Weight loss, age, genetics, and other factors can lead to loose skin under the upper arms. An arm lift, also known as a Brachioplasty, can remove this sagging skin and tighten the upper arm area. Loose upper arm skin can be hard to hide, but with an arm lift, you no longer have to. You can enjoy wearing sleeveless shirts without feeling like people keep noticing your loose skin.
What is an Arm Lift?
Many of us have some loose skin on our upper arms. You may have gained or lost weight, or age and heredity may have played a role, but sagging arm skin can make you feel self-conscious. If you have lost a large amount of weight, you may feel frustrated that you cannot appreciate your results without seeing your loose arm skin. An arm lift can let you see tighter, more toned-looking arms with no more sagging.
How Much Does an Arm Lift Cost?
If you have been considering an arm lift, you have probably wondered about the cost. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that the average price of an arm lift is $4861. Keep in mind that this does not include fees, anesthesia, medication, and other costs. Pricing also differs between locations and providers. When you feel ready to consider an arm lift, a consultation can answer all of your pricing questions.
How is an Arm Lift Performed?
Dr. Mashhadian performs arm lifts using an incision to remove extra skin. After this skin has been removed, he will pull the remaining skin tighter, so the area looks firm and smooth. An incision usually runs under the arm from the underarm to the elbow. If you have minor loose skin, Dr. Mashhadian may use a smaller incision located in the underarm. If you have excess fat in the area that keeps the skin from tightening, liposuction can remove it. If you do not have much loose skin and still have good elasticity, liposuction alone may give you good results.
Can I Have Other Procedures With an Arm Lift?
Many people who have an upper arm lift have some liposuction to remove fat deposits and achieve a tighter appearance. However, you can have an arm lift at the same time as many other procedures. An arm lift often forms a part of large-scale skin removal after significant weight loss. This skin removal may include an arm lift, abdominoplasty, and lifts in other areas such as the thighs or neck.
One advantage to having several procedures at the same time is that they share a recovery period. Instead of separate procedures, each with its downtime, you can have one recovery period and enjoy your results. If you have loose skin elsewhere on your body or are interested in other types of treatment, ask during your consultation.
Preparing for an Arm Lift
Dr. Mashhadian will have a consultation with you to discuss your goals and answer any questions you have about an arm lift procedure. Before your surgery, he may recommend some blood tests to check your health. If you take medications, he may recommend that you adjust the dosage before your procedure. If you smoke, quitting at least one month before the procedure will improve healing and cut your risk of complications.
What is Recovery Like From an Arm Lift?
You should avoid lifting your arms above your shoulders for three to four weeks after your arm lift. You can return to work within a week or two if your job does not involve physical activity. Within six weeks, you should be able to resume most activities. Dr. Mashhadian will give you a list of symptoms to watch out for, so make sure to contact him if you experience any issues.
Will I Have Scars After an Arm Lift?
Removing loose skin requires an incision. An arm lift will usually require an incision from the underarm to near the elbow. Dr. Mashhadian will hide the incision as well as possible and create a minimally visible scar. If scars bother you, treatments are available to tighten loose arm skin. They work better on minor laxity, but an arm lift usually provides the only effective way to remove significant sagging.
Am I a Good Candidate for an Arm Lift?
If you have loose skin under your arms, you may be a good candidate for an arm lift. The procedure can remove this sagging skin and tighten the upper arm. You should be in overall good health, and smokers must commit to quitting before surgery. Candidates should have reasonable expectations about how their final results will look.