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
"Body Lift, Thigh Lift, Arm Lift and Neck Lift....yes, I Had It All. - My weight loss journey started in 2020. The first two months after bariatric surgery, I already noticed my belly started to hang. I told my friends and family that I would need a tummy tuck for sure, but nothing else. Boy was I wrong! After 10 months, everything sagged; my breasts, arms, thighs, face. Dr. Katzen came to the rescue. I knew about him through my daughter's friend's mom. I ended up having a body lift, thigh lift, arm lift, and neck lift. These surgeries were done in stages. I haven't had my breasts done yet, maybe one day. I already had trust in Dr. Katzen because I felt like I already knew so much about him. Actually meeting him in person and going through the surgeries made me appreciate him so much. He is such a lifesaver."- G.L. / RealSelf / May 02, 2022
"Lucky to be one of his patients - this doctor is a genius - You know you've hit the jackpot when you've discovered Dr. Katzen. For those of you who are lucky enough to be his patient, you know exactly what I am talking about. This man is a genius! He's so good at performing surgeries, I had an arm lift and breast lift. His demeanor is so kind, smart, genuine, and overall an amazing human being. He's done so much charity work for organizations that need him. If you are looking for an amazing plastic surgeon, go check Dr. Timothy Katzen out."- Z. / RealSelf / May 10, 2022
"Body Lift and Thigh Lift Done, Next is Breast Aug and Arm Lift - In 2020, I had RNY and successfully lost over 100 pounds. My quest to be healthy has been fulfilled, but I had to deal with loose skin that looked very unattractive. I was told about Dr. Katzen through an online bariatric support group. A few of his post-ops are in the group and they all had such kind things to say about him. I ended up having a body lift and thigh lift with Dr. Katzen and let me just say, these gals in the online forum have been angel sent. They provided me with the most amazing support after my surgery. They checked up on me and gave me some tips on how to recover well based on their own experiences. Of course, Dr. Katzen and his staff were great throughout the process but having extra support from others was pretty darn nice. I am having breast augmentation and arm lift next. I am definitely returning to Dr. Katzen this fall to have it done."- R.N. / RealSelf / May 18, 2022
"The incisions are hidden quite well and placement was great - In March 2022, I had brachioplasty with Dr. Timothy Katzen. My sister had the same surgery with him last year and she could not stop talking about how wonderful Dr. Katzen is, now I see why. Both my sister and I have fantastic outcomes for the arm lift. The incisions are hidden quite well and placement was great. She and I normally heal from our scars nicely so I expect the same with our incisions. Dr. Katzen and his staff have been so pleasant to work with. I will definitely return to Dr. Katzen if I decide to do any more work to myself. :)"- L. / RealSelf / May 16, 2022
"Brachioplasty with the best surgeon ever - my arms look amazing - My brachioplasty experience with Dr. Katzen was beyond what I expected from a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills. My expectations for my surgery were a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience and great outcomes. I got so much more than that. I got a surgeon who was the kindest human being you will ever meet. He also has this gift of making people feel safe and cared for. My arms look amazing. You can find my before and after arm pictures on Dr. Katzen's website, along with over 100 other patients who also had an arm lift with him."- B. / RealSelf / Jun 06, 2022
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.
What to expect during an arm lift
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.
how long is recovery after an arm lift?
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.
Arm lift faqs
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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