Arm Lift Miami

Arm lift surgery removes excess skin and fat from the underarms to tighten, lift, and smooth the arms. Many people seek out a Miami arm lift surgeon because they are unhappy with a problem that’s often described as having “bat wings.” Loose, crepe-like skin can form bags under the arms that create a droopy and deflated appearance. While drooping upper arms are common with aging, losing a large amount of weight can dramatically increase skin laxity. Many people who are prone to weight fluctuations also notice that their arm skin loses elasticity prematurely. No amount of diet or exercise can fully correct loose arm tissue. Keep reading if you’re considering an arm lift in Miami.

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Arm Lift at Boutinic Aesthetics

Quick Overview

  • Arm Lift price: $3,000 – $4,000
  • Financing available: Yes
  • BMI Requirements: 35 and under
  • Average office visits: Three to four
  • Anesthesia: General
  • Procedure time: One to two hours
  • Recovery timeline: Three to four weeks
  • Pain Rating: 5 out of 10
  • Ready to travel After: Three to four weeks
  • Ready to work After: One week
  • Final results: Three months

What Is an Arm Lift, also known as Brachioplasty?

Arm reduction surgery is one of the best ways to achieve smooth, well-defined arms if you have excess loose skin in the upper arms that droops, jiggles, and causes discomfort. During this procedure, a surgeon removes fat and skin from the interior “back side” of the arm. If you have a large amount of excess skin, fat may also be removed from the area extending from the top of the arm to the chest. Based on your needs, both excision and liposuction can be used as part of an arm reduction procedure.

Is Arm Lift Surgery Worth It?

You may miss the freedom of showing off your arms with confidence if loose skin in your arms has created the “batwing” effect. “Batwings” often can’t be corrected simply by toning up in the gym because the problem goes deeper than muscle tone. A combination of loose skin and stubborn fat deposits can make it impossible to remove the excess inches from your arms. An arm lift creates a sculpted, trim look by removing fat deposits that aren’t responding to exercise. Arm lifts also surgically remove the excess skin that droops from your arms to create a neat, tight look.

Arm Reduction Candidates

Is Brachioplasty Surgery Right for Me?

An arm reduction surgery is often the only way to correct flaps of loose skin draping from your arms. You should only consider this surgery if you have significant amounts of loose skin in the upper arms. You should also be in general good health, be free of serious medical issues that could create surgical complications, and have realistic expectations about the results of your procedure.

While arm reduction surgery removes fat and skin, it is not intended to be an alternative to weight loss. A person is considered an ideal candidate for arm lift surgery if they are at a stable, relatively healthy weight. Booking a consultation with a board-certified Miami arm lifted surgeon is the best way to determine if this procedure is the right fit for you.

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Types of Arm Lifts

Once you’ve determined that arm reduction surgery is the best way to get rid of loose arm skin, your surgeon will discuss different surgical options with you.

Traditional or Standard Arm Lift

A standard arm reduction is often the best option for patients with moderate to severe tissue and skin laxity. Most candidates for a traditional arm reduction procedure have experienced significant weight loss. A good number have undergone gastric bypass surgery.

The hallmark benefit of the traditional arm lift is that it offers the potential to correct sagging in the arm, armpit, and upper chest using just two strategic incisions. The first incision is made above the elbow. The second begins at the back of the arm at the armpit before extending to just above the elbow. It’s common to begin a standard arm lift by removing excess fat from under the arms using liposuction before surgically removing excess skin. During the procedure, the surgeon also contours the connective tissue of the arms to create a natural-looking, streamlined, and tight aesthetic.

Mini Arm Lift or Invisible Arm Lift Surgery

Sometimes referred to as the crescent brachioplasty, a mini arm reduction is suited for patients with minimal excess skin and fat in the upper arm. During a mini lift, the surgeon makes a single crescent-shaped incision under the armpit. If necessary, the incision can be extended into a T-shaped incision into the arm.

A mini arm lift is considered a limited-incision Brachioplasty and is the best option for those patients with mild to moderate excess skin on the inner arm area near the armpit. This method stands out over the other techniques because it is almost an invisible scar procedure.

Extended Arm Lift

Often referred to as either the Los Angeles arm lift or L-shaped arm lift, the extended lift involves an incision that goes from the elbow through the armpit. After making the incision, the surgeon removes excess fat and skin before tightening the underlying tissue. In some cases, liposuction is used to remove fat.

Due to scarring risks, the extended arm reduction is generally only recommended for patients with dramatic amounts of excess skin. While every effort for discreet scar placement is made, patients should expect more scarring compared to other options. The fine scar line is usually placed to ensure that scarring is out of sight when the arms rest on the hips

Nonsurgical Options

Nonsurgical alternatives for getting rid of arm skin and fat exist. Avoiding surgery may be one of your goals if you’re looking to correct minimal skin laxity in the upper arms.

Scarless Arm Lift

The scarless arm lift is a contouring procedure that uses radiofrequency-assisted liposuction to liquefy and remove fat cells in the upper arms. During this procedure, the surgeon makes small incisions in the skin before inserting a radiofrequency (RF) probe. The radiofrequency energy creates heat under the skin that liquefies fat cells. Once unwanted fat has been liquefied, the surgeon then removes it using a thin cannula. In addition to providing fat-melting benefits, radiofrequency energy triggers the body’s wound-healing reaction of remodeling collagen to tighten and repair the tissue in the treated area.

Arm Lipo vs Arm Lift - Which Is Better?

Both lipo and lifting offer unique benefits for helping patients obtain their aesthetic goals. Arm lifts produce more dramatic results for people with excessive amounts of loose skin. Arm lipo can be a better option for someone with minimal amounts of excess skin.

Lipo provides immediate skin tightening with minimal downtime, minimal pain, minimal recovery, and essentially no scarring. While many patients like the idea of avoiding surgery with arm lipo, the results simply won’t be dramatic enough to make a difference if you have considerable amounts of excess skin.

What to Expect During the arm Lift Consultation

During your consultation for arm reduction surgery in Miami, a surgeon will evaluate the amount of excess skin in your upper arms to help you determine the best plan for getting the firm, slim arms you desire. You will have an opportunity to discuss your aesthetic goals, voice any questions you have about this procedure, learn about different surgical options, and go over your health history. You can also browse arm lift Miami before-and-after pictures to get an idea of what to expect!

How do I prepare for arm lift surgery?

When preparing for an arm reduction, you will be advised to maintain a stable weight. In addition, patients undergo an evaluation that includes lab testing, a physical examination, and a review of personal health history. You may be instructed to stop taking certain medications and supplements that increase bleeding leading up to surgery.

Arm Reduction Surgery Steps

The steps for arm reduction surgery can vary slightly based on the technique you choose with help from your surgeon. Here’s a look at what to expect on surgery day:

1. Anesthesia

Anesthesia will be administered to ensure your comfort during surgery. Your surgeon will work with you to determine the best option for sedation and anesthesia during your consultation.

2. Removal of excess fat and skin from upper arms

Based on the surgical method used, incisions involving specific sizes and placements will be made. Arm reduction incisions are generally placed on either the inside or back of the arm. With the tissue exposed, the surgeon will remove fat, tighten supportive tissue, and reshape tissue. Finally, the skin on the arms will be smoothed over to create a contoured appearance.

3. Closing incisions and applying bandages

When the surgeon is satisfied with the results, the incisions will be closed using either sutures or stitches. Incisions are covered in bandages and dressings immediately following surgery. A thin tube is typically placed under the skin to allow for drainage of excess blood and fluid. It’s also common to wrap the arms in compression bands and garments following surgery to minimize swelling.

5. Post-op care

Medication prescriptions and care instructions will be provided for managing pain, preventing wound infections, and ensuring a safe recovery.

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Arm Lift Recovery

You will be instructed to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you home following surgery. Your arms will be “out of commission” in the days following your arm reduction. Patients are instructed to avoid lifting their arms above their shoulders for at least three to four weeks following arm reduction surgery. Patients should also avoid any strenuous activities involving the arms for up to eight weeks following surgery.

How soon can you drive after arm lift surgery? While many people feel comfortable returning to work within a week of surgery, it may be one to two weeks before you are able to safely and comfortably drive your car again. If your job duties involve lifting heavy objects, you may need to make accommodations for avoiding these duties until your recovery period has ended.

Arm Lift Scars and Incisions

Do arm lifts leave scarring? At Boutinic Aesthetics in Miami, we understand that this is the question on every patient’s mind when they visit for a consultation. Surgical arm lifts will leave some degree of scarring. Incision scars from arm lifts are permanent. However, incisions are strategically placed to conceal visibility.

Arm Lift Cost in Miami

The cost of arm reduction surgery in Miami can vary based on everything from the procedure type chosen to the quality of the surgeon performing the procedure. The average cost for arm lift surgery falls somewhere between $4,800 and $10,000. Most patients in the Miami area pay $5,000 to $6,000. If you decide to book your surgery with us expect to pay between  $3,000 to $4,000.

Considering Arm Lift Surgery?

Don’t spend another day wishing you could show off your arms without hesitation! Boutinic Aesthetics is the premier arm lift Miami clinic. Staffed with surgeons offering 20 years of experience each, our state-of-the-art surgical center in South Florida offers the latest techniques for arm reduction surgery. We make getting the body you want affordable by providing competitive prices, financing options, and an in-house payment plan. Many of our patients put down as little as $250. Schedule your consultation today!

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Arm reduction surgery will create semi-permanent results if the patient is able to maintain a stable weight. In fact, most patients will see no changes from their initial surgery results for a full decade. Fat that is removed from the arms through liposuction will not return. However, skin can lose firmness due to age, weight gain, and lifestyle. It’s recommended that patients do their best to maintain a fit, active lifestyle in the years following arm surgery to extend the results.

Arm reduction surgery that removes excess fat and skin from the arms is the most effective option for addressing loose, sagging, and drooping arms. Non-surgical options using radiofrequency liposuction also exist for patients with minimal sagging.

The mini arm lift is a scaled-down version of the standard arm reduction that uses a crescent-shaped incision under the armpit.

The scarless arm reduction is a contouring procedure that uses radiofrequency-assisted liposuction to liquefy and remove fat cells from the upper arms to reduce and tighten arm tissue.

While arm reduction procedures are considered both common and safe, patients seeking consultations will be warned of risks for scarring, infection, tissue damage, poor wound healing, and asymmetric results.

This is a question that only a qualified cosmetic surgeon can help you answer. For patients with light to moderate sagging, a T-shaped incision is appropriate. However, the L-shaped incision associated with an extended arm lift may be a better option if you need to address severe sagging.

Like all scars, arm lift surgery scars generally fade over time. However, there is no guarantee that your scars will become invisible. If scarring is an issue down the road, it may be possible to pursue scar-fading treatments that allow you to feel more confident.

Liposuction can help to address moderate skin sagging. However, it cannot remove excess skin the way that surgery can.

The cost for brachioplasty in Miami ranges from $4,000 to $10,000. The best way to get an accurate estimate is to consult with a plastic surgery office offering arm lifts in Miami. At Boutinic our prices range from $3,000 to $4,000.