Arm Lift, or Brachioplasty, is the cosmetic surgical procedure to reduce excessive skin and fat of the upper arm. Arms that sag with extra skin is well-known as the “bat wing” deformity. Arms can now be tightened and smoothed with cosmetic surgery. Arms can now be lifted, tightened, and smoothed with an in-office procedure. Dr. Howard is known for his attention to detail; attempting to make every procedure as perfect as possible.
Arm lift commonly involves a surgical incision from the armpit area to the elbow. For some patients, liposuction of the arm may be adequate to achieve desired results without the need for surgical excision. Dr. Paul Howard offers arm lift as an outpatient procedure and can be performed under general anesthesia or easily performed under local anesthesia with oral sedation. The surgical site will be closed with internal dissolvable sutures, external sutures and/or protection surgical tape.
Specific recovery for this procedure will vary from patient to patient depending on each patient’s medical history. Patients can expect swelling and bruising from arm lift surgery and most patients describe the pain as very tolerable. Patients are asked not to raise their arms above their heads and not to drive for up to a week following the procedure. A surgical compression garment will be placed on the patient following this surgical procedure. This surgical garment should not be removed until directed. Patient’s will not be permitted to shower until directed by Dr. Howard (usually 3-5 days after surgery). Patients may be instructed to wear the surgical garment under their clothes for up to 6 weeks following surgery. It is important to wear this compression garment to reduce swelling and stabilize the incision while it is healing.
Patients will need to limit their activities following this procedure. Patients are not permitted to lift anything more than 5 pounds following this procedure. This weight restriction may be lifted after a few weeks depending on your healing progress. Most patients can return to desk job-like work a week after this surgical procedure so long as their duties do not require them to do any heavy lifting. Sutures are removed at approximately 7-10 days following surgery.
Patients are instructed to avoid any sun exposure including tanning beds for six months following this procedure. Merely covering the surgical incision for tanning bed exposure is not adequate protection as tanning beds emit radiation that is absorbed and carried throughout the skin of the entire body.
Patients are not allowed for the surgical site to come in contact with lake water, river water, beach water, or community pool/spa water for two months following this surgical procedure or until instructed by Dr. Howard.
The cost for brachioplasty can vary from patient to patient depending on each patient’s specific needs and recommendations by Dr. Howard. Arm lift cost begins at $3500. Unfortunately, arm lift is a cosmetic procedure and is not usually covered by most health insurance companies.
Yes, but the skin is not likley to shrink in the arm area. In some patients with very good skin elasticity, arm liposuction can be easily performed without the need for an incision.