Arm Lift – Portland, OR

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About Arm Lift Surgery

One big challenge when getting older or losing weight is the appearance of excess skin. At Après Plastic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Aric Aghayan performs upper arm lift surgery (or brachioplasty) as a procedure for patients who cannot tighten and tone their arm with diet and exercise alone. Lax skin from the elbow to the shoulder is very common and an arm lift effectively removes this excess skin, commonly referred to as "bat wings." Dr. Aghayan is very experienced in fat removal and skin tightening surgical techniques to give their patients beautiful, natural-looking results. If you want to get more information about how brachioplasty can improve the contour of your upper arms, please contact us to schedule an appointment at Après Plastic Surgery in Portland, OR.

Ideal Candidates

An upper arm lift is a cosmetic surgery employing advanced methods to excise loose skin for a more contoured appearance. If you are self-conscious about your "bat wings" and would prefer to have them to appear trim and taut again, you are a good candidate for this procedure. You need to be in overall good health so that you will recover properly. Some of the top concerns for an arm lift patient are excess, hanging skin on their upper arms, plus minimal elasticity of the skin. You should be at or near a healthy, stable weight before surgery.

Surgical Technique

Most likely, your arm lift surgery will be performed in an outpatient facility, except in cases where several cosmetic surgeries are being performed at one time. An upper arm lift may be combined with other surgeries (often completed at a facility with inpatient monitoring), such as a tummy tuck or thigh lift — as long as Dr. Aghayan considers it appropriate. An arm lift is typically done with you under general anesthesia and can require a few hours to finish. The sagging skin will be excised starting at the elbow all the way up to the armpit. The incision will be placed in as inconspicuously as possible, although it will most likely leave a visible scar. If needed, liposuction will also be performed to eliminate stubborn fatty deposits. After the skin is pulled taut, it will be stitched back into place.

What to Expect

A typical recovery time frame should take about two weeks with lots of rest and arm elevation. Allow your body time to heal. You use your arms for more than you think so be sure to ease your way back into normal activities. A suture removal appointment will be set approximately ten days following surgery. Compression garments must be kept on until you receive permission from Dr. Aghayan. For at least a month (4 – 5 weeks), all exercise must be eliminated, except taking short walks. If you have uncontrolled bleeding, excessive swelling, fluid buildup (hematoma), signs of infection, numbness in the hands or arms, or unusual scarring, please contact Après Plastic Surgery for assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does arm lift surgery cost?
Your cost for arm lift surgery will be based on several things. Before they can estimate your costs, Dr. Aghayan will start with a consultation to understand your needs and goals. After that, they will develop your surgical plan and break down your costs. In order to make it easier to afford an experienced plastic surgeon, like Dr. Aghayan, and get the results you want, Après Plastic Surgery takes several payments. We will also give you information on low-interest medical financing.

Can I combine an arm lift with other surgeries?
It's normal for patients who want an arm lift to create a custom treatment plan with another surgery. This is often referred to as an upper body lift and can combine liposuction, a breast lift, or tummy tuck. Arm lift surgery is also frequently performed in an after weight loss surgery for those who have lost a significant amount of weight and need contouring throughout their body. In your initial consultation with Dr. Aghayan, each surgery will be discussed so your unique treatment plan can be developed.

Will there be scars?
Arm lift surgery requires incisions in order to remove excess skin, which leads to stitches and scarring. However, Dr. Aghayan will make every effort to ensure that your incisions are small and placed in inconspicuous areas. Following your arm lift, topical creams that help with healing will be suggested along with our tips for minimizing scarring. Dr. Aghayan also suggest you limit UV exposure for at least one year to protect the incisions from any additional discoloration. In general, patients consider the overall benefits of an arm lift to be worth the minimal scars created.

What results can I expect from an arm lift?
An arm lift is performed to treat loose skin and fat. You should follow a healthy lifestyle that includes diet and exercise in order to avoid a dramatic weight loss or gain, which could compromise your surgical results. After your surgery, as soon as you are recovered and Dr. Aghayan has given permission, you should start strength training. This is a good way to maintain the shape of your upper arms by toning the muscles.

Are there nonsurgical treatments to improve my arms?
Although there are many great noninvasive skin tightening treatments, they can only give you small improvements. To remove moderate to severe skin laxity, an arm lift is your best choice. In addition to removing loose skin, Dr. Aghayan also use's liposuction on small pockets of fat and smoothens the tissue and remaining skin. If you're interested in learning about nonsurgical options, Dr. Aghayan can explain these in your consultation and then help you choose which fits your needs and goals.

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No matter what you call your droopy skin or "bat wings" under your upper arms, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Aghayan can help improve your life with arm lift surgery. If you're at your goal weight but still can't lose the skin and flab that hang off your arms, please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Aric Aghayan at Après Plastic Surgery.

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