An arm lift, or brachioplasty surgery, is performed to create a more toned-looking arm contour. As a result of aging or weight loss, the skin loses its elasticity, hanging in folds and wrinkles along the underside of the arm. During this surgery, the excess skin is trimmed away, reducing the arms' flabby appearance.
Is an brachioplasty right for me?
Brachioplasty may be right for you if you are a West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens area adult who is self-conscious about the appearance of your upper arms. Many patients complain of bat wings, or upper arms with hanging folds of skin. This procedure can be performed on both women and men who are in good overall health. If you are uncomfortable wearing sleeveless shirts or revealing your upper arms, you may be a good candidate for arm lift surgery.
How much does an arm lift cost?
Arm lift surgery costs average $3,500 to $6,000 in the West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens area. This figure can vary depending on the specifics of your procedure.
How involved is the brachioplasty procedure?
The goal of an arm lift is to reshape the upper arm area, especially the underside, where excess skin and fat tend to hang loosely. Because this surgery focuses on one specific and fairly small portion of the body, it is not as involved as other body lift surgeries. It is performed with general anesthesia and typically requires about two hours.
First, an incision in the armpit or along the inner arm is created. Then, the excess skin is trimmed, and excess fat may be removed using traditional surgical techniques or liposuction. Finally, the remaining tissue is sculpted, and the incision closed with sutures.
How long is the recovery after an arm lift?
After undergoing arm lift surgery, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens area patients usually take about ten days away from work, though this recovery time can vary greatly depending on the nature of their job and how much arm movement or lifting is required. During the recovery process, a compression garment must be worn to support the tissues as they heal in their new contours. Keep your arms elevated whenever possible. Common side effects include tenderness, soreness, bruising, and swelling; many patients also report temporary feelings of skin tightness. Heavy lifting and other strenuous activities should be avoided for at least six weeks to two months.
What should I do next?
Are you considering an arm lift to make your arms appear younger and more toned? Call Dr. Kapp today at (561) 833-4022 or fill out our online form for your consultation.