Upper Arm Lift Surgery (Brachioplasty) – Leesburg, VA

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About Arm Lift Surgery

One big challenge when getting older or losing weight is the development of excess skin. At Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center, we offer upper arm lift surgery (also called brachioplasty) as a treatment for people who cannot manage to tone or tighten the arm with natural methods. Excess skin from the elbow to the shoulder is very typical, particularly for people who are getting older or have lost significant amounts of weight. This excess tissue is sometimes referred to as "bat wings." Dr. Phillip Chang, a Leesburg, VA plastic surgeon, is very knowledgeable in fat removal and skin tightening methods. If you want to hear more information about how brachioplasty can enhance the physique of your upper arms, please contact us for an appointment at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Leesburg, VA today.

Ideal Candidates

An upper arm lift is a plastic surgery that features advanced methods to contour and eliminate unwanted skin. If you are tired of hiding your "bat wings" and would prefer them to appear taut and trim again, you are a great candidate for an arm lift. You need to be in overall good health so that you will recover properly. Some of the most common issues for potential arm lift patients are excess, loose skin on their upper arms, plus minimal tautness of the skin. It is critical that you are at or close to a healthy, stable weight before your surgery.

Surgical Technique

In most cases, your upper arm surgery will be performed in an outpatient facility, except in cases where several cosmetic surgeries are to be performed at one time. An upper arm lift may be done with other surgeries (often completed at a facility with inpatient monitoring), including a tummy tuck, thigh lift, or mommy makeover — as long as Dr. Chang considers it appropriate. An upper arm lift is typically done with the patient under general anesthesia and can require a few hours to finish. The excess skin will be surgically removed starting at the elbow and continuing to the armpit. The incision will be placed to be as hidden as possible, although it will become a visible scar. In cases where liposuction is wanted to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat, this can be completed also. After the skin is pulled taut, it will be stitched together. You will have to care for the incisions by keeping them cleaned, covered, and supported with compression garments.

What to Expect

A typical recovery time frame may take an estimated two weeks with lots of rest and arm elevation. Give your body time to heal. You use your arms for more than you think, so most patients should slowly make their way back to their daily activities. If needed, a suture removal appointment will be scheduled about ten days following surgery. Compression garments must be kept on until you receive permission from Dr. Chang to remove them. For at least one month, all exercise and strenuous activity needs to be eliminated, except for frequent, short walks. If you develop uncontrolled bleeding, excessive swelling, fluid buildup (hematoma), signs of infection, numbness in the hands and arms, or unusual scarring, please contact Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center as soon as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does arm lift surgery cost?
Your cost for arm lift surgery will depend on many factors. Before he can determine your costs, Dr. Chang will perform a consultation to listen to your needs and goals. After that, he can create your surgical plan and estimate your costs. To make it easier to afford a skilled surgeon like Dr. Chang and get your best results, Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center accepts many payment methods. We can also help you find low-interest medical financing.

Can I combine an arm lift with other surgeries?
It is common for arm lift patients to combine this surgery with another procedure. This is sometimes referred to as an upper body lift and may include liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), or breast surgery (breast lift). An arm lift is also commonly performed as part of an after weight loss surgery for patients who have lost a large amount of weight and want full body contouring. During your consultation with Dr. Chang, each surgery will be discussed so your unique surgical plan can be developed.

Will there be scars?
Arm lift surgery requires incisions to remove excess skin, which means there will be stitches and scarring. However, Dr. Chang makes every effort to ensure that your incisions are small and placed in inconspicuous areas. After your surgery, topical ointments to assist in scar healing will be recommended along with other tips for scar care management. Dr. Chang also recommends you avoid sun exposure during the first year to protect the incisions from any additional discoloration. Most patients believe the benefits of a more toned arm outweigh the appearance of scars.

What results can I expect from an arm lift?
An arm lift is performed to remove hanging skin and fat. Following your surgery, once your arms are fully healed and Dr. Chang has authorized it, you can begin weight training. This is a great way to add shape to your arms by toning and strengthening the muscles. You should maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes diet and exercise in order to avoid a dramatic weight loss or gain, which could compromise your surgical results.

Are there nonsurgical treatments to improve my arms?
While there are many great nonsurgical skin tightening treatments, most will only provide mild improvements. To remove moderate to severe amounts of loose skin, an arm lift is your best option. Along with removing excess skin, Dr. Chang also removes small amounts of fat and smoothes the remaining skin and tissue for better results. If you are interested in nonsurgical options, Dr. Chang can explain all possible treatments during your consultation and help you decide which is best for your needs and goals.

Get Back Your Shape

No matter what you call your droopy skin or "bat wings" under your upper arms, plastic surgeon Dr. Chang sees it as a way to improve your appearance with cosmetic surgery. This innovative surgery provides physical and emotional benefits as well. If you're at or close to a healthy, stable weight but still can't get rid of the skin and flab that hang off your arms, please contact us to plan a consultation with Dr. Phillip Chang at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center. Look and feel fitter and younger with upper arm lift surgery.

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