Request An Arm Lift Consultation Today!
To request an appointment please call our office at 316-265-1441 or fill out the information below and we will call you to set up your consultation. Dr. Peterson has performed 1000’s of arm lift surgery procedures. There is an initial consultation fee of $80.00 that applies towards your surgical costs. The average cost or our arm lift surgery is $4,625 which includes Dr. Peterson’s fees, the operating room, anesthesia, compressions sleeves and follow-up care. The friendly and professional staff at Dr. Stacy Peterson’s Wichita plastic surgery office will determine if you are a candidate for a Brachioplasty during your consult, and discuss the procedure and its benefits in more detail!
Is Arm Lift Surgery Right For Me?
If you need assistance with reshaping or tightening excess skin underneath the upper arm, then an Arm Lift surgery might be a good option. The purpose of an Arm Lift surgery, or Brachioplasty, is to reduce the sagging, drooping appearance of the upper arm with a relatively simple procedure. An Arm Lift surgery removes excess skin and fat that extends from the underarm to the elbow.
Loose skin underneath the upper arm can be caused by a variety of factors including heredity, age and significant weight loss. By using an Arm Lift procedure, you will be able to change the appearance of this area by smoothing out the underlying supportive tissue with an incision.
Ideal candidates for Arm Lift procedure are healthy adults that have the following qualities:
The best candidates for an Arm Lift surgery are adults with increased laxity of the skin in the upper arm, and those who can maintain a stable, healthy weight. Like all procedures, there are potential risks that patients should be aware of before considering surgery. These may include (but are not limited to) bleeding, infection and scarring.
Wichita’s Experienced & Certified Arm Lift Surgeon
Dr. Peterson is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is recognized by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. With a long-standing practice in Wichita, KS, Dr. Peterson has the experience and credentials necessary to give you the quality care you deserve: Member of American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Member of American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Voted Best Doctors 2011-2015 by Wichita Business Journal
Please call our friendly staff at 316-265-1441 so we can discuss your arm lift surgery options in more detail with our Wichita plastic surgeon. We look forward to answering all your questions!
Read More About Arm Lift Surgery Below
The first step: Choose a surgeon you can trust[+]
Plastic surgery involves many choices. The first and most important is selecting a surgeon you can trust. A doctor’s board certification is one of the best indicators of his or her training. Ask for certification from The American Board of Plastic Surgery® (ABPS), the only one of the 24 boards approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) that certifies physicians in plastic surgery of the face and all areas of the body. To be ABPS board-certified, a physician must meet these rigorous standards:
- Graduate from an accredited medical school
- Complete at least five years of surgical training following medical school with a minimum of two years of plastic surgery residency training
- Pass comprehensive oral and written exams
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) Members must:
- Be certified by the ABPS or in Canada by The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada®
- Complete continuing medical education including patient safety each year
- Perform surgery in accredited, state-licensed or
- Medicare-certified surgical facilities
Enhancing your appearance with an arm lift[+]
Fluctuations in weight, growing older and even heredity can cause your upper arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance. Exercise may strengthen and improve the underlying muscle tone of the upper arm, but it cannot address excess skin that has lost elasticity or underlying weakened tissues and localized fat deposits.
If the underside of your upper arms are sagging or appear loose and full due to excess skin and fat, an arm lift may be right for you.
An arm lift:
Reduces excess skin and fat between the underarm and the elbow
Reshapes your arm to result in smoother skin and contours
Results in a more toned and proportionate appearance
A special note: In order to achieve your improved image, there will be a scar on the inside of your upper arm.
What is an arm lift?
An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that reshapes the under portion of the upper arm, from the underarm region to the elbow. The procedure is performed to:
- Reduce excess sagging skin that droops downward
- Tighten and smooth the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm
- Reduce localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region
Is it right for me?
In general, candidates for an arm lift include:
- Adults with significant uppr arm skin laxity
- Adults of any age whose weight is relatively stable and who are not significantly overweight
- Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase risk of surgery
- Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations
What to expect during your consultation [+]
The success and safety of your arm lift procedure depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desire and lifestyle.
Be prepared to discuss:
- Why you want the surgery, your expectations and desired outcome
- Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
- Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
- Previous surgeries
Your surgeon may also:
- Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
- Take photographs for your medical record
- Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
- Discuss likely outcomes of arm lift surgery and any risks or potential complications
Preparing for surgery[+]
Prior to surgery, you may be asked to:
- Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
- Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
- Stop smoking well in advance of surgery
- Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding
Special instructions you receive will cover:
- What to do on the day of surgery
- The use of anesthesia during your arm lift
- Post-operative care and follow-up
Your plastic surgeon will also discuss where your procedure will be performed. Arm lift surgery may be performed in an accredited office-based surgical center, outpatient or ambulatory surgical center, or a hospital.
What happens during arm lift surgery?[+]
Step 1 — Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
Step 2 – The incision
Incision length and pattern depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed, as well as the best judgment of your plastic surgeon. Incisions are generally placed on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm, depending on the surgeon’s preference, and may extend from the underarm (axilla) to just above the elbow. If fat is to be reduced during your arm lift, it will be excised or treated with liposuction.
Depending on your specific conditions, incisions may be more limited. Then, underlying supportive tissue is tightened and reshaped with internal sutures. Finally, the skin is smoothed over the new contour of your arm.
Back of Arm Incision
Step 3 — Closing the incisions
Your incisions will be closed with absorbable sutures, or stitches that will be removed within 1-2 weeks following your arm lift.
Step 4 — See the results
The smoother, tighter contours that result from brachioplasty are apparent almost immediately following your procedure, although initial results will be somewhat obscured by swelling and bruising. Your new, shapely and toned upper arm is dramatically improved both in appearance and feel.
Important facts about the safety and risks of brachioplasty[+]
The decision to have arm lift surgery is extremely personal and you’ll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks and potential complications.
The risks include:
- Unfavorable scarring
- Bleeding (hematoma)
- Fluid accumulation
- Anesthesia risks
- Poor wound healing
- Skin loss
- Blood clots
- Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
- Skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling
- Major wound separation
- Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
- Damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels,muscles, and lungs
- Pain, which may persist
- Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
- Sutures may spontaneously surface through the skin, become visible or produce irritation that require removal
- Possibility of revisional surgery
These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It is important that you address all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon. It is natural to feel some anxiety, whether excitement for the anticipated outcomes or preoperative stress. Discuss these feelings with your plastic surgeon.
When you go home
If you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or unusual heart beats, seek medical attention immediately. Should any of these complications occur, you may require hospitalization and additional treatment.
The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.
Following your physician’s instructions is key to the success of your surgery. It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, swelling, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.
Following your surgery, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions, and your arms may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.
Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period.
- Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?
- What medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?
- Will I have dressings/bandages after surgery?
- When will they be removed?
- Are stitches removed? When?
- When can I resume normal activity and exercise?
- When do I return for follow-up care?
The results will be long-lasting[+]
The results of arm lift surgery will be long-lasting, provided that you maintain a stable weight and general fitness. As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness, but most of your improvement should be relatively permanent.
Words to know[+]
Arm lift: A surgical procedure, also known as brachioplasty, to correct sagging of the upper arms.
Axilla: The underarm area.
Brachioplasty: A surgical procedure, also known as arm lift, to correct sagging of upper arms.
General anesthesia: Drugs and/or gases used during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciouness.
Hematoma: Blood pooling beneath the skin.
Intravenous sedation: Sedatives administered by injection into a vein to help you relax.
Liposuction: Also called lipoplasty or suction lipectomy, this procedure vacuums out fat from beneath the skin’s surface to reduce fullness.
Local anesthesia: A drug injected directly to the site of an incision during an operation to relieve pain.
Skin laxity: Degree of loose skin.
Sutures: Stitches used by surgeons to hold skin and tissue together.