Old age, excessive weight fluctuations, and genetics could result in your upper arms having a sagging or drooping appearance, sometimes called “bat wings”. If you have found that exercises are ineffective in correcting the issue, you may benefit from considering an arm lift surgery. Read on to learn some essential information before deciding to undergo this procedure.

What Is An Arm Lift?

Also known as brachioplasty, an arm lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure used to help improve upper arm definition and tone. It removes excess skin, reduces fat pockets, tightens supportive tissues, and smooths the remaining skin.

Are You a Good Candidate?

Almost anybody with sagging or drooping upper arms can benefit from this surgery, so long as you have good general health. However, you should be at your desired weight, as additional fluctuations could result in the same issue in the future.

Therefore, patients are advised to maintain a stable weight for around six months before the procedure. While many people undergo this procedure for cosmetic reasons, you can also benefit if lax upper arm skin causes discomfort, rash, inflammation, difficulties maintaining hygiene, and low self-esteem.

The Arm Lift Procedure

Your surgeon will begin this procedure by administering local or general anesthesia and making markings to guide the procedure. They then make an incision on the back or inside of your arm to make the scars less visible. The incision size depends on your procedure’s extensiveness. Excess fat and skin will be removed through excision and liposuction.  Supportive tissues will also be tightened using sutures. Finally, tubes will be inserted under the skin to drain excess fluids, and sterile gauze will be used to bandage the arm. You will also be prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection and a compression garment to reduce swelling.

The procedure can take around three to four hours, depending on its intensity and whether there were additional procedures. You should have someone drive you home and care for you the first days after your procedure.

What to Expect Post-Surgery And Results

Following your procedure, your surgeon will provide you with instructions and medications to promote a safe and smooth recovery. These include keeping the compression garment on for two to six weeks, using elevation pillows, changing the bandages, and avoiding strenuous activities. You might experience swelling and bruising, which will disappear after a few weeks. Contact your surgeon immediately if you notice severe pain, dehydration, fever, numbness, excessive bleeding, and fluid buildup.

While you will notice a change in the size and shape of your arm immediately after the surgery, you will see the final results three to six months after all the swelling goes down.

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At J.Sweat Plastic Surgery, we strive to help clients feel more confident in their skin. In addition to delivering high-quality and safe results, we educate clients on the benefits and risks of their surgeries to help them make informed decisions. Contact us to experience personalized treatments and attention to detail from our highly-trained team.

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What is a lower body lift?

There are times after significant weight loss or pregnancy where you can be left with excess skin around the lower body. The sagging skin often accumulates around the lower abdomen, thighs, hips, flanks, and buttocks. By removing this access skin from areas of the lower body that have been most effected by sagging or loss of laxity, more contour can be established as well as a more supple skin appearance.

Who is the best candidate for a lower body lift?

Anyone who would like to improve the appearance of their lower body whether it’s due to weight loss, pregnancy, or general lack of confidence is a good candidate for a lower body lift. However, it is imperative that you are in good health, which means you are a non-smoker and at a stable and desired weight. When performed by a highly skilled surgeon, like Dr. Sweat, a lower body lift can mean better fitting clothes and newfound confidence.

What are the five areas addressed with the lift?

There are five main areas addressed with a lower body lift. Those include:

Lower abdomen

The lower 360 tummy tuck is good at tackling extra skin on and around the abdominal area. The procedure will narrow the waistline and remove sagging skin for a tighter and smoother abdominal area. It will also help to strengthen the abdominal walls


A lot of excess skin can accumulate on the upper legs, especially after losing a significant amount of weight. The thigh lift procedure removes excess fat and skin, to achieve a smoother and more toned thigh area.


This is real problem area for skin sagging or even textural concerns. The butt lift will remove excess skin and smooth out the buttocks. A Brazilian butt lift in conjunction with the another cosmetic procedure can contour the area for a more rounded look.


The flanks are located on the sides and back of your abdominal area between your ribs and hips. When treated with liposuction, or affected by massive weight loss, the excess skin and fat can be removed in a lower body lift for a smoother and more contoured look.


The lower body lift will remove fatty deposits and sagging skin around the hip area. Some people have far more sagging in this area than others, or suffer from what is called “hip dips”. Targeted removal via a lower body lift will give a smoother silhouette.

What type of results should be expected?

It is important to go into plastic surgery procedures with realistic expectations. By knowing what to expect from your results and recovery, you set yourself up for the most success and satisfaction. In most cases, a lower body lift will give the desired results of a smoother, tighter, and more contoured body. To maintain these results it is important to follow your surgeon’s post-op recovery instructions as closely as possible.

Downtime associated with a lower body lift can range from six to eight weeks depending upon the procedure, or procedures, you have had performed. You will likely experience pain, redness, and swelling at the treatment site, but this can alleviated with your prescribed pain medication or over-the-counter medications.

Schedule a Consultation

To find out more about Dr. J Sweat and J. Sweat Plastic Surgery Center, you can contact us at (916)400-0822. You can also request a consultation to see if a lower body lift is right for you by filling out our online contact form.

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Surgery for weight loss (also known as bariatric surgery) can help you lose a significant amount of weight in a short period of time. The procedure can be life-changing, with benefits to your health, appearance, and self-esteem. However, losing such a large amount of weight can leave you with excess skin and tissue that can be impossible to get rid of on your own. With a body lift procedure, Dr. Sweat can remove this excess skin and tissue to reveal the contour you’ve worked so hard for! Here’s what you need to know about the body lift procedure after massive weight loss:

What can a body lift do?

With weight gain, the skin naturally stretches, and with good skin elasticity, the skin can bounce back with slight weight fluctuations. However, when a large amount of weight is gained and then lost, the skin is left hanging over the body. This results in skin irritation, difficulty wearing tight clothing, and feelings of self-consciousness. Body lift procedures can surgically remove this excess skin and tissue from the body.

What’s included in a body lift?

A body lift surgery is a highly customizable body contouring procedure that allows you to choose what you need based on your concerns. Your body lift with Dr. Sweat might include:

Upper body lift surgery

An upper body lift will target the upper back and bra area. During the procedure, an incision will be made along the back. The tissue in the upper back and bra area is then tightened, and any excess sagging skin is removed.

Lower body lift surgery

The lower body lift can address the abdomen, sides, flanks, lower back, inner thighs, and buttocks. During the body lift for the abdomen, sides, and flanks, an incision is made along the waistline, and skin is removed circumferentially. We’ll also remove excess skin and tighten underlying tissue to create a flat abdominal and back area.

How do I prepare for a body lift?

Preparing for your body lift is an important step in your procedure. Before you undergo the body lift, it is vital to remember that the procedure will only address large amounts of skin and tissue, not fat. If you have not completed your weight loss journey or your weight is still fluctuating, you should hold off on having your procedure. In order to be a successful candidate, you must maintain your healthy weight with a healthy lifestyle and be prepared to do so after surgery. Future weight gain could affect your body lift results.

If you’re bothered by excess skin and tissue after weight loss surgery, contact Dr. Sweat today for a consultation. He can go over your body lift procedure options and determine which techniques are right for you.

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You may desire the confidence of a beach body by eliminating unwanted body fat and improving muscle tone but also want to enjoy your summer without discomfort or downtime. If this sounds like you, you might consider a nonsurgical body contouring procedure like Coolsculpting®! Here are some benefits you can expect:

No Incisions

With Coolsculpting, there are no incisions and it’s a completely non-invasive, nonsurgical fat reduction procedure! Instead, a cold applicator directs controlled cooling at pockets of stubborn fat in the abdominal, flanks, back, outer thighs, or beneath the chin, destroying the unwanted fat cells by freezing them while protecting the outside skin and tissue in the treatment area.

With no incisions, you can enjoy a comfortable fat-reduction treatment process without the use of sedation or anesthesia and with no risk of scarring. Eliminate stubborn fat and achieve a more youthful appearance with nonsurgical body sculpting treatments.

No Downtime

With a surgical procedure, you can expect some degree of downtime, especially if anesthesia is required. This often means taking work off and having someone care for you for several days. But with nonsurgical body contouring like Coolsculpting, you won’t miss a beat when getting back to your daily schedule. With no incisions or medication required, no downtime follows only some occasional minor discomfort.

Lasting Results

The results from a Coolsculpting procedure aren’t immediate, but they are long-lasting, just like a surgical procedure like liposuction! After your nonsurgical body contouring treatment, your body will need time to process and naturally eliminate the destroyed excess fat cells. This could take up to twelve weeks with results starting to become visible in as short as 3-4 weeks. A second treatment to the areas of concern is usually always recommended for maximal results usually within 60-90 days of the first treatment.  After recovery from the treatments, you can enjoy a slimmer contour that lasts as long as you maintain your weight. Although the treated fat cells are gone for good, you can still gain weight in other untreated areas of your body. You can help ensure long-lasting results through a healthy diet and regular exercise routine.

To learn more about nonsurgical body contouring, contact our office! We can schedule your consultation with Dr. Sweat to determine the best course of treatment for you.

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With summer just around the corner, you’re likely preparing for more time at the beach! But if you’re not confident with your body due to excess tissue and fat, you might consider a plastic surgery procedure to improve your contours and enhance your look. Here are the top body contouring procedures to consider this summer:

Tummy Tuck

Many people struggle to tone and contour their midsection. This could be due to a pregnancy, dramatic weight loss, or just the effects of gravity as you get older! Whatever the reason, no one wants excess tissue and loose skin weighing them down. With a tummy tuck, you can find relief from excess fat and achieve a toned and tightened abdominal area. For mild concerns, you might consider the less-extensive mini tummy tuck for a quicker recovery!

Arm or Thigh Lift

If you experience loose, hanging skin in your upper arms and thighs, it can be difficult to feel your best wearing the clothes you want. With an arm or thigh lift, this excess tissue is removed so you can feel confident with toned arms and thighs.

Body Lift

A body lift is a combination of procedures, commonly opted for after pregnancy or weight loss when many areas of the body are affected. A lower body lift typically involves the abdominal, buttocks, and inner and outer thighs. An upper body lift can address the upper abdominal area, the bra line, the upper back, and the arms. Your customized combination of procedures aims to remove hanging tissue from multiple areas of your body all at once for full-body rejuvenation.


Excess skin and tissue aren’t the only things that can affect your contours. Stubborn fat deposits are also a major concern and can be impossible to remove with diet and exercise alone. Liposuction techniques can be used to break up and destroy fat cells for good! The body sculpting technique can be used on the tummy, bra area, flanks, thighs, upper arms, and more and is often used in combination with a lift procedure to optimize your body contouring and fat reduction.

To get started with your custom body contouring treatments this summer, contact our office today! We can schedule our consultation with Dr. Sweat so you can be on your way to a more confident you.

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