The arms can be a problem area for both men and women, and today’s fashions are more body conscious than ever. Flabby, aged arms is an impediment to an otherwise beautiful figure. Unfortunately for many, no amount of diet and exercise will improve the appearance of the arms. Maybe you’ve undergone massive weight loss, lost the genetic lottery, or maybe age has simply taken its toll. An arm lift procedure could be the answer.
Dr. Robert Whitfield believes in offering his patients the full range of arm lift procedures. These include arm lift surgery (also known as brachioplasty), liposuction, and a new, cutting edge radio frequency therapy called BodyTite™. Each procedure has its pros and cons and will be tailored to your unique needs. Determining the right one for you is going to depend on a number of factors.
During your arm lift consultation, Dr. Whitfield will examine your arms to assess the skin quality, skin laxity and the amount of underlying fat, if any. He will then listen to what it is you hope to accomplish. His goal in every consultation is to determine what the patient wants, if that is actually what the patient needs, and the best procedures for achieving the desired outcome.
Patients who have lost a considerable amount of weight are more than likely going to need a surgical arm lift. A brachioplasty is the only procedure for addressing both sagging skin and fat. During arm lift surgery, Dr. Whitfield places an incision along the mid-portion of the upper arm or in the armpit. He then lifts and removes the excess skin while liposuctions the fat, leaving a slimmer, more youthful contour.
The downside of an arm lift is it can leave a fairly substantial scar. For most massive weight loss patients, the scar is worth the benefit. Arm lift surgery that includes skin excision is always performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgery center.
If the skin quality is still good but there is excess fat in the upper arms, Dr. Whitfield will perform an arm lift with liposuction alone. Liposuction is a great tool for re-contouring the arms. Dr. Whitfield will first inject the treatment area with a tumescent solution of saline, lidocaine and epinephrine. This helps decrease bleeding, a technique to dramatically reduce post op bruising. He then removes the fat with a traditional or power assisted device. For isolated areas, this is done under local anesthesia in the office. For multiple areas or in conjunction with other procedures, the procedure is performed at a surgery center.
The benefit of an arm lift with liposuction alone is dramatically less scarring. The downside is that it will not address loose skin, a primary concern for many. For patients who have excess fat and a mild degree of skin laxity, Dr. Whitfield will often combine an arm lift with liposuction and BodyTite™, a new bipolar radio frequency treatment to tighten the skin.
BodyTite™ is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure that uses RFAL, or Radio Frequency Assisted Lipolysis. In an arm lift with BodyTite™, a probe is inserted through one or two small surgical incisions in the upper arm. It then heats both the skin and underlying tissues to safely eliminate excess fat and tighten loose skin.
The benefits of BodyTite™ include:
The procedure is only aimed at certain patients; it cannot address large volumes of fat or excessively loose skin. For the right patient, Dr. Whitfield believes an arm lift with BodyTite™ is a game changer.
The recovery time for an arm lift with BodyTite™ alone is minimal. With either a brachioplasty or an arm lift with liposuction, you will wear a compression garment for anywhere from 4-6 weeks. This helps reduce post op discomfort and swelling.
Although your final results may take up to 6 months, you should notice an improvement in the appearance of your arms within 1-2 weeks as the swelling decreases. This varies depending on each patient and the amount of swelling.
Costs are going to depend on which arm lift procedure you have performed. The range for an arm lift or brachioplasty surgery is $4,000 – $6,000. An arm lift with liposuction starts at $1,500 while an arm lift with BodyTite™ will vary based on the treatment area.
To find out more about an arm lift with Dr. Robert Whitfield, call us today at 877-785-2382 or schedule a consultation at any of our three Austin locations: Lakeway, Round Rock or West Lake Hills.