About Arm Lift Surgery
A frustrating side effect of losing weight or getting older is experiencing loose skin. At RiverSong Plastic Surgery, we offer arm lift surgery (also called brachioplasty) as a correction for people who cannot seem to tone or tighten the arm with exercise. Excess skin from the elbow to the upper arm is very common, especially for people who are getting older or have lost significant amounts of weight. An upper arm lift removes this loose, hanging skin, sometimes known as "bat wings." Dr. Michele Sasmor, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Newburyport, MA, is very knowledgeable in skin tightening and fat removal surgeries. If you would like to learn more about how brachioplasty can improve the look of your arms, please contact us for a consultation at RiverSong Plastic Surgery.
An arm lift is a plastic surgery that uses innovative techniques to slim your arms and reduce unwanted skin. If you are tired of hiding your flabby arms and want them to look fit and healthy again, you are a great candidate for an arm lift. You should be in good overall health so that your body will heal well. Some of the main symptoms for potential arm lift patients are hanging, loose skin on the upper arms, and lost tautness of the skin. It is crucial that you are at or close to a healthy, stable weight prior to your surgery.
In most cases, your upper arm surgery will take place in an outpatient setting, unless multiple plastic surgeries are to be performed at the same time. An arm lift can be done with other procedures, including a breast reduction, tummy tuck, thigh lift, or mommy makeover — if Dr. Sasmor decides it is safe. An upper arm lift is usually performed under general anesthesia and usually takes about 2 hours to complete. The loose skin will be surgically removed from the elbow and continuing to the underarm. The incision will be made to be as hidden as possible, but it will become a visible scar. If liposuction is wanted to remove stubborn pockets of fat, this will be performed as well. Once the skin is tightened, it will be sutured together. You will need to keep the incisions cleaned, covered, and supported with compression garments.
What to Expect
Your recovery period may last an estimated two weeks with limited activity and elevating the arm. Give yourself time to heal. You use your arms for many things so patients should slowly make their way back into their daily routines. A follow up appointment will be scheduled about a week after surgery. Compression garments should be worn until you are released by Dr. Sasmor. For at least one month, all exercise and strenuous activity of the arms should be avoided. However, Dr. Sasmor will discuss all the other activities that you may continue. If you observe any unexpected changes please call RiverSong Plastic Surgery for a follow up appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does arm lift surgery cost?
The total cost for an arm lift will depend on many factors. Before she can determine your costs, Dr. Sasmor will perform a consultation to listen to your concerns and goals. Following this, she can create your unique surgical plan and estimate your costs. To make it easier to choose a skilled plastic surgeon, like Dr. Sasmor, and get your best results, RiverSong Plastic Surgery accepts many payment methods. We can also help you find low-interest financing.
Can I combine an arm lift with other surgeries?
It is common for arm lift patients to combine this surgery with another procedure. This is sometimes known as an upper body lift and may include liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), or breast surgery (breast lift). An arm lift is also commonly included as part of an after weight loss surgery for patients who have lost a large amount of weight and want full body contouring. During your consultation with Dr. Sasmor, complementary surgeries can be discussed so your personal surgical plan matches all your needs and goals.
Will there be scars?
A surgical arm lift needs incisions to cut away excess skin, which means there will be scars from the incision. However, Dr. Sasmor makes every effort to place the incisions in inconspicuous areas. After your surgery, ointments to assist in scar healing will be recommended along with other tips for scar care management. Dr. Sasmor also recommends you avoid sun exposure during the first year to protect the scar from becoming discolored. Most patients believe the benefits of a more toned arm outweigh the appearance of scars.
What results can I expect from an arm lift?
A surgical arm lift is used to correct hanging skin and small amounts of fat. You should maintain a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and a balanced diet to avoid a dramatic change in your weight, which might undo your results. Following your lift, once your arms are fully healed and Dr. Sasmor has authorized it, you can begin weight training and other exercise. This is a great way to add shape to your arms by strengthening and toning the muscles.
Are there nonsurgical treatments to improve my arms?
While there are a lot of nonsurgical skin tightening options, most will only provide mild improvements. For minimally loose skin and fat, you may be a candidate for TruSculpt body contouring. You can discuss this option with Dr. Sasmor at your consult. To correct moderate to severe amounts of loose skin, arm lift surgery is your best option. Along with treating excess skin, Dr. Sasmor also removes small amounts of fat and smoothes the remaining skin and tissue for a better result. If you are interested in nonsurgical procedures, Dr. Sasmor can tell you about all possible treatments during your consultation and help you decide which is best for your goals.
Get Back Your Shape
Whatever you call your "bat wings" or droopy skin on your arms, plastic surgeon Dr. Sasmor sees it as an opportunity to change your appearance with plastic surgery. This innovative procedure offers emotional and physical benefits as well. If you are at or close to a healthy, stable weight and still cannot get rid of the flab and skin that hang from your upper arms, please call and schedule a private consultation with Dr. Michele Sasmor at RiverSong Plastic Surgery. Look and feel young and fit with upper arm lift surgery.