Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) Near Chattanooga

Trim, toned upper arms are certainly an attractive physical quality but a challenge for some people to attain. Though not a substitute for exercise, arm lift surgery can pick up the slack when push-ups and bicep curls just don't cut it. Arm lift may include liposuction to sculpt the arms or it may simply remove excess skin that droops after bariatric surgery or excessive weight loss.

Dr. Joel Williams, a Chattanooga-area plastic surgery provider, is a skilled arm lift surgeon and can discuss your needs with you in greater detail during a one-on-one consultation. Please contact his practice today to schedule an appointment.

Arm Lift Candidates

Arm lift is a popular plastic surgery procedure among people who have lost a significant amount of weight (often through bariatric surgery). It is not uncommon for a post-bariatric surgery patient to notice saggy skin hanging from their upper arms. Otherwise, arm lift is perfectly appropriate for an aging adult who has not lost excess amounts of weight but is still uncomfortable with droopy skin.

Arm Lift Surgery

Arm lift surgery is performed at Dr. Williams' modern, accredited surgical center. During arm lift surgery, Dr. Williams makes an incision on the inside or bottom of the arm. The incision may be small and limited to the area near the armpit, but usually extends to the elbow. The length of the incision depends on the amount of alteration that needs to be made.

Through the incision, he removes excess fat using liposuction, and excises excess skin to create a pleasing contour. The remaining skin is trimmed, tightened and sutured in place.


Recovering from Arm Lift Surgery

Arm lift patients will experience some bruising and swelling after the procedure, but this should begin to disappear within a week or two. It is virtually impossible to elevate the arm for any length of time; therefore, some swelling may be present for weeks to months afterward. As always, every patient is different in this regard. Any pain can be treated with prescription medication. Some Chattanooga / Dalton arm lift patients may need to wear a compression garment, and this is up to Dr. Williams' discretion. He will advise patients to avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for several weeks until he clears them.

Benefits and Risks of Arm Lift Surgery

Many people with excess sagging skin under their arms feel embarrassed or ashamed of their "bat wings." Arm lift improves the arms' appearance and can be coupled with other procedures such as a tummy tuck or liposuction for a more dramatic full-body transformation.

Arm lift risks include infection, seroma, scarring, anesthesia-related complications, hematoma and unfavorable scarring. Dr. Williams can address these concerns in greater detail during a surgical consultation. It's important to be aware of all potential complications, but it's also important to weigh the potential benefits against these risks.

Please contact the office of Dr. Joel Williams to schedule your arm lift consultation.