Arm Lift Surgery

Arm Lift Surgery

As we gain weight, our skin can stretch. Aging and genetics can also cause us to lose skin elasticity, resulting in skin that is loose and flabby. If you have recently had significant weight loss, your skin may not be able to spring back into place. You may now have sagging skin on your upper arms that is unsightly and uncomfortable. Whether you have loose skin due to age or weight loss, we can help. Our experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons can remove unwanted skin and excess fat that may be resistant to exercise and dieting. If you want firmer and more youthful arms, are in good physical health, have been maintaining a stable weight, and have realistic goals, then brachioplasty may be for you.

What Is Brachioplasty ?

Brachioplasty, or arm lift surgery, is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat and skin between your armpit and elbow. During the surgery, a plastic surgeon takes out areas of extra tissue by making a cut on the inside or back of your arm. Depending on the amount of extra skin and fat, the surgeon may also have to sculpt the side of your chest. During the procedure supportive tissues are tightened, skin is reduced and reshaped, and sometimes liposuction is added to the lift to remove fat deposits. Your incision could be limited only to your armpit but can also extend from your armpit to your elbow. Sometimes it will go partly down your chest or onto the side of your back if you had significant excess tissue. As you will be left with a visible scar, we will do our best to place incisions in discrete locations where they may blend in more with the contours of your body. We will discuss incision patterns with you and help you decide which option is best to get you the look you desire. Brachioplasty is most commonly done after weight-loss surgery and frequently is done with other procedures such as liposuction, thigh or neck lift, or as a part of body contouring. Whether you are looking to get your arms done or your entire body, Dr. Hess and Dr. Sandeen can help guide you through the process of deciding which treatment option will give you the look you desire.

Benefits Of An Arm Lift

Brachioplasty, like other cosmetic surgeries, can help restore your self-confidence and improve your self-image. Having hanging skin and extra skin folds on your underarm region not only looks unsightly but also can cause discomfort. The area may be prone to inflammation and rashes which can lead to infection and can contribute to poor hygiene. At Hess and Sandeen, your personal body image is important to us. We want you to feel your best when you look in the mirror.

Recovery From Brachioplasty

Recovery time from brachioplasty will depend on the location of your surgery, the amount of excess skin and fat removed, and the length and placement of incisions you received. Typically, an arm lift is performed as an outpatient procedure. After your surgery you will be given instructions on how to care for your surgical sites, any medications that you are to take or apply, concerns and side effects to look for on the treated areas or in your general health, and when to follow-up with your cosmetic surgeon. You may have dressings and bandages on your incisions and perhaps an elastic bandage to reduce any swelling. Your plastic surgeon may need to place small drains beneath the skin for a few days to drain excess fluid or blood that may accumulate at your surgery site. We take your comfort very seriously and will take every precaution to make your recovery as easy as possible.

Will Insurance Cover Brachioplasty ?

Most insurance companies will not cover plastic surgery. Even though excess skin left behind after you lose weight can be considered a medical condition, very few insurance providers will cover brachioplasty. However, it is important to contact your insurance company to see what they do and do not cover. We also offer financing options through Care Credit to help you achieve your goals. Contact our office for details.

Additional Resources

Arm Lift Surgery (Brachioplasty) FAQ

What Is An Arm Lift Procedure ?

An arm lift removes excess skin and fat from the upper arms and forearms. This may be present due to heredity or from loss of a large amount of weight.

How Long Do The Results Last Following An Arm Lift ?

Arm lift results usually last indefinitely, as long as there is no significant weight gain and loss.

Arm Lift Surgery Time :

Depending on the amount of work to be done, this procedure may take from 1-2 hours per arm.

Arm Lift Recovery :

You will need to wear compressive wraps for several weeks following the procedure

Will I Have Restrictions Following The Procedure ?

You should avoid rigorous activities for approximately 3 weeks following the procedure.

When Will I Be Back To Work ?

You will be able to return to work in approximately 1 week provided you are not required to do heavy lifting.

Where Is The Surgery Performed ?

Our physicians perform the majority of their procedures at Northwest Medical CenterNorthwest Tucson Surgery Center or Oro Valley Hospital.

American Society of Plastic Surgery Arm Lift web site.

Why Choose Hess, Sandeen, and Lee For Brachioplasty Surgery

At Hess, Sandeen, and Lee Plastic Surgery, we care about you. With our expertise and experience you can expect great results that you will be proud of for years to come. Our board-certified plastic surgeons will help you achieve the look you desire. We want you to leave more confident and feeling like a new and better version of yourself.

Call Us Today To Schedule A Consultation For Brachioplasty Surgery