Upper Arm Lift Surgery (Brachioplasty) – Boston, MA

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About Arm Lift Surgery

A frustrating side effect of losing weight or getting older is the development of loose skin. At Back Bay Plastic Surgery, we offer arm lift surgery (or brachioplasty) as a treatment for patients who cannot seem to tighten and tone the arm with diet and exercise. Lax skin from the elbow to the upper arm is very common, especially for men and women who have lost weight or are advancing in age. An arm lift effectively removes this unwanted skin, commonly referred to as "bat wings." Dr. Daniel Del Vecchio, a plastic surgeon in Boston, MA, is very experienced in skin tightening and fat removal methods. If you would like to learn more about how brachioplasty can enhance the physique of your arms, please call and schedule a consultation at Back Bay Plastic Surgery.

Ideal Candidates

An arm lift is a cosmetic surgery that features innovative techniques to slim and excise excess skin. If you are self-conscious about your flabby arms and want them to look taut and trim again, you are a good candidate for this procedure. You should be in good overall health so that your body will heal well. Some of the most common issues for an arm lift patient are excess, loose skin on the upper arms, and lost elasticity of the skin. It is also important that you are at your ideal weight prior to surgery.

Surgical Technique

Most likely, your arm lift surgery will take place in an outpatient setting unless multiple plastic surgeries are being performed at the same time. An arm lift can be combined with other procedures (usually performed in an inpatient setting for monitoring), such as tummy tucks, mommy makeovers, and thigh lifts — if Dr. Del Vecchio decides it's safe. An arm lift is usually performed under general anesthesia and may take several hours to complete. The excess skin will be excised from the elbow all the way up to the underarm. The incision will be made in as inconspicuously as possible, but it will most likely leave a visible scar. If liposuction is needed to remove stubborn fatty deposits, this will be performed as well. Once the skin is tightened, it will be sutured back into place. You will need to keep the incisions clean, bandaged, and wrapped with compression garments.

What to Expect

Your recovery period should last about two weeks with lots of elevating of the arm. Allow yourself time to heal. You use your arms for many things so patients should ease their way back into their normal routines. A suture removal appointment will be set approximately ten days after surgery. Compression garments should be worn until you are released by Dr. Del Vecchio. For at least a month (4 – 5 weeks), all exercise should be avoided with the exception of taking short walks. If you develop excessive swelling, uncontrolled bleeding, hematoma (fluid buildup), infection, loss of feeling in the arms or hands, or heavy scarring, please call Back Bay Plastic Surgery for assistance.

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. Del Vecchio 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 plastic surgeon, like Dr. Del Vecchio, and get your best results, Back Bay Plastic Surgery 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). During your consultation with Dr. Del Vecchio, 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. Del Vecchio 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. Del Vecchio 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 address hanging skin and fat. 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. Once your arms are fully healed and Dr. Del Vecchio has authorized it, you can begin weight training. This is a great way to add shape to your arms by building the muscles.

Are there nonsurgical treatments to improve my arms?
While there are many 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. Del Vecchio also liposuctions small amounts of fat and smoothes the remaining skin and tissue for a better result. If you are interested in nonsurgical options, Dr. Del Vecchio can explain all possible treatments during your consultation and help you decide which is best for your needs and goals.

Get Back Your Shape

Whatever you call your "bat wings" or droopy skin on your arms, seasoned plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Del Vecchio calls it as an opportunity to change your life with plastic surgery. If you are at your goal weight and still cannot lose the flab and skin that hang from your upper arms, please call and schedule a private consultation with Dr. Daniel Del Vecchio at Back Bay Plastic Surgery. Look younger and fitter with cosmetic arm lift surgery.

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