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Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, can remove the excess skin and fat deposits, leaving the upper arms with a more pleasing and youthful contour. As a person ages, upper arm skin can become loose and flabby. To tighten and sculpt the upper arms, we frequently perform the arm lift for Baton Rouge patients.

The Benefits of an Arm Lift

The following are some key arm lift benefits:

  • Removal of the excess fat and drooping skin that form “bingo wings,” also known as “bat wings”
  • Tightening of the skin to reveal a more sculpted and toned appearance
  • Effective contouring after dramatic weight loss and other life experiences that create excess skin

Am I an Ideal Candidate for Brachioplasty Surgery?

Patients with excess sagging skin and pockets of stubborn fat on their upper arms are the best candidates for this procedure. Ideal arm lift candidates are patients who are in good health, are non-smokers, and are not currently taking any blood thinners.

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Your Arm Lift Consultation

The two of you will discuss your goals for the surgery, along with your complete medical history. This will include any past procedures, medications you are currently taking, and allergies. You will be able to look at before and after photos to ensure that you have realistic expectations in terms of results, and you can also voice any concerns or questions.

Your plastic surgeon will consult with you about undergoing surgery for an arm lift if you wish to tighten your upper-arm skin to look and feel more youthful. During this consultation, they will walk you through the details of brachioplasty, including preparation and recovery.


The Brachioplasty Procedure: What to Expect

At the start of the surgical session, the patient is given local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. Both options have their pros and cons, and the choice between them is made during the initial consultation.

After the patient is comfortable and unable to feel any pain or discomfort, arm lift incisions are created. The incision extends from the elbow to the underarm, and sometimes on to the side of the chest. This gives the surgeon access to the underlying tissues.

Loose excess skin is then trimmed away with a scalpel. In some instances, your plastic surgeon may recommend that liposuction be used alone or in conjunction with an arm lift to remove excess fat in the upper arms. Once all tissue alteration is complete, the skin is redraped tightly and the incisions are stitched closed.

Brachioplasty Recovery and Healing

Once your brachioplasty is complete, you will need to be driven home by a friend or family member so that you can rest and recover. The arm lift recovery process can be comfortable and convenient, provided you follow the instructions of your plastic surgeon. Following these directions increases the likelihood of achieving the best arm lift results possible.

Make sure to wear a post-surgical elastic garment as recommended. These garments help the skin conform to the new underlying contours of the region. Additionally, they control swelling, reducing the overall recovery time.

Elevation minimizes bruising and swelling, so for around three days, you will need to keep your arms elevated at all times. Pillows help to keep arms elevated overnight.

Taking around one week off from work is recommended. After four to six weeks, patients can resume physically strenuous activities like rigorous exercise.

Arm Lift Cost

We work with our patients to ensure that they have adequate financing for their procedures. If arm lift cost is an issue, the CareCredit program may be able to help. Find out more about the price of your brachioplasty during a consultation.

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If you’re interested in an arm lift in Baton Rouge, Associates in Plastic Surgery is your ideal choice. To get started, set up a consultation by contacting our office today.

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