Confidence in short sleeved or sleeveless clothes, or simply being comfortable showing your arms, is important. Loose or sagging upper arm skin can be a significant source of distress or embarrassment. The skin of the upper inner arms tends to lose elasticity with age or weight changes, and the jiggling when moving one’s arms, or simply the appearance, can lead one to restrict clothing choices, and in turn even restrict activities to ones that do not require revealing one’s arms.
Arm lift surgery, also known as brachioplasty, can be an immensely gratifying and freeing procedure. By removing excess arm skin and restoring a slimmer, tighter appearance to the upper arms, you can regain the confidence and freedom to resume showing your arms again.
The arm lift consists of the surgical reduction of loose skin and subcutaneous tissue/fat along the upper arms, and may included liposuction of fat as well as the excision of excess skin. This surgery will involve general anesthesia and we recommend that you arrange to have someone drive you to and from the appointment.
Please Note: These are general estimates that may or may not apply to you individually.
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During your consultation, Dr. Anita will take time to learn more about your motivations and goals, understand your concerns, and discuss the treatment in detail. She will go through your medical history and perform a physical exam in order to determine the best plan to reach your goals, and make sure you are a good candidate for surgery.
The day of surgery, Dr. Anita will meet with you in the pre-operative area, review the planned procedure, and mark the surgical site. This is also a time you can go over any additional questions you may have prior to surgery.
After surgery, you will be provided with postoperative care instructions, and instructions for follow-up. Dr. Anita will see you for the first postoperative visit 1-2 days after surgery, with an additional visit the week after for drain removal if appropriate. Additional postoperative visits are typically spaced at 2 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year after surgery.
Brachioplasty surgery, also known as arm lift, removes excess skin and volume from the upper arms. The incision typically runs from the underarm to the elbow.
Sometimes only a small amount of skin needs to be removed, and the incision length can be shortened accordingly.
Typically arm lift surgery takes 2 1/2 hours total.
The cost for arm lift surgery will depend on a number of factors, including whether or not liposuction will be performed, the anticipated length of surgery, and more. To provide you with accurate pricing information, we invite you to book a complimentary Pre-Consult Phone Call with our Patient Care Coordinator by calling 310-205-0212. During that phone call, important information will be discussed and ballpark pricing will be provided.
Insurance does not cover brachioplasty, as it does not consider it medically necessary. On rare occasion, if the excess skin is severe and interfering with activities of daily living, then insurance may cover part of the surgery.Insurance does not typically cover brachioplasty, as it does not consider it medically necessary. On rare occasions, if the excess skin is severe and interfering with activities of daily living, then insurance may consider covering part of the surgery.
While you can resume work in about 10 days, and resume exercise in 6 weeks, it takes the scar a full year to mature and fade. During the first 8 weeks, we highly recommend a scar therapy protocol to minimize the visibility of the scar.
You may resume exercise 6 weeks after brachioplasty.
Brachioplasty scars do fade with time. Early on, they are skin color or slightly pink. As the wound healing progresses, It is normal for the scar to be more intensely pink. During this time, I recommend a scar therapy protocol to prevent hypertrophic scarring and to reduce visibility of the scar. It can take a full year for the pigment to fade, and if the scar is more visible than desired, laser treatments or radiofrequency resurfacing treatments are available to “erase” the scar further.