Chicago, Il

Arm Lift

Introduction to Arm Lift

Patients who have experienced massive weight loss combined with the effects of aging may experience the skin in their upper arms to sag. While wearing long-sleeved shirts or shawls may cover up the problem temporarily, it prevents you from enjoying the freedom of wearing seasonal clothing, not being embarrassed, and possessing the confidence in knowing you have toned arms that are fitter and more attractive.  If you are interested in an arm lift in Chicago, consider contacting dual board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Ogilvie to learn more.  

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What is an Arm Lift?

An arm lift, medically known as a Brachioplasty, eliminates the excess skin and tissue on our upper arms that cause “bat wings.” This cosmetic procedure may sometimes be performed as part of a broader body contouring plan, but this isn’t always the case, and many patients will focus solely on contouring the arms.

What Are the Benefits of an Arm Lift?

At Ogilvie Plastic Surgery, patients who undergo arm lifts enjoy many significant improvements after their arm lift in Chicago:

  • Does away with extra skin due to substantial weight loss or getting older
  • Good for trouble spots that might be resistant to exercise or dieting
  • Greater self-esteem and comfort when picking out clothing
  • Reduced scraping, tenderness, and discomfort in the chest and underarms

Who Are the Best Candidates For an Arm Lift?

In general, patients who want to receive an arm lift in Chicago should have some of the following characteristics:

  • Present a significant amount of excess skin on the upper arms.
  • Excess discomfort–perhaps physical, aesthetic, or both–caused by excess skin around the arms.
  • Maintain a relatively stable weight (significant weight loss or weight gain can diminish arm lift results).
  • Maintain realistic expectations about what brachioplasty can accomplish.
  • Be generally healthy enough for surgery.
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Let’s get started

What’s the First Step?

If you’re interested in undergoing an arm lift procedure, the first step is to meet with Dr. Ogilvie for a face-to-face discussion. This consultation is an excellent way to learn more about how this procedure will impact you individually and a time to share your medical history, aesthetic goals, concerns, and expectations. Dr. Ogilvie also believes in a patient-centered approach throughout the process, ensuring he spends time educating patients about what they can expect. He also would like to examine you in person and decide what techniques and incision points might be best for you. 

Once you arrive at a common agreement, he will draft a surgical plan for you, which you can then take to a patient coordinator to help schedule your arm lift in Chicago.

What to Expect on the Day of Arm Lift Surgery

Arm lift surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, so patients are allowed to return home once Dr. Ogilvie is satisfied that the effects of the anesthetic have sufficiently worn off. In general, arm lift procedures will follow this basic order of events:

Anesthesia — In most cases, patients will opt for general anesthesia. However, in some instances, patients may prefer local anesthesia with intravenous sedation.

Incision — Three basic incision types are used during an arm lift procedure. One incision travels alone on the outer arm. Another incision type is made along the inner arm. A third option is an incision that is made around the armpit. Which incision is best for you will depend on the location and amount of excess skin you want to diminish.

Arm Lift Recovery

Patients typically notice swelling and bruising for several weeks after their surgical procedure. Once that swelling subsides, you will notice that your skin looks much more slender and fit. Your skin will no longer “wave” or hang to its previous degree. Brachioplasty is designed to make the arms look more youthful and slim — a perception that excess skin can often get in the way of. Many patients also note a significant increase in confidence and self-esteem after the procedure is complete.

 If you think your arms could benefit from a Brachioplasty procedure, contact Dr. Ogilvie’s office to schedule a consultation as soon as possible.

Arm Lift Cost

How Much Does an Arm Lift Cost in Chicago, IL?

Your cost for an arm lift will depend on many factors. Before he can estimate your costs, Dr. Michael Ogilvie will start with a consultation to understand your needs and goals. Following this, he will create your unique surgical plan and estimate costs. To make it easier to choose an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Ogilvie and get your best results, Ogilvie Plastic Surgery accepts several payment methods. We will also give you information on low-interest financing.

Why Choose Dr. Ogilvie?

Michael P. Ogilvie, M.D., M.B.A., is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who is double board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. A native Chicagoan, he was born and raised in Hyde Park and is proud to serve the community he loves. Dr. Ogilvie prides himself on providing his patients with the highest levels of care founded on surgical expertise and artistic vision to give the most natural results possible.

With his highly personalized approach and meticulous attention to detail, Dr. Ogilvie should be your choice for your arm lift in Chicago because he strives to fully understand his patients’ goals to provide realistic expectations and expert care. He fully complements cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures to meet every patient’s individualized needs. Dr. Ogilvie’s dedication throughout his career allows him to provide the absolute best results possible with understanding, kindness, and compassion. He is an affiliate of the American Board of Surgery (ABS), the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and the Illinois Society of Plastic Surgeons (ISPS).


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If you are tired of “bat wings” and want toned upper arms, consider an arm lift in Chicago and schedule a consultation with Dr. Ogilvie. During your appointment, you will discuss the best ways to achieve your desired look. Once the initial consultation is complete, you can begin discussing the next steps. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to get started on your arm transformation.


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