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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The average price of arm lift surgery is $11,000 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
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.
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 866-481-5585.
*Individual Results May Vary