Arm Lift Mountain View

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Arm Lift Overview

Brachioplasty, or arm lift surgery, is a body contouring procedure to remove excess skin or fat from the upper arms. The decision to perform brachioplasty depends on how much of the undesirable contour of the upper arms is due to excess fat and how much is due to sagging and excess skin. If the problem is fat excess with minimal skin excess, then liposuction is the indicated procedure. If there is significant sagging with loose skin, brachioplasty is required with excision of the excess skin. In addition, liposuction is performed for excess fat.

The arm lift incision usually extends from the hollow of the underarm down toward the elbow. The greater the sagginess, the further toward the elbow the incision must extend to achieve the desired result. The incision is placed to minimize any visibility at the lower inner aspect of upper arm. This will keep the scar from being seen by someone behind you or in front of you unless you raise your arms up and widely.

Am I a Good Candidate?

Individuals who are physically healthy and do not smoke are the best candidates for an arm lift procedure. Arm lift surgery is not recommended for people who have medical issues that make it difficult to recuperate.

People with significant arm skin laxity and pockets of excess upper-arm fat are the best candidates. Before undergoing arm lift surgery, it is vital that you have a good mindset and realistic expectations.

What Happens During the Consultation?

You will discuss your surgical goals, previous and current medications, and drug allergies with Dr. Lowen during your arm lift consultation. Dr. Lowen will conduct a health assessment and will examine your arms to ensure that the procedure is right for you. He will go over the step-by-step process of the surgery with you, including preparation steps.

The Procedure

After anesthesia is administered, Dr. Lowen will make the incisions. These incisions will be used to access the underlying tissues on the arms and tighten them properly.

After extra fat and skin have been removed and all reshaping has been completed, the remaining skin will be sutured over the new contours of the arm. All incisions will be closed with dissolvable sutures after surgery.

Arm Lift Recovery

Brachioplasty is an outpatient body contouring procedure performed under general anesthesia. The arms are wrapped with ace bandages for several days, and then a compression sleeve garmenet is worn for two weeks. Sutures are absorbable and under the skin, so no sutures need to be removed. The scar will be red for up to a year. By careful suturing with some permanent deep sutures, Dr. Lowen tries to achieve fine-line scar healing. Dr. Lowen recommends use of Bio-corneum silicone ointment to improve scar quality and shorten the healing period. Scar redness gradually fades over six to 12 months. We also offer complimentary Lux 1540 scar laser treatment to further improve scar healing. Time off work is usually one week.

How Much Does an Arm Lift Cost?

Anesthesia fees, facility cost, prescription medications, post-surgery garments, medical tests, and the surgeon’s fee all affect the total price of an arm lift surgery.

Arrange Your Consultation

To learn more about body contouring options like thighplasty and brachioplasty, please contact our plastic surgery center in Mountain View today. Dr. Lowen can help you explore your body contouring options and make an educated treatment choice.