Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
Due to age, weight loss surgery, massive weight loss, or other factors the skin of the upper arms can become loose and flabby. If exercise alone is not enough, the sagging skin or bat wings can be addressed by an arm lift. An arm lift (Brachioplasty) typically involves liposuction of the upper arm and the excision of excess skin. The surgery creates a more shapely and youthful appearance for the upper arm by reducing the arm circumference and removing excess skin and fat. (click here to see Arm Lift before and after photos)
Best Candidates for Arm Lift
Arm lift candidates are adults with significant upper arm skin laxity that have stable weight and desire a more aesthetic and contoured profile for their upper arms. Candidates should have a positive outlook and realistic expectations for their outcomes. The surgery can be a positive life changing experience, but the recovery requires proper planning, and patients need to realize and accept that the procedure will likely leave long scars. Scars will diminish over time, but the beauty tone, and graceful profile created by Dr. Mess’s arm lift will be long lasting.
Techniques or Options for Arm Lift
Arm lift incision length and patterns will depend on the location and volume of excess skin scheduled for removal. Most post-bariatric and massive weight loss patients require excision from axilla to the elbow, but some cases allow for more minimal incisions. Dr. Mess will review these options with you during your consultation and surgical plan. She may combine liposuction with the arm lift if the patient needs reduction in fat as well as skin to achieve ideal results.
Preparing for your Arm Lift
During a consultation, individuals will need to tell Dr. Mess if they are on any medications since this could have an adverse affect on the results of their surgery. Patients will also need to stop smoking and taking anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin well in advance of the procedure, as this could cause complications during surgery and impair healing.
The Arm Lift Surgery
Arm lifts are usually performed under general anesthesia. The surgery plan, type of incision, and inclusion of liposuction will all be determined prior to surgery. After sedation the excess skin and fat will be removed, the underlying structures will be tightened as required and the incision will be closed. Drains may be used depending on your particular procedure plan. You will be fitted with a garment and released to rest in the comfort of your own home as you begin your recovery.
Recovery After Arm Lift Surgery
Proper planning of arm lift surgery recovery is essential for the safety and comfort of the patient and success of the surgery. Patients should:
- Expect some local bruising, swelling and tenderness
- Understand how to care for drains (drains are typically removed 4-6 days post procedure)
- Limit activity for approximately a week following surgery and avoid strenuous activity for 4-6 weeks or until Dr. Mess releases you to resume these activities.
Patients are typically thrilled with their new look and want to show it off. Dr. Mess encourages patients to return to normal activity as soon as possible. Apply sunscreen and your preferred scar treatment daily to ensure best results.
How much will Arm Lift surgery cost?
Cost is always a factor in elective surgery. Brachioplasty is a significant surgery requiring exception skill to achieve aesthetic results and maintain the form and function of the upper arm. Costs for an arm lift include:
- Surgeon’s fee
- Hospital or surgical facility fee
- Anesthesia fees
- Prescriptions for medications
- Post-surgery garmets
- Medical tests
- Scar management treatments
It is important to remember that your ultimate satisfaction will be based on a lot more than fee. Dr. Mess combines the training, experience and dedicated care to provide exceptional results for patients seeking arm lift surgery.
Results after Arm Lift Surgery
Brachioplasty results are apparent immediately, but will improve over the next several weeks as swelling and bruising diminish revealing a more shapely and toned upper arm.
Dr. Mess specializes in brachioplasty in her Columbia, Maryland practice and frequently attracts patients from Baltimore and Bethesda areas that desire arm lift surgery. To see actual results of Dr. Mess’ surgical expertise, please feel free to view our photo gallery before and after pictures. You can see additional photos during your consolation.
Dr. Sarah Mess is a board certified plastic surgeon. She is a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). She is dedicated to providing each of her patients with the results they desire while making sure that they are cared for with the utmost safety. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Mess, please call (410) 910-2350 today.
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