What is an arm lift?

An arm lift (brachioplasty) is a method designed to treat the unwanted excess skin and fatty tissue in the area of the upper arms. There are many reasons why patients develop this problem, including successful weight loss. The arm lift procedure is an option for candidates who even with regular diet and exercise have been unable to gain improvement in the upper arms composition and skin quality.

Who is a good candidate for an arm lift?

Patients who are candidates for an arm lift include people who have had significant weight loss, loose skin of the upper arms, excessively full upper arms, or combination of upper arm fat and loose skin. Dr. Michelle Cabret is committed to patients being satisfied with their results, with reasonable expectations regarding the scarring left from an arm lift procedure.

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What does an arm lift treat?

A custom arm lift can treat the following cosmetic issues:

  • Excess fat
  • Excess skin
  • Sagging tissues
  • Aging, lax skin on the upper arms
  • Lost tone and upper arm structure

What is the arm lift procedure?

Every arm lift is customized to match the condition of the patient. Some patients may only need liposuction, while others will need excess skin and tissue surgically removed. The incisions may be placed within the underarm, or along the underside of the arm, based on the extent of the sagging skin and tissue needing to be removed, tightened, and sculpted. We will discuss the approach that will be most successful for you in your private consultation.

What is the recovery time after an arm lift?

The recovery after an arm lift is typically easy and uneventful, typically taking about one to two weeks, although every person is slightly different. You will need to arrange another adult to drive you home following surgery, as you will have been under anesthesia.

You will be restricted from driving for another ten days or so. You will need to avoid lifting your arms so that the incisions are not subjected to tension. You will need to limit arm movement until the incisions are healed.

Avoid any vigorous physical activities until given the okay by your surgeon but you should take gentle walks daily. You can plan on returning to work (desk jobs) in one to two weeks. You will have prescription pain medication to keep you comfortable in the early stage of healing.

Arm lift scarring – What to expect?

The scar from the arm lift procedure, unfortunately, cannot be wholly concealed and may extend into a slightly visible area. For that reason, it is always recommended pre-operatively, for the patient to choose the arm lift procedure as a last resort. Given time the scar will fade and there are non-surgical treatments such as Intense Pulse Light (IPL) and Morpheus8 that can improve the appearance of scarring.

While you can’t avoid surgical scars, the firm, lovely appearance of resculpted upper arms can be life-changing, allowing you to wear sleeveless tops, swimsuits, and other clothing styles with total confidence. Most of our patients are extremely satisfied with their arm lift results, and feeling restored confidence, knowing their upper arms are free from excess skin, fat, and tissue, looking firm and youthful.

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Why choose us?

At Austin Cosmetic Surgery, you can expect compassionate, concierge-style care from a cosmetic surgeon with over twenty years in practice, who genuinely cares about you and your aesthetic concerns. Dr. Michelle Cabret takes a holistic approach to cosmetic surgery, understanding that beauty and wellness go hand in hand. Her state-of-the-art clinic is equipped with an onsite surgery center where your arm lift will be performed in an exclusive setting designed with your privacy in mind. Every facet of your journey to firmer, more sculpted arms will be managed with extreme care. Another factor that sets the practice apart is that Dr. Cabret and her team are very hands-on in post-operative care and will see you two to four times in the two weeks following your surgery and continue to monitor your progress going forward.

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Our helpful staff can answer your questions and schedule a consultation with one of our wellness specialists. Dr. Michelle Cabret and her team of medical professionals deliver the highest level of care, focused on achieving the results that bring you greater confidence in all the years ahead. Contact us to schedule a consultation. We proudly serve the communities of Austin, Lakeway, Bee Cave, Barton Creek, Spicewood, and the surrounding areas. Dr. Cabret is also honored to serve patients in and beyond Scottsdale, AZ.

Arm Lift FAQs

Will there be noticeable scarring after the surgery?

How much does arm lift surgery typically cost?

Is arm lift surgery covered by insurance?

Can I combine an arm lift with other cosmetic procedures?

Will there be noticeable scarring after the surgery?

Yes, there will be some scarring after an arm lift. The extent of scarring depends on the surgical technique used. Your surgeon will discuss incision placement and scar management options during your consultation.

How much does arm lift surgery typically cost?

The cost of an arm lift varies based on factors such as geographic location, surgeon's experience, facility fees, anesthesia, and the extent of the procedure. It's essential to discuss cost during your consultation.

Is arm lift surgery covered by insurance?

Arm lift surgery is typically considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by health insurance. However, it's essential to check with your insurance provider to confirm their policies.

Can I combine an arm lift with other cosmetic procedures?

Yes, it is possible to combine an arm lift with other cosmetic procedures if deemed safe and appropriate by your surgeon. This can be discussed during your consultation.

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