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ARM LIFT PROCEDURES After Weight Loss

If you’ve lost a dramatic amount of weight, you already know the exhilaration of stepping on the scales and seeing that pounds are dropping off. And, you know the added joy of arriving at a day that you thought might never come—the day you reached your goal weight. But now, some of that delight may now be tempered by the fact that you find yourself with excess skin because of the weight loss.

As you probably know, this extra skin does not respond to exercise or more dieting. But, there is a way to resolve the problem: plastic surgeons can remove this extra skin. In this article, we’ll review a bariatric plastic surgery procedure for removing excess skin from the upper arms.

Arm Lift

The surgical procedure, called brachioplasty, or an “arm lift,” restores the contours of your arms from the elbow to the underarm. Arm lifts are becoming more and more popular following massive weight loss. Last year, about 9,000 people underwent arm lifts, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

There are several types of incisions used for arms lifts. The type that is best suited to your needs depends on the amount of loose skin you have on your arms. For example, in a standard brachioplasty an incision is made that extends from the underarm to the elbow, and the drooping skin is removed. If you have additional excess skin in the underarm area, you may require what’s called an extended brachioplasty, in which the incision extends beyond the underarm and to the side of the chest, allowing the surgeon to remove more skin.

If you have only modest amounts of extra skin that are confined to the uppermost part of the arm, you may be a candidate for a short-scar brachioplasty, in which the incision begins above the elbow and goes to the underarm area. However, following massive weight loss, a short-scar brachioplasty typically doesn’t remove an adequate amount of excess tissue to provide a satisfactory result.

Arm lifts can be performed alone but are often done in combination with other procedures, such as, breast lifts or upper body lifts.

Are You a Candidate for an Arm Lift?

If you have excess skin on your arms and are generally in good health, you’re most likely a candidate for an arm lift. It is important to understand that you’ll have scars on the undersides of your arms; even though they are on the underside, they are visible. Some scars are thin and light, but sometimes scars can become thick and raised.

Undergoing an Arm Lift Procedure

When performed alone, an arm lift typically takes about two hours. The procedure begins with an incision along the inner arm or the back of the arm. Depending on the amount of excess tissue to be removed, the incision may extend past the elbow to the forearm or past the underarm to the side of the chest. In these cases, a Z-shaped incision may be used at the elbow or underarm. This type of incision helps prevent the resulting scar from tightening and constricting movement.

After the incision has been made, liposuction may be performed to remove fat deposits. Then excess skin and tissue is removed until satisfactory contours are achieved. A surgical drain may be placed in the arm, and the incision is closed using layers of sutures. The process is repeated on the other arm, with great care taken to maintain symmetry in the size of your arms.

After Your Arm Lift Procedure

A hospital stay usually isn’t necessary after an arm lift if that is the only procedure being performed. In most cases, you’ll go home the same day.
Typically, you’ll be sent home with drains near the surgical site and compression garments on your upper arms. The drains are used to draw blood and other body fluids away from the incision site. Draining away these fluids helps in the prevention of infection. Drain insertion involves placing a small, pliable tube under the skin near the incision and attaching it to a small plastic bulb that remains on the outside of your body. The bulb uses suction to draw out fluids. The compression garments do several things. They minimize swelling, increase blood circulation, and provide support. The garments also help skin “re-drape” to the new body shape.

Is there much post-surgical pain? Most people do not have a lot of pain after bracioplasty and many patients describe the pain as mild to moderate. Your surgeon will prescribe pain medications and may also recommend over-the-counter pain relievers.

Recovering from Your Arm Lift Procedure

Arm lifts are usually associated with a rapid and relatively easy recovery. As your arms heal, you’ll be advised to follow your doctor’s post-operative instructions. For instance, you’ll be informed how and when to empty your drains, and you’ll be instructed on how long to wear the compression garments. To further reduce swelling, keep your arms propped up on a couple of pillows while you’re lying in bed or sitting in a chair.

Typically, following an arm lift, you’ll be able to use your arms for normal daily activities, such as brushing your teeth, eating, and getting dressed. You will be advised to move your arms carefully for about three to four weeks, and you should avoid any heavy lifting for about six weeks. Otherwise, you may be able to engage in other activities sooner than with most bariatric plastic surgery procedures. In fact, your surgeon may advise you to let pain be your guide. That means that if an activity causes pain, you should stop.

Risks of Arm Lifts

The general risks of surgery apply to arm lifts, including infection and improper wound healing. Other risks, such as hematoma, seroma, and blood clots, are much less common, but are potential risks. A hematoma is the pooling of blood at the incision site; a seroma is a clear pocket of lymphatic fluid that may collect under the skin after surgery. Both a hematoma and a seroma need to be drained to prevent infection and to avoid tissue death.

In extremely rare cases, a blood clot may break off and travel to the lung, causing a potentially life-threatening condition called pulmonary embolism. If a blood clot is detected, it may require hospitalization and treatment with blood-thinning medication.

In addition to these general risks, there are also specific risks associated arm lift procedures. These include:

  • Uneven skin contours: In spite of your surgeon’s best efforts, the skin on your arms may appear uneven, with slight depressions, rippling, or wrinkling.
  • Differences in size: Your surgeon will make every effort to make your arms appear equal in size, but in most cases, there will be slight differences. You should realize that, usually, your two arms are not exactly the same size pre-operatively either.
  • Asymmetrical scars: The scars on each arm heal independently and may not be completely symmetrical.
  • Interference with lymph system: In rare cases, temporary interference with the lymph drainage system may occur. When this happens, it is usually minor and may require a compression stocking to be worn on the upper arm for a period of time.


How Long Will an Arm Lift Last?

Arm lifts, which permanently remove excess skin and fatty tissue from the upper arms, are generally considered to be long-lasting. Maintaining a stable weight and engaging in a physician-approved exercise routine can help you keep your arms looking as good as possible. However, since the skin on the upper arms is thin and delicate, it may be more prone to recurrent laxity. In some cases, this may necessitate a minor revisionary procedure.

Thomas McNemar, MD, FACS, is a noted cosmetic plastic surgeon, as well as co-author of Breast Augmentation & Body Contouring and a new book entitled Bariatric Plastic Surgery: A Guide to Cosmetic Surgery after Weight Loss. His offices are located in Tracy & San Ramon, CA. For more information visit www.
mcnemarcosmeticsurgery.com or www.bariatricplasticsurgeon.com.



65 Comment(s)
Comment by judeebeth on Jan 10, 2010 at 10:25am
Cost????????????
Comment by melliemel on Jan 12, 2010 at 05:17am
I went for a consultation to have a brachioplasty. It would cost around $8000. I was REALLY hoping to have this procedure done before my September 2010 wedding, but there is no way I can swing that. My arms (well what's left of them) are absolutely hideous. I shouldn't complain, having lost 177 pounds, but tank tops are my thing... and I can tell you I won't be wearing them this summer. One day... one day...
Comment by dm514 on Jan 14, 2010 at 09:50am
I so hear you melliemel. I am 8 years out and have lost 195 and maintaining... But my flabby/fatty arms make me sick. I only wear 3/4 length sleeves, even in the summer. 4G's per Arm I was told... It should be included... I do not feel like I have completed this journey!
Comment by ladywolf2179 on Jan 14, 2010 at 10:04am
any way to avoid the scars make them not so visable
Comment by Laura8603 on Jan 15, 2010 at 02:06am
I just had one (December 2009) and it cost me $4400. From what research I have done, the average cost seems to be 3,000-6,000. I have before and after pics on my profile. I LOVE my new arms and it was one of my best decisions ever. The scar is much better than the excess skin.
Comment by LisaGreenway on Jan 15, 2010 at 03:30am
I have just had it done and for the first time in my life I have tops without sleeves WOW
Comment by designera on Jan 15, 2010 at 09:07pm
I am only 1month out, but I was looking into all of the cosmetic procedures after weight loss! I do not believe that I will need this procedure, but there is no way of knowing till all the weight is off! This was a great article though! I enjoyed it!
Comment by jte706 on Jan 16, 2010 at 04:29am
I desperately need this surgery but am scared to death of keloid development. This, I think would be worse than my arms flapping in the wind.
Comment by jte706 on Jan 16, 2010 at 04:32am
LisaGreenway, How are the scars?
Comment by olga316 on Jan 16, 2010 at 09:00am
I had my surgery 4 months ago and i'm happy that the price isn't as big as i was expecting at least if i start saving now i can get it done what about legs has anyone had to have surgery to remove excess skin there?
Comment by Mslady1951 on Jan 19, 2010 at 01:34pm
The pic of the arm lift procedure in this article looks absoltely terrible. So much skin was taken away on the arm the elbow area sticks out like a big knob. Can't they do contouring?
Comment by klynee.girl on Jan 19, 2010 at 06:11pm
I had a "small" arm lift with incision only in the armpit. This isn't realistic for someone with a lot of skin issues, but it made a 2 inch difference in each arm and the scar is completely managable/hideable. I suspect it to fade a lot as well.
Comment by PMil on Jan 19, 2010 at 06:26pm
I agree with Mslady1951....I agree the excess skin had been removed but the final result that is shown in the pic doesn't look exciting...The shape of the arm seem to be distorted...
Comment by ClaireZ on Jan 23, 2010 at 11:05am
I had this procedure done in 2003. The scars were quite red for over a year but then faded gradually. Now they are so faint that you almost can't see them at all. Do not regret having it done at all. The outcome so much better than the wings.
Comment by sallyj on Jan 24, 2010 at 10:36am
I had this done after losing 240 lbs. and, yes, my arm shape is somewhat distorted. Plastic surgery can't make us look "perfect." It all depends on what the surgeon has to work with. But even with imperfection, my arms are so much better than they were.
Comment by mustangslly on Jan 25, 2010 at 07:53am
I had the procedure done December 4, 2009 after losing 155 pounds. I also had mastopexy with implants (just to B cup)at the same time and I am loving my new arms and breasts! Scarring already looks great and I don't have the distorted looking elbows. I can't wait for summer and tank tops. The cost for me here in Indiana was $5000. It was all so worth it!
Comment by Christine1959 on Jan 25, 2010 at 09:15pm
Mustangslly who was your surgeon? Im a hoosier too.
Comment by pennywh_44 on Jan 26, 2010 at 07:23am
I went to see a doctor and was told that I may as well not get the surgery because I will need to cover my arms because of the scar it will leave. What is the purpose of getting the surgery if it is going to leave a scar and one can not show their arms.
Comment by mustangslly on Jan 26, 2010 at 09:11am
Response to pennywh_44: I guess it's all personal preference. I much rather have a scar than skin hanging from my upper arms. A scar makes for a good story, flabby skin doesn't. My scar looks great already. Out of the 3 plastic surgeries I want/wanted: arms, breasts, and lower body, my #1 area was the arms. All my other hanging skin can be hid under clothes, but my arms showed with short sleeves and I was self conscious about it. So happy I had it done!
Comment by mustangslly on Jan 26, 2010 at 09:16am
One more thing about weight loss and plastic surgery: I am not looking for perfection, I am looking for NORMAL. :)
Comment by mcl1714 on Jan 26, 2010 at 01:19pm
To Mustangslly: Would you recommend your arm lift surgeon? Who and where please. You said the cost for breast and arm lift was about $5000? Thanks
Comment by Laura8603 on Jan 26, 2010 at 02:17pm
I think my arms look better than they did when I was in my 20's (I'm 43 now). The shape of them is fabulous. I LOVE them and once my scars fade, they will not be bad. MUCH rather have the scar than the excess droopy skin!!!
Comment by army.wifey919 on Jan 30, 2010 at 04:16am
I am not sure if you have heard about this army exerciser thing they came out with. It is called "shake weight" I just bought one of ebay for $28 that comes with the dvd. This helps ensure toning in your chest area, arms, and shoulders. Also many months ago there was a lady on here that had AMAZING arm work outs and had WONDERFUL results from them with pictures to prove them. When she started out she was very flabby under arms and now is very toned! Good luck!
Comment by army.wifey919 on Jan 30, 2010 at 04:18am
arm**
Comment by [Anonymous] on Jan 31, 2010 at 08:03pm
Has anyone who develops keloid scars had the surgery?
Comment by melissamoore on Feb 02, 2010 at 02:59pm
I'm a hoosier also and am having trouble accepting my bodys changes. Is this uncommon? I am 11 lbs. from loosing 200lbs. I feel great physically but just don't want to look at myself...melissamoore
Comment by freebyrd_1964 on Feb 07, 2010 at 02:43pm
I am hoping that through exercise that i will not need to have any lifts. if i do, i hope my insurance will pay for some of it, if not, then i guess i will be saving me some money.
Comment by Midge on Feb 09, 2010 at 10:07am
I had a brachioplasty nearly one year ago....I am not happy as the scars are horrible and itchy and painful, still. Plus now that it is one year nearly, I am going in to see my surgeon for the possibility of a revision, as my arms look nearly as bad now as they did before the brachioplasty. This surgeon did the rest of my loose skin removal procedures, and although I am smaller, the dimpling and scaring and misshapen areas are just as disgusting to me as the loose skin was! So much for this part of my 6 year out journey....
Comment by snalley79 on Feb 16, 2010 at 07:30pm
I had a tummy tuck - looks good but could look better. Had my arms done and you can't tell unless i lift my arms over my head - but who does that? I was scarred before surgery (mentally) and I'm still scarred. My arms and stomach were much worse than the pictures you've seen. I would do it again. Scars are scars - who's perfect. Trust your surgeon going in.
Comment by danij on Feb 17, 2010 at 08:30pm
How about "Will insurance pay for this?" In other words, can you (they-the doctors) deem it medically necessary? Who has had it paid for by their insurance?
Comment by CThrasher on Feb 18, 2010 at 12:27pm
I had my arms done 12-09 so I am one year out. One of my scars is really thick and super red, the other isn't as bad. People are often shocked about my scars, but I am not self concious of them. To me it was a trade off...the bat wings or scars. I would much rather have the scars. I did all the research beforehand and went in eyes wide open that the scars would be bad. I think a lot of people think I should be disappointed, but I am not. Yes, my arms are a little distorted as a result of the surgery and my scars are really tender still. I have seen pictures of better results but my results are mine and I have to live with them. I also had a tummy tuck...not red hot happy with that one either. It's a definite improvement but I have the "Ken Doll" bulge and was told I would need further surgery to get rid of that. In my opinion it should never have been created with initial surgery. It's not perfection, but an improvement! Would I do it again? DEFINITELY YES!!
Comment by 1959married on Feb 21, 2010 at 08:21am
I had my arms done on 2-3-10. I am still at the itchy, swollen, uncomfortable stage. My PS told me that the arms will "relax" after a few months and not be so tight. I wanted my "popeye knob" elbows gone. My arm doesn't look perfect. Dr. did a great job at the elbow. No knob now. :-) He waid he'll be giving me silicone tape to put over the scar and that should help prevent wide scarring. I, too, would rather have a scar than the wing bats. i hated them since I was 14 yr. old.
Comment by ramos2710 on Feb 24, 2010 at 07:20pm
I am 6 day post-op the arm and upper back lift from Dr. Mcnemar. so far so good- I'd rather have the scars than the wings...
Comment by mrs_laughing on Feb 25, 2010 at 03:46pm
does any one know if this procedure is covered in canada i hate my arms felt better when they were firm even if I was big i hate havingto cover up i've lost 116 pounds and really hate the out come everything is flabby and hanging
Comment by CariDLC on Mar 04, 2010 at 05:38pm
I had brachioplasty February 26, 2009. I have to tell you that the doctor's comment that arm lifts are "usually associated with a rapid and relatively easy recovery" was not true for me, and from what my PS told me, sort of a myth that gets perpetuated by people who don't understand just how many nerve endings there are in your armpit -- how about 800? My research (after talking to several patients) has shown that this is not as painless as many will lead you to believe -- so be prepared for some pretty intense pain. Also, you will need to wear compression garments for at least three months, so the scars will lay flat. Be sure to factor that into your recovery period -- will you be comfortable wearing sleeves with your tank top during a hot summer? Just something to consider... I do recommend the surgery, but feel the need to clarify the truth about recovery -- at least from my personal experience.
Comment by JudithC on Mar 06, 2010 at 04:16pm
I had a brachioplasty in June of 2008 and it was the third best decision of my life - the first was marrying my husband of 31 years and the second was having gastric bypass surgery. My recovery was uneventful (and I don't do uneventful surgery), the results were awesome and the scars are absolutely hidden now. My clothes fit better and I love the look of my bod without any other surgery. I think the pictures on this topic show an overzealous surgery (what my doc called a "Popeye" look. Good surgeons produce good looking arms. Poor choice of photo.
Comment by DBlazer325 on Mar 06, 2010 at 08:47pm
I had open rny gastric by pass surgery on August 22, 2006. I have lost close to 300 lbs. I workout with a personal trainer 4x a week, all the exercise in the world will not get rid of the "bat wings" It seems like the more muscle I gain on my upper arms, the more I sag. PBlazer97233@comcast.net
Comment by sandorah on Mar 12, 2010 at 04:12am
To: mustangslly. I am in Indiana also, can you give me the name of your Dr. I need a tummy tuck, maybe boobs and definately the batwings! Thanks! Did insurance pay for any of it. They said that my tummy tuck should be covered because I have a hernia.
Comment by GodisGood on Mar 12, 2010 at 01:24pm
Awwweee tank tops!!! No go for me this summer either (sighs) --Marii
Comment by candace501 on Mar 14, 2010 at 12:21am
I haven't lost all my weight yet but am planning ahead and really appreciate the comments from everyone. I am especially awed by the huge amounts of weight some of you have lost. I have sooooo much respect for what you have been through and where you are now. I'd rather have the scars than the bat wings but even with the wings we should all be proud of the changes we have made in our lives.
Comment by swicabee on Mar 14, 2010 at 03:17pm
to mrs_laughing: as far as I know it is not covered unless your surgeon can prove that it is "medically necessary" .... which usually doesn't happen to arms. I had the sleeve on Oct 2008 and lost 154lbs so far and I will definitely need an arm lift ... besides the tummy tuck and thigh lift. I am saving ....
Comment by melliemel on Mar 15, 2010 at 09:06am
I found another doctor that came highly recommended to me. He has his own surgery center, so that cuts down on the hospital fee included in the pricing. He quoted me nearly half of what the other doctor quoted me. The brachioplasty will cost $4800, and he is letting me pay a deposit and the rest in payments. I am going in today for bloodwork and hopefully by the end of the month I will have new arms!!
Comment by Jane Wurzel on Mar 15, 2010 at 05:22pm
I had brachioplasty 8 years ago after losing 110#. I am unhappy with my outcome because he didn't even try to make my elbows look proportional. They are big and knobby. He sasaid he would do lipo after the healing which he did reluctantly and was in such a HURRY that he only removed a very small amt of fat. The scars are not noticable but that elbow shows badly. It could have been better if he had wanted to do it. A very careless surgeon is awful. I should have asked for more info from others who knew him and I didn't ask for pictures of his other surgeries. Big mistake. It cost $4000 cash. I would expect that would mean he would care about a good outcome. Yes, it was painful and took 3 weeks to recover. He pulled the sutures so tight under the arm pit that I had a quarter size area of necrotic ( black dead skin) which was causing the pain.
Comment by RetroChic86 on Apr 08, 2010 at 12:04pm
I already know that I will need this procedure. My arms look crazy right now. But it costs so much money, and I know that I won't be able to afford it. So i'm basically stuck
Comment by butterflydreams on Apr 10, 2010 at 06:00pm
Does anyone have a recommendation on who to go to for brachioplasty in Indiana? I also want to get a tummy tuck and breast lift. I understand the tummy tuck is covered by insurance if deemed a necessity. I have been making sure to complain at all my appt's about the skin rubbing and causing irritation.
Comment by cheyjoseph on Apr 17, 2010 at 06:47am
Does anyone know if blue cross blue sheild ppo will pay for the surgery. What doctor in miami can I go to. I need someone who knows how to write up the medical paperwork needed
Comment by kathyysen on Jun 21, 2010 at 06:29am
So all in all would those of you that had the surgery do it again? Do you still hide your arms because of the scar? Thanks much for any and all advice:)
Comment by irishgirl8 on Jun 22, 2010 at 06:39pm
I'm looking forward to my GB and I'm planning ahead. I made a deal with my husband...we eat out a lot, so I will order soup or sald, or nibble off of his plate he will match whatever his meal costs and put that money aside for the "lifts" I know I will eventually need. I'm thinking a trip to another state might be in order when the time comes. I love in SoCal and the costs are studidly high!
Comment by muffin27 on Jul 04, 2010 at 03:55am
a "Y" incision with the legs of the "Y" at the breast sides offers much better lift, tightness, and shorter scar than the standard "L" cut. It takes about 2hours under local. Very few do this approach as it is very difficult technically. Having had both, I'd say not to bother with the standard "L" it makes the part below the incision and above the elbow WORSE than what you had to begin with, and this is the part that the public sees in a Tshirt and asks you questions about.
Comment by slsabo on Jul 14, 2010 at 01:27pm
I had an upper and lower tummy tuck 12/09 and I am thrilled with the results. Three weeks ago I had a thigh lift (6/10). The thighs are much more painful than the stomach but I would do both again. Plan on having arms done in December. Insurance paid for tummy tuck but not other surgeries. My doctor is Dr. Bandak in Charleston, WV. The legs were 7300.00 and the arms are going to be 3000.00.
Comment by NatesNana on Sep 23, 2010 at 03:27pm
I had the by-pass in 2008 and lost 150 lbs and have bat wings. Does anyone in the central NJ area know of a good PS?
Comment by gfd3 on Oct 02, 2010 at 07:26pm
Due to the cost of procedures I will have to live with my "wings" but wings are better than having teh 125 pounds back on my body! glad for those of you who were fortunate enough to have the procedures.
Comment by 1big2red3little on Oct 16, 2010 at 10:22pm
has anyone had a breast liftif so by who i live in knoxville tn ???
Comment by na_na711 on Nov 22, 2010 at 05:38am
has anyone went to mexico to have this done or flew to a different country? I heard it is cheaper but how do you get the information>?
Comment by [Anonymous] on Nov 25, 2010 at 10:40am
1big2red3little I live in the Tri-cities area and am planning on having my wls in June of 2011. I certainly want to have a breast lift when I am done so if you learn of anyone doing it in our area affordably,(since I'm willing to drive to Knoxville for it), please let me know. I would even fly to a city/state where the cost is less as long as the surgeon is reputable. If I never get either surgery done, I'd still be very happy to have lost the weight!
Comment by Strawberryga on Nov 28, 2010 at 10:43am
I had a family Dr who did surgeries in his office. I had a choice of arms or tummy tuck and went with tummy tuck. My insurance paid a portion cuz I had severe keyloid(s?) scars from 2 surgeries. I had a baby 2 years later and even tho I dont have the hanging skin, it did stretch out a little. That Dr retired and I am afraid I wont be able to find a Dr who would bill insurance and take payments for an arm surgery. I have had FAT arms my entire life and scars are better than gross, folds of skin flying around (that could hurt someone if they got too close) ! I have keyloid scars and the only way to make sure they are not severe is to have the Dr sew me on the INSIDE. Always keep your wound moisturized as it heals too, that helps with stopping redness and intensity of scar. Id loose 40 pounds if I had it done!!! I NEED my inner thighs done too, I assumed the incision would be an upsidedown triangle with the triangle removed and remaining skin pulled together. The Dr I asked in 1998 said they would cut my legs totally around and 'lift' the skin like nylons or tights and reattatch. That sounds really dumb to me. Please excuse my spelling errors. If anyone knows a Dr in Northern Ohio area plz drop me a line. Thanks
Comment by cgervasi on Jan 16, 2011 at 06:42am
I heard such awful stories about post op pain and recovery that I decided to pass on a brachioplasty. Besides, I didn't want to pay $8K and have a big ugly scar (I scar pretty badly). I decided to try liposuction (Smart Lipo TriPlex) and have had remarkable results. It does take about a year for the skin to tighten but it's definitely another option. And less then half of the cost! You must also wear a light compression garment 24/7 to help the arms get their contour back but it's been so worth it!
Comment by Janice56 on Jun 13, 2011 at 07:24am
I want to have the Brachioplasty here in Birmingham,Al . Does anyone know of a excellent plastic surgeon here.
Comment by ROIANNJOHNSON on Sep 14, 2011 at 08:09pm
wow!! im about 2 get the gbs and by reading u guys comments about the flab, im not 2 sure!
Comment by ilovmesla2 on Dec 08, 2011 at 09:35pm
Very informative article, and extremely helpful comments. Thanks for sharing.
Comment by jane10years on Dec 16, 2011 at 01:45pm
I had armlift and tummy tuck after my bypass. I am totally sad about the armlift. I look just like that picture. The very knobby elbows make me look deformed. The surgeon told me he would do lipo to touch up anything I didn't like. He was so upset because I insisted he remove some of the fat from the elbows and did very little. There was no visible change when he was done. Yes my upper arms are thinner and I am glad but have to keep my arms covered all the time because they look so gross. I did not have flaccid skin just firm skin with wings. I know it could have been done better but he was more interested in making money than doing it right.
Comment by SANDID2000 on May 16, 2012 at 09:15am
I lost 250 pounds and my "bat wings" hung down about 6 inches. I had an arm lift done and I am thrilled and now all of the muscle that I have created swimming and working out daily shows. I love my arms! Anyone interested in seeing my pics feel free to contact me, or if you are going to the WLSFA meet and greet this week in Vegas you can check out the pics at Dr. Michael Pickart's talk or at his booth area.
Comment by Guatemala on Jul 10, 2012 at 04:57pm
I lost 135lbs...and I also suffered with the bat wings. I had the arm lift procedure done 4 weeks today. My wings also hung about 5 inches. I have not worn short sleeve shirts in over 20 years. I'm so looking forward to wearing short sleeves...so far so good.
Comment by Gatesgal on Oct 21, 2012 at 09:56am
I underwent extended brachioplasty 2 weeks ago and am pleased. YES, there is scarring but I knew about it beforehand and expected it. I do have some pain, especially underneath the arms and a feeling of fullness there, but I know this will subside in time. My procedure cost around $8,500 which was not covered by insurance. Many medical offices have ways to finance these optional procedures so please don't be shy about asking if they have payment plans. The fee included the PS's fee, anesthesiology and the use of the surgical center. My procedure was done in Fairfax, VA by a plastic surgeon who does quite a few body lift type procedures. I am not wearing compression garments, though, because he said most people don't comply and he has found that it doesn't make a lot of difference in the outcome anyhow. If anyone needs more info, contact me.
Comment by garnet408 on Nov 27, 2012 at 03:01am
I had mine done in Tampa Fl...in Sept 2012... I cant tell u how wonderful I feel now !!!!!! what a skilled surgeon he is...... I tried unsuccessfully to get my insurance to pay for it... had constant rashes and the skin hanging caused quality of life issues.. but they felt it was not necessary.. well no more creams for the rashes..Dont need to worry about catching my bat wings on things and tearing the skin... And now I can wear all those cute sexy dresses and shirts..I will take the scar over that hanging skin any day... If you live in florida and what a topnotched plastic surgeon,,, contact me....He even did my tummy tuck.....
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