Rafi Bidros, MD, FACS

920 Frostwood Drive Suite 690, Houston, TX 77024

MyBodyMD
Rafi Bidros, MD, FACS

920 Frostwood Drive Suite 690
Houston, TX 77024

Upper Arm Lift - Brachioplasty - Houston, TX*

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Overview

"Bat wings" may be good for a superhero, but they don't look good on regular people. Excess skin hanging from the upper arms, creating what is commonly known as "bat wings," is typically a problem for women caused by aging, genetics, or significant weight loss. An arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty, removes loose, sagging skin from the upper arms and reshapes the contours of the arm for a firmer, more toned result. Dr. Rafi Bidros, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Houston, may include minor fat removal during arm lift surgery or create a surgical plan with an arm lift and liposuction to achieve the patient's best result. If you avoid wearing swimsuits or sleeveless clothes because of "bat wings," schedule a consultation with Dr. Bidros to learn more about your plastic surgery options, including an arm lift, to get the body you want and can be proud to show off.

Surgical Technique

The incisions for an arm lift vary based on the patient's goals and needs, but the most common incisions are made in the inner arm or the back of the arm for less visible scars. Dr. Bidros will keep incisions minimal for the best results, but more extensive cases may require incisions from the armpit to above the elbow. Once the incisions are made, Dr. Bidros will remove the excess skin and use liposuction on small pockets of fat. Dr. Bidros may also tighten the tissues and muscles of the underarm to get the best contour.

During/After Surgery

An arm lift is performed at an accredited surgical facility with the patient typically under general anesthesia. After the surgery is complete, Dr. Bidros will carefully close  and bandage all surgical incisions. Once the patient is awake and cleared to leave, they will be released to a responsible adult to begin their home recovery. Patients usually see some results immediately after their surgery, but most will not see their final results until the bruising and swelling are gone after 4 - 6 weeks.

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Arm Lift FAQs

Best Candidates?

The ideal candidate for arm lift surgery will be in good health and while they have loose skin on their upper arm, they don't have a lot of excess fat. An arm lift can include a small amount of liposuction, but if the patient needs larger amounts of fat removed, a combination liposuction and arm lift will be a better procedure. Patients should have realistic expectations and be willing to follow all post-operative care and recovery instructions to ensure their best results.

Scarring?

The ideal candidate for arm lift surgery will be in good health and while they have loose skin on their upper arm, they don't have a lot of excess fat. An arm lift can include a small amount of liposuction, but if the patient needs larger amounts of fat removed, a combination liposuction and arm lift will be a better procedure. Patients should have realistic expectations and be willing to follow all post-operative care and recovery instructions to ensure their best results.

Permanent Results?

The results of arm lift surgery are permanent, but natural aging will continue that can result in the skin beginning to become loose and saggy again. Weight fluctuations can also alter the results of an arm lift, but a touch-up procedure by Dr. Bidros may be able to restore the patient's original result.

Recovery Options

Each patient will be given specific post-operative care instructions before they are released from the surgical center to recover at home. Patients will be taught how to keep their dressings and wounds clean, what medications can be taken for pain, and what symptoms should be reported immediately. Patients should also schedule all follow up appointments before leaving the center.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.