About Arm Lift Surgery
One big challenge when getting older or losing weight is the development of excess skin. At Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center, we offer upper arm lift surgery (also called brachioplasty) as a treatment for people who cannot manage to tone or tighten the arm with natural methods. Excess skin from the elbow to the shoulder is very typical, particularly for people who are getting older or have lost significant amounts of weight. This excess tissue is sometimes referred to as "bat wings." Dr. Phillip Chang, a Leesburg, VA plastic surgeon, is very knowledgeable in fat removal and skin tightening methods. If you want to hear more information about how brachioplasty can enhance the physique of your upper arms, please contact us for an appointment at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Leesburg, VA today.
"It's been over a year and a half since I've been going to Dr. Chang's office, I drive an hour just to get here (although I know some drive three hours or more to see him!). I did a lot of research to find a board certified plastic surgeon in the area with a solid and reputable background.Throughout my visits, he's been incredibly kind and taken the time to listen to my never ending list of questions. There are a lot of doctors that push services that you don't need just for money but he'll be transparent to tell you exactly what he feels you'll need in order to gain improvement and will work with you to see what could be the best outcome. You can also text or email him directly after any invasive procedures if you have any questions/concerns instead of waiting for a follow up. I also don't want to forget the rest of the staff - everyone from the receptionists and nurses have been very gracious, patient and accommodating to my needs but I also want to mention Melanie whose an RN at Dr. Chang's office. She has superb bed side skills and truly makes you feel at ease when you're speaking with her. I've probably annoyed her with a million questions and emails but she's still been stellar. I highly recommend her for any non-surgical procedures. They have a few videos on their website and youtube as well so you have an idea of who they are and the procedures they perform if you want to get a better idea yourself but I definitely recommend them, they're awesome."- M. / Google / Jul 24, 2018
"First of all, Dr. Chang did my breast augmentation surgery and I love it! Not only is he knowledgeable of his craft but he is constantly learning the newest procedures and trends. If he thinks a trend doesn’t really work, he will let you know. It’s not every day you get a plastic surgeon talking you out of doing a procedure and giving him money when he knows it doesn’t work. That’s the kind of person and surgeon Dr. Chang is. His staff are amazing, friendly, professional, helpful and also good at what they do. He isn’t known for being the best plastic surgeon in the area for no reason! I have also had Botox and laser hair removal done at Aesthetica, And have been equally happy with those procedures as well! I have referred many friends to Dr. Chang who have not been disappointed in his work. If you’re looking for a great plastic surgeon he’s your guy!"- R.H. / Google / Jul 07, 2018
"Dr. Chang is the best. I would trust him for any procedure?"- A.D. / Facebook / Jul 05, 2018
"Love coming here for all my aesthetic and cosmetic needs. From the moment you are greeted and checked in to the time you leave, you are treated with the best customer service. The ladies at the front are always smiling and greet you warmly. The aestheticians and nurses go above and beyond to make you feel comfortable while getting serviced. I recommend Dr Chang and his staff to all my friends and family."- J.S. / Yelp / May 22, 2018
"Five Stars - If you are looking for a refreshed natural look, go no further... Dr. Chang is the one you want. Ask all the questions you have and he will answer and explain the issues thoroughly, ask for suggestions and you will get his honest opinion. His office staff is great, particularly the clinic manager, Karen, who is very kind, knowledgeable and has been with Dr. Chang for a long time, so they make a great team.Being and established patient of Dr. Chang I feel very confortable sharing other medically related issues and I always get expert advise."- Anonymous / Vitals / May 12, 2018
An upper arm lift is a plastic surgery that features advanced methods to contour and eliminate unwanted skin. If you are tired of hiding your "bat wings" and would prefer them to appear taut and trim again, you are a great candidate for an arm lift. You need to be in overall good health so that you will recover properly. Some of the most common issues for potential arm lift patients are excess, loose skin on their upper arms, plus minimal tautness of the skin. It is critical that you are at or close to a healthy, stable weight before your surgery.
In most cases, your upper arm surgery will be performed in an outpatient facility, except in cases where several cosmetic surgeries are to be performed at one time. An upper arm lift may be done with other surgeries (often completed at a facility with inpatient monitoring), including a tummy tuck, thigh lift, or mommy makeover — as long as Dr. Chang considers it appropriate. An upper arm lift is typically done with the patient under general anesthesia and can require a few hours to finish. The excess skin will be surgically removed starting at the elbow and continuing to the armpit. The incision will be placed to be as hidden as possible, although it will become a visible scar. In cases where liposuction is wanted to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat, this can be completed also. After the skin is pulled taut, it will be stitched together. You will have to care for the incisions by keeping them cleaned, covered, and supported with compression garments.
What to Expect
A typical recovery time frame may take an estimated two weeks with lots of rest and arm elevation. Give your body time to heal. You use your arms for more than you think, so most patients should slowly make their way back to their daily activities. If needed, a suture removal appointment will be scheduled about ten days following surgery. Compression garments must be kept on until you receive permission from Dr. Chang to remove them. For at least one month, all exercise and strenuous activity needs to be eliminated, except for frequent, short walks. If you develop uncontrolled bleeding, excessive swelling, fluid buildup (hematoma), signs of infection, numbness in the hands and arms, or unusual scarring, please contact Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center as soon as possible.
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. Chang 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 surgeon like Dr. Chang and get your best results, Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center 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. Chang, 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. Chang 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. Chang 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 remove hanging skin and fat. Following your surgery, once your arms are fully healed and Dr. Chang has authorized it, you can begin weight training. This is a great way to add shape to your arms by toning and strengthening the muscles. 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.
Are there nonsurgical treatments to improve my arms?
While there are many 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. Chang also removes small amounts of fat and smoothes the remaining skin and tissue for better results. If you are interested in nonsurgical options, Dr. Chang can explain all possible treatments during your consultation and help you decide which is best for your needs and goals.
Get Back Your Shape
No matter what you call your droopy skin or "bat wings" under your upper arms, plastic surgeon Dr. Chang sees it as a way to improve your appearance with cosmetic surgery. This innovative surgery provides physical and emotional benefits as well. If you're at or close to a healthy, stable weight but still can't get rid of the skin and flab that hang off your arms, please contact us to plan a consultation with Dr. Phillip Chang at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center. Look and feel fitter and younger with upper arm lift surgery.