What is Arm Lift Surgery?
A frustrating side effect that comes with losing weight and aging is the emergence of loose skin where the tissue was once firm and supple. At Urbaniak Plastic Surgery, we offer arm lift surgery (also known as brachioplasty) for anyone who cannot seem to tone and tighten their arms with exercise and diet alone. Loose skin from the elbow to the upper arm is very common, especially for women and men who are advancing in age or have lost weight. Arm lift surgery can improve your overall look by removing this excess skin, which is often called "bat wings." Roderick M. Urbaniak, M.D., a board-certified plastic surgeon in Largo and Clearwater, FL, is very skilled in skin tightening and fat removal surgical techniques and has undergone a great deal of training in the art of body contouring when compared to his peers. If you live in or around the greater Clearwater, FL area and would like to learn more about how brachioplasty can renew the contour of your arms, please schedule a consultation at Urbaniak Plastic Surgery.
What Are the Benefits of an Arm Lift?
At Urbaniak Plastic Surgery, patients who undergo arm lifts benefit from several significant improvements after their surgery:
- Less rubbing, itching, and discomfort between the chest and underarms
- Improves the look of unwanted skin following major weight loss or aging
- Solution for areas that are sometimes stubborn despite fitness efforts or diet changes
- Boosted self-esteem and choices when picking out clothes
"tummy tuck with muscle repair, a breast lift and lipo - Feeling like a million bucks at age 52! - I ask myself the question "Why did I wait so long to do this? " Should have done this years ago! The results are amazing! I am about 2 months post-op and feeling like a million bucks at age 52! I had a tummy tuck with muscle repair, a breast lift (no implants!) and lipo in the surrounding areas. Dr Urbaniak and his staff were amazing from beginning to end. From the ladies at the front desk, to Hannah who walked me through every step of the way to Eva, who I wish I could have with me at all times as my personal assistant post-op, to Dr. Urbaniak who is truly an artist. I couldn't have chosen a better practice. They stayed in constant contact with me throughout and I am healing beautifully!"- C. / RealSelf / Oct 06, 2022
"I had a double mastectomy and though I'm not done with my journey I have to say.... I could not have found a more compassionate and skilled Doctor than Dr Urbaniak. The office and medical staff are exceptional in all aspects of customer service as well and are caring and so friendly. With all the weight on my shoulders I feel so grateful to have them on my "team". When "all this" is behind me, I think I'll go back to him for a neck lift :)"- C.S. / Google / Jul 23, 2019
"After getting several "breast-imates" a friend urged me to see Dr. Urbaniak. She loved his work and thought I would too. I am so glad I did! He was the only doctor to suggest some additional work that would ultimately create better results. His estimate turned out to be more affordable than the others AND he was so much friendlier. I am beyond satisified with Dr. Roderick Urbaniak and the care his staff gave me. They made every appointment pleasant and quick. AND I LOVE the results of my surgery!! I can't wait to go back and see him again for the follow up. Dr. Urbaniak is a gem!"- J.R. / Google / Feb 18, 2020
"Very happy with my procedure! - I had been wanting my breast lifted for a very long time. I breastfeed 2 children and they were very saggy and uneven. I had talked about it for over 15 years. Finally, I was at a point in my life where I could afford to do this procedure and also was able to take the time to recover since my children are now grown. I'm so happy I did this. I feel so much better about my self. Dr Urbanick is a great doctor and my breast look and feel so real! I did not want them to look fake and they truly do not. I was very nervous to have this done and I took my time to do my research. I went on 6 consultations and Dr Urbanick was the last one and I found what I was looking for. He and his staff made me feel very comfortable. I will definitely use him in the future if I decide to do anything else."- K. / RealSelf / Sep 29, 2019
"Dr. G and all the staff are amazing! The facility is clean and the decor is so chic and modern. They also carry Jane Iredale makeup, which is my absolute favorite! I’m so happy to be a patient of Dr. G! I will definitely be back! Pick below is one day after my HydraFacial and Xeomin injections."- C.G. / Facebook / May 07, 2019
Am I A Candidate for Arm Lift Surgery?
An arm lift is an aesthetic surgery that employs innovative techniques to slim and remove unwanted skin. If you avoid sleeveless clothes because of your flabby arms and want them to look trim and taut again, then you could be an ideal candidate for arm lift surgery. To qualify, you should be in good overall health so that your skin is able to heal well following surgery. Some of the primary concerns patients who want an arm lift experience are excess, hanging skin on the upper arms and lost tightness of the skin. It is imperative that you are at or near your goal weight prior to your procedure.
How is Arm Lift Surgery Performed?
Typically, your upper arm lift surgery will take place with the patient under general anesthesia. An arm lift can be added to other procedures (usually performed in an inpatient setting for monitoring), like a mommy makeover, tummy tuck, or thigh lift, if Dr. Roderick Urbaniak determines that the combinations are safe. This procedure often takes several hours to complete. The sagging skin will be surgically excised from the elbow up to the underarm. The incision will be made to be as concealed as possible, but it will leave a visible scar. If liposuction is required to remove stubborn fat, this will be done as well. Once the skin is tightened, it will be sutured in place. You will need to keep the incisions sanitized, covered, and in compression garments.
What to Expect After Arm Lift Surgery
Your recovery period will last around two weeks and involve a great deal of arm elevation and rest. It's vital that you give yourself time to heal. You use your arms for everything, so patients are encouraged to ease their way back into their usual routines. An appointment to remove sutures will be scheduled for around ten days after surgery. Compression garments should be worn until you are released by Dr. Roderick Urbaniak. For at least 4 – 5 weeks, all strenuous activity should be avoided with the exception of short walks. If you experience excessive swelling, uncontrolled bleeding, hematoma (fluid buildup), infection, loss of feeling in the arms or hands, or heavy scarring, please call Urbaniak Plastic Surgery for assistance.
Arm Lift FAQs
How much does arm lift surgery cost?
The cost for a surgical arm lift will depend on several factors. Before he can determine your costs, Dr. Roderick Urbaniak will perform a physical evaluation and assess your wants and goals. Once this is complete, he can create your treatment plan and estimate your costs. Urbaniak Plastic Surgery accepts many payment methods, and we can help patients secure low-interest 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 called an upper body lift and may include liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), or breast surgery (breast lift). An arm lift is also commonly done as part of an after weight loss surgery for patients who have lost a large amount of weight and desire full-body contouring. During your consultation with Dr. Urbaniak, other surgeries can be discussed so your customized surgical plan fits all of your goals.
Will there be scars?
An arm lift uses incisions to excise loose skin, which means there will be scarring. However, Dr. Urbaniak makes every effort to use small, thin incisions that are placed in less visible areas. After your surgery, ointments to assist in scar healing will be recommended along with other tips for scar care management. We also recommend that you avoid sun exposure during the first year post-op to minimize the potential for scar discoloration. Most patients believe that the benefits of having a more toned arm outweigh the appearance of scars.
What results can I expect from an arm lift?
Arm lift surgery is done to treat hanging skin and stubborn pockets of fat. You should maintain a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and regular exercise to avoid a significant change in your weight, which could ultimately affect your results. Once your arms are fully healed and Dr. Urbaniak has authorized it, you can begin weight training. This can be a great way to add shape to your arms by toning the muscles.
Are there nonsurgical treatments to improve my arms?
While there are several nonsurgical skin tightening procedures on the market today, most will only provide mild improvements. To address moderate to severe amounts of loose skin, a surgical arm lift is your best option. Along with eliminating excess skin, Dr. Roderick Urbaniak also removes small, stubborn pockets of fat and smoothes out the remaining skin and tissue for a better result. If you are interested in nonsurgical treatments, Dr. Urbaniak can talk about all possible treatments during your consultation and help you decide which is best for your goals.
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Get Back Your Shape
Whatever you call your "bat wings" or the droopy skin on your arms, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Roderick Urbaniak considers it an opportunity to elevate your confidence and achieve the firm look you want. This advanced procedure offers emotional and physical benefits as well as a tighter body shape. If you are at or near a healthy weight but still cannot eliminate the flab and skin that hangs from your upper arms, please call and schedule a private consultation with a member of our team at Urbaniak Plastic Surgery. Feel younger and fitter with arm lift surgery.