What is Arm Lift Surgery?
The Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Reston, VA is pleased to offer arm lift surgery to patients in Northern Virginia. Our board-certified plastic surgeons are dedicated to providing each of our patients with individualized service and look forward to helping them achieve their cosmetic goals. We understand it can be frustrating to work out for hours every week in the gym and not be able to slim down or tone hard-to-reach areas like the upper arms. With arm lift surgery, also known as brachioplasty, excess upper arm skin is removed and tightened to create a more defined look. This procedure often combines liposuction as well to reduce stubborn fat pockets.
Am I a Candidate for Arm Lift Surgery?
While weight loss can cause sagging skin to appear on the arms, some loose arm skin can also be a result of genetics. This makes it very difficult to tone the upper arm to an individual’s desire. When diet and exercise fail to tone the upper arm, an arm lift can create outstanding results. Ideal candidates for an arm lift exhibit:
- Loose, sagging arm skin (bat wings) that is present after weight loss or aging
- Excess arm fat that may result in loose skin after liposuction alone
For patients with hanging skin and large fatty deposits, a staged procedure is sometimes recommended. This consists of a first surgery which is liposuction of the entire arm, and then a healing period of several months to allow the swelling to reside. After the first surgery, the arm is more deflated with excess skin. The second surgery is then performed to remove the extra arm skin and give an ultimately tighter result than a single operation could achieve.
Arm Lift Reviews
"You will not be disappointed! - Dr. Robert K. Sigal at Austin-Weston in Reston, Virginia has performed several cosmetic surgeries for me over the last 18 years, some of which include a face lift, eyelid lift, brow lift, breast lift / augmentation and brachioplasty - all results exceeded my expectations. Dr. Sigal is warm, personable and puts your mind at ease. The staff are capable, kind, considerate and respond..."- R. / RealSelf / Nov 25, 2018
"Better Than I Could’ve Imagined! - After over 100 lb weight loss, I was left with a lot of loose skin that bothered me during exercise and kept me from really noticing all the weight loss. I was referred to Austin-Weston and deciding to have my surgery (arm lift and lower body lift) with Dr. Knotts was the best thing I’ve done for myself. He was thorough and patient throughout the process and I couldn’t be happier with the res..."- K. / RealSelf / Jan 07, 2019
"I had cankle , and arm surgery on Wednesday April 24,2019 done by Dr Sigal. He is the best!!!! He really cares for his patients and really listens to what they want done n adds his own professionalism to it all. I don't know what everything looks like yet but I still have the compression body stocking on. But I can tell those areas are smaller than they were. I have a lot of swelling, oozing n some pain which is totally normal and the meds take care of it nicely, at this stage. Emily was my patient coordinator, and like I told her she's a new friend now. The sweet and funny lady Jill, helped me so much as she put the IV in she had me laughing so much I didn't even feel it (and that's one thing I get petrified about)she's good at what she does! Then there's the overnight nurse, Kara RN she's the one that took care of me. She was on time for anything I needed! You couldn't of asked for anymore from her she just knew everything you needed almost before you knew. Then there's Madeline, she's an RN also she took the before pics. She was so wonderful and would remind me lol f everything I needed to do; lovely person.I hope I haven't left anyone out that was involved with my surgery.... Everyone there all deserve a high 5star rating they are just so nice n all are beautiful!!! Thank you. I'll post more when I've healed more.... until then.... Debbie R.thank you thank you Dr Sigal!!!!"- D.R. / Yelp / Apr 26, 2019
"Be Treated Like A Star - It was a wonderful experience. The doctors and staff were friendly, caring and honest. Their expertise was evident even before I saw the amazing results. The post-op treatment was even more than I expected and they never made me feel like a “number”. I had researched three other cosmetic practices and I am 100% confident that I chose the right one!!"- R. / RealSelf / Jan 21, 2020
"Lower Body Lift and Arm Lift - Best Decision Ever! - Dr. Knotts performed my lower body lift and arm lift in Oct. 2018 after a 100 lb weight loss 2 years earlier. I couldn't be happier with the results and give Austin-Weston and Dr. Knotts my highest recommendation. He provided the absolute best care throughout the process and was very thorough and patient. I'm returning this spring so that Dr. Knotts can perform a thigh lift. If you're..."- R. / RealSelf / Jan 07, 2019
How is Arm Lift Surgery Performed?
Arm lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia, and the arm lift incision typically runs from the elbow to the armpit area. This allows extra skin on the upper arm to be removed and a scar to be placed from armpit to elbow. The scar can be longer or shorter depending on the amount of excess skin and any other procedures you may also desire at the same time. Arm lift scars may be tapered into a breast lift or breast reduction to help remove stubborn armpit fat at the same time.
This surgery takes about two hours and there is usually no need for an overnight stay unless the patient desires it or if the patient is having multiple other procedures. Patients should be prepared for temporary swelling and bruising after the surgery. To promote healthy healing and blood circulation, the arms should be kept elevated. Patients can usually return to normal activities in about 3 – 4 weeks. Final results are seen at 3 – 4 months.
What Results Can I Expect from Arm Lift Surgery?
For best results, an arm lift may require liposuction of the fat deposits within the upper arm to make the final look slim and trim. During your consultation, one of our Northern Virginia board-certified plastic surgeons will discuss the best course of action given your skin health and condition. Keep in mind that arm stretch marks are often removed along with the extra skin, but if weight is regained, it could damage the treated area. An arm lift gives patients the opportunity to have more defined arms for years to come. As long as your weight is kept stable, your arm should age along with the rest of your body to maintain a shapely result.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $7,700
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
Get Tighter Arms Today
Brachioplasty, also known as an arm lift, is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments following weight loss for both men and women. For all of your hard work, you deserve upper body definition. Achieve slender, leaner arms that you can be proud to show off in sleeveless shirts or summertime attire. Call today for an arm lift consultation at our Reston, VA office.
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