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Arm Lifts (Brachioplasty)
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Description

A surgical procedure that reshapes the upper and lower arm to reduce excess sagging underarm skin, remove fat and smooth and tighten the appearance of the arm


Length of Surgery

2 hours


In/Outpatient

Outpatient


Anesthesia

Local with or without sedation, or general


Back to work in...

2 weeks


Back to the gym in...

4 – 6 weeks


Cost

Approx $3,000 to $5,000


Treatment Frequency

Once


Risks

Infection; blood clots; seroma (build-up of fluid); hematoma; excessive scarring; allergic reactions to the anesthetic


Duration of results

Permanent



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Upper and lower arm lift Surgery Costs*

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons quoted the national average for Upper arm lift cost is typically $3633 to $5,500 and lower arm lift cost is typically between $3,000 to $5,500. Most cosmetic surgeons and surgical clinics offer flexible upper and lower arm lift surgery financing and payment options, some of which allow staggered payments or loans from VARIOUS FINANCING COMPANIES.

If you are considering having upper or lower arm lift surgery but want to explore more about the financing options available before you make your decision, PLEASE CLICK HERE. You can discuss your financial options with your surgeon, and find out if there are any loans of flexi-payment plans available to you.

 

Am I a candidate for upper and lower arm lift surgery?

You may be a suitable candidate for upper and lower arm lift surgery if:

  1. You have excess or loose and sagging upper and lower arm skin
  2. Your upper and lower arms have localized fat deposits
  3. Diet and exercise have not worked
  4. You have realistic expectations for the outcome of your Brachioplasty surgery
You may not be a suitable candidate for an upper or lower arm lift if you have had:
  1. A mastectomy or other operation in the armpit lymph node
  2. Infections in the sweat glands under the arm
  3. Healing problems after previous operations
  4. Keloid scarring
  5. You are more than 15% over your ideal body weight

 

What is a upper and lower arm lift Procedure?

An arm lift for the upper and lower region of the arm (also known as Brachioplasty), is a surgical procedure that reshapes the lower and upper portion of the arm to reduce excess sagging skin, remove fat and smooth and tighten the appearance of the arm.

Due to the natural ageing process, skin on the upper arms may become loose and flabby as a result of loss of elasticity. Additionally substantial weight loss may be another cause of excess loose skin to this area. Often such sagging skin cannot be improved by regular exercise or healthy diet alone, and may cause embarrassment resulting in long tops being worn to cover up the problem area. An arm lift can help to restore the area by giving younger looking skin with a firmer and more youthful appearance

An upper and lower arm lift procedure removes excess skin and fat between the underarm and the elbow, to give your upper arms a more toned appearance.

A lower and upper arm lift takes approximately about two hours, under general or local anesthesia.

The surgeon makes an incision from the elbow to the armpit, underlying tissue and fat are removed, and the remaining skin and tissue are lifted to achieve a tighter and smoother effect.

Brachioplasty will leave you with a permanent visible scar. 

Upper arm lift Surgery Procedure Steps

Step 1 - Anesthesia

  1. Local, local with sedation or general anesthesia, is administered.
Step 2 - The incisions
  1. Incisions are made on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm, from the underarm to just above the elbow and under surface of the arm, usually in a zigzagged line. The skin is removed then excess fat is excised or treated with liposuction.
  2. The remaining skin is stretched over your arm and sutured into place. A drain may be used at the site of incision.
Step 3 - Closure
  1. Your incisions are closed with absorbable or removable sutures, and then bandaged.
Step 4 - The results
  1. The smoother, tighter contours of your arms will be apparent almost immediately after your Brachioplasty procedure, though there will be some swelling and bruising. It may take up to two years to see the final results.

 

Upper and lower arm lift Surgery Recovery and Healing Steps

You will go home a day or so after your Brachioplasty. Upper and lower arm lift recovery times are one to two weeks. You can return to work after about two weeks and to the gym after four to six weeks.

Swelling and redness usually disappear after a month, and numbness may last for a few months. Use prescribed painkillers as required. Any drains and stitches are removed after five to 10 days and a surgical stocking will need to be worn for three to four weeks.

Upper and lower arm lift Side Effects and Surgery Risks

Brachioplasty side effects may include:

  1. Bruising
  2. Swelling
  3. Redness
  4. Numbness
Upper and lower arm lift surgery risks and complications may include:
  1. Infection
  2. Blood clots
  3. Seroma (build-up of fluid)
  4. Hematoma (collection of blood)
  5. Excessive scarring
  6. Allergic reactions to the anesthetic

 

Questions to Ask a Surgeon about an upper and lower arm lift procedure

Knowledge is power so arm yourself with the facts before making any decision about upper arm lift surgery. Here is an essential check list to help you find the right Perfect Yourself Surgeon.

  1. Am I a good candidate for upper and lower arm lift surgery?
  2. Are my described expectations realistic?
  3. Where is the upper and lower arm lift surgery performed?
  4. How long will the procedure take?
  5. What kind of anesthesia is used?
  6. What is your experience in performing upper and lower arm lift surgery?
  7. Can I see your qualifications?
  8. Ask to see any upper and lower arm lift photographs of recent surgeries
  9. What percentages of your upper and lower arm lift patients have had significant post-surgical complications? (surgeons should disclose this information to you)
  10. Who will be assisting my surgery? Can I see their qualifications?
  11. How much will my upper and lower arm lift surgery cost?
  12. Do you offer patient financing? (Flexible payment schemes for your surgery)
  13. Will you repeat/correct procedures if the agreed goals are not met? If this is the case, will I be charged again?
  14. Ask to observe the exact procedure you are considering before you decided to have surgery if you are unsure (this could be on videotape or in real life)
  15. What is the recovery and healing period for upper and lower arm lift? When can I resume full normal activity?
  16. Have you ever had your malpractice insurance coverage denied, revoked, suspended?
  17. Ask for and follow up on patient references (these can be invaluable to finding out what your surgeon is really like and the level of customer satisfaction he/she has received in the past)

 

Surgeon Checklist

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Knowledge is power so arm yourself with the facts before making any decision about Arm Lifts procedures; click here for an essential check list to help you find the right Perfect Yourself plastic surgeon.


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