Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) in Jupiter, FL
It can be difficult to tighten and tone the backs of the arms. You may benefit from an arm lift (brachioplasty) if, despite lifting weights faithfully, you can’t seem to get the results you desire. Board-certified plastic surgeon Kim Edward Koger, M.D., F.A.C.S. can help you decide if an arm lift can be the solution to tone and contour your arms. Dr. Koger is located in Jupiter, Florida and is available to serve patients from Wellington, Vero Beach and anywhere else in Palm Beach County.
Are your upper arms losing their toned and firm shape? While strength-training exercises can improve the tone of the underlying muscle in the arm, it cannot restore the elasticity of skin that has become overstretched. Neither can it strengthen weak underlying tissues or fat deposits in the arm. A “batwing” look to your upper arms can leave you feeling self-conscious. If you have sagging, lumpy or droopy arms, you might be the perfect candidate for an arm lift in Jupiter, Florida.
What is an Arm Lift?
An arm lift, otherwise referred to as a brachioplasty, is a procedure designed to eliminate the saggy skin often found beneath the upper arm. The surgical procedure helps to give a more proportionate appearance to the underside of the arm. Following an arm lift, many patients experience increased self-esteem and no longer feel embarrassed about their arms. An arm lift can provide the following benefits:
- The reduction of sagging skin when the person extends the arms away from the body
- The tightening of the supportive tissues beneath the skin that make up the shape of the upper arm
- The reduction of local fat deposits in the upper arm via brachioplasty
Who is a Good Candidate for an Arm Lift?
Both men and women can suffer from sagging skin on the upper arm. Most of the time, the condition is caused by the loss of elasticity in the skin and the tissues beneath the skin of the upper arm. In some cases, this “extra” skin may be the result of extreme weight loss. The skin of an overweight person can become so overstretched that it is unable to return to its natural state when the excess weight is lost.
Although an arm lift will improve the appearance of sagging upper arm skin, it will not strengthen weak muscles of the upper arm. In most cases, those who undergo surgery for this condition are healthy and fit individuals who are unable to correct the problem with strength training or toning exercises.
Prospective candidates for an arm lift include those who meet the following criteria:
- In good health with no medical conditions that could hinder the healing process or increase the risks of surgery
- A non-smoker
- An adult of any age with a stable weight and who is not morbidly obese
- A person with a positive outlook on life and who has a reasonable expectation of the benefits of an arm lift and how it can improve his or her appearance
- A person who is living a healthy lifestyle and who is committed to eating a healthy diet and engaging in physical activity
Where Do I Begin?
The first step toward getting an arm lift in Jupiter, Florida is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Koger. He will explain to you the process he will use to give your arm a smoother appearance and a more even contour. He will also discuss the following:
- A recommended course of treatment
- An arm lift evaluation
- Your options for the procedure
- The likely outcome of the surgery
The overall health of an arm lift candidate has a huge impact on the outcome of surgery. Your health will be carefully evaluated to ensure the best possible results. To ensure optimum results you will need to do the following:
- Comply with all of Dr. Koger’s instructions and suggestions before and after the surgery
- Disclose your use of vitamins, herbs, alcohol, tobacco, prescription drugs and your complete medical history
- Share all your expectations of the surgical treatment
Your Arm Lift
The arm lift procedure will depend on the amount and the location of the excess skin to be removed from the upper arm. The surgical judgment and the preferred technique of Dr. Koger will also determine these decisions. Dr. Koger will tighten and reshape your arm and he uses dissolvable stitches or removable stitches. If removable stitches are used, they will be removed within one to two weeks after the procedure is completed.
Preparing for an Arm Lift
Dr. Koger will discuss with you all the details of an arm lift procedure. Before the surgery, you will be given instructions that will include the following information:
- Post-operative care and follow-up
- Diagnostic testing
- Instructions on how to prepare for the surgical date
What to Expect From an Arm Lift
An arm lift (brachioplasty) surgery is an outpatient procedure and can be done under general or local anesthesia. The average time for the procedure is just over two hours. Brachioplasty surgery can also be performed along with liposuction if the patient and Dr. Koger agree that the combination of the two procedures is beneficial.
Following an Arm Lift
Once your procedure has been completed, your arms will be covered with sterile bandages or dressings. Before your release from the hospital, you and your designated caregiver will receive specific care instructions:
- Post-operative care
- Dosage of any topical or oral medications
- When to follow up with the surgeon
How Much Does an Arm Lift Cost?
Because arm lifts are considered an elective cosmetic procedure, most insurance companies will not cover the cost. To help make the procedure affordable, Koger Cosmetic Clinic and Medspa offer CareCredit® financing options. We also accept most credit cards, cash, and personal checks.
Progress and Healing
You should keep your arms elevated for several days after the surgery. As soon as you are able, it is recommended that you begin light walking. Do not lift or bear any weight on your arms for several weeks after the surgery. Keep your motions small to promote complete internal healing. Within a few days, you will be able to go back to work as long as you are not required to perform any heavy lifting or strenuous activity.
Any numb or tight feeling of the skin that you may experience will gradually disappear. To achieve the best results, you will need to protect your arms from sun exposure until the healing process is complete. Follow the advice of Dr. Koger to increase your chances of making a full recovery.
Results and Outlook
When diet and exercise fail to achieve the look you want, you may want to consider an arm lift. The improvement gained through an arm lift can greatly improve your body image. If you stay fit, the results of an arm lift can be long lasting.
An arm lift by Kim Edward Koger, M.D., F.A.C.S. at Koger Cosmetic Clinic and Medspa in Jupiter, Florida, can help tone your arms. If you live anywhere in Wellington, Vero Beach or Palm Beach County, contact us to schedule a consultation.