No matter how healthy you are, including a balanced diet and exercise, the skin of the upper arms can become loose and hang down, creating what it commonly known as "bat wings." Even though loose skin cannot be prevented because it is caused by genetics and natural aging, it can be corrected with brachioplasty. Also known as arm lift surgery, a brachioplasty removes the loose, hanging skin from the upper arms then shapes the muscle, tissue, and remaining skin for a well-contoured result. Dr. Richard Chaffoo, a triple board-certified plastic surgeon, performs arm lift surgery for patients in the San Diego area at La Jolla Plastic Surgery. After an arm lift, you can show off your newly toned arms in the Southern California sun with sleeveless shirts.
"I truly had the best experience with La Jolla Skin! I was referred here by a friend who received micro needling and raved about how amazing her skin looked and felt after. This friend of mine recently moved to La Jolla from Beverly Hills and is definitely picky when it comes to all things beauty, so I completely trusted her recommendation. I had been wanting to do something more than just your standard facial to help the texture and appearance of my skin... acne scarring, pigmentation from the sun, large pores. I called to schedule my appointment and spoke with Jennifer who was SO sweet and helpful. When I went in for my appointment I have to admit I was a little nervous, but after consulting with Tracy I felt much more at ease. Nancy was the RN that preformed the micro needling and she too was amazing! She calmed my nerves and was just so so great. After having numbing cream on 30 mins prior to the micro needling I literally felt no pain or discomfort during the service. The machine is loud which sounds scary, but honestly it's nothing. My experience here was so wonderful and I look forward to continuing treatments with them. Highly recommend!!"- S.B. / Yelp / Sep 26, 2016
"Dr. Chaffoo is a great surgeon and is kind, gentle, experienced and has a great bedside manner. His staff (Nancy and Tracy) are equally as attentive and thorough. I felt safe and confident. I had my breast implants removed and a lift and a fat transfer to balance them. He did a great job. I am very happy with the results. I would recommend him to anyone."- S.E. / Yelp / Jul 25, 2017
"I just love coming here! Everyone that works here is not only extremely talented, but also very kind and welcoming. I've had microneedling, cool sculpting, vbeam, and a hydrafacial....I'm beyond happy with the results from each of these procedures! This whole team really takes time to listen to all of your questions and concerns, and patiently responds to each and every one. I've never felt like I was left feeling confused about anything, or that I had wasted my money on a service. I'm a client for life! Thank you all for being so awesome, I'd give you 6 stars if I could!"- N.R. / Yelp / Jul 17, 2017
"Very Natural Breast Augmentation, Wonderful Experience - Dr. Chaffoo is the utmost professional. I had a great experience with him from the start to finish of my surgery process, and continue to have a good experience. He is very attentive and caring, and I ended up with fabulous results from my surgery. I also appreciate that Dr. Chaffoo has me come in once per year for a check up, which gives me added peace of mind."- K. / RealSelf / Jul 11, 2017
"Great new experience - I went to La Jolla Plastic Surgery for Coolsculpting. It was a new experience for me but Dr. Chaffoo and his assistant Robert walked me through it and made sure I was comfortable through it all. I have already recommended them to several friends and I'm sure I'll be back soon. Thanks!"- S. / RealSelf / Jun 22, 2017
An arm lift procedure is completed in 1-3 hours. Dr. Chaffoo performs all procedures at an accredited surgical facility where you will be carefully monitored and cared for by a highly trained surgical staff. The incision length for an arm lift largely depends on the amount of excess skin that is to be removed. In general, the incision stretches from the axilla (underarm) to the elbow. In cases where less skin removal is required, a semi-circular incision may be made in the underarms. If there is excess fat, this will be removed using liposuction. Excess skin is trimmed away, and the underlying tissues are tightened and reshaped with internal sutures. The incisions are closed with absorbable stitches or stitches that will be removed in 1-2 weeks.
Following your surgery, you may be allowed to go home with a responsible adult to begin your recover or you may need to spend a night in the hospital for extra care. Patients should follow all of Dr. Chaffoo's post-surgery instructions including taking medications, changing dressings, and attending follow-up appointments. Dr. Chaffoo's post-op instructions are designed to speed your recovery and give you your best results.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $7,000 - $8,000
- Recovery Time
- 6-8 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-3 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
Arm Lift FAQs
Arm lift surgery achieves the following goals:
- Eliminates the appearance of “bat wings,” the loose skin which hangs from the upper arms
- Reduces the excess accumulation of fat which can give the arms a flabby appearance
- Restores a firmer, slimmer appearance to the arms through techniques to tighten the skin and underlying supportive tissues.
- Allows you to wear sleeveless styles and swimwear with greater confidence
In some patients, excess fat could be the problem, giving the upper arms a flabby appearance. If the patient has relatively young, healthy skin, this could be solved through liposuction alone. This is done with a thin cannula that suctions fatty tissue and does not require a larger incision. During your consultation, Dr. Chaffoo will determine which arm lift procedure will meet your needs and goals.
To reduce swelling and help your body conform to its new contours, you may be fitted with a compression garment that will be worn for approximately 4 weeks. Bruising and swelling usually diminishes within 1-2 weeks. Most patients are able to return to work in a week and resume exercise in about 4 weeks. The results of an arm lift are typically long-lasting provided that you maintain a stable weight.