Brachioplasty Arm Lift

Mansfield Cosmetic Surgery Center

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.  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.

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Meet Dr. Michael L. Thornton

Dr. Michael L. Thornton is a fellowship trained, double board certified Cosmetic Surgeon and Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery providing you with an advanced array of surgical procedures in facial cosmetic surgery, cosmetic breast surgery, body & buttock contouring surgery, liposuction, after weight loss skin surgery, and non-surgical aesthetics from our medical spa.

Fellowship trained Cosmetic Surgeon with completion of 12-month accredited program by American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS).

Double Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon & Diplomate American Board of Cosmetic Surgery.

Specializing in Cosmetic Surgery of the Face, Breast, Body, Buttock & Nonsurgical Aesthetics.

Voted "Best Cosmetic Surgeon" in Living Magazine - Arlington & Mansfield.

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What is Body Mass Index (BMI) and how can I determine if I am an optimal candidate for elective cosmetic surgery?

During your consultation, Dr. Thornton will calculate your Body Mass Index or BMI to help determine if you are an optimal candidate for elective cosmetic surgery. Calculating your BMI will help Dr. Thornton identify areas of your health you may need to improve before pursuing elective cosmetic surgery.

An elevated BMI increases surgical risks and complications, including problems with wound healing, infections, and need for revision surgery.  Therefore, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight will dramatically decrease any potential problems that may arise during or after your elective cosmetic surgery.

  • Normal weight: If your BMI falls in the “normal weight” range, you are considered an optimal 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 will likely recommend that you reduce your BMI to a healthier category before undergoing elective cosmetic surgery, although individual recommendations are made at the time of consultation.