Arm Lift Bellevue
Arm lift or Brachioplasty surgery involves removal of extra skin and fat from the upper arm area. The “bat wing” arm or droopy arm that can be seen when the arms are raised. It also tightens and smoothens underlying supportive tissue that will help contour your arm. Although exercise can help tone your arm muscles, there are certain states of your arm that will not change no matter how much dieting and exercise you do. In fact extreme weight loss from diet and intense exercise can make your arms sag even more due to loss of fat and volume. Normal aging results in loss of skin elasticity further contributes to the sagging appearance. It is in these situations that an arm lift will benefit the most. Weight changes, aging, genetics, trauma, medications and certain disease processes can lead to extra fat and skin in the upper arms. Hence, if you have extra skin or fat in your upper arms an Arm Lift could be the procedure for you. Arm contouring can involve liposuction only or a combination of liposuction and tissue removal.
Types of Arm Lift
Liposuction: If the skin recoil is adequate certain patients may only need liposuction to reach the desired contour of the arm. This will be determined by Dr. Parikh. Liposuction can debulk the area significantly and may avoid incisions which is a benefit in the ideal candidate
Long Scar Brachioplasty: This is the traditional arm lift appropriate with the incision placed along the inner arm or toward the inner bottom part of the arm. This approach is necessary to contour the arm appropriately if there is a significant amount of excess skin and fat. Most patients fall into this category, especially if weight loss is present.
Short Scar Brachioplasty: The incision is placed transversely along the armpit area and is well hidden. IT is for a mild amount of skin laxity patients where only a small amount of skin needs to be removed.
Candidates for Arm Lift:
Candidates are relatively healthy and nonsmokers. If smoking, a minimum of 4 weeks stopping prior to surgery will improve the outcome. Candidates have excess skin and fat in the area. The arms hang when raised indicates excess skin. If skin recoil is adequate you may be a candidate for liposuction alone and not require incisions. The type of arm lift needed will be determined by Dr. Parikh at the time of consultation.
Arm Lift Cost
Cost of the procedure is based on 1. Anesthesia Fees 2. Facility Fees and 3. Surgeon Fees.
Range is from $6000 to $9500 USD for all combined charges. Prices may vary based on length of time and complexity of the case. Pricing includes all follow up appointments and care. There are no hidden fees. of the procedure is based on 1. Anesthesia Fees 2. Facility Fees and 3. Surgeon Fees.
Postoperative Recovery after Arm Lift
This is a same day procedure and the patient will go home that day after the procedure. After the procedure there may be some discomfort. Some swelling and bruising is normal. A compression garment is placed over arms is worn for 2 weeks. The garment helps with swelling and skin recoil. Patients usually return to work after 2 weeks. Arm activity is semi restricted to optimize healing. Drains are placed only if a large amount of tissue is removed. These drains are usually removed within a week.
Scars can change and fade up to one year. Dr. Parikh can discuss scar therapy treatments and how to optimize scar healing at the time of consultation.
Arm Lift Complications
- Wound Dehiscence
- Altered sensation
With any surgical procedure complications can occur, but are generally low. We encourage that you ask about complications during your visit with Dr. Parikh. Dr. Parikh will ensure that your safety is first and discuss any concern in great detail that is tailored to your specific medical history.