Arm Lift in Chicago, IL

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About Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

Commonly known as an arm lift, brachioplasty is the medical term for a plastic surgery procedure designed to eliminate unwanted excess skin and sometimes fat from the arms. A variety of reasons may cause this excess skin.

Introduction to Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

Some patients seek treatment from Dr. Ogilvie in Chicago because they have recently lost weight. For others, excess skin has simply formed during the normal aging process, but however the excess skin has formed, patients will often feel self-conscious about the way their arms look. Brachioplasty (or arm lift) is a way to help those patients feel confident again.

How Do I Get Started on a Brachioplasty?

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 a good way to learn more about how this procedure will impact you individually. Dr. Ogilvie also believes in a patient-centered approach throughout the process, ensuring he spends time educating patients about what they can expect.

If you want to start your arm lift procedure, contact Dr. Ogilvie’s office to schedule a consultation as soon as you’re ready.

What Are The Benefits of an Arm Lift?

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

  • Reduced scraping, tenderness, and discomfort in the chest and underarms
  • 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

Is Brachioplasty Right For Me?

An arm lift is designed to eliminate unwanted excess tissue from the upper arms. Brachioplasty patients usually present with a significant amount of loose and uncomfortable skin that hangs down from the arms.

Arm lift procedures 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.

Who is a Good Candidate for an Arm Lift?

In general, arm lift patients will:

  • 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.

If you feel that a brachioplasty procedure would be the right fit for you, contact Dr. Ogilvie to schedule a consultation, during which you can discuss the next steps toward accomplishing your arm lift goals.

The Arm Lift Procedure

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, brachioplasty procedures will follow this basic order of events:

Anesthesia — In most cases, patients will opt for general anesthesia. But 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. And 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 & Results

Patients typically notice swelling and bruising for several weeks after their surgical procedure. Once that swelling subsides, you will notice that yours look 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. That’s why many patients also note a significant increase in confidence and self-esteem after the procedure is complete.

If you feel like your arms could benefit from a brachioplasty procedure, contact Dr. Ogilvie’s office to schedule a consultation at your earliest convenience!

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How much does arm lift surgery cost?

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.

Can I combine an arm lift with other surgeries?

It is normal for patients who want an arm lift to combine this surgery with another procedure. This is often called an upper body lift and can combine liposuction, a breast lift, or tummy tuck. Arm lift surgery is also commonly included in an after weight loss surgery for those who have lost a significant amount of weight and want to contour throughout their body. During your initial consultation with Dr. Ogilvie, each surgery will be discussed so that your custom surgical plan fits all your goals.

Will there be scars?

Arm lift surgery uses incisions to excise loose skin, which leads to scars from sutures. However, Dr. Ogilvie will try to ensure that your incisions are small and placed in inconspicuous areas. After your arm lift, creams that help with healing and our tips for scar care management will be suggested. Dr. Ogilvie also recommends avoiding UV exposure for at least one year to minimize scar discoloration. Patients generally consider the overall benefits of a more toned arm to outweigh the appearance of scars.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.