Arm Lift – Brachioplasty
Arm lift surgery (medically known as brachioplasty) can bring a youthful revitalization to the upper arm region by tightening loose, drooping skin for a firmer and more contoured look. This treatment can enhance the shape of the underside of the arm between the upper area and elbow, where overstretched skin and a collection of inelastic tissue commonly occur.
Sometimes referred to as “bat wings,” individuals tend to experience this reduced supportive tissue structure in the upper arms due to the natural aging process, significant weight loss, or possibly genetics. Having a healthy diet and exercise routine often helps to develop muscle tone in the arms; however, those regimens may not sufficiently address loss of skin laxity, weakened tissues, or stubborn fat pockets. Brachioplasty, often combined with liposuction, offers an improvement in the cosmetic appearance of the upper arm area with exceptional results.
Am I a Candidate for Arm Lift Surgery?
Anyone seeking cosmetic surgery should first be examined by their doctor to confirm they are in overall good health in order to minimize risks during the procedure and throughout the healing process. During your initial consultation here at Luxxery Boutique, our plastic surgeon will evaluate your concerns and goals to see if you are an ideal candidate for brachioplasty. Individuals who consider this procedure are often those who:
- Seek firmer, tighter skin and improved upper arm contours
- Have noticeable loose skin and/or excess fat in the upper arms
- Avoid wearing certain clothing or participating at events where they may feel self-conscious about the appearance of their arms
The arm lift procedure does leave a scar on the inside portion of the upper arm where the incision is made. Patients should set realistic expectations for the outcome and discuss any concerns with our surgeon prior to treatment. Arm lift surgery is customized for each patient and our plastic surgeon always strives to produce beautiful results that meet individual goals.
What Does the Arm Lift Procedure Involve?
Brachioplasty is typically an outpatient procedure performed under local or general anesthesia. The incision is commonly placed along the inside, or sometimes the bottom, of the upper arm. Excess skin is then surgically removed, and liposuction may also be performed to eliminate pockets of excess fat that could be contributing to the aesthetic concerns. The procedure is then mirrored on the other arm to achieve proper balance and symmetry.
If your treatment plan includes additional body contouring treatments, it may be recommended to combine certain procedures at the same time as your arm lift.
What Can I Expect During Recovery from Arm Lift Surgery?
Patients usually experience some degree of soreness, swelling, bruising, and discomfort near the incisions immediately after surgery. By following the proper post-procedure recovery instructions and taking prescribed medications, these side effects can often be managed well until they begin to dissipate on their own in the days and weeks after surgery. Patients are advised to elevate their arms, use cold compresses, and wear a surgical wrap or compression garment to protect the incisions and reinforce the new contours during recovery.
Generally, patients should allow one to two weeks to fully rest and recuperate, as well as limit arm movement for at least two weeks and avoid exercise for at least four weeks. Most patients notice an aesthetic improvement immediately after surgery but should wait until the swelling fully subsides to see their final arm lift results.
How Much Does an Arm Lift Cost?
Luxxery Boutique offers the brachioplasty procedure for an estimated cost of $8,000 – $10,000. This price includes the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia, use of the surgical facility, and follow-up care. Each patient is unique so this price should be considered a general estimate— the total amount will be determined by each individual’s treatment plan. During your consultation, a thorough evaluation will be performed, during which more specific pricing will be reviewed. Our office staff is available to discuss payment options, including third-party financing programs that can help qualified applicants meet their aesthetic goals within their budgetary needs.