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Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) in Worcester, MA

If you are concerned about sagging skin or excess fat in your upper arms that make you appear older than you are, consider an arm lift or brachioplasty surgery at Salisbury Plastic Surgery in Worcester. Dr. Deborah K. Ekstrom, a board-certified plastic surgeon with many years of experience, provides arm lift surgery for men and women in Shrewsbury and the surrounding communities in Massachusetts.

What is an Arm Lift?

An arm lift, medically known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that trims away sagging skin from the upper arms, creating a streamlined and defined contour. Patients may elect this procedure to eliminate hanging skin in the upper arms that has lost elasticity as a result of aging, significant weight loss or hereditary conditions.

Benefits of an Arm Lift Procedure

If you are embarrassed by flaccid “wings” or excess skin or fat that hangs from the upper arms when you stretch your arm out, an arm lift procedure may be the solution to restore muscle tone and achieve definition in the area, resulting in a more toned and streamlined contour.

Who is a Good Candidate for an Arm Lift?

Any adult in overall good health who wants to rejuvenate the appearance of their upper arms may be a good candidate for an arm lift. The ideal candidate should be roughly within 10 to 20 pounds of their ideal weight. If you are in the process of losing weight, we recommend that you wait until you are as close as possible to your ideal weight, because if you continue to lose weight after the surgery, it may affect the results of the procedure. The arm lift is recommended for men and women who maintain a stable weight, for whom the results of the procedure will be permanent.

What Does an Arm Lift Procedure Entail?

An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a safe and simple procedure that is typically performed as an outpatient treatment using general anesthesia. It requires a hairline incision along the inside of the upper arm, extending from the elbow to the armpit, through which excess fat is extracted, and muscle tissue is tightened. Following the procedure, you will be instructed to wear a compression sleeve to reduce swelling. Many patients opt to combine brachioplasty with liposuction to achieve maximum definition in the upper arm.

Recovering from an Arm Lift

About 72 hours after the surgery, your dressings will be removed, and you may take your first shower. Drains will be removed within one or two weeks. We recommend that you wear a compression sleeve on the arms for approximately four weeks. There may be some soreness in the arms for a few days following the procedure, but you can resume light activity by the following day. We recommend a gradual return to your regular non-strenuous activities after four or five days; however, strenuous activity can be resumed after four weeks. Our staff will offer support and recommendations while answering any questions you may have during the recovery period.

Does the Arm Lift leave visible scars?

The hairline scar left by the arm lift procedure is very thin and discreetly hidden on the inside of the upper arm, running from the armpit to the elbow crease, so as to be inconspicuous during most normal activity and when your arms are resting at your sides.  This scar will eventually fade and become less and less visible over time.

How Much Does An Arm Lift Cost in Worcester?

You procedure will be unique to your personal situation and may be combined with other procedures for a larger makeover; therefore, cost will vary between patients.  Because arm lift surgery is considered cosmetic surgery, most health insurance carriers will not cover the surgery. Thankfully, our office offers a variety of flexible financing and payment options that you may choose from to cover the cost of your arm lift.

Arm lift surgery, or brachioplasty, can rejuvenate your upper arms, resulting in a more defined contour and rejuvenated appearance.  Dr. Deborah K. Ekstrom at Salisbury Plastic Surgery in Worcester performs arm lifts and other cosmetic procedures for residents of Shrewsbury and nearby communities in Massachusetts. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.