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.
"Best of the Best! I have been more than pleased with the care he provided! - Dr O’Brien is a great surgeon! I am a nurse and carefully selected him to provide my abdominoplasty. I have been more than pleased with the care he provided! Thank you Dr O’Brien and staff, you are the best of the best :)"- C. / RealSelf / Jun 23, 2020
"Thank you for updating my old body and making me feel pretty!!"- B.S. / Office Visit / May 19, 2020
"I highly recommend Dr. John O'Brien. I've had two separate occurrences of basal cell cancer on my ears due to too much sun over time. These were about 8 months apart and unrelated. The first occurrence: 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. Eight months later: I had MOHS surgery of the ear at my dermatologist and Dr. O'Brien performed a complete repair the following day. Again, the appearance of my ear is such that one would never 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!"- R.B. / Healthgrades / Apr 14, 2020
"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
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.