What Is an Arm Lift?
If you’ve developed baggy upper arms, there are options to achieve a slimmer more toned arm shape. Arm lift surgery, or brachioplasty, targets the loose and excess skin of the upper arms. Also referred to as ‘bat-wing arms,’ baggy upper arms are caused by significant weight loss or aging. By using liposuction and removing the excess skin, Dr. Goldberg, a top plastic surgeon in the area, can help contour your arms and restore some of the firmness of your arms that you once enjoyed.
- Arm Lift Candidates
- Arm Lift Procedure
- Arm Lift Recovery
- Arm Lift Scars
- Arm Lift Cost
- Arm Lift Complications
- Arm Lift Complementary Procedures
- Non-Surgical Arm Lift
Is Arm Lift Surgery Right for Me?
3697 View Gallery If you feel self-conscious about your flabby arms, you may be a candidate for arm lift surgery. It is important that you are healthy, don’t smoke, and that you have adequate skin elasticity. You should also be aware that the surgery leaves a scar on the inside portion of the upper arm. Arm lift surgery candidates must be willing to accept scars as a trade-off for an overall improvement in shape.
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What Should I Expect During Arm Lift Surgery?
The surgery will be performed in an outpatient setting performed under local or general anesthesia. After Dr. Goldberg has marked the targeted areas for improvement, he places an incision traveling from the underarm to the elbow in the inside of the upper arm. A shorter incision may be made, depending on circumstances, like the amount of skin and fat to be removed. Liposuction is also conducted during the surgery.
For some patients, liposuction alone is enough. For others, surgical excision of the loose skin is necessary in order to achieve the goals for surgery. Finally, sutures are placed to close the incisions and support the new shape.
Short Scar Arm Lift
Dr. Goldberg can perform a short scar arm lift, an abbreviated version of the full procedure, for patients who have mild skin laxity and fat in the upper arms. With the short scar technique, Dr. Goldberg extracts redundant fatty deposits via liposuction as well as removes excess skin near the underarms. Short scar brachioplasty involves a shorter incision than a standard arm lift procedure, giving patients the benefit of a well-concealed incision in a fold of the armpit rather than across the length of the arm. A short scar arm lift is only effective for individuals with little to no excess skin, as the technique is not designed to circumferentially correct skin laxity.
Is Arm Lift Recovery Difficult?
You should expect to be in recovery for between 2-4 weeks following arm lift surgery. Symptoms to expect are swelling and bruising, both of which generally subside within two weeks. It is recommended that you keep your arms elevated, limit movement, and that they take care to keep the compression garment in place while the body repairs itself. Dr. Goldberg may prescribe pain medications to help you control your discomfort.
What Will My Arm Lift Scars Look Like?
Depending on the approach utilized for your arm lift surgery, your scars could vary in length and visibility quite a bit. While there is no completely scarless arm lift surgery method, the latest techniques make it possible to create a smaller incision than ever before. If the majority of your unwanted tissue is located near the upper portion of your arm (near the armpit), it may be possible to use a smaller incision than if your excess skin runs the full length of your upper arm. Dr. Goldberg will show you how long to expect the incision to be at your consultation, and we offer a number of non-surgical laser skin resurfacing and scar reduction options to help minimize the appearance of this mark.
HOW MUCH DOES BRACHIOPLASTY COST?
The average price of arm lift surgery in 2017 was $4,223**. While this number is useful for planning your procedure, you should know that the cost of brachioplasty can vary depending on the technique used and the complexity of your treatment plan. Additionally, the above number is an example of the surgeon’s fee alone, and it does not include the operating facility fee or anesthesiology fee, which patients are also responsible for. To provide you with more useful information, we will give you the total anticipated cost for your procedure at your initial consultation. We can also discuss plastic surgery financing so you are well-informed about your payment options.
**According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Can Brachioplasty Cause Any Complications?
An arm lift involves the same degree of risk as any other surgical procedure, including the possibility of infection, unfavorable scarring, bleeding, or negative reactions to the anesthesia. The chance of complication exists with any type of surgery and, realistically, concerning side effects occur very rarely. The best way to minimize the likelihood of adverse events is to select a board-certified plastic surgeon who has ample experience performing your procedure-of-interest. Plastic surgeons accredited by the American Board of Plastic Surgery have been closely vetted in their knowledge of performing aesthetic procedures, often leading to an elevated level of training and care. This advanced experience can give you the confidence of knowing your surgeon can react quickly in the unlikely event of complication.
Are There Complementary Procedures to Brachioplasty?
Brachioplasty is often performed as part of a more comprehensive post-bariatric treatment plan. Due to the substantial weight reduction experienced after a bariatric procedure, many types of weight loss surgeries can leave patients with excess skin throughout the body. While physically healthier after bariatric surgery, some individuals wish to correct loose, redundant skin in their arms, thighs, buttocks, and/or abdomen in order to truly feel comfortable in their bodies. A body lift is a customized procedure that can address sagging skin in your areas of concern to restore a smooth, shapely contour. Depending on your desires, a body lift can include some combination of an arm lift, thigh lift, and/or abdominoplasty. Adding complementary procedures onto your brachioplasty treatment plan offers the advantage of gaining far-reaching improvement for one recovery period.
Can I Get a Non-Surgical Arm Lift?
While there are certain med spa services that can reduce excess arm fat, there is generally no treatment that can correct sagging skin and/or loose musculature in the upper arms without surgery. These are usually the main concerns for patients who have experienced a loss in skin tone or who have undergone significant weight loss. Since contouring the arm typically requires the tightening of lax skin and muscle, brachioplasty is currently the only effective solution to not only circumferentially sculpt the arm shape, but also achieve a natural-looking, aesthetic result.
Those who have little to no skin laxity in the upper arms and who simply wish to reduce localized fat may be able to attain their goals with non-surgical fat reduction. If desired, Dr. Goldberg or a member of our team can speak with you about the minimally invasive body contouring options from our medical spa. It’s important to remember that the best candidates for these fat reduction treatments usually have minimal skin sagging; for all other patients, an arm lift may be the best procedure to achieve comprehensive improvement.
For more information about arm lift surgery, call our office for a consultation at 914-840-5999.
*Individual Results May Vary