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.
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.
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 an Arm Lift 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
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*Individual Results May Vary