dr. Katzen in the operating room as Dr. Katzen applied his skilled hands and his training and knowledge to my body. And I believe that Dr. Katzen and God make a great team in meeting my needs!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Apr 28, 2015
"I first met Dr. Katzen about three years ago while working at a hospital. I have always been a very modest person and was very nervous about my appointment. I was amazed at how Dr. Katzen made me feel so comfortable. I truly never expected to be treated as well as he treated me, as he does all his patients. He does not make you feel rushed or hurried as some Dr.’s do. He listens and takes everything you have to say under great consideration. He listens to your fears and addresses them. Not to mention he has the best bedside manner and never makes you feel abnormal.Dr. Katzen has performed several procedures on me; Breast lift with augmentation and implants, Brachioplasty (upper arm lift), medial thigh lift, removal of Spider veins, and removal of a cyst (neuroma) on my left wrist. These procedures were done during two separate surgeries. Dr. Katzen would not risk doing all procedures at one time. His first and main concern is safety for his patients and sticks by that. Before going under anesthesia, my request to Dr. Katzen was to make my thighs extremely tight. Be careful what you wish for, I have now been known to have the tightest thighs in Southern California!His aftercare was amazing. He is there for you all the time. You can call him directly with questions and he will see you if needed whenever possible. His staff was always there for me too. His expertise in pain management also helped in my recovery."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Jun 30, 2015
Who is a candidate for an arm lift?
An arm lift is a cosmetic procedure that involves the employment of innovative techniques to remove unwanted skin and tighten the arms. If you are tired of hiding your flabby arms and want them to look taut and trim again, you could be a great candidate for an arm lift. You should be in good overall health so that your body will heal well. Some of the most common issues for potential arm lift patients are excess, loose skin on the upper arms and loose arm skin. It's critical that you are at or near a healthy, stable weight prior to your surgery.
How is the surgery performed?
In most cases, your Beverly Hills upper arm lift will take place in an outpatient setting. For patients undergoing multiple plastic surgeries at the same time (such as an upper body lift with an arm lift, upper back lift, and breast lift), an overnight stay may be required. Arm lift surgery can also be combined with other procedures (usually performed in an inpatient setting for monitoring), including a tummy tuck, thigh lift, or mommy makeover, if Dr. Katzen determines the combination to be safe. An upper arm lift is usually performed with the patient under general anesthesia and may take several hours to complete. The excess skin will be surgically removed from the elbow to the underarm. The incision made will be as hidden as possible, but a scar will result. If liposuction is needed to remove stubborn pockets of fat, this will be done as well. Once the remaining skin is pulled taut, the incisions will be closed with sutures. You will need to keep the incisions cleaned, covered, and supported with compression garments.
What to expect during and after arm lift surgery
Your recovery period may last an estimated two weeks. During this time, you will likely be instructed to elevate your arms, wear compression garments, and take certain medications. Following an invasive procedure like this, it is crucial that you give yourself time to heal. If needed, a suture removal appointment will be scheduled about ten days after surgery. Compression garments should be worn until you are released by Dr. Katzen. For at least one month, all exercise, heavy lifting, and strenuous activity should be avoided with the exception of frequent, short walks. If you develop excessive swelling, uncontrolled bleeding, hematoma (fluid buildup), infection, loss of feeling in the arms or hands, or heavy scarring, please contact J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills for answers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I combine an arm lift with other surgeries?
It is common for arm lift patients to combine this surgery with another procedure. This is sometimes known as an upper body lift and may include liposuction, an upper back lift, or breast surgery (breast lift). An arm lift is also commonly included as part of an after weight loss surgery for patients who have lost a large amount of weight and want full body contouring. During your consultation with Dr. Katzen, complementary surgeries can be discussed so your personal surgical plan matches all of your needs and goals.
Will there be scars?
A surgical arm lift needs incisions to cut away excess skin, which means there will be scars from sutures. However, Dr. Katzen makes every effort to place the incisions in inconspicuous areas. After your surgery, ointments to help with scar healing will be recommended, along with other tips for scar care management. Dr. Katzen also suggests you avoid sun exposure during the first year to protect the scar from becoming discolored. Most patients believe the benefits of a more toned arm outweigh the appearance of scars.
What results can I expect from an arm lift?
A surgical arm lift is used to address hanging skin and small amounts of fat. You should maintain a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and a balanced diet to avoid a dramatic change in your weight, which could negatively alter your results. Following your lift, once your arms are fully healed and Dr. Katzen has authorized it, you can begin weight training. This is a great way to add shape to your arms by building the muscles.
Are there nonsurgical treatments to improve my arms?
While there are a lot of nonsurgical skin tightening options, most will only provide mild improvements. To correct moderate to severe amounts of loose skin, arm lift surgery is your best option. Along with treating excess skin, Dr. Katzen also liposuctions small amounts of fat and smoothes the remaining skin and tissue for a better result. If you are interested in nonsurgical procedures, Dr. Katzen can tell you about all possible treatments during your consultation and help you decide which is best for your goals.
Get Back Your Shape
Whatever you call the "bat wings" or droopy skin on your arms, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy Katzen can slim and contour the arms for a slender shape that suits your new frame. This innovative procedure provides not only physical benefits but emotional positives as well. If you are at or close to a healthy, stable weight and still cannot remove the flab and skin that hang from your upper arms, please call and schedule a private consultation with Dr. Timothy Katzen at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills. You can now look and feel younger and fitter with upper arm lift surgery.
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