Arm Lift in Minneapolis-St. Paul

The arm lift is typically done in a single procedure under general anesthesia. The goal of the arm lift procedure is to enhance and contour the upper arm area while restoring a person’s confidence in their appearance. The result of an arm lift in Minneapolis-St. Paul is a more contoured and streamlined upper arm appearance that’s free from excess skin.

What is an Arm Lift?

If you are experiencing excess skin on your upper arms that sag or have localized pockets of fat on your upper arm area, you may be able to benefit from an arm lift. An arm lift also called a Brachioplasty, is a cosmetic procedure done to correct excess sagging or drooping skin on the upper arms. Excess upper arm fat or skin can occur due to a variety of factors, including weight fluctuations, age, or hereditary reasons. Oftentimes, this condition cannot be remedied through exercise. Thankfully, Dr. Rocheford in Minneapolis-St. Paul offers arm lift surgery to correct unwanted arm flap for a boost in self-confidence.

Cost of an Arm Lift

Arm Lift: $6,700

This includes your surgical fee and all follow-up visits with Dr. Rocheford. This estimate also includes the facility fee and anesthesia costs. This is an estimate and may be different depending on your specific situation. It does not include the cost of your pre-operative physical, lab tests, or medications. Dr. Rocheford charges $100 for consultations, and that fee is deducted from the price of your surgery or in-office procedure.

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Details of an Arm Lift Surgery:

  • Surgery: Surgery is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia; time varies according to what procedures are being done.
  • Discomfort: Moderate to severe. Anticipate 3 to 14 days of pain medication.
  • Bruising: Expect moderate bruising in the upper arm areas; it should improve in two to four weeks.
  • Swelling: There may be redness after treatment; this usually disappears within 24 to 48 hours.
  • Sun Exposure: Peaks at 3 days; improves in two to four weeks. You can use ice to reduce swelling; do not use frozen gel packs.
  • Stitches: Internal stitches dissolve; however, this surgery does leave a scar, which can extend from the armpit down to the elbow.
  • Work: If you are a non-labor worker, you can return to work once you are done with your pain medication. If you perform manual labor or are extremely active for your job, it’s recommended that you return to work after three weeks of recovery.
  • Exercise: You can return to your normal exercise routine after four to six weeks of recovery.
  • Final Results: Final results are visible anywhere between six months to a year after the procedure.

How to Prepare for an Arm Lift

An arm lift procedure is best suited for men and women who are having trouble slimming the arms or have excess skin due to significant weight loss. Individuals who feel that their arms are much larger in comparison to the rest of their bodies may also be interested in this procedure.

Who is a Good Candidate for an Arm Lift?

Ideal arm lift candidates are those who are healthy, non-smokers, and are at a stable weight. Those who have realistic expectations for their procedure are often happiest with their surgical outcomes. The decision to undergo plastic surgery is a personal one, and it is important that patients make this decision based on their own personal goals. A consultation with Dr. Rocheford can help to better determine if this procedure is a good fit for you.

How to Prepare for an Arm Lift

Before undergoing arm lift surgery, you may be asked to have lab testing done or undergo a medical evaluation. Patients should also stop smoking at least six weeks before surgery to ensure optimal healing. You will be asked to avoid taking blood-thinners, such as aspirin, herbal supplements, or anti-inflammatory drugs as well.

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Arm Lift Recovery

Arm lift surgery is an outpatient procedure, so patients will return home to recover. Following arm lift surgery, patients may experience moderate bruising, swelling, and redness in the treatment area, though an ice pack can be used to decrease any swelling. Discomfort may be controlled with medication. Internal stitches that have been placed will dissolve on their own, though a scar will occur from the armpit to the elbow. Most patients can return to their desk jobs once they have finished their pain medication. However, patients who have an active job are advised to dedicate three weeks of recovery before returning. Final results can be seen between six months to a year post-procedure. If you’re ready to discuss your arm lift options, schedule your consultation in Minneapolis-St. Paul with Dr. Heather Rocheford at our plastic surgery offices, serving the Twin Cities Metro area, including St. Paul, Minneapolis, Woodbury, and beyond. Simply request a consultation online or call Rocheford Plastic Surgery at 651-739-1100 to schedule your appointment.

Arm Lift FAQ’s

What is an Arm Lift?

The arm lift (brachioplasty) is an innovative procedure that addresses many of the aesthetic concerns of individuals with excess skin on their arms or arms that are disproportionate to the rest of their bodies. The arm lift is typically done in a single session on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. The goal of the arm lift is to streamline and contour the appearance of the upper arms.nnAn arm lift is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program. The outcomes of the arm lift can be significantly influenced by weight fluctuations.

Is it right for me?

The arm lift is an invasive procedure with significant recovery time. Therefore, you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.nnAn arm lift is a good option for you if:nnYou are physically healthy and at a stable weightnYou have realistic expectationsnYou are a non-smoker

What to expect during your consultation?

The success and safety of your Minneapolis-St. Paul arm lift procedure depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires, and lifestyle.nnBe prepared to discuss:nIf you are physically healthy and at a stable weightnWhy you want the surgery, your expectations, and desired outcomenMedical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatmentsnUse of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drugsnPrevious surgeriesnDr. Rocheford may also:nEvaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factorsnTake photographs for your medical recordnDiscuss your options and recommend a course of treatmentnDiscuss likely outcomes of an arm lift and any risks or potential complications

Preparing for surgery?

Prior to surgery, you may be asked to:nGet lab testing or a medical evaluationnTake certain medications or adjust your current medicationsnStop smoking well in advance of surgerynAvoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as they can increase bleedingnSpecial instructions you receive will cover:nWhat to do on the day of surgerynThe use of anesthesia during your arm liftnPost-operative care and follow-up

Important facts about the safety and risks of an arm lift?

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.nnDr. Rocheford and her staff will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks or potential complications.nnPossible risks of an arm lift include:nUnfavorable scarringnBleeding (hematoma)nInfectionnFluid accumulationnPoor wound healingnSkin lossnBlood clotsnNumbness or other changes in skin sensationnAnesthesia risksnSkin discoloration and/or prolonged swellingnFatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)nMajor wound separationnAsymmetrynRecurrent looseness of skinnPain, which may persistnDeep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complicationsnNerve damagenThe possibility of revisional surgerynSuboptimal aesthetic resultnYou’ll need helpnIf your arm lift is performed on an outpatient basis, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.

Questions to Ask Dr. Rocheford?

Use this checklist as a guide during your consultation:nAre you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?nWere you specifically trained in the field of plastic surgery?nHow many years of plastic surgery training have you had?nDo you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure?nIf so, at which hospitals?nIs the office-based surgical facility accredited by a nationally- or state-recognized accrediting agency, or is it state-licensed or Medicare-certified?nAm I a good candidate for this procedure?nWhat will be expected of me to get the best results?nWhere and how will you perform my procedure?nWhat surgical technique is recommended for me?nHow long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?nWhat are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?nHow are complications handled?nHow can I expect my arms to look over time?nWhat are my options if I am dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome of my arm lift?nDo you have before-and-after photos I can look at for this procedure and what results are reasonable for me?


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