Arm Lift, also known as Brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that reshapes the upper arms. Arm lifts are perfect for the patient who wants to get rid of saggy skin and fatty tissues that become droopy on the arms as well as to tighten and smooth tissues of the upper back and armpit region. The surgery is designed to tighten and smooth the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm and reduces localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region. Over time, the supporting structures in the upper arm become loose and begin to droop away from the underarm region. This can result in hanging skin and soft tissues, often referred to as a “bat-wing” deformity. Not only is the excess skin and soft tissue removed with the surgery, the tissues are re-suspended and contoured to their natural youthful appearance. The final result is a tight smooth arm, lifted and contoured upper back and tightened axilla (underarm or armpit). The procedure may also include liposculpture to further enhance the final contours.
Dr. Calloway has been performing specialized body contouring procedures such as Arm Lifts for over 25 years. While a Plastic Surgeon at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Calloway collaborated with many Plastic Surgeons from around the world to refine body contouring procedures, especially with patients after significant weight loss. During his tenure, he has helped train hundreds of physicians and surgeons from around the world and has been a featured speaker and educator at many international Medical Conferences. As every patient presents with specific and unique aspects of upper arm fullness and drooping, Dr. Calloway recognizes that every procedure needs to be tailored and customized to the individual. Consequently, Brachioplasty represents many surgical techniques that are blended and adapted to each specific patient to achieve the desired natural rejuvenation of the arms, upper back and axilla.
The cost of the surgery will vary depending on the procedures utilized. The surgery is performed under local anesthesia with mild sedation or under general anesthesia in our Accredited Outpatient Surgical Facility. The usual recovery is approximately 3 weeks before exercise regimens are resumed. The stitches do not require removal as they slowly dissolve over time. Also included as part of the procedure, Dr. Calloway performs non invasive laser treatments on the small hidden incisions to help them fade more rapidly. Thorough individualized instructions are reviewed with the patient and caregiver prior to surgery, and frequent postoperative visits with Dr. Calloway and his staff ensure a smooth and straightforward recovery.