Arm Lift | Brachioplasty
improve the contours and overall appearance of the under portion of your upper arms
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Due to Dr. Laliberte’s expertise in body contouring, he routinely performs surgical body procedures, including arm lift (Brachioplasty). Depending on a patient’s goals, multiple surgical body procedures can be combined or performed in succession, where appropriate such as in major weight loss cases (body lift, arm lift, SAFE liposuction) or post-pregnancy mommy makeovers (abdominoplasty with SAFE liposuction plus breast procedure). Visit us for a private consultation to increase your self confidence and sculpt your desired shape.
What is an Arm Lift | Brachioplasty
An arm lift, or Brachioplasty, reshapes the upper arm to tighten loose skin and remove fat that often creates a sagging appearance under the arm. Removing the excess skin caused by weight loss or natural aging can improve the appearance of the underarm area to the elbow.
In short, an arm lift is a surgical procedure that:
- Reduces excess sagging skin that droops downward
- Tightens and smoothes the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm
- Reduces localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region
Why should I get an Arm Lift | Brachioplasty?
This procedure benefits those that have loose, hanging underarm skin that resembles bat wings and does not improve with exercise.
As you get older, the skin on your upper arms changes, sags, and becomes loose. Significant weight loss also can cause the undersides of your upper arms to droop. While exercise can assist in strengthening and improve muscle tone in the upper arm, it can’t address excess skin that has lost elasticity. You may choose to have an arm lift if the undersides of your upper arms are sagging. An arm lift might also boost your body image.
How much does an Arm Lift cost?
Each of our patient’s cases is unique, however, the average cost of an Arm Lift can range from $8,500 – $10,000
Am I a good candidate?
In general, good candidates include:
- Adults with significant upper arm skin laxity
- Adults of any age whose weight is relatively stable and who are not significantly overweight
- Healthy individuals without medical conditions that impair healing or increase risk of surgery
- Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations
What can I expect during a consultation?
During your consultation be prepared to discuss:
- Your surgical goals
- Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
- Current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drug use
- Previous surgeries
Dr. Laliberte will also:
- Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
- Take photographs
- Discuss your options
- Discuss likely outcomes of arm lift surgery and any risks or potential complications
How should I prepare for an arm lift procedure?
In preparing for surgery, you may be asked to:
- Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
- Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
- Stop smoking
- Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding
What are the steps of an arm lift procedure?
The procedure includes the following steps:
Step 1 – Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during arm lift surgery. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Dr. Laliberte will recommend the best choice for you.
Step 2 – The incision
Incision length and pattern during arm lift surgery depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed, as well as the best judgment of Dr. Laliberte.
Incisions are generally placed on the inside of the arm, or on the back of the arm, depending on the situation, and may extend from the underarm (axilla) to just above the elbow. Excess fat may be directly excised or treated with liposuction.
Depending on your specific condition, 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.
Step 3 – Closing the incisions
Your incisions will be closed either with absorbable sutures or stitches that will be removed within one to two weeks following your arm lift.
What results should I expect post-procedure?
The smoother, tighter contours that result from arm lift surgery are apparent almost immediately following your procedure. Initial results will be obscured by swelling and bruising, and a scar will remain where the incision was made.
Most individuals take 4 weeks off from work to allow for recovery. If you do office work, you may be able to return as early as 2 weeks. Let your discomfort be your guide. You can resume normal activities by the end of 2 weeks. It will take 4 weeks to get back to significant aerobic or physical activity.
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Meet Dr. Michael C. Laliberte
Canadian Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Having operated alongside word-class surgeons throughout North and South America, Dr. Laliberte brings to the Canadian Rockies a practice that encompasses the breadth of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Michael Laliberte is extensively trained in Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive surgery. After completing undergraduate and medical school at the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Laliberte specialized in Plastic Surgery at the University of Manitoba.
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