What is Arm Lift Surgery?
A frustrating side effect of aging or losing large amounts of weight is having to manage loose skin. At New Orleans Plastic Surgery in Louisiana, we offer upper arm lift surgery or brachioplasty. This surgery works well for patients who have difficulty toning and tightening their arms with exercise and diet. Saggy skin from the elbow to the upper arm is very common, especially in older patients. Arm lift surgery effectively removes excess, hanging skin from underneath the arm. As a well-known, Metairie, LA surgeon, Dr. Michelle Eagan is skilled at performing cosmetic surgeries that contour the body. If you want to receive additional information about brachioplasty and how it can enhance the look of your arms, please schedule a consultation at New Orleans Plastic Surgery.
"Dr Eagan did my breast aug in March 2020. I searched for months before selecting a doctor and the reason I chose her is because her personality is outstanding!! She is by far the kindest doctor I have ever met!!! She is not a doctor that will put too much on your body if your body can not handle it. I told her what I wanted and she went above and beyond to make sure I was happy with my results! I am 4 months post op and I swear I fall in love with my procedure results all over again every single day! We are already discussing lip injections because she is just absolutely fantastic! Always available when I needed her and every appointment she has always greeted me as a friend and made sure I had a great appointment!! Wish I could give more stars to her!! Make sure to check her out because you will NOT regret it"- S.S. / Google / Jul 23, 2020
"Honestly this has been a difficult process both physically & emotionally but Dr. Eagan has been incredibly supportive. She is extremely caring, informative and most importantly she does beautiful work. It’s all been worth it. I love the results of my mastopexy. I highly recommend her & wouldn’t hesitate to go back to her for any future procedures."- V.S. / Yelp / Aug 06, 2021
"I first went to Dr. Eagon for under eye filler and a consultation for a breast augmentation and lift. The moment I meet Dr. Eagon she was the sweetest plastic surgeon I have ever meet. Previously I went to many plastic surgeons for consults and their personalities are not comparable to Dr. Eagon. After the filler was placed and my consultation was complete I knew she was the one! She was extremely thorough in the consultation and made me feel so comfortable. After the consultation I had my preop appointment and being a mom, I had to bring my kids. She was even more thorough at that appointment with a 3 year old present. She wasn’t even phased by his disruption and was so kind to my kids. Her receptionist was amazing through the entire process, as well. Now 2 weeks post op I love my results. I loved my results 2 days post surgery. Did I mention she called me the night I had surgery to call and check on me! That’s impressive. If your looking for a plastic surgeon I can’t recommend her enough. I encounter many physicians on a daily basis at work and I can tell you she is one of the most caring doctors I have ever met, and her work is amazing!"- K.E. / Google / Jul 29, 2021
"Michelle's expertise made the procedure a lot less painful than expected. I was definitely relieved. At every level, start to finish, she worked with me. It goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway, SHE'S THE BEST!"- A.C. / Google / Mar 24, 2021
"I had a few friends recommend Dr. Eagan to me. When I tell you I woke up this morning, looked in the mirror and CRIED I mean it. I feel like a totally new person. I feel HOT and like I can take on the world. I got in my car, put on some music rolled down my windows and just sang which is so unlike me but how much better I feel about myself has changed everything. She was so sweet and gentle. I was really nervous walking in and she explained everything so patiently. I won’t be going to anyone else ever. I love love love my new lips and my new attitude."- K.B. / Google / Mar 19, 2021
Is An Arm Lift For You?
An arm lift is a cosmetic surgery that uses advanced body contouring techniques to tighten and eliminate excess skin. If you feel tired of hiding your flabby arms and want them to appear fit and healthy again, you are an ideal candidate for an arm lift. Before undergoing this surgery, you should have good, overall health so your skin and incisions can heal properly. You should also be at or near your ideal weight. During your consultation, Dr. Eagan will review your medical history, discuss your goals, and determine if an arm lift is right for you.
How does an arm lift work?
Generally, an arm lift is completed as an outpatient procedure. However, if we combine several procedures, you may require additional, inpatient monitoring. Based on your needs, Dr. Eagan can combine an arm lift with a mommy makeover or tummy tuck. Taking several hours to complete, we perform arm lift surgery with general anesthesia. After administering general anesthesia, Dr. Eagan creates an incision on the inside or on the under part of your arm. Because of the nature of this surgery, you will most likely have a visible scar. However, with proper aftercare, you can reduce the appearance of your scar. If you require liposuction to eliminate stubborn fat, Dr. Eagan will perform this part of the treatment after making the incision. Next, the skin is pulled tight and stitched into place. You will need to care for the incisions by keeping them cleaned, bandaged, and supported with compression garments.
What can i Expect after an arm lift?
Your recovery period should last around two weeks, and it will require lots of rest. With an arm lift, you will need to allow yourself extra time to heal. You use your arms for more than you think so we encourage you to ease your way back into everyday activities. Dr. Eagan will schedule a follow-up appointment to remove sutures, which she takes out in ten days. You should wear compression garments for Dr. Eagan's recommended amount of time. For at least 4 – 5 weeks, you will also need to avoid strenuous activities; however, you should still take frequent, short walks. This will help with circulation and reduce clotting. If you experience uncontrolled bleeding, excessive swelling, fluid buildup (hematoma), signs of infection, loss of feeling in the hands or arms, or heavy scarring, please contact us right away.
How Much Does Arm Lift Surgery Cost?
The cost for your arm lift is determined by several factors, such as anesthesia, facility fees, and the techniques we use. Before discussing the price, Dr. Eagan will create a detailed surgical plan. To do this, Dr. Eagan listens to your goals and assesses your condition. We recommend choosing an expert cosmetic surgeon based on their experience and expertise and not just the cost. At New Orleans Plastic Surgery, we offer several payment options and low-interest financing to make it easier for you.
Arm Lift FAQ
Will there be scars after arm lift surgery?
A surgical arm lift needs incisions to remove excess skin, which means there will be scars from sutures. However, Dr. Michelle Eagan makes every effort to ensure that your incisions are small and placed in inconspicuous areas. After your arm lift, ointments to assist in scar healing will be suggested, along with other tips for scar care management. Dr. Eagan also suggests you limit sun exposure for at least one year to minimize scar discoloration. In general, patients consider the overall benefits of an arm lift outweigh the appearance of scars.
What results can I expect from an arm lift?
Arm lift surgery is performed to remove hanging skin and small amounts of fat. You should maintain a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and regular exercise to avoid a dramatic weight loss or gain, which might undo your results. As soon as you are fully healed and Dr. Eagan has given permission, you can begin strength training. This is a good way to improve the shape of your upper arms by building muscles.
Are there nonsurgical treatments to improve my arms?
While there are many noninvasive skin tightening options, most will only give you mild improvements. To correct moderate to severe skin laxity, arm lift surgery is your best choice. Along with treating excess skin, Dr. Eagan also uses liposuction on small pockets of fat and smooth the tissue and remaining skin. If you're interested in learning about nonsurgical procedures, she can tell you about all possible treatments in your consultation and help you choose which is best for your needs and goals.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $2,000 - $7,000
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-4 Hours
Get Back Your Shape
If you feel embarrassed by excess skin or fat underneath the arms, Dr. Eagan can help improve your confidence with arm lift surgery. This surgery can help patients who maintain a healthy, stable weight but still have difficulty tightening the arms. We encourage you to call and schedule a consultation with Dr. Michelle Eagan at New Orleans Plastic Surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Eagan will create a detailed treatment plan, discuss the costs, and determine if financing is available. Feel younger and fitter with upper arm lift surgery.