Goodbye Bat Wing Arms: Hello Toned Triceps!

Many people suffer embarrassment from flappy, droopy skin on their arms. Often, despite diet and exercise, the arms take the brunt of genetics, aging and weight fluctuations – and no amount of triceps dips or cardio exercise can tone the arms. Board certified arm surgeon Dr. David Allison preforms brachioplasty surgery to help patients feel more comfortable showing off their arms.

What an Arm Lift Can Correct

Brachioplasty is used to:

  • Remove excess skin that sags on the upper arm
  • Tighten the underlying muscles to provide a better arm contour
  • Reduce fat in the upper arm

Arm Lift Procedure

Brachioplasty surgery is performed under general anesthesia. Prior to your surgery Dr. Allison will analyze the condition of your arms to determine the best location, length and amount of incisions that will be necessary for arm reshaping. Patients who have an excess of loose skin to be removed may require longer incisions. You will be fully informed about where the incisions will be made and where potential scarring might occur. Dr. Allison will make the incisions in the most inconspicuous location as possible.

  • Once the incision has been made, Dr. Allison will use power-assisted liposuction to remove excess fat.
  • Just the right amount of excess arm skin will be removed to create a beautiful, toned appearance.
  • The incisions will be closed with sutures.
  • A temporary drainage tube may be inserted to help remove excess fluid build-up.

Arm Lift Recovery

You will have a noticeable improvement in the shape and contour of your arms immediately after surgery. However, the arms will be bruised and swollen for 1-2 weeks. As healing progresses, the arms will continue to look more toned and beautiful.

You can help speed your recovery by:

  • Following all of Dr. Allison’s post-op instructions
  • Do not smoke for at least 2-4 weeks
  • Keep the incision areas clean, dry and free of infection
  • Applying antibiotic ointment as directed
  • Do not lift heavy objects or participate in strenuous activities for several weeks
  • Wear a compression garment as directed

Risks of Arm Lift

Brachioplasty is a significant surgical procedure that carries potential risks. When you choose an experienced surgeon like Dr. Allison, and when you follow all of the recovery instructions, the following risks will be greatly minimized:

  • Poor wound healing
  • Damage to underlying muscles and blood vessels
  • Asymmetry
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Pain
  • Scarring
  • Fluid accumulation

If you have been hiding your upper arms underneath clothing and want the freedom to wear any fashion you wish, contact us to schedule a Cosmetic Consultation and find out of an arm lift in Northern Virginia is right for you.