ABOUT ARM LIFT SURGERY
Aging, genetics, fluctuation in weight can lead to unexpected changes in the body, including excess fat and sagging skin specifically in the arms. Many women experience sagging skin in their upper arms that can cause them to feel insecure about their appearance. Dr. John O'Brien is a board-certified plastic surgeon helping patients achieve their ideal appearance with arm lift surgery. A brachioplasty, also known as an arm lift, can transform the appearance by sculpting the arm and eliminating unattractive, excess fat and droopy skin.
"Excellent surgeon and a truly caring physician."- B.B. / Healthgrades / Feb 18, 2020
"I had a great experience with Dr. O'Brien. I had skin cancer on my ear and Dr. O'Brien performed surgery to remove it. The surgery was performed on the day that there was a mobile lab at his office and Dr. O was able to test tissue samples on the spot to ensure all the cancer was removed. Dr. O'Brien not only removed the cancer but did a fantastic job with the appearance of my ear such that one would never even notice any evidence of a surgical procedure. I look great and am cancer free. Many thanks to Dr. O'Brien and his terrific staff. Highly recommended for any type of procedure. Absolutely first class!"- B. / Google / Jan 07, 2020
"Love Dr. O'Brien and his staff! I had 2 procedures done in 2018. I see them every few months for followups and I could not be happier with my results!!!Dr. O'Brien really listens to you, he learns about you (the person) first before you even discuss why you are there are to see him. His staff are the same way! I would recommended Dr. O'Brien's office for all cosmetic surgeries, Dysport, and Botox needs!!!"- J.A. / Google / Dec 19, 2019
"Absolutely LOVE this office!!!! The PA Mary does my Dysport injections and she does an amazing job. She is very conscious of being conservative with it so I get the look that I want.I also get spa procedures done here with their esthetician, Dana. The Hydrafacial leaves your skin glowing right after!! She also does dermaplaning on my face, which I never had done, but I will definitely continue to do with her.The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about what they do. I recommend this office to anyone who is looking for cosmetic needs! FIVE stars all the way!"- B.J. / Google / Dec 18, 2019
"Absolutely LOVE this office!!!! The PA Mary does my Dysport injections and she does an amazing job. She is very conscious of being conservative with it so I get the look that I want. I also get spa procedures done here with their esthetician, Dana. The Hydrafacial leaves your skin glowing right after!! She also does dermaplaning on my face, which I never had done, but I will definitely continue to do with her. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about what they do. I recommend this office to anyone who is looking for cosmetic needs! FIVE stars all the way!"- B.J. / Yelp / Dec 17, 2019
IDEAL CANDIDATES FOR ARM LIFT
Arm lift surgery candidates include men and women who are are looking to improve the appearance of their upper arms by eliminating fat or sagging skin. Patients interested in pursuing arm lift surgery should be healthy and non-smokers, as smoking can increase/interfere with the healing process. Dr. O'Brien will help patients decide if the risk is significant and whether scarring will occur.
ARM LIFT SURGICAL TECHNIQUE
At the St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery Dr. O'Brien uses different techniques for arm lifts depending on the following factors.
the amount of excess fat in the arms
the amount and location of loose skin.
the patients goals/expectations
Traditional Arm Lift - This procedure involves not only the axillary incision but also an incision that extends down the inner arm as needed to remove the excess skin. The excision of skin and the resulting scar may extend as far down as the elbow.
Small Incision Arm Lift - With this surgery, the scar is hidden in the armpit. This approach is indicated for individuals with minimal droopy skin in the upper arms.
Extended Arm Lift - Removes the excess skin of the arm pit and upper arm, but also the loose skin and fat of the lateral chest wall.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM AN ARM LIFT
Depending on which arm lift surgery you choose, this procedure can be a simple under local anesthesia. Many patients are able to return to work and normal activities in a few days. Dr. O'Brien provides thorough post-operative care and closely monitors each patient’s recovery.
ARM LIFT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can I combine an arm lift with other surgeries?
Yes, It is common for arm lift patients to combine this surgery with another procedure. Options may include liposuction or breast lift. An arm lift is commonly performed on patients who have lost a large amount of weight and want full body contouring.
Will there be scars?
Yes, however, most patients believe the benefits of a more toned arm outweigh the appearance of scars. Arm lift surgery requires incisions to remove excess skin, which means there will be scarring.