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.
"57 Years Old and Had a Tummy Tuck and Lipo of Flanks, Bra Line, and Back - Houston, TX - Dr. Morales is AWESOME! He truly cares about his patients. He looks you in the eye when talking to you and is very honest about the expected outcome. When he is with you for an appointment or on the day of surgery, he makes you feel that he has all the time in the world to answer any questions you may have. I sent an email with a couple post op questions and Dr. Morales personally answered me back very quickly. Phone calls are also returned in a timely manner. Dr. Morales even gave me roses after the surgery! I would definitely recommend him to anyone considering cosmetic surgery. Well worth me having to drive 4 hours for appointments to have a wonderful doctor like this. - - I decided to have a TT and lipo of the flanks, bra line, and back due to the fact that with age my body was getting fat deposits and losing tone. Walking and diet had not been able to take care of my torso area. I was getting “my mom’s body shape” and I knew that I didn’t look as good in my clothes as I would like.After I went for my consultation and paid for the surgery, I kept questioning myself on my decision. “Am I too old to go through this?” “Is this going to be worth it?” “Is this a waste of money?” I’m sure many of you have thought the same thing. I am so glad that I did go through with the surgery. Even though I still have minor swelling at a little over three weeks out, I am amazed at the difference in my body. I feel great and have had no major issues.My surgery was on a Tuesday. From the time I walked into the hospital, everyone was kind and caring and made sure that any questions I had were addressed. I stayed in the hospital the first night and I had a compression garment on that wrapped around me and Velcroed in place. Wednesday I went to a hotel since I lived four hours away and my doctor wanted me to stay close for a few days. Thursday my doctor sent a home health nurse to check my incision and answer any questions I might have. Took my first shower this day also. I had read that pinning the drains to an “exercise band” draped around your neck would help during shower time and it definitely worked great. Friday I came home after an appointment with the doctor to check on how things were going for me.10 days after surgery, I went back to the doctor to have my drains removed. I had heard stories about the pain associated with having the drains removed, but thankfully I had no pain at all. At this appointment, they also changed me from the wrap around compression garment to body suit type of garment. This new garment is like a body suit that goes from a bra at the top to my knees. It is like a girdle for the entire area and is a lot more comfortable than the wrap around garment.17 days after surgery they took the surgical tape off my incision. The stitches will dissolve. I now wear steri-strips over the incision. Day 30 I will go back and they will start doing scar therapy. My scar is already a VERY thin line and looks good.The pros for me have been many. I love my new shape. Even with a little of swelling still, I look a lot better in my clothes. I know my confidence will be helped also since I feel that I look better.The only cons I can even think of are the expense and being restricted on activities for now."- C. / RealSelf / Jan 27, 2017
"Awesome Doctor!! - Awesome doctor! Dr. Morales is a very kind and caring person. I felt comfortable from the day of my consultation all the way through the procedure and post-op appointments. He takes the time to answer any questions you have without making you feel rushed. His staff are wonderful to deal with also. He even gave me roses after my surgery! Due to his excellent care, I have had no issues... - - Awesome doctor! Dr. Morales is a very kind and caring person. I felt comfortable from the day of my consultation all the way through the procedure and post-op appointments. He takes the time to answer any questions you have without making you feel rushed. His staff are wonderful to deal with also. He even gave me roses after my surgery! Due to his excellent care, I have had no issues with healing and I look great! (I am 57 years old and had TT with lipo of flanks, bra line, and back)"- C. / RealSelf / Jan 25, 2017
"51 Years Old, Weight Loss Loose Skin, Very Unhappy with my Appearance. - Dr. Morales is fabulous. You can tell he really cares about his patients. I felt very comfortable and assured about my procedure. He explained all of my options and answered all questions. I'm so glad I chose him as my plastic surgeon. His bedside manner is very comforting. I've already recommended him to others that are amazed with his work. - - I had had weight loss surgery and lost a lot of weight. This left saggy skin all over my body. A friend that had used Dr. Morales for some procedures recommended him. I was a little nervous at first but was put completely at ease by Dr. Morales and his staff. He did a complete evaluation and recommended procedures. He did a great job of answering my questions and his educated office staff.The results are much better than I imagined they would be. I can't tell you how happy I am. I wish I had done this sooner."- K. / RealSelf / Jan 10, 2017
"36 Years Old, 3 Boys and in the Best Shape Ever!!! - Best Doctor ever!!! I did research for months before I found Dr. Morales. He has been so good to me and I feel great!!! I went from a size 14 in dress to a size 4-6, from a size 34 in jeans to a size 27 and am still loosing inches!!! - - I had 2 c-sections in one year and was very depressed with the body I was left with. I did my research and found a great doctor. I feel great! I had a mommy makeover and some lipo here and there. It was a great experience. Dr. Morales did an excellent job in making sure I was satisfied with all of his work!!!"- E. / RealSelf / Nov 30, 2016
"55 Y/o Female - Houston, TX - He is fantastic. - - Dr. Rolando Morales Jr. is fantastic. I am so thankful I chose him as my surgeon; I had consulted with six others before making a decision. He is very skilled and the best at his craft. He cares about his patients. He far exceeded my expectations. I had several procedures at one time; upper and lower eyelid surgery, bilateral brow lift and under eye fat grafting. He is the BEST..."- H. / RealSelf / Nov 15, 2016
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.