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 had a tummy tuck with liposuction and fat grafting to my breasts. Dr. Charvet and the entire team at Magnolia Plastic Surgery were amazing throughout the entire process! At the consultation Dr. Charvet really took the time to answer every question I had without rushing me and was so accessible after the surgery. Everything from consultation to post-op was perfect and I’m so happy with my results. I highly recommend Magnolia Plastic Surgery!"- M.T. / Google / Jan 17, 2024
"I am so happy w/ my results!! I’m post 6 months and my body is still evolving but I saw an immediate change. I love how it’s like a one stop shop, and I didn’t need to recover in the hospital. Dr Charvet has it all in office. The staff is super friendly and Dr Charvet has skilled hands and perfect attention to detail. I love it!!!"- I.C. / Google / Nov 21, 2023
"Great results every time! I come here for my lip flip/gummy smile treatment. Dr. Heath & his team are always so nice & professional."- A.R. / Google / Nov 14, 2023
"Dr Charvet is the best! Very knowledgeable and makes you feel super comfortable. I struggle with Rosacea and he recommended a compound gel that they just started carrying. This stuff is amazing!!! It’s called Aveidaoxia Gel .I saw a difference after one use. It has been a life saver! He’s the best with Botox and fillers too. I haven’t experienced bruising at all! All of his office staff is friendly and helpful. It is always a fun and pleasant experience when I go. He also has one of the best aestheticians there on Thursday’s. Her name is Christy Hoerner. Don’t hesitate…book your consultation! You will not be disappointed!"- S.C. / Google / Oct 19, 2023
"This is the best crew you can ever ask to take care of you! Dr Chavert and staff are top-notch professionals offering reasonable prices for an impressive array of services. No matter if you're looking for a facial or plastic surgery, their charming staff will make you feel at ease. I'd strongly suggest you stop your search right now and set up an appointment!"- C.C. / Google / Oct 01, 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.