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.
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.
"Great experience and overall care. Dr. Charvet and his staff have continued to exceed my expectations. He has an excellent bedside manner, is very thorough in explaining what he will be doing and takes his time to answer any questions or concerns you may have. I’m very pleased with my results so far and would recommend him to anyone who is looking for a thoughtful, considerate and knowledgeable plastic surgeon."- J.C. / Google / Aug 03, 2022
"Couldn’t be more pleased with my results so far! Dr Charvet took the time to consult with me about what I wanted and gave me exactly that. I had a Mommy makeover (lipo, tummy tuck with muscle repair, fat transfer to breasts and hips) This experience has been nothing short of amazing. I’ve regained my confidence and my core strength! Since surgery, I’ve been back for laser hair removal, Botox and lip filler. The staff and Dr Charvet care about their patients and are always available to answer any questions. I’d 100% do it all over again and will be a repeat patient for any future procedures."- R.J. / Google / Jun 22, 2022
"Dr Charvet was beyond my expectations as a surgeon. He went above and beyond to make me feel comfortable. He answered all the questions that made it easy to understand. He provided many details on the recovery process. He was there to answer all of my postop questions as well with his personal private number. His entire staff is friendly and prompt. You don’t just feel like this is a place of business but feel like it is an extension of your family and friendship Circle. Aside from my mommy makeover I also received medspa Services which were also excellent. I highly recommend to anyone and everyone !"- A.S. / Google / Jun 22, 2022
"Went in today for laser hair removal for my first time ever and I couldn’t have chosen a better place. Maiya the gorgeous esthetician here took the best care of me. It is more then obvious she loves what she does and is so very skilled in it. I went in for one area of my body and ended up doing almost my entire body. The quality of care here is unlike any medspa I’ve ever visited. If your thinking about visiting, this is your sign to schedule your appointment. 10/10 Atmosphere and Service!"- I.R. / Google / May 11, 2022
"I recently had the Cool Peel Laser treatment done and I am very pleased with the results. Unlike past laser procedures, the Cool Peel has less downtime with better results. My fine lines and acne scarring have significantly improved. Dr. Charvet was VERY informative before, during and post procedure which was very comforting. I would highly recommend Magnolia Plastic Surgery & Med Spa for all of my cosmetic needs!"- L.G. / Google / May 05, 2022
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.