If you avoid wearing short sleeved tops because you dislike the way your upper arms look, don’t worry, you have options to remedy this situation. Houston-based plastic surgeon, Dr. Bryan Correa, understands the frustration faced by his patients who have an otherwise slender frame yet lack the upper arm definition to match the rest of their body.

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What is an arm lift?

An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes fat and excess hanging skin from the upper arms. During the procedure, the underlying contour of the arm is tightened creating a smooth, slender upper arm. Aging, genetics and weight fluctuations are the most common causes of sagging upper arms. If you’re looking for a high quality arm lift, Dr. Correa can help you.

Dr. Correa’s philosophy on arm lifts

“The Houston summers can be hot and are no time for long sleeves. Unfortunately, some patients are self-conscious about their arms and summer can be an uncomfortable and long season. Thankfully, brachioplasty or liposuction can often fix this problem with minimal downtime and reliable outcomes.”

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Who should consider arm lift surgery?

Anyone who is unhappy with their upper arms can benefit from a brachioplasty as long as they are in good general health, and have a stable weight. Dr. Correa will be happy to meet with you to discuss your concerns so he can make a recommendation on treatment.

People who have lost a massive amount of weight find that there is a great deal of excess skin that will not respond to any exercise regimen. The excess skin must be removed surgically to correct the shape of the arm. Exercise will tone the underlying muscle but in the presence of excess skin, unfortunately, that effort will go unnoticed.

In cases where the skin has good elasticity and the amount of sagging is minimal, arm liposuction may be all that is needed to tighten the upper arm.

Arm lift procedure

The incisions are placed according to the judgment of the surgeon based on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed. Any excess fat can be removed either by direct excision or liposuction. Following this the skin is then tightened and contoured and the incisions will be closed. There are several different types of incisions utilized depending upon the severity of arm excess. Incisions are placed in the best location to minimize the scars that will be visible, although as time passes, the incisions usually improve and become less noticeable.

What you can expect in your initial consultation:

It is very important to Dr. Correa that his patients understand all aspects of dermal fillers before making the decision to move forward with surgery. It is his philosophy that his success as a plastic surgeon is dependant not only on his surgical skills, but also his ability to fully understand the needs and goals of his patients. By taking the time to understand each patient’s desires, he can ensure they get the treatment or procedure that is truly right for them.

Your initial consultation with Dr. Correa will last about an hour. During this time Dr. Correa will:
  • Perform a comprehensive examination of the issues you are seeking to remedy
  • Ensure he completely understands your goals for the procedure
  • Recommend a treatment plan that encompasses your goals
  • Explain the basis for his recommendations
  • Answer any questions you have about the procedure as well as insurance coverage or financing

You will have the opportunity to examine photographs of his other patients who have undergone dermal fillers so you can see his work and know what to expect if you decide to proceed. Dr. Correa will discuss the changes that you can expect to achieve and make recommendations regarding the best surgical methods to use to achieve your goals. You are encouraged to ask many questions and also to share any anxiety you may be having. Attaining your goal is a team effort. You and Dr. Correa must agree on the aesthetics and methods of your surgery so that you can obtain a result that meets or even exceeds your expectations.

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Benefits of an arm lift

An arm lift from Dr. Correa will tighten the loose skin under the arm and restore a more slender and balanced contour. To look better in form fitting clothes and be unafraid to expose the upper arms can be a boost to your self-confidence and image. In cases of massive weight loss, the excessive amount of redundant skin on the upper arms can diminish the sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that your new, healthy weight should provide. Dr. Correa has seen a number of patients in this position and through the relatively simple procedure of an arm lift, has restored their upper arms to a size that is proportionate to the rest of their body.

Arm lift recovery

This procedure can be done as an outpatient at Dr Correa’s surgical center of choice. The surgery takes about 1-2 hours and once you have recovered from the anesthetic you can go home to recover. You will wear a compression garment to minimize swelling. You will be given full instructions on managing your incisions and will have pain medication to keep you comfortable. Most people can return to work after a week and can return to exercising and more strenuous activities in 4 to 6 weeks. Scarring will fade as time goes on but you will enjoy the benefit of slimmer upper arms within a few weeks. The results are very long lasting as long as your weight remains stable.

Arm lift consultation

The first step to sculpted arms is calling Dr. Correa for an initial consultation. In this simple procedure it is very important to have a skilled plastic surgeon perform the surgery to maximize your result and minimize scarring. Dr. Correa’s many happy patients attest to his skill as a surgeon as well as his artistic sense when it comes to placing incisions and meticulously suturing the incisions to ensure scars will fade as much as possible. If you’re looking for an arm lift, call today to schedule a consultation.