Sagging skin under the arms occurs as a natural result of aging, weight loss, or other factors. However, this loose skin can make you self-conscious and even hesitant to wear shirts that show your upper arms. An arm lift removes this sagging skin to tighten and firm the upper arm area.
What is an Arm Lhttps://www.lpsmd.com/upper-arm-lift/ift or Brachioplasty?
Loose, sagging skin under the arms bothers many men and women. An arm lift is a surgical procedure designed to tighten the upper arms by removing excess skin and fat. While non-surgical skin tightening treatments may improve minor skin laxity, an arm lift offers the definitive solution to moderate to severe sagging.
How Much is an Arm Lift?
Surgeons in different locations will have different pricing for their procedures. In addition, more experienced surgeons with an excellent reputation may charge more. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons found the average cost of an arm lift to be $4,861. This will not cover anesthesia, post-surgical care, supplies, or other charges. Schedule a consultation for an accurate estimate.
How is an Arm Lift Performed?
At Longwood Plastic Surgery, we perform brachioplasty under general anesthesia in our sterile, state-of-the-art surgical suite. Surgery typically takes one to three hours, and most people go home the same day. In some cases, and particularly for people who have lost a large amount of weight, an arm lift is part of a more extensive skin removal surgery.
During an arm lift, your surgeon makes an incision under the arm and uses this to lift and remove excess, sagging fat and skin. After raising and tightening the skin, the surgeon uses a careful suturing technique to leave a minimally visible scar. Your surgeon will choose an incision that addresses your concerns while minimizing scars and recovery time.
What is Recovery Like After an Arm Lift?
You will have a compression garment to wear for several weeks after surgery to control swelling and support healing. If your job does not involve much physical activity, you can often go back in five to ten days. After two weeks, you can resume most activities, although your surgeon should clear you before you resume your exercise routine. Follow your surgeon’s detailed instructions for the best results.
What Results Will I See With an Arm Lift?
Immediately after surgery, you may notice that your arms look more slender. You will have swelling lasting several weeks, and you will not see your full results until this has been resolved. Your arms will look slimmer and more toned, and you may feel more comfortable wearing short-sleeved or even sleeveless shirts.
Take the Next Step
Interested in learning about arm lifts? Schedule your consultation with Longwood Plastic Surgery today by calling our Brookline office at (617) 383-6250. We serve the Brookline and Greater Boston area with distinction