The sagging, drooping skin of the upper arms (sometimes referred to as “bat wings”) can be due to fluctuations in weight, growing older, or heredity.  Unfortunately, this type of sagging skin problem can’t be corrected through exercise.

To correct that sagging skin, an arm lift, or brachioplasty, a surgical procedure that reduces excess sagging skin that droops downward, can solve this issue.

The procedure will also tighten and smooth the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm.  Additionally, it will reduce or in some cases, eliminate localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region.

Who are the best candidates for this surgery?

  • Healthy individuals that don’t have any medical conditions that would impair the healing process or increase the risk of having surgery.
  • Nonsmokers
  • Adults who have significant upper arm laxity (droopiness)
  • Adults whose weight is relatively stable and are not significantly overweight.
  • Adults who have realistic expectations and have a positive outlook toward surgery.

What should I expect during my recovery?

  • After your procedure is completed, dressings or bandages will be applied to your incisions and your arms may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling following surgery.
  • A small, thin tube (drain) may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain away any excess blood or fluid.
  • You’ll be given specific instructions on how to care for the surgical site and drains; You will also be given pain medications to keep you comfortable and there may be medications to apply to aid healing.
  • Your post-operative discharge instructions will address specific concerns to look for, as well as when to follow up with Dr. Clark.
  • It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, swelling, abrasion or motion during the healing period.  Our nurse will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself post-operatively.

What kind of results can I expect after surgery?

  • You will notice smoother, tighter contours of your arms fairly soon after your procedure.
  • The initial results may be hidden by swelling and bruising, and you’ll have a scar where the incision was made.
  • The scar will soften and fade somewhat in 6 months to a year after the surgery.
  • The results of the surgery will be long-lasting as long as you maintain a stable weight and general fitness.  As your body ages it is natural to lose some firmness, but most of your improvement should remain fairly permanent.