About Arm Lift Surgery
A frustrating side effect of both losing weight and getting older 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 cannot seem to tone or tighten the arm with natural methods. Excess skin from the elbow to the upper arm is very common, especially for people who are getting older or have lost significant amounts of weight. An upper arm lift removes this unwanted skin, sometimes known as "bat wings," and is often a part of an upper body lift surgical treatment plan. Dr. Timothy Katzen is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, CA who is well-known worldwide 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 physique of your arms, please contact us for a consultation.
Arm Lift Reviews
"I had arms that flapped after I lost a significant amount of weight. I went to Dr. Katzen for an arm lift and you would never be able to tell I had anything done. Dr. Katzen placed the incisions carefully where you wouldn't see them unless I raised my arms. My scars are healing very well. I can't wait for my incisions to fade like many of his post ops that I met."- H.C. / Google / Oct 18, 2019
"In 2018, I had bariatric surgery. I lost a total of 107 pounds. I asked my bariatric surgeon to recommend a surgeon for skin removal surgery, he highly recommended Dr. Timothy Katzen. I first underwent a lower 360 body lift then returned for an arm lift. Very happy with results from both surgeries."- C.S. / Google / Jan 15, 2020
"Dr. Katzen Deserves 100 Star Review - If I can give Dr. Katzen 100 star review I would, he deserves it. My entire life, I have never encountered a doctor that is kind, compassionate, knowledgeable, so good at what he does, funny, and amazing staff. Dr. Katzen goes the extra mile and made me feel special and cared for. He made sure all my questions were answered and never made me feel rushed or bothered. The fact that I have had three surgeries with Dr. Katzen says a lot. I would never think about going to another surgeon when I’ve found the perfect one.I had a circumferential bodylift, thigh lift, and arm lift (not all at once) with Dr. Katzen. My friends, co-workers, and family are all blown away at the results. They all say I look like a totally different person, a better version of myself. So grateful every single day for this new body and life."- S. / RealSelf / Feb 18, 2020
"Experienced Body Dysmorphia after weight loss surgery - After weight loss surgery, I experience a bad case of body dysmorphia. All my excess skin messed with my mind and got me feeling down all the time. I am 45 years old, but my wrinkly skin looked like I was 95. My co-worker went through pretty much the same thing I did and highly recommended Dr. Katzen for skin removal surgery. I had a body lift and medial thigh lift. My next stage this summer will be the arm lift and breast work. So far, I am very happy with what I see. I cannot wait to finish with skin removal this summer so I can feel "complete" and "new"."- J.H. / RealSelf / Jan 18, 2020
"Desperately Needed Panniculectomy - September 2014 I had weight loss surgery. My whole world changed for the better. Eating better exercising and having tons of energy. The last year I had been working out religiously none stop. Taking fitness classes lifting weights and even running treadmills. All these things helped me get into better shape, but I was still unhappy and felt like I wasn't getting the results I wanted. I had to modify exercises constantly as my weight decreased my skin started to stretch and hang. This skin was causing me to have trouble doing everyday activities. After having an emergency hernia repair from my pannus pulling on my abdomen I was feeling helpless. Ranting one day on social media a doctor liked my post and of course I looked him up. Dr Timothy Katzen who happened to have a satellite office in my home town I made an appointment with him for a consultation and right away I felt very welcomed and comfortable every one from the front desk the coordinator Belinda who helped me in every step of the surgery to most importantly Dr. Katzen he explained with great detail the procedure I needed to obtained the results I wanted so after thinking about it I decided to move foward and do the procedure. I started out with my first surgery a panniculectomy which removed the skin that hung from my abdomen to my knees. I woke up seeing my thighs for the first time in 35 years without having to move my skin out of the way. Of course i cried like a baby. Was the most amazing thing I have seen in a very very long time. I felt no fear or any pain at anytime Dr Katzen and his team always made sure to check on me before and after the surgery.My second surgery will be a breast lift and arm lift. And the third surgery scheduled will be for my thighs which is going to change my life forever and I am counting down the days to these remarkable days.2018 is going to be eye opening for me Thank you always and forever Dr Katzen and your amazing staff!"- S. / RealSelf / Apr 18, 2018
An arm lift is a cosmetic procedure that involves the employment of innovative techniques to slim and eliminate unwanted skin. 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 lost tautness of the skin. It's crucial that you are at or close to a healthy, stable weight prior to your surgery.
In most cases, your upper arm surgery will take place in an outpatient setting, unless multiple plastic surgeries are to be performed at the same time (such as is the case for an upper body lift, which can include an arm lift, upper back lift, and breast lift). An arm lift can be done 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 skin is tightened, it will be sutured together. You will need to keep the incisions cleaned, covered, and supported with compression garments.
What to Expect
Your recovery period may last an estimated two weeks with lots of elevating the arm. Following an invasive procedure like this, it is crucial that you give yourself time to heal. You use your arms for many things so patients should slowly ease their way back into their daily routines. 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 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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