As one of the area's highly skilled cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Rolando Morales offers brachioplasty at his plastic surgery centers in Houston and Katy, TX. This procedure, also known as an arm lift, removes excess skin, sometimes called “bat wings,” from the elbow to the axilla. It is a very powerful contouring procedure that significantly improves the patient’s ability to fit into clothing. Most men and women seek an arm lift after significant weight loss from diet and exercise, a gastric bypass or gastric sleeve procedure. Patients interested in an arm lift should be at their stabilized, ideal weight.
"So Far, So Good, Worth It! - I was a little skeptical and very nervous about doing this. On a recent vacation I noticed how flabby I was in stomach area despite me being a regular in the gym. Yes I have ate clean did crunches and cardio and nothing. I also had scars on my stomach that needed to be taken care of. I am very happy with results and honestly didn't think it would come out this great. So far I'm in my 6th week..."- R. / RealSelf / May 16, 2017
"Mommy Makeover - I'm a mother of 3 and after having my first child I knew when I was done having kids I would want (and need) a tummy tuck and something done with my breast. When I started looking around for a doctor I quickly realized that getting it all done together would be my best option. When I went in for the initial consultation with Dr. Morales in January I was very impressed with not only him, but..."- P. / RealSelf / May 13, 2017
"30yr Old, 3 Csections and over Weight - Houston, TX - I don't know where to start! From the moment I called for information to the most recent check up,it has been nothing but the most incredible care. I love Dr. Morales! He gave me back all the confidence I seem to have lost with every pregnancy and weight gain. Everything is top professional care. Dr. Morales makes you feel comfortable and takes the time to answer any question or concern. He..."- D. / RealSelf / May 12, 2017
"34 Year Old, 126lbs, No Kids, BBL with Breast Augmentation - Houston, TX - I ALWAYS knew I wanted a Breast Augmentation but decided I would wait until I turned 35 years old. As I began looking into surgeons I decided to consider having a fat transfer procedure as well. I began looking into realself and going through videos but there was not a lot of US procedures...everyone was going to the D.R. for their experience so of course I freaked out at the thought of doing..."- R. / RealSelf / May 06, 2017
"I had a lower body lift with tummy tuck, breast augmentation, lipo of flanks and BBL! I feel like he took it to a personal level! He did everything I asked and he went above and beyond what I ever expected my body to turn out like! It has only been 3 weeks and I'm already in love with my body and it just keeps getting better as the swelling goes down! From the moment I stepped in the office the day of my surgery April 4th, I was treated with nothing but kindness! The woman wh...o walked me to my private room, wish I could remember her name, had me laughing and feeling at ease! The anesthesiologist had me laughing and feeling right at home! Walking into the OR still felt so comfortable! This man has changed my life for the better! I never thought I could look like this and am extremely pleased i was referred to him! Thank you for being an artist and making me your canvas!"- S.P. / Facebook / Apr 28, 2017
During the Surgery@headingTag>
An arm lift is performed under general anesthesia in a hospital or outpatient facility. The procedure could take between 1 and 2 hours to complete. The arm lift may be performed with other body contouring procedures, such as a tummy tuck or breast lift. However, there is a limit to how many procedures can be performed at once safely. The surgeon makes an ellipse excision of skin at the posterior medial aspect of the upper arm. If there is additional excess skin, an additional excision is made in the axilla. The scar is well hidden in the posterior medial aspect of the arm.
Dressings are typically applied over the incisions and carefully wrapped in a supportive bandage. There are typically no sutures to remove because there are multiple layers of self-absorbing sutures below the skin. Small, outside suture tails are usually trimmed within 7-10 days. Strenuous activity and heavy lifting will need to be avoided for several months. It can take a few months for all of the swelling to clear up, and the scars will fade over time.
The average cost for an arm lift procedure is between $5,500-$7,000. This price will increase if the surgery is combined with another body contouring procedure.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $5,500 - $7,000
- Recovery Time
- 1 Week
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
Arm Lift FAQs@headingTag>
The upper arm lift is often combined with other body contouring procedures, such as a breast lift, tummy tuck or liposuction. However, there is a limit to how many procedures can be done at the same time safely as it relates to surgical recovery and amount of time the surgery takes.
It is very unusual for insurance companies to approve this procedure. Insurance companies often require that there is documented symptoms, such as skin breakdown, infections, and limiting normal activity.
When Can I Go Back To Work?@headingTag>
Every person recovers differently. The recovery period depends on how many procedures have performed at the same time. The average return to work for the standard arm lift is 2-3 weeks.
When Can I Exercise?@headingTag>
The average return to routine upper arm exercises is no sooner than two months. Post-operative swelling usually persists for several months after an arm lift.