What is an Arm Lift?
An arm lift (also known as brachioplasty) corrects flabby skin that droops downward and gives your arms a “bat wing” appearance. In many cases, a rigorous diet and exercise can help you lose weight, but fail to eliminate persistent pockets of fat and hanging skin on your arms. Dr. Michael Omidi uses an arm lift surgery to not only eliminate these problem areas, but also tighten the underlying supportive tissue to redefine the shape in the upper arm region. A recognized expert in body contouring, Dr. Michael Omidi has performed countless arm lifts on satisfied patients in Beverly Hills, Apple Valley, the Inland Empire, and the Greater Los Angeles area.
Are you the Right Candidate?
An arm lift is well-suited to those patients who exhibit excess fat and loose skin on the upper arms due to aging or significant weight loss. The ideal arm lift candidate is the one who has attained a stable and normal weight but wishes to rid himself or herself of excess underarm looseness. In Dr. Michael Omidi’s extensive experience performing this procedure, many patients elect to perform arm lifts together with liposuction to attain better contouring.
Benefits of the Procedure
- Eliminates the “bat wing” appearance on the arms
- Treats problem areas that persist in spite of exercise and dieting regimen
- Addresses excess fat and loose skin on the arms
- Enables you to wear sleeveless or short-sleeve clothing without feeling self-conscious
- Patients report a boost in self-image following an arm lift surgery
Scheduling a consultation is a crucial first step in achieving your arm lift goals.
- A consultation allows Dr. Michael Omidi to carefully assess your needs and discuss your desired results.
- Dr. Michael Omidi will spend as much time as necessary to evaluate your needs and determine which treatment options are best for you.
- He will make sure that you have realistic expectations for arm lift results.
- You and Dr. Omidi will also discuss any prior medical conditions or drug allergies.
Getting Ready for an Arm Lift
Dr. Michael Omidi will instruct you to stop smoking and avoid medications that may contribute to increased bleeding during an arm lift procedure. The day before surgery, you should take care not to drink or eat anything after midnight. On the morning of surgery, take a prescribed nausea medication with a small sip of water and avoid wearing makeup or perfume.
How is an Arm Lift Performed?
Typically, an arm lift requires only one treatment, which lasts 1 to 2 hours. Keep in mind that sufficient hydration before and after the procedure is essential to the successful surgery and smooth recovery. Dr. Michael Omidi takes the following basic steps while performing an arm lift:
- Experienced anesthesiologist or CRNA will use general anesthesia for your safety.
- Dr. Michael Omidi will create a lengthwise incision on the arm. Following his minimally-invasive approach to plastic surgery, he will strive to make as few incisions as possible to minimize scarring.
- He will then eliminate excess fat and loose skin through the incisions.
- Dr. Omidi will also tighten underlying supportive tissues in the course of surgery.
- In the end, he will close the incision with sutures.
- On the day of the procedure, you should make arrangements for someone to drive you home after surgery.
- Most patients experience some degree of bruising and swelling immediately after an arm lift. Swelling will peak during the first 36 to 48 hours after the procedure and gradually resolve over the following 2 weeks.
- You should try to keep your arms elevated when possible to reduce swelling and ensure rapid healing.
- In some cases, it may take up to 6 to 8 months for swelling to completely subside while your arm lift results continue to improve during this period.
- Most patients may return to work within a couple of weeks. However, you should avoid vigorous physical exercise such as weight-lifting for at least 4-5 weeks after surgery.
- Dr. Michael Omidi and his staff are committed to treating patients with the highest consideration and care. They will follow up after the procedure to ensure that you are following a smooth recovery process.
- If necessary, Dr. Michael Omidi will prescribe safe oral medication to manage any mild discomfort that you may experience immediately after surgery.