Arm Lift | Arm Rejuvenation
Brachioplsty- Arm lift is known as brachioplasty, an arm lift reshapes the under portion of the upper arm, from the underarm region to the elbow.
What is an arm lift?
An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that:
- Reduces excess sagging skin that droops downward
- Tightens and smoothes the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm
- Reduces localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region
Fluctuations in weight, growing older, and heredity can cause your upper arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance. This is a condition that cannot be corrected through exercise.
Arm lift surgery may be right for you if the underside of your upper arms are sagging or appear loose and full due to excess skin and fat.
Arm lift cost
The average cost of an arm lift is $3,936, according to 2014 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Arm lift surgery costs can vary widely. The average fee referenced above does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.
A surgeon’s arm lift price will be based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used, and the geographic office location.
Most health insurance does not cover arm lift surgery or its complications, but many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.
Arm lift surgery costs may include:
- Anesthesia fees
- Hospital or surgical facility costs
- Medical tests
- Post-surgery garments
- Prescriptions for medication
- Surgeon’s fee
Arm Lift Candidates
In general, arm lift candidates include:
- Adults with significant upper arm skin laxity
- Adults of any age whose weight is relatively stable and who are not significantly overweight
- Healthy individuals without medical conditions that impair healing or increase risk of surgery
Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations
Arm Lift Recovery
During your recovery from arm lift surgery, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions, and your arms may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling following surgery.
A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid.
You will be given specific instructions on how to care for the surgical site and drains, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing, specific concerns to look for, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon.
Be sure to ask your arm lift surgeon specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period:
- Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?
- What medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?
- Will I have dressings/bandages after surgery? When will they be removed?
- Are stitches removed? When?
- When can I resume normal activity and exercise?
- When do I return for follow-up care?
- Arm lift results
- The smoother, tighter contours that result from arm lift surgery are apparent almost immediately following your procedure. Initial results will be obscured by swelling and bruising, and a scar will remain where the incision was made.
- You can view arm lift surgery before and after photos in our gallery.
- Although good results are expected from your procedure, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.
- The results of arm lift surgery will be long lasting, provided that you maintain a stable weight and general fitness. As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness, but most of your improvement should be relatively permanent.
- Following your physician’s instructions is essential to the success of your surgery.
- It’s important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, swelling, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.
- An arm lift procedure includes the following steps:
- Step 1 - Anesthesia
- Medications are administered for your comfort during arm lift surgery. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
- Step 2 - The incision
- Incision length and pattern during arm lift surgery depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed, as well as the best judgment of your plastic surgeon.
- Incisions are generally placed on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm, depending on the surgeon’s preference, and may extend from the underarm (axilla) to just above the elbow. Excess fat may be directly excised or treated with liposuction.
- Depending on your specific condition, incisions may be more limited. Then, underlying supportive tissue is tightened and reshaped with internal sutures. Finally, the skin is smoothed over the new contour of your arm.
- Inner arm incision
Inner Arm Incision
Back of Arm Incision
- Step 3 - Closing the incisions
- Your incisions will be closed either with absorbable sutures, or stitches that will be removed within one to two weeks following your arm lift.
- Step 4 - See the results
- The smoother, tighter contours that result from brachioplasty are apparent almost immediately following your procedure, although there will likely be swelling and bruising. Get more information about arm lift surgery results.
Arm Lift Risks and Safety
The decision to have plastic surgery is extremely personal, and you'll have to decide if the benefits, risks and potential complications of arm lift surgery are acceptable.
You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure.
Arm lift surgery risks include:
- Anesthesia risks
- Poor wound healing
- Unsightly scarring
- Fluid accumulation (seroma)
- Damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels and muscles
- Fatty tissue under the skin might die (fat necrosis)
- Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
- Pain, which may persist
- Sutures may not absorb, but spontaneously surface through the skin, causing irritation, drainage and redness
- Possible need for revisional surgery
- These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It’s important that you address all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon.
Arm Rejuvenation with minimal surgery and risk- You may be a candidate for Vaser Lipo of arms. This requires small incisions with significantly less surgery. Allow Dr. Diamantis evaluate you to develop an ideal treatment plan to rejuvenate your arms.
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Meet Lidia, 39
"Attorney, 'foody' and cyclist"
''My mom saw my arms and immediately scheduled her own consultation. "
Lidia lives an exciting life full of curiosity and adventure. She keeps up on the latest fitness plans and beauty procedures with her family and closest girlfriends. Her appearance is important to her, so she decided to talk to Dr. Diamantis about Vaser® Lipo of the arms. After treatment, Lydia was ecstatic with her newly defined arms – and wondered why she didn't do this sooner!
Lidia's Recommended Treatments
1. VASER® LIPO OF THE ARMS- to permanently remove resistant fat cells from the arms and to tighten loose skin. The objective is to shrink larger arms that are diet and exercise resistant.
a. Planned liposculpture - of the right and left upper arms with special attention to the triceps region.
b. Redrape and tighten loose skin- Vaser® Lipo uses ultrasound to disrupt fat cells and tighten skin by increasing the elasticity of the dermis.
2. LOCATION- AAAHC accredited Lakewood office Cleveland Cosmetic Surgery private surgical suite.
3. ANESTHESIA OPTIONS- general anesthesia.
4. RECOVERY PERIOD- 3-5 days
“Thank you Vaser Lipo®… I bought my first sleeveless dress.” – Lidia
"I've always hated the size and shape of my arms. I've tried every workouts, only to be disappointed. I resigned to the fact, I can't wear cute sleeveless summer dresses anymore." Fortunately, a friend heard about an innovative office technique which permanently reduces the size of the arms and helps tighten the loose hanging skin found in the back of the arms. Lidia is 6 weeks status post Vaser Lipo® of the arms. She's already ecstatic with the skin tightening and arm definition. The results will only get better over the next several months.