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Brachioplasty, or commonly known as an arm lift, is an elective, surgical procedure used to remove unwanted fatty deposits and excess skin from the upper arm region of the upper torso from the armpit tot he elbow. The result of an arm lift in Great Falls is an upper arm that is proportionate to the rest of the arm and body, and one that is smooth, contoured and toned.
 
Excess fat and sagging skin are often the result of dramatic weight loss. When we gain weight, our skin expands to accommodate the excess fat. When we lose this extra fat, the skin often has trouble shrinking back down. Instead of shrinking, it sags in places like the upper arms. In some cases, this issue is instead related to the aging process and genetics.
 
When loose skin and bulges of stubborn fat hang from the upper arms, they are often called “bat wings” or “bingo wings.” These can be embarrassing and frustrating, especially when they hide the results of months of exercise. An arm lift can contour and sculpt your upper arms for a more in-shape appearance.
 

Am I a Good Candidate for an Arm Lift?

The best candidates for brachioplasty surgery are patients who are unhappy with the appearance of their upper arms due to sagging skin and fat. Ideal candidates are in good overall health and have realistic expectations.
 
If you are prone to weight gain due to underlying medical conditions, you may not be an ideal candidate for an arm lift. Additionally, Dr. Ploplys will most likely not suggest this procedure if you have any skin conditions that could deter proper wound healing.
 
If you are a smoker, you will need to quit at least two weeks before your surgery. You must continue to avoid smoking during your recovery process. Because tobacco inhibits the proper flow of blood, smoking can trigger complications in healing and can result in a prolonged recovery process.
 

The Arm Lift Procedure

The patient will be under general anesthesia during the procedure, which may last between one or two hours. In some cases, a combination of local anesthesia and sedation is used instead.
 
The arm lift procedure will involve Dr. Ploplys making an incision in the bottom or inside of the arm. This incision’s length will depend on the amount of tissue targeted for removal.
 
Next, Dr. Ploplys will reposition the tissues and remove excess skin. A fat-removal technique called liposuction will be utilized if there is excess fat that needs to be removed. Finally, the incisions will be closed with the help of stitches.
 

The Recovery Process

The patient’s upper arms will be covered using medical gauze after the procedure. Bruising and swelling are normal following the procedure, and they will ameliorate in time. It may be necessary to wear a post-surgical elastic garment, which helps the skin better conform to the arm’s new underlying contours.
 
Because the stitches are placed directly under the arms, the mobility of the arms will be restricted for some time. The patient can resume their full exercise routine and all physically strenuous activities about two months after surgery and with clearance from their doctor.
 

The Cost of an Arm Lift

The price of arm lift surgery depends on the amount of tissue removed and the exact techniques required for the procedure. Additionally, brachioplasty cost is dependent on the type of anesthesia administered and the overall time needed to perform the surgery.
 

Learn More During a Consultation

An arm lift in Great Falls is the perfect procedure for those who are looking to get rid of excess flab in their upper arms. Contact our office to arrange a consultation with Dr. Emilia Ploplys today.