Arm Lift

  • Massive weight loss occurs with rigorous diet and exercise, or as a result of gastric bypass surgery.
  • Severely loose and hanging upper arm skin makes it difficult to fit into clothing comfortably and to maintain a positive body image.

Recommended Procedures

  • Dr. Rad performs Arm Lift surgery to restore a normal upper arm contour and hide the scar from obvious view.

Other Options

  • Arm Liposuction works well to treat fatty deposits in the absence of loose skin.
  • There are no good non-surgical options to tighten loose skin.

How It’s Done

  • Dr. Rad prefers incision placement between the posterior arm and the inner arm so that scars are optimally hidden from view.
  • Skin and fat are lifted away from the underlying muscle layer, taking care to preserve nerves, and the excess is removed in a ‘tailoring-type’ method.
  • Laser Scar Therapy helps to fade scars quickly and prevent thickening.

Safety 

  • For healthy patients, combining procedures is safe in Dr. Rad’s hands.
  • Dr. Rad usually combines an arm lift with a Belt Lipectomin the first of 3 stages.
  • Dr. Rad works with a board certified anesthesiologist and performs surgery in the top tertiary care hospital in the Washington DC and northern Virginia area.

What to Expect

  • Arm lift surgery takes about 2.5 hours to perform and arm lift alone is an outpatient procedure.
  • Temporary moderate discomfort is common and is easily controlled with pain medications.
  • Recovery lasts about 2 weeks.

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After

This 38 year old gentleman lost 220 pounds after gastric bypass surgery. He had severe laxity of arm skin which created a "bat wing" appearance when his arms were lifted.


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