With age comes the pull of gravity in the upper arms causing what is sometimes called “bat wings.” Grady Core, M.D., F.A.C.S., a board-certified plastic surgeon, performs brachioplasty at Core Plastic Surgery on people living in and around Birmingham and Mountain Brook who want toned, contoured arms.
What is Brachioplasty?
An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure in which the excess, hanging skin is excised, and the skin around the upper arms are pulled tighter to create more definition.
Benefits of an Arm Lift
Brachioplasty offers women a way to maintain toned arms as well as the following benefits:
- Removes excess skin on the arms
- Increase self-confidence
- Gives the body an overall more toned appearance
Who is a Good Candidate for an Arm Lift?
The ideal candidates for an arm lift have excess skin on the upper arms that sags when doing anything that requires them to lift their arms. The skin makes the arms look larger than they are and may cause women to be too self-conscious about wearing sleeveless clothing.
How Do I Prepare for My Brachioplasty?
Prior to having an arm lift, it is necessary to meet with Dr. Core so that he can evaluate your arms and determine if brachioplasty is the best option. Once your procedure is scheduled, we provide you with detailed instructions to prepare for your arm lift.
What is Involved with My Arm Lift?
Your arm lift procedure is done by making an incision on the underside or back of the arm. The length varies depending on the amount of fat to be removed and how much excess skin there is.
Using either liposuction or by excision, the fat is removed, and the skin is pulled tightly. Before closing the incision, a drain may be placed to prevent blood or fluid build-up. An arm lift procedure typically takes about three hours to complete.
What to Expect After an Arm Lift
Dressings and bandages are applied to the incisions followed by compression garments to support the newly sculpted arms and minimize swelling. You should take it easy for a few days to allow the healing process to begin and avoid lifting anything or raising your arms over your head for a few weeks until the incisions have healed.
If removable stitches are used, they are removed after one to two weeks.
When Will I See the Results from an Arm Lift?
The results from an arm lift are immediately noticeable although there is some slight swelling and bruising. Once that fades, and the incisions have healed, the full results are more visible. The incisions fade over the following few months.
How Much Does an Arm Lift Cost in Birmingham?
The cost of brachioplasty varies in cost based on the extent of the procedure and whether it is done in conjunction with other procedures. We provide you with the cost during your consultation with Dr. Core along with our payment options.
We accept cash, checks, and credit cards in addition to offering financing through CareCredit®.
Grady Core, M.D., F.A.C.S., a board-certified plastic surgeon, offers plastic and reconstructive surgery to people living in and around Birmingham, Mountain Brook, and across the Southeast to look and feel younger. Contact Dr. Core’s office today to schedule your consultation!