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Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) in Northern Virginia

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About Arm Lift Surgery

The Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Reston, VA is pleased to offer arm lift surgery to area men and women. Our plastic surgeons are dedicated to providing each of our patients with individualized service and look forward to helping them achieve their cosmetic goals. We understand it can be frustrating working out for hours every week in the gym and not be able to slim down or tone hard-to-reach areas like the upper arms. With arm lift surgery, excess skin is removed and tightened to create a more defined look. This procedure often combines liposuction as well to reduce stubborn fat pockets. 

Ideal Candidates

While weight loss can cause sagging skin to appear on the arms, some of the loose skin can also be caused from genetics. This makes it very difficult to tone the upper arm to an individual’s desire. When diet and exercise fail to tone the upper arm, an arm lift can create outstanding results. Ideal candidates for an arm lift exhibit:

  • Loose arm skin that is present after weight loss or aging 
  • Excess arm fat that may result in loose skin after liposuction alone 

For patients with excess skin and large fatty deposits, a staged procedure is sometimes recommended. This consists of a first surgery which is liposuction of the entire arm, and then a healing period of several months to allow the swelling to reside. After the first surgery the arm is more deflated with excess skin. The second surgery is then performed to remove the excess skin and give an ultimately tighter result than a single operation could achieve. 

What to Expect

Arm lift surgery is typically done under general anesthesia, and the typical incision goes from the elbow to the armpit area. This allows extra skin of the upper arm to be removed and a scar to be placed from armpit to elbow. The scar can be longer or shorter depending on the amount of excess skin and any other procedures you may also desire at the same time. Arm lift scars are commonly tapered into a breast lift or breast reduction to help remove stubborn armpit fat at the same time. 

This surgery takes about two hours and there is usually no need for an overnight stay unless the patient desires it or if the patient is having multiple other procedures. Patients should be prepared for temporary swelling and bruising after the surgery. To promote healthy healing and blood circulation, the arms should be kept elevated. Patients can usually return to normal activities in about 3 – 4 weeks. Final results are seen at  3 – 4 months.

Anticipated Results

For best results, an arm lift may require liposuction of the fat deposits within the upper arm to make the final look slim and trim. During your consultation, one of our baord-certified plastic surgeons will discuss the best course of action given your skin health and condition. Keep in mind that most of the stretch marks will also be taken with the skin, but if weight is regained, it could damage the treated area. An arm lift gives patients the opportunity to have more defined arms for years to come. As long as your weight is kept stable, your arm should age along with the rest of your body to maintain a shapely result.

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Average Cost  
From $7,700
Recovery Time  
4-6 Weeks
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Get Tighter Arms Today

Brachioplasty, also known as an arm lift, is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments following weight loss for both men and women. For all of your hard work, you deserve upper body definition. Achieve slender, leaner arms that you can be proud to show off in sleeveless shirts or summertime attire. Call today for an arm lift consultation at our Reston, VA office.

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