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Arm Lift

As we age, our skin starts to lose elasticity. This can cause loose, hanging skin on the upper arms as well as excess fat that resists diet and exercise. Excess fat and skin on the upper arms can often make a person feel self-conscious and uncomfortable wearing certain articles of clothing. Arm lift surgery can be performed to restore a more toned appearance to the upper arms.

Arm Lift Surgery Can Correct:

  • Sagging, loose skin on the upper arms
  • Excess stubborn fat along the upper arms
  • Flabby tissue under the arms

Arm Lift Options

Arm lift surgery is performed to reduce sagging skin and excess fat from the upper arm area. This involves the removal of excess skin and fat through an incision. Leftover skin is tightened and shaped to provide a flattering and defined arm contour.

Arm Lift

  • An incision is made either along the underside or along the back of the arm
    • Depending on the severity of sagging skin, the incision may extend from the underarm to the elbow
  • Excess fat deposits are removed
  • Excess skin is pulled and trimmed from the incision site
  • Scarring will be visible along the arms but will fade over time

Minimal Arm Lift

  • A smaller, more refined incision is made in the armpit
    • The incision will be hidden in the armpit crease
  • Performed when a patient only has a minimal amount of sagging skin and fat
  • Skin will be trimmed and tightened through the incision
  • Fat will be removed by excision or suctioned out via liposuction
  • Scarring will be minimal, if not noticeable at all

Arm Lift With Liposuction

  • An incision will be made along the inner arms or the back of the arms
  • Ideal for patients with a significant amount of fat on the arms
  • Excess skin will be removed and trimmed
  • Fat and tissue will be removed
  • Remaining fat will be suctioned out and sculpted using liposuction
  • Sutures or stitches will be used to close the incision
  • Scarring could extend to the elbow but will fade over time

Combining a Body Procedures

Arm lift surgery is most common among patients who have lost a significant amount of weight. After significant weight loss, patients often choose to combine procedures such as breast lift surgery, tummy tuck surgery, and thigh lift surgery with an arm lift. By combining one or more procedures, patients can achieve an overall total body makeover. They can feel confident again with a body that is toned and skin that is tight and smooth.

Frequently Asked Arm Lift Questions

A: Good candidates for arm lift surgery have significant upper arm skin laxity they want to diminish. In addition, ideal candidates should be in good health and have realistic expectations of the procedure.

A: Some of the arm lift surgery risks include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Poor wound healing
  • Scarring

A: Some pain and discomfort will be associated with the procedure; however, pain medication will be prescribed to alleviate the symptoms.

A: It is important to take the time to rest and follow your doctor’s instructions after surgery. This will ensure the best recovery possible. In addition, do not drink alcohol and do not smoke cigarettes for two weeks before and two weeks after the procedure. It is important to keep wounds clean and take medications given to you by your doctor to aid in the healing process.

A: According to the 2014 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the average arm lift is $3,936. This cost can vary depending on the surgeon’s experience, geographic location of surgery, anesthesia, and other related expenses.

A: No smoking four weeks before or after having an arm lift.

A: Yes, arm lift surgery can be done in our office under general anesthesia.


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