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What is an Arm Lift?

This procedure addresses the “bat wing” appearance under the arm that can come from significant weight loss or aging. In some cases, a brachioplasty will include liposuction in order to achieve the best results.

Is an Arm Lift Right for Me?

Diet and exercise can improve the appearance of the upper arms, but in some cases, it just isn’t enough to get rid of the loose, saggy skin that can come from significant weight loss or aging. In that case, you may be a good candidate for an arm lift in Tampa if:

  • Weight fluctuation has left you with significant underarm skin laxity resulting in enough excess skin to remove and/or tighten.
  • Your weight has been stable for a minimum of six months. Once you’ve reached a consistent, healthy weight, this will give the surgeon a general idea of how much excess skin needs to be removed or tightened.
  • You are in good health overall and don’t smoke. This procedure requires a period of healing. Ideally, the patient would not have any medical conditions that would impair or complicate the healing process. If you suffer from a chronic medical condition, it’s best to speak to your primary care physician to see if this procedure is right for you. If you smoke, most plastic surgeons will ask that you stop smoking entirely, or stop smoking six weeks prior to your procedure, as well as six weeks post-operation.

If you believe you are a good candidate for an arm lift based on the qualifications outlined above, we suggest you schedule a consultation with Dr. Buchanan to discuss the possibility of an arm lift and the added benefits it could bring to your life.

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While recovery can vary from case to case, we recommend at least one to two weeks off of work following an arm lift. Avoid any strenuous activity for the first two weeks. Walking is recommended in order to encourage blood circulation and prevent clotting. Cardiovascular exercise can be resumed after four weeks, but avoid heavy lifting for at least six to eight weeks. After this period, we will schedule a follow-up with Dr. Buchanan, who will advise on if you can resume normal, everyday activity.

How Long Will My Results Last?

Results of an arm lift are visible immediately, and as long as you maintain a consistent body weight, and do not lose or gain a significant amount of weight rapidly, your results should last long term. With age your skin will naturally lose some of its elasticity, however, subsequent laxity will be far less severe than before your surgery.

How Much Does an Arm Lift Cost? Prices starting at $8,000

Health insurance companies generally do not cover this surgery because it is a cosmetic enhancement procedure. The cost of an arm lift in Tampa can be influenced by several factors, including:

  • The surgeon's experience and overall reputation, as surgeons with many years of experience or a high reputation may charge more for their services
  • The surgical technique used by the surgeon and the complexity of the case
  • The location of your surgeon's practice, as larger cities typically have higher operational costs

The overall cost of the procedure may comprise:

  • Anesthesia fees
  • Operating room costs
  • Compression garments for post-surgery
  • Surgeon fees

    Additional fees not incorporated in the cost may include:

    • Blood tests
    • Other pre-operative testing
    • Medical clearance exams
    • Prescription medications

    Suppose you are interested in an arm lift but have financial concerns. In that case, you can discuss financing options with Dr. Buchanan or one of the VIVIFY staff members. We are dedicated to working with every patient by providing financing plans to help you attain your surgical goals.

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