What Is an Arm Lift?  

An arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that reshapes the underside of the upper arm to restore a more youthful, toned shape. An arm lift in Chicago can address skin laxity due to aging, significant weight loss, or genetic predisposition. During brachioplasty, your surgeon will remove excess skin or fat spanning the area from the elbow to the armpit. The remaining skin is positioned over the firmer tissues to create a more toned look.

Is an Arm Lift Right for Me?

An arm lift can be a life-changing procedure for those who are looking to enhance the appearance of their arms and improve their self-confidence. If you are considering an arm lift, our team will work with you to determine if it is the right procedure for your needs. Generally, individuals who elect to have arm lift surgery are in good health, don’t smoke, and include the following:

  • Individuals who have excess skin and fat on their upper arms that do not respond to diet and exercise
  • Those who have lost a significant amount of weight and are left with loose, sagging skin on their arms
  • Individuals who are self-conscious about the appearance of their upper arms and feel uncomfortable wearing short sleeves or sleeveless clothing
  • Those who have realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure
  • Individuals who are committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle after the procedure to ensure long-lasting results.

Begin With a Consultation

At Concierge Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery, we’re pleased to offer five locations in the Chicago area and virtual consultations for your convenience.  During your consultation, our team will work with you to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. We will evaluate your medical history, discuss your goals and expectations, and perform a physical examination of your arms to assess the amount of excess skin and fat.

We will also explain the arm lift procedure in detail, including the different techniques that can be used and the potential risks and benefits of the surgery. We’ll answer any questions you may have and provide you with information on how to prepare for the procedure and what to expect during the recovery process.

Our team of experienced plastic surgeons will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to your unique needs and goals and we’ll ensure that you are comfortable and confident throughout the entire process. So if you’ve long wished to make this change, why not begin now? Connect with us for a consultation today.

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The Day of Your Procedure

Brachioplasty is a same-day (outpatient) procedure. Once you arrive at our designated surgical center and speak with the anesthesiologist, you will be placed under general anesthesia. Brachioplasty incisions are placed on the back of the arm (posteriorly) or inside the arm (medially), where the arm naturally rests along the body, depending on individual patient preference and goals. The length of the incision depends on the severity of laxity and the amount of skin to be excised. Regardless of where the incision is placed, a scar will be intermittently visible when the arm is in certain positions. After making the incision, we will remove excess fat and skin from the arm. Internal sutures are placed, and the remaining skin is then smoothed over the new contour of the arm before final sutures and dressings.

Recovery and Results

After surgery, we’ll use a compression dressing will be placed to limit swelling. You can expect your activities to be somewhat restricted for two weeks following the procedure to ensure proper healing and minimize swelling.

You will need a few weeks to recover and heal from an arm lift procedure and it will be at least one or two weeks before you can return to work. Additionally, you should plan to wait about ten days before driving.

Arm lift results are typically long-lasting. However, it’s important to remember that your skin will naturally lose some firmness as you age and some sagging might occur. Maintaining a stable, healthy weight can help you retain your results.

Let Us Be Your Guide 

We understand that making a change doesn’t always come easily. But if you’ve long wanted to address your aesthetic concerns with an arm lift, why wait longer? At Concierge Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery, we are committed to providing you with the highest level of care and expertise to help you achieve the desired results. Our team of board-certified surgical and aesthetic professionals combines artistry with science to create a customized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. If you are considering an arm lift in Chicago, Naperville, Northbrook, Barrington, or Geneva, we are here to guide you every step of the way.

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