Arm Lift in Macon, GA

The area between the underarm and the elbow is a problem for many people. Weight loss or the natural aging process can lead to loose, sagging skin that droops, resembling “bat wings.” Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to tone or tighten the area, no matter how much time you spend in the gym. If you would like to improve the appearance of your upper arms, contact board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Joshua R. Groves, at the Georgia Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in Macon, GA, to see if you’d benefit from arm lift surgery. Our office serves patients from throughout Bibb and Houston Counties, including Macon and Warner Robins.

What Is an Arm Lift/Brachioplasty?

Brachioplasty — sometimes referred to as “bat-wing surgery”— is a surgical procedure that reshapes and contours the underside of the upper arms by removing excess fat and skin and tightening the underlying supportive tissue. This restores the natural contours of the upper arm. The procedure is particularly popular among people who have lost a significant amount of weight. It’s natural to want to show off your new physique after weight loss, but the sagging skin in the upper arm area can make wearing sleeveless shirts an embarrassing proposition. It can also make short-sleeved shirts feel tight and constricting. Arm lift surgery can provide you with a more proportionate appearance, make you feel more comfortable in your clothes and improve your confidence and self-esteem.

How Is an Arm Lift/Brachioplasty Performed?

During the procedure, Dr. Groves will make incisions to remove the excess skin and stubborn fat deposits on your upper arms. The size and placement of the incisions will depend on the location of the loose skin and fat, as well as Dr. Groves’ judgment. The supportive tissues beneath the skin will be tightened and reshaped using internal sutures. Once this is complete, your skin will be pulled taut so that it conforms to your arm’s new contours. Dr. Groves will use either absorbable sutures or traditional stitches to close your incisions. The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis under general or local anesthesia and lasts approximately two hours. It’s common to have liposuction performed in conjunction with brachioplasty for the best results.

What Is the Recovery After an Arm Lift/Brachioplasty?

Following your arm lift, your arms will be wrapped in a sterile surgical dressing and compression garments. The compression bandages or garments will help minimize swelling and provide support for your arms as they heal. Dr. Groves may also place small drainage tubes to remove excess fluid buildup and blood. If you have stitches, these will be removed at a follow-up appointment one to two weeks after your procedure.

Many patients are able to return to work about a week following their arm lift, but your recovery period will depend on the extent of your procedure. You can expect swelling and some discomfort. Dr. Groves will provide prescriptions for any necessary pain medications or antibiotics, as well as give you instructions on how to care for your arms at home as they heal. You may also be advised to avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for a period of time, usually a few weeks.

The remaining scar will depend on several factors, including the amount of tissue that what removed during your brachioplasty, the laxity of your skin, and your individual healing. Despite placing incisions in the most inconspicuous locations possible, some patients are left with a significant scar. But even those patients usually feel the trade off – sculpted, more youthful-looking arms – is well worth it.

Am I a Good Candidate for an Arm Lift/Brachioplasty?

Most people who are in overall good health and have realistic expectations about having an arm lift are good candidates for the procedure. Look over the following checklist. If you can answer yes to these questions, you may want to consider an arm lift.

  • Have you lost weight, but still have “bat wings” when you lift and extend your arms to the sides?
  • Are you an adult who has significant laxity in the skin of your upper arms due to the aging process?
  • Is your weight stable and are you not obese or significantly overweight?
  • Are you in good health with no medical conditions that might impede healing or put you at increased risk during surgery?
  • Are you a non-smoker?
  • Are you committed to getting good nutrition and regular exercise in the future?

Of course, the best way to know if brachioplasty is right for is to come in for a consultation with Dr. Groves at the Georgia Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.

How Much Does an Arm Lift/Brachioplasty Cost?

Arm lift surgery is typically considered an elective procedure, so it will likely not be covered by insurance. There are some instances in which it may be covered, such as if the procedure is one of several to eliminate excess skin following bariatric surgery and massive weight loss. We will handle the communication with your insurance provider to make the process as easy as possible for you.

We know that undergoing plastic or reconstructive surgery is an investment, and we strive to make paying for your procedure as easy as possible. We have financing options available through CareCredit® and Alphaeon™Credit for those patients who wish to make monthly payments. We also work with SunTrust Bank to offer low, fixed interest rate loans to patients with good to excellent credit for all cosmetic procedures, and accept cash, personal checks, MasterCard®, Visa®, American Express®, and Discover® Card.

Are you ready to stop hiding your arms under long sleeves? If so, come visit board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Joshua R. Groves, at the Georgia Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in Macon, GA. Dr. Groves has earned a reputation for providing expert care for patients in Macon, Warner Robins, Bibb County and Houston County. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.