About Arm Lift Surgery
A frustrating side effect of losing weight or getting older is finding loose skin. At Dorner Plastic Surgery, we offer arm lift surgery (or brachioplasty) as a correction for patients who cannot seem to tighten and tone the arm with diet and exercise. Lax skin from the elbow to the upper arm is very common, especially for men and women who have lost weight or are advancing in age. An arm lift effectively removes this loose, hanging skin, commonly referred to as "bat wings." Dr. Brian Dorner, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Columbus, OH, is very experienced in skin tightening and fat removal surgeries. If you would like to learn more about how brachioplasty can improve the look of your arms, please call and schedule a consultation at Dorner Plastic Surgery.
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"Dr. Dorner and his staff are absolutely fantastic! From the consultation through surgery and post-op appointments they have been phenomenal. I feel like I’m part of the family when I go in to see him. Everyone is so friendly. I didn’t feel rushed through my appointments and I felt like he really listened to my concerns and was willing to answer any and all of my questions. I’m 2 weeks post surgery (liposuction) and I’m very pleased with my results. I can’t wait to see them after I’m fully recovered. If you’re thinking about having anything done I highly recommend Dorner Plastic Surgery. They are the best!"- M.A. / Google / Jun 11, 2020
"I wish I could give more than five stars; AMAZING experience! I've struggled to build muscle/bulk in certain areas of my body my whole life and decided it was time to take action. For about 6 months, I researched options and plastic surgeons, mostly based in LA and NY. I luckily stumbled across Dr. Dorner in my search and I'm so glad I found him. The whole staff is very friendly, supportive, smart and very accommodating. Dr. Dorner made recommendations based on the results I was trying to achieve and I have to say, he knocked it out of the park. I highly recommend Dorner Plastic Surgery."- R.C. / Google / Nov 23, 2019
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"When All else Fails - If you've read my first procedure review, you know what's happening. If not, I'll give a brief synopsis for you.Back in 2016; I worked my a** off, literally. After losing 90 pounds I was left with stubborn belly fat and saggy skin around my abdomen. It was really affecting me and my view of my body. I worked extremely hard and felt I had nothing to show for it. Enter in, Dr. Dorner.I had my tummy tuck with muscle repair and liposuction done in September of 2016. 12 weeks into recovery..........Pregnant.I was extremely worried. I had just had this major abdominal surgery and now it was going to be undone; would it be okay for the baby, is it going to be too tight, would there be any complications? I had an amazing OB/GYN and it turned out her brother is a plastic surgeon. She said that she has had several patients that have had a tummy tuck and then had babies, with little complications, although they hadn't been as soon after.Long story short, everything turned out fine. I was fine, baby was fine (although she was breech and we couldn't get her to turn - no matter how hard we tried) and she was born in August of 2017.During my pregnancy I gained about 29 pounds. After my pregnancy, I gained additional weight. You know....new baby, whatever sleep I could get, nursing..these things took priority. I have managed to lose 23 pounds. So that's great, but it hasn't been lost from where I want. I've been trying hard, not as hard as before but still hard and the fats just not budging.I saw Dr. Dorner today for a consultation; after looking at the areas around my hips, he agreed and said he could perform liposuction with no issues. He did ask if I had had any drastic weight loss prior to my tummy tuck because I have more skin than he'd expect for someone who gained a small amount during pregnancy. I can't fault him for asking, I doubt he remembers my previous history, so I said yes. He briefly mentioned a posterior body tuck which I guess is like a tummy tuck for the backside. No thanks. Just the lipo please. I can live with my cellulite and not have to finance a down payment on a house.The quote was less than I imagined so I'm fairly certain this is going to happen. Just have to plan when; it looks like it will be shortly before mother's day, he's good at what he does and books out pretty far, plus it'll be my gift to myself."- M. / RealSelf / Mar 10, 2020
An arm lift is a cosmetic surgery that uses innovative techniques to slim and excise excess skin. If you are self-conscious about the loose skin on your arms and want them to look fit and healthy again, you are a good candidate for this procedure. You should be in good overall health so that the skin will heal well. Some of the main symptoms for an arm lift patient are hanging, loose skin on the upper arms, and lost elasticity of the skin. It is also important that you are at your ideal weight prior to surgery.
Most likely, your arm lift surgery will take place in an outpatient setting, unless multiple plastic surgeries are being performed at the same time. An arm lift can be combined with other procedures (usually performed in an inpatient setting for monitoring), such as tummy tucks, mommy makeovers, and thigh lifts — if Dr. Dorner decides it safe. An arm lift is usually performed under general anesthesia and may take several hours to complete. The loose skin will be excised from the elbow all the way up to the underarm. The incision will be made in as inconspicuously as possible, but it will most likely leave a visible scar. If liposuction is needed to remove stubborn fatty deposits, this will be performed as well. Once the skin is tightened, it will be sutured back into place. You will need to keep the incisions clean, bandaged, and wrapped with compression garments.
What to Expect
Your recovery period should last about two weeks with lots of arm elevation and rest. Allow yourself time to heal. You use your arms for everything, so patients should ease their way back into their normal routines. A suture removal appointment will be set approximately ten days after surgery. Compression garments should be worn until you are released by Dr. Dorner. For at least a month (4 – 5 weeks), all exercise should be avoided with the exception of taking short walks. If you observe excessive swelling, uncontrolled bleeding, hematoma (fluid buildup), infection, loss of feeling in the arms or hands, or heavy scarring, please call Dorner Plastic Surgery for assistance.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does arm lift surgery cost?
Your cost for arm lift surgery will depend on many factors. Before he can determine your costs, Dr. Dorner will perform a consultation to listen to your needs and goals. After that, he can create your surgical plan and estimate your costs. To make it easier to afford a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Dorner and get your best results, Dorner Plastic Surgery accepts many payment methods. We can also help you find low-interest medical financing.
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 referred to as an upper body lift and may include liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), or breast surgery (breast lift). An arm lift is also commonly performed 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. Dorner, each surgery will be discussed so your unique surgical plan can be developed.
Will there be scars?
Arm lift surgery requires incisions to remove excess skin, which means there will be stitches and scarring. However, Dr. Dorner makes every effort to ensure that your incisions are small and placed in inconspicuous areas. After your surgery, topical ointments to assist in scar healing will be recommended along with other tips for scar care management. Dr. Dorner also recommends you avoid sun exposure during the first year to protect the incisions from any additional discoloration. Most patients believe the benefits of a more toned arm outweigh the appearance of scars.
What results can I expect from an arm lift?
An arm lift is performed to correct hanging skin and fat. You should maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes diet and exercise in order to avoid a dramatic weight loss or gain, which could compromise your surgical results. Following your surgery, once your arms are fully healed and Dr. Dorner has authorized it, you can begin weight training. This is a great way to add shape to your arms by strengthening and toning the muscles.
Are there nonsurgical treatments to improve my arms?
While there are several great nonsurgical skin tightening treatments, most will only provide mild improvements. To remove moderate to severe amounts of loose skin, an arm lift is your best option. Along with removing excess skin, Dr. Dorner also liposuctions small amounts of fat and smoothes the remaining skin and tissue for a better result. If you are interested in nonsurgical options, Dr. Dorner can explain all possible treatments during your consultation and help you decide which is best for your needs and goals.
Get Back Your Shape
Whatever you call your "bat wings" or droopy skin on your arms, plastic surgeon Dr. Dorner calls it as an opportunity to change your life with plastic surgery. This exciting procedure offers both emotional and physical benefits. If you are at your goal weight and still cannot lose the flab and skin that hang from your upper arms, please call and schedule a private consultation with Dr. Brian Dorner at Dorner Plastic Surgery. Look younger and fitter with brachioplasty.