Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

Losing a significant amount of weight and the natural aging process can lead to areas of loose skin and stubborn fat deposits. Exercising and consuming a balanced diet may create some improvement, but arm lift surgery produces reliable results when at-home contouring methods have been ineffective. Dr. Hotchandani offers arm lift surgery to patients who struggle with sagging skin and fat accumulation in the upper arm area. This procedure restores the arms to a firmer and more slender condition, allowing you to go sleeveless once again and show off your physique with confidence.

Ideal Candidates for Arm Lift Surgery

After evaluating your condition and cosmetic goals, Dr. Hotchandani will determine the best approach for your needs. Patients in good health who are at a stable weight may consider arm lift surgery as long as they have realistic expectations of their results. This procedure is ideal for patients with bothersome skin laxity and excess tissue in the upper arms that resist diet and exercise efforts.

  • Arm Lift Procedure
  • Recovery
  • Results
  • FAQs

Arm Lift Procedure

Arm lift surgery is an outpatient procedure performed at our private surgical facility in Green Bay, WI. It can be carried out with either local or general anesthesia for a comfortable and safe experience. Significant folds of excess skin in the upper arms can be removed through an incision created within the underarm or from the underarm to the elbow.
If appropriate, as determined by Dr. Hotchandani, patients can also choose from the following liposuction and skin tightening options to achieve the aesthetic they desire:

  • VASERlipo®: The VASERlipo® device delivers ultrasound energy to the target area to separate the fat from surrounding tissues, making it easier to remove with the suction cannula. Patients can expect minimal side effects and a fast recovery.
  • BodyTite™: With the use of radiofrequency energy, BodyTite™ helps sagging skin contract to enhance body contouring results. This technology helps reduce the risk of scarring and offers a less-invasive alternative to skin removal.
  • ReNUplasty®: Developed by Dr. Hotchandani, ReNUplasty® is a revolutionary body shaping method that combines VASERlipo® with Renuvion™. Patients can enjoy slimmer contours as well as tighter, more youthful skin.

Recovery

The length of recovery following arm lift surgery varies depending on which techniques were used during the procedure. Some bruising, swelling, and discomfort can occur, all of which should resolve significantly within a few weeks or less. Prescription pain medication and compression garments can help reduce these side effects. Exercise can be resumed when cleared by Dr. Hotchandani, but short, ambulatory walks are recommended as soon as possible following surgery.

Results

There should be a noticeable improvement immediately after arm lift surgery, but residual swelling can obscure the final results. As the swelling dissipates, the arms will become firmer and more slender. It is recommended to avoid exposing the incision sites to direct sunlight to prevent skin darkening and promote healing.

*Results and patient experience may vary.

FAQs

Is arm lift surgery painful?

Arm lift patients can expect pleasant surgical experience, as this procedure is performed using either general or local anesthesia. Dr. Hotchandani may prescribe medication to alleviate postoperative discomfort during the recovery process as the anesthetic wears off. Wearing the recommended compression garment also helps improve patient comfort following surgery.

Does arm lift surgery result in scarring?

If skin is excised during an arm lift procedure, a scar may form at the incision location. All scarring tends to fade with time, but the chance of scarring must be considered before surgery. To minimize the risk of scarring, Dr. Hotchandani may combine VASERlipo® with BodyTite™ or utilize his signature ReNUplasty® technique. These procedures yield excellent results with a faster recovery, and they can be performed using local anesthesia. The incisions created for the probes are small and unlikely to yield noticeable scars.

Is arm lift surgery safe?

As with any surgery, arm lift surgery does come with possible risks, such as bleeding, poor results, and visible scarring. Dr. Hotchandani is highly experienced in performing arm lift procedures, however, and employs a fully trained staff to ensure patients receive attentive and compassionate care.

Can I combine my arm lift surgery with other procedures?

Some patients may be good candidates for multiple cosmetic procedures. During your initial consultation appointment, Dr. Hotchandani will review your options and illustrate the best avenues to take to reach your aesthetic goals.