Saggy arms can leave many people feeling ashamed and wanting to cover up, but this anxiety can be relieved when Inland Empire plastic surgeon, Dr. Childers, performs brachioplasty. Also known as an arm lift, this surgery targets the upper arm from under the arm to the elbow to contour and shape the area for a slimmer, more toned arm. Since the cause of a droopy arm is due to sagging skin, the excess skin is trimmed away and the underlying muscle and tissue are tightened. Abundant fat can be removed with liposuction. One of the greatest benefits from an arm lift, with our board certified plastic surgeon, is that results are almost immediate, especially after the bruising and swelling go away.
"I had a tummy tuck through Dr. Childers in 2015. He was extremely helpful. I went in thinking I only needed Lipo and was scared when I realized I needed something more invasive than my initial thought. After deciding to go through with the tummy tuck, I was excited and nervous all at the same time. When my surgery date came, the hospital staff was extremely helpful. Dr. Childers was great support when I needed him. His office staff was delightful. Now, 2 years later, I have a 5 month old. My body healed nicely post surgery and since my pregnancy, my body bounced back (no stretch marks, no belly). However, once I'm ready for a lipo touch up and possibly a breast augmentation later this year, I will be returning to Dr. Childers.PS - I've received compliments on my scarring, too, from doctors in Beverly Hills. Just so you know, you don't need to go to LA or anywhere outside of Riverside to get nice results. ;)"- J.M. / Yelp / Jan 08, 2018
"Glennda is Truly the BEST!!! I had the Vi Peel last Thursday and 5 days later my skin looks BEAUTIFUL!!! It has not looked this good in over 30 yrs, I've been getting soooo many compliments, someone even asked if I had a face lift lol, I cant get over how good my skin looks I am really enjoying showing off my skin!!! I do not have enough words to thank Glennda, she has made a huge difference in my life, Now I can go out without having to hide my skin. My skin is clean, fresh & has a beautiful glow, no foundation needed anymore!!! She is top notch at skin care. Schedule your apppointment asap to start enjoying & showing off your beautiful skin."- L.C. / Yelp / Mar 24, 2017
"Love Love ! Kind and welcoming. Will not go anywhere else. A must go to get pampered. Thank-you Amber and staff"- P.F. / Google / Mar 17, 2017
"Always a pleasure! Dr. Childers & his staff are amazing! They always make me feel comfortable & at ease! I've been a patient for over 8yrs & will NEVER go anywhere else!"- M.L. / Yelp / Feb 08, 2017
"Just had last follow up with Dr Childers regarding breast explant and I absolutely, unequivocally can say that he is the BEST! He is honest and a straight shooter. Probably why I adore him. I HIGHLY CAN RECOMMEND DR CHILDERS FOR CONSULTS AND SURGERIES. You will be in excellent hands."- M.D. / Yelp / Feb 02, 2017
During arm lift surgery, an incision is made along the inner arm, from the armpit down towards the elbow. Once this incision has been made, liposuction may be used to remove excess fat, and any loose skin will be trimmed away. Depending on the extent of the surgery, a draining tube may be placed to help control bleeding. In patients with excessive drooping, where there is looseness within the internal tissue structures, a tightening technique will be used internally. These surgical efforts will result in a smaller circumference of the upper arm.
Brachioplasty is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and typically takes around 2 hours to complete. It is considered an outpatient procedure. If this surgery is combined with another body contouring procedure, then the patient may be required to stay overnight in the hospital. Following surgery, the arm should be kept elevated to help control swelling and promote circulation. Patients will experience a slow return of normal function. Arm and hand strength, specifically, will be weak for the first several weeks as the internal tissues heal.
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Arm Lift FAQs
Liposuction or Lift?
Patients that have excess fat inside their arms may be candidates for liposuction, but arm lift patients typically do not have excess fat as their primary problem. These individuals have excessive sagging and loose, hanging skin. The only way to correct this problem is through a brachioplasty procedure. Patients who have relatively good skin tone but also have excess fat in the arms can sometimes achieve their desired results with an exercise and diet regime that incorporates the use of weights.
What About Scarring?
It’s important that patients understand scarring is a part of this procedure. It is recommended that patients avoid sun exposure during the first year to protect the incisions from any additional discoloration. Most patients believe the scars are a small trade-off for a new, shapelier arm. We will discuss scar care to help assist in the healing process.
It is common for arm lift patients to combine this surgery with another procedure. Some common techniques often combined during what is known as an “upper body lift” include liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and breast surgery (breast lift). During your consultation, each surgery will be discussed and recommendations will be made on whether these procedures should be done at the same time.
How Toned Will I Look?
An arm lift is performed to remove hanging skin and fat. The only way to build muscle is through strength training. Following surgery, once the arms are fully healed, patients can resume exercise and weight training. This is a great way to add shape to the arms by toning and strengthening them.