Losing a significant amount of weight can produce huge gains in health and self-esteem. However, you are also often left with a large amount of excess skin that did not shrink around your slimmer figure. This excess skin can leave you feeling dissatisfied with the result of all your hard work to lose weight. An arm lift is one of the many body lift procedures we offer at Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center in Houston. Imagine fit, firm, shapely upper arms – they can be yours, with our help.
How does an arm lift work?
An arm lift, also called brachioplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure that can:
- Reduce excess skin and tissue that sags on your upper arms
- Tighten the remaining supportive tissue to give your upper arm better definition
- Reduce the amount of fatty deposits on your upper arm region
During an arm lift procedure, an incision is made on the inner upper arm, or in the armpit area. The location and length of the incision is based on the extent of surgical intervention you need. Liposuction may also be used to remove excess fat. Once the excess skin and soft tissue is removed, the skin is re-draped and smoothed over the reshaped and contoured arm. The arm lift procedure will leave a visible scar that, for appropriate patients, is an acceptable trade for having the slim, toned-looking arms that look more attractive in sleeveless tops, dresses, and swimsuits.
Am I a candidate for an arm lift?
The best way to determine whether an arm lift is the right procedure to help you achieve your aesthetic goals is to meet with a qualified Houston plastic surgeon to discuss how an arm lift can enhance your look.
In general, an arm lift may be right for you if you have:
- Significant skin laxity in the upper arms
- A stable weight and do not anticipate any further major weight fluctuations
- Good general overall health with no medical conditions that could impair healing
- The arm lift procedure will leave a visible scar. For most patients, this is an acceptable trade for having the slim, toned-looking arms that look more attractive in sleeveless tops, dresses, and swimsuits.
What is the recovery time from an arm lift?
After your arm lift surgery, your arms will be protected with elastic bandages to protect the incisions and reduce swelling. Your motions will be restricted for several days, and you must avoid lifting your arms above the shoulders for approximately three weeks. You will be unable to engage in any exercise or other vigorous physical activities that may put stress on your incisions for four to eight weeks, based on your individual healing time.
Some of the sutures (stitches) will dissolve over time, while others will be removed when the incision has healed, which is typically in about a week or ten days.
Why choose us?
If you are planning to undergo an arm lift, you want to achieve a result that enhances your quality of life and looks firm and natural. Dr. Michael Eisemann is among the most highly-trained and respected plastic surgeons in the Houston region. He is triple board-certified, a rare accomplishment, and is listed in the “Guide to Top Doctors” as a top-rated Texas plastic surgeon.
Inside Houston magazine selected Dr. Michael Eisemann as one of the Top Doctors in Houston and Harris County, and he is a past president of the Houston Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Michael Eisemann shares his practice with his son, Dr. Bradley Eisemann, a board-eligible plastic surgeon who brings advanced surgical techniques and the highest caliber care to every patient he treats.
Our surgeons are among the most highly trained and experienced in the Houston area and the country. Dr. Michael Eisemann is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
At the Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center, we are different.
We are trained for many surgeries to be performed with IV sedation and nerve blocks rather than general anesthesia for improved patient safety and a faster, more comfortable recovery and anonymity.
To learn if you are a good candidate for an arm lift, please contact our experienced Houston plastic surgeons, Dr. Michael Eisemann and Dr. Bradley Eisemann, at our private accredited surgical center in Houston, Texas.