What is Arm Lift Surgery?
Oftentimes as we age or lose weight, we gain loose skin. At Magnolia Plastic Surgery and MedSpa, we offer upper arm lift surgery (also known as brachioplasty) as a method for men and women to tone and tighten their upper arms. Loose skin from the elbow to the shoulder is very common and can prevent a lot of people from wearing certain clothing or feeling comfortable in their own skin. An upper arm lift removes this excess, hanging skin often known as "bat wings." Plastic surgeon Dr. Heath Charvet is very knowledgeable in skin tightening and fat removal methods and is happy to help his New Orleans, LA patients correct these problem areas. If you would like to learn more about how brachioplasty can enhance the physique of your arms, please contact us for an appointment at Magnolia Plastic Surgery and MedSpa.
What are the benefits?
Arm lifts at Magnolia Plastic Surgery and MedSpa provide our New Orleans, LA patients a number of great benefits, some of which include:
- Way to achieve tone when food and exercise are not enough
- Relatively minimally-invasive procedure
- Ability to customize and tailor your results
- Widen options of clothing that you feel confident wearing
"I am so happy that I followed a Facebook recommendation to receive a consultation with Dr. Charvet and his staff. I met with 3 other surgeons. None of them made me feel the way Dr. Charvet and Dominique did. I really felt that Dr. Charvet was confident in his work, yet realistic about how my results would be. I decided to schedule my Mommy Makeover with them. This was my first ever cosmetic procedure. Six weeks later, I am very pleased with the way it is coming together. I feel much happier when I look in the mirror. Each follow up visit with Dr. Charvet is good! He really knows what he’s doing! Highly recommend Magnolia to anyone who wants to feel like a new woman. "- T.M. / Healthgrades / Jul 29, 2023
"After years of wanting to get rid of my lower belly fat, I decided to go to a plastic surgeon to see what procedure options would be best for me as a 50th birthday present for myself. I choose Magnolia Plastic Surgery and Medspa and I am extremely happy with the whole process. Dr. Charvet and his staff made me feel very comfortable from the beginning and throughout the process. He explained the different options and the outcome and we decided on Vaser Lipo. I am over 100% happy with my results. I am very thankful to Dr. Charvet and his team. I no longer worry about my lower belly pooch and have so much more self confidence."- L.R. / Google / Jul 24, 2023
"My visit at Dr.Charvet’s office was a wonderful experience. It also exceeded my expectations. Your unwavering dedication, skill, and compassion have undoubtedly played a great role in achieving such a positive outcome. My procedure was better than I expected Dr. Charvet is a first class plastic surgeon. I would highly recommend him to any friends or family for any of their cosmetic needs. Amy Cox"- A.C. / Google / Jul 14, 2023
"I recently had the privilege of undergoing a mommy makeover procedure with Dr.Charvet, and I cannot express how thrilled I am with the results. From the moment I walked into the clinic, Dr. Charvet and his entire team provided an exceptional level of care and professionalism. Dr.Charvet possesses remarkable surgical skills and expertise. He took the time to thoroughly understand my aesthetic goals and addressed all of my concerns with patience and compassion. His extensive knowledge on all things in his field. He will answer your questions with statistics and detailed reason for all of his post-op instructions. Follow all of his instructions to the T and you will be in very good hands. My decision to get the surgery was something that was in the works for over a year. Now that I am 5 weeks post op I'm angry I didn't do this surgery last year! I shouldn't have waited, from that 1st visit with Dr.Charvet in 2022 I knew I had the right doctor for me. If you are considering a mommy makeover or any other cosmetic procedure, I wholeheartedly recommend Dr.Charvet. His skill, expertise, and compassionate approach make him the ideal surgeon to trust with such an important journey."- I.G. / Google / Jun 30, 2023
"I’m so glad that I found Dr Charvet and the team! They were professional, friendly and patient. Most importantly they are good at what they do! Dr Charvet answered all my questions, addressed my concerns. Thanks so much!"- C.E. / Google / Jun 29, 2023
Am I a candidate for arm lift surgery?
An arm lift is a procedure that uses innovative methods to contour and eliminates extra skin. If you are tired of hiding your "bat wings" and want them to appear trim and toned again, you are a good candidate for arm lift surgery. You should be in good overall health so that you will heal properly. Some of the top symptoms for an arm lift patient are excess, hanging skin on the upper arms, and minimal elasticity of the skin. It is important that you are at or near your ideal weight prior to surgery.
How is Arm Lift Surgery Performed?
Your arm lift surgery will likely take place in an outpatient setting. In some cases, however, your arm lift can be added to other surgeries, like a mommy makeover, tummy tuck, or thigh lift — in these cases, you may have your procedure in an inpatient setting. Arm lift surgery is typically done under general anesthesia and can require a few hours to complete. The excessive skin will be surgically removed from the elbow up to the underarm. The incision will be made as inconspicuously as possible, but it will leave a visible scar. If liposuction is required to remove stubborn pockets of fat, this can be completed as well. Once the skin is tightened, it will be sutured in place. You will have to keep the incisions cleaned, covered, and in compression garments for a period determined by Dr. Charvet. A typical recovery period should take about two weeks with lots of arm elevation and rest. You use your arms for many things so most patients should slowly make their way back into their usual activities. A suture removal appointment will be made approximately ten days after surgery. For at least 4 – 5 weeks, all strenuous activity should be avoided with the exception of short walks.
Arm Lift FAQ
How much does arm lift surgery cost?
The total cost for an arm lift will depend on several factors. Before he can estimate your costs, Dr. Charvet will perform a consultation to understand your needs and goals. Once this is complete, he can create your surgical plan and estimate your costs. In order to make it easier to choose an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Charvet and get the results you want, Magnolia Plastic Surgery and MedSpa takes several payment methods. We will also help you find low-interest medical financing.
Can I combine an arm lift with other surgeries?
It's common for patients who want an arm lift to combine this surgery with another procedure. This is sometimes called an upper-body lift and can include liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), or breast surgery (breast lift). Arm lift surgery is also commonly included as part of an after weight loss surgery for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight and want contouring throughout their body. In your consultation with Dr. Charvet, complementary surgeries can be discussed — so your unique surgical plan fits all your goals.
Will there be scars?
An arm lift uses incisions to cut away excess skin, which leads to scars from sutures. However, Dr. Charvet will make every effort to ensure that your incisions are small and placed in inconspicuous areas. Following your surgery, ointments that help with healing will be suggested, along with other tips for minimizing scarring. Dr. Charvet also suggests you limit UV exposure during the first year to protect the incisions from any additional discoloration. Most patients consider the benefits of a more toned arm outweigh the appearance of scars.
What results can I expect from an arm lift?
Arm lift surgery is performed to correct hanging skin and stubborn pockets of fat. You should maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes diet and exercise in order to avoid a significant change in your weight, which may affect your surgical results. After your lift surgery, once your arms are fully healed, and Dr. Charvet has given permission, you should begin strength training. This is a good way to add shape to your arms by toning and strengthening the muscles.
Are there nonsurgical treatments to improve my arms?
Although there are a lot of great noninvasive skin tightening options, they can only give you mild improvements. To address moderate to severe amounts of loose skin, a surgical arm lift is your best option. Along with treating excess skin, Dr. Charvet also uses liposuction on small pockets of fat and smoothes the remaining skin and tissue for a better result. If you are interested in nonsurgical options, Dr. Charvet can explain all possible treatments in your consultation and help you choose which fits your needs and goals.
Get Rid of Your Bat Wings
If you have droopy skin under your upper arms, or "bat wings" as many call them, plastic surgeon Dr. Heath Charvet can help you improve your appearance with an arm lift at Magnolia Plastic Surgery and MedSpa. This advanced procedure provides emotional benefits, as well as physical benefits. If you're at or close to your goal weight but still cannot get rid of the skin and flab that hang from your upper arms, please contact us to plan a private consultation at our New Orleans, LA office. Feel fitter and younger with upper arm lift surgery.