in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a procedure done to reshape the upper arm to tighten lax skin and remove fat that can cause a “bat wing” appearance under the arm. Many individuals choose this procedure following weight loss or due to the effects of natural aging.
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Who is an Arm Lift Candidate?
Individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight or simply have loose, hanging underarm skin can often benefit from an arm lift. Ideal candidates will be healthy, nonsmokers who have realistic expectations for the outcome of their procedure. A consultation with Dr. Cusimano is the best way to determine if this procedure is right for you.
The Arm Lift Procedure
During your arm lift procedure, Dr. Cusimano will first create markings on your elbows, arms, and armpits to guide him during the procedure. Then, anesthesia will be given, and the necessary incisions will be created to remove excess skin and fat. Incisions may be completely hidden within the armpits or extended down the insides of the arms. Liposuction may be used to removes excess fat, and excess skin will be removed. Finally, the skin is smoothed over, and incisions are closed.
Before & After
What to Expect After aN ARM LIFT
Following the arm lift procedure, patients will be placed in compression garments, which must be worn during recovery to help reduce swelling and support your new arm contours. Any discomfort can be controlled with pain medication. Swelling and bruising are to be expected, which will gradually subside over the next 10-14 days. Be sure to avoid heavy lifting, contact sports, and jogging for up to six weeks. Dr. Cusimano will provide specific post-op instructions that will help to ensure a quick and safe recovery process.
Arm lift FAQS
CAN UNDERARM FAT BE REMOVED?
Yes, in some cases liposuction can remove underarm fat, however to remove excess skin from the underarm, an arm lift is required.
DO COMPRESSION GARMENTS HELP WITH LOOSE SKIN?
The only way to effectively remove excess skin is through excision surgery, accomplished during an arm lift. Compression garments have not been shown to reduce loose skin, although they can be beneficial to reduce swelling.
DOES INSURANCE PAY FOR ARM LIFT?
In almost all cases, arm lift surgery is considered an elective cosmetic procedure, which means insurance plans will not cover its costs.
DOES ARM LIFT LEAVE A SCAR?
Any scars that develop as a result of arm lift surgery will be hidden as best as possible and will fade over time. If necessary, Dr. Cusimano can provide instructions for scar care after you have recovered from the procedure.
DO ARM LIFT SCARS FADE?
Over time, scars caused by the incisions used during an arm lift procedure will fade. If you are unsatisfied with the appearance after about six months, you may try specific steps to help reduce their appearance further.