Arm Lift Surgery

What is an arm lift?

What should I prepare for an arm lift?

What are the procedural steps of an arm lift?

How long does an arm lift take?

Does Dr. Levine use anesthesia during an arm lift?

How much does an arm lift cost?

What is an arm lift?

A brachioplasty, otherwise known as an arm lift, is a surgical procedure used to reduce excess sagging skin, fix skin that droops downward, tighten and smooth the supportive tissue that defines the upper arm’s shape, and reduces localized pockets of fat in the upper arm area.

Saggy, droopy arm skin is caused by:

  • Weight fluctuations
  • Age
  • Gravity
  • Heredity issues

You may be a candidate for arm lift surgery if:

  • You have tried exercise to tone your arms but to no avail
  • The skin on your upper arm is too lax due to weight loss
  • You are considerably healthy and have no pre-existing medical conditions that would impair a surgery of this type

What should I prepare for an arm lift?

To prepare for an arm lift you should stop smoking for at least four weeks prior to surgery. Smoking should also be ceased after the procedure as it will slow down the healing process.

Other ways to prepare include:

  • Not taking any medications that may increase bleeding, such as aspirin and ibuprofen
  • Avoiding taking herbal supplements, vitamin E or using any creams, ointments or lotions on your arms
  • Maintaining a healthy diet before and after the procedure

What are the procedural steps of an arm lift?

The steps for an arm lift are fairly easy on the patient’s body, and are standard to any doctor familiar with the procedure.

1. Anesthesia:

  • You will be given anesthesia to make you comfortable during the procedure
  • It will be administered either via intravenous, or you will be given a general anesthetic

2. Incision:

  • Depending on the amount of excess skin to be removed, the length of the incision will vary
  • Incisions can extend from the underarm to above the elbow
    • Incisions can also be more limited, depending on your skin laxity
    • Excess fat may need to be directly removed with liposuction at the same time
  • Using internal sutures, underlying supportive tissue is tightened and reshaped
  • The skin is smoothed over the new contour of your arm

3. Closing the incisions:

  • The incisions will be closed with:
    • Absorbable sutures OR non-absorbable sutures
    • Stitches that will need to be removed will be removed two weeks post op
      • If this is the case, we will let you know after the surgery

How long does an arm lift take?

Arm lifts are generally outpatient procedures that take about two hours. However, there are certain things you should know about your arm surgery that will help with your recovery:

  • Dressings or bandages will be applied to sites of your incisions
  • You may be asked to wear a compression bandage to minimize swelling
  • The tighter contours of your arm will be noticeable almost immediately
  • Bruising is common and will fade
  • Elevate your arm with pillows to help reduce swelling and discomfort

Scarring is common after an arm lift, and you will likely scar under your upper arm after the procedure. Depending on your skin, scarring may be minimal or more pronounced, but any scarring can be concealed with long sleeves. There are scar therapy medications that will be recommended starting at 2 weeks post surgery.

Once you have fully healed from an arm lift surgery, it is important to maintain an active lifestyle and eat a healthy diet.

As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness; however, the results of an arm lift are meant to be permanent.

If you experience weight fluctuations, the results of your arm lift may fade.

Does Dr. Levine use anesthesia during an arm lift?

Dr. Levine uses general anesthetic during an arm lift procedure. When you are under general anesthetic, you enter a sleep state that differs from regular sleep.

Your brain will not respond to pain signals or surgical manipulations, and you will not feel a thing during the procedure.

Effects of anesthetics:

  • You may experience grogginess when you awaken , although this usually fades fairly quickly
  • Because you will be under anesthesia, it’s important you have someone pick you up from your surgery; you will not be able to drive regardless of how alert you feel

How much does an arm lift cost?

Generally, arm lifts are priced between $2,500 - $5,000.

  • In some cases liposuction is performed at the same time – this will increase the price
  • There will be an anesthesia fee and a facility fee
  • The total cost will be $6500 + HST


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