Brachioplasty Arm Lift Surgery
Serving clients near Mansfield, Arlington, Fort Worth & Dallas, Texas
Brachioplasty or arm lift is a procedure to improve the aesthetic contour of your upper arms. Clients may commonly refer these excess skin areas as “bat wings”. Liposuction only brachioplasty is an excellent procedure for clients with good skin quality and mild fat, as liposuction alone may provide a high level of satisfaction without unsightly incisions or scars. However, those clients with loose skin and moderated to severe fat will require a surgical arm lift or skin excision brachioplasty procedure to provide the most ideal result.
A brachioplasty procedure will result in a scar along the inner portion of your upper arm between the elbow and armpit and there are occasions where the brachioplasty incision may need to extend a short distance from the axilla down to the chest wall to remove excess lateral chest skin (along the bra strap) in a surgical procedure known as an extended brachioplasty or “L” brachioplasty. This extended brachioplasty procedure is typically used in those individuals who have undergone massive weight loss and are desiring post bariatric body contouring surgery.
What can I expect during my brachioplasty consultation?
During your brachioplasty consultation, you will meet privately and exclusively with Dr. Michael L. Thornton where you will collectively share in the decision making process about your personal needs, desires, and expectations. Although well qualified, we choose not use patient coordinators, nurse practitioners, or physicians assistants to perform your consultation. Dr. Thornton will complete a thorough medical history and perform a careful examination to determine if you are a candidate for either liposuction brachioplasty, full brachioplasty, or extended brachioplasty procedure.
Where will my brachioplasty surgery take place?
All skin excision and extended brachioplasty procedures are performed at Baylor Surgicare at Mansfield, a AAAHC certified out-patient surgery center, located in Mansfield, Texas. On average, the procedure will take 4 hours to complete, depending upon the complexity of the case. Liposuction only brachioplasty may be performed in our private operating room as a minimally invasive procedure using our laser liposuction technology.
Body Contouring Procedures
What is Body Mass Index (BMI) and how can I determine if I'm a candidate for cosmetic surgery?
During your consultation, Dr. Thornton will calculate your Body Mass Index or BMI to help determine if you are a candidate to undergo elective cosmetic surgery. Calculating your BMI will help Dr. Thornton gauge areas of your health you may need to improve prior to pursuing elective cosmetic surgery procedures. Use the provided BMI calculator to determine your health category.
- Normal weight: If your BMI falls in the “normal weight” range, you are considered an ideal candidate for elective cosmetic surgery.
- Overweight: If your BMI falls in the "overweight" range, you are likely considered a good candidate for elective cosmetic surgery but dietary restrictions and an increase in physical activity may be recommended.
- Obese: If your BMI falls in the “obese” range or BMI > 30, Dr. Thornton may recommend you reduce your BMI to a healthier category before undergoing elective cosmetic surgery, although individual recommendations are made at the time of consultation.
Generally speaking, an elevated BMI increases surgical risks and complications, including problems with wound healing, infections, and need for revision surgery. Therefore, maintaining a healthy weight can dramatically decrease any potential problems that may arise during or after your elective cosmetic surgery.