Arm Tuck (Brachioplasty)
The nice weather of Southern California invites women to wear sleeveless cloths and spaghetti straps. But unfortunately, Women who have flabby and hanging upper arms can’t. The remedy for these Beverly Hills and Los Angeles women is a newly popularized plastic surgery procedure called Brachioplasty.
Brachioplasty, also known as Arm Lift or Arm Tuck in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to remove redundant arm flab- also known as “Bat Wings,” “Batwing Deformity” and “Bingo Wings”. Loose upper arm skin folds are not only unsightly, but also interfere with one’s ability to fit in sleeved tops, as well as causing underarm skin rash and irritation. Candidates for Arm Lift plastic surgery are often embarrassed by their large and “jiggley” arms which they can’t hide!
Brachioplasty can now offer Beverly Hills and Los Angeles women the freedom of a lifestyle that they couldn’t enjoy previously. In fact, the popularity of Brachioplasty has soared to a point that according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the number of Brachioplasty surgeries has tripled since 1997, with nearly 15,000 procedures being performed in 2005. Arm Lift surgery is not exclusive to women. Actually, many men who are left with excess arm skin folds as a result of massive weight loss (Gastric bypass) are also undergoing Brachioplasty in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles.
The majority of candidates for Brachioplasty are those have lost massive weight following Bariatric Surgery, also known as “stomach stapling”, gastric bypass, or “lap banding.” While these patients reap many health and psychological benefits from this weight loss, one of its aftereffects is sagging skin that hangs from the arms and other parts of the body. After years of obesity, stretching of skin causes loss of skin elasticity; therefore, no amount of diet or exercise can restore firmness and tone to the upper arms. Another group of Arm Tuck candidates are those who as a result of aging and chronic tanning have developed upper arm flabbiness.
Fortunately, Beverly Hills Brachioplasty or Arm Lift can help restore a person’s ability to wear sleeveless blouses and shirts comfortably, to show their arms without feeling self-conscious, and to conduct their lives with greater freedom and confidence.
Not everyone with large arms is a good candidate for an arm tuck or Brachioplasty. Those who predominantly have excess fat, are better served with first undergoing Liposuction of Arms, and then to consider a Brachioplasty only if their arm skin does not shrink with liposculpture. Also, people with Hidradenitis Suppurativa -- a persistent ongoing infection of the sweat glands in their armpits, should not undergo Brachioplasty until treated appropriately. Finally, Brachioplasty is contraindicated for women who have had Radical Mastectomy or extensive breast cancer surgery, due to the risk of developing chronic arm swelling.
The style of Brachioplasty performed by your plastic surgeon depends upon the amount and location of your excess skin. If excess hanging skin is located within two inches from the armpit, your cosmetic surgeon can potentially pull up and tuck this excess skin into the armpit with an Axillary Brachioplasty or Mini Arm Tuck. For those whose excess skin extends like a “Bat Wing” from the armpit to the elbow, the only option is the complete removal of the arm flab in a Standard Brachioplasty or Standard Arm Lift.
An important consideration for Brachioplasty patients is the resulting scars. With a Mini Arm Tuck, the scar is limited to a semi-circular line hidden in the armpit. Standard Brachioplasty, however, results in a permanent scar extending the length of the upper arm, from the armpit to the elbow. This scar is either placed on the inner side of the arm, which is hidden in a normal pose; or at the bottom of the arm just, like the seam of a shirt. The severity of the scar’s appearance varies from patient to patient and cannot be predicted. Therefore, it is extremely important to decide whether having a permanent scar is a good “trade off” for having smaller and firmer upper arms.
In the following sections Dr. Younai reviews your treatment options for Brachioplasty, including pros and cons of each procedure, potential risks and complications, recovery course, pre and post operative instructions, and esthetic outcomes. There are also many before-and-after pictures and high resolution images of Arm Tuck/ Arm Lift available in our photo gallery.
Dr. Younai is a board certified plastic surgeon who receives patients at the California Center for Plastic Surgery from the Northern as well as the Southern California region. Some of these cities include Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Hollywood, Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Calabasas, Woodland Hills, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Pasadena, Glendale, Valencia, Palmdale, Fresno, and Oxnard.