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 flaps for a boost in self-confidence.

Cost of an Arm Lift

Arm Lift: $8,400

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 in 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 their 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.

Arm Lift FAQ’s

What is an Arm Lift?

An 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.

Can underarm fat be removed?

Yes, if you have excess fat in your upper arm, this can often be resolved with an arm lift and sometimes through liposuction.

Do arm lift scars fade?

Yes. Dr. Rocheford can recommend instructions for the most effective scar care treatment that will help minimize the appearance of arm lift scars.

Do compression garments help with loose skin?

While compression garments are often used following plastic surgery procedures to help reduce swelling, they are not capable of removing excess or loose skin.

Does arm lift leave a scar?

Yes, an arm lift will leave a scar usually running from around the armpit down toward the elbow.

Does insurance pay for arm lift?

As an elective cosmetic surgery, insurance does not cover the cost of an arm lift procedure.

Is an arm lift 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. An arm lift is a good option for you if you are physically healthy and at a stable weight, have realistic expectations, and are a non-smoker.

What should I expect during my arm lift consultation?

You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires, and lifestyle. Be prepared to discuss why you want the surgery, your expectations, and desired outcome, medical conditions or drug allergies, use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, and previous surgeries. Dr. Rocheford may also evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors and take photographs for your medical record.

How should I prepare for arm lift 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 and avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding.

What are the risks of arm lift surgery?

Dr. 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. Possible risks of an arm lift include, but are not limited to, unfavorable scarring, bleeding (hematoma), infection, fluid accumulation, anesthesia risks, and the possibility of revisional surgery.

What questions should I ask during my arm lift consultation?

Use this checklist as a guide during your consultation: How many years of plastic surgery training have you had? Am I a good candidate for this procedure? What will be expected of me to get the best results? Where and how will you perform my procedure? What surgical technique is recommended for me? How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery? What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure? How are complications handled?

How painful is an arm lift?

During the procedure, you won’t feel much discomfort at all because of the anesthesia. During the first week or two after the procedure, you will likely feel some discomfort as the incision starts to heal. Your doctor will prescribe some sort of pain medication. You will need to keep your arms elevated for a couple of weeks to help with swelling and pain.

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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What Is An Arm Lift Recovery Process Like?

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.

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Meet Dr. Rocheford

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. Request Consultation