Arm Lift Procedure
The arms are an expressive part of the body and one of the most difficult areas to tone and tighten without surgery.
While weight loss is an achievement anyone can be proud of, it can leave lasting negative effects, including stretched and loose skin and residual fat deposits. However, weight loss is not the only reason people seek arm lift (brachioplasty) surgery.
Common reasons for having an arm lift, colloquially known as “bat wing” surgery, include lax skin due to the aging process, fat that does not respond to dieting and exercise, rashes from rubbing and chaffing skin, lymphedema, and simply a desire for a tighter, more toned look to the arms.
Arm lift surgery is usually performed with a single incision along the inner area of the arm. While the scars are permanent, they do tend to fade over time.
How Is Arm Lift Surgery Performed?
Because arm lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia, the patient will not feel any pain during the procedure. Arm lift surgery usually takes one to two hours to complete depending upon the extent of the correction needed and whether other procedures, such as liposuction, are performed.
Liposuction Only Method
Patients with good skin elasticity but excess fat deposits may benefit from liposuction only. These patients can avoid the traditional incision along the underside of the arm. Instead, Dr. Hadeed makes a smaller incision in the upper arm or the elbow and inserts a tool called a cannula to remove the excess fat.
Minimal Skin Excision Method
This minimal incision arm lift is ideal for patients with a small degree of laxity. With this technique, Dr. Hadeed makes a small incision to trim minimal skin and uses liposuction to remove unwanted fat.
The most common arm lift method involves Dr. Hadeed making an incision along the inner length of the upper arm. He will trim away (excise) excess skin and fat before closing the incision with sutures.
What Will My Arm Lift Surgery Recovery Be Like?
Your arms will be dressed with bandages, and you will be asked to wear compression sleeves to help keep swelling down in the area. Drains may be inserted before the arms are dressed.
Once you are awake, you will be given instructions to take home on how to care for your dressings and drains, if used, as well as a list of medications to take. Following our post-surgery instructions will help speed your recovery and reduce your risk of complications.
A follow-up appointment will be scheduled with Dr. Hadeed. It is essential to attend all of your follow-up appointments. We will want to evaluate or remove the drains, check the surgery sites for any sign of infection, and may also give you a prescription for oral or topical medication.
If you have a desk or other non-active job, expect to be able to get back to work within one to two weeks. Follow Dr. Hadeed’s instructions if you have a more physically demanding job.
What Results Can I Expect From My Arm Lift?
Arm lift surgery can give you a more attractive, aesthetically pleasing silhouette.
Although a traditional arm lift will leave a longer visible scar, the scars will fade over time, and your arm lift surgery can give you greater physical comfort in your day-to-day activities and a more streamlined shape.
You can expect to fit better into clothes and for your arms to look tighter, firmer, and younger due to the surgery.
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Frequently Asked Questions Arm Lift Surgery
Yes. Unfortunately, the location on the inner upper arm means there are no natural skin folds or other attributes that will help hide a surgical scar. However, surgery scars tend to fade over time.
Taking care of your scars after your arm lift surgery and protecting them from the sun will help. Be sure to follow Dr. Hadeed’s post-surgery instructions.
During the first few weeks following your arm lift procedure, you may experience some mild discomfort and a tight feeling in your shoulders, neck, or upper chest. Remember, your muscles have undergone surgery and will take time to heal.
The discomfort in your upper body should subside gradually. Please call Dr. Hadeed if it continues longer than expected.
The cost of an arm lift procedure varies by patient and depends on various factors, including the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia fees, facility costs, medicines, dressings, lab tests, and post-surgery garments.
The type of surgery will also affect the total cost. For example, a traditional arm lift with liposuction will cost more than an arm lift using liposuction alone.
We will provide you with the estimated cost of your arm lift procedure during your consultation. Also, check out our financing options to help you meet your goals.
Yes, many patients choose to combine brachioplasty with another breast or body sculpting procedure. Combining surgeries will depend on your health, financial situation, and aesthetic goals.
During the first two weeks after your arm lift surgery, most patients should not lift anything heavier than 10 pounds, while others are better off not lifting anything heavier than five pounds. Also, do not push or pull anything heavy or lift your arms above your shoulders for at least two weeks.
Aerobic exercise can be resumed after four to six weeks, depending on how you are healing.
Dr. Hadeed will advise you of your personal recovery schedule.
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