Are you embarrassed by the appearance of your upper arms because you have noticeable flaps of loose skin that hang down? Most people with loose upper-arm skin try to cover up the issue, and some instead focus more on arm workouts whenever they go to the gym. The problem is that there is no arm workout that can tighten the skin.
If you have loose flaps of upper-arm skin and want tight and toned upper arms with noticeable muscle definition, you may be interested in getting an arm lift in Washington DC. Dr. Troy Pittman has been able to help countless individuals achieve their ideal appearance with this procedure. We can give you the attractive-looking upper arms you have always wanted.
Am I a Good Candidate for an Arm Lift?
Good candidates for an arm lift include people who are in good overall health and are at a stable body weight that they can comfortably maintain. If you are bothered by the appearance of your upper arms, the procedure may be right for you.
During your initial consultation, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Troy Pittman will perform a check of your general health, physically examine the condition of your arms, and go over your medical history to determine if you are fit for the procedure.
Common issues with the appearance of the upper arms include:
- Flaps of stretched-out skin known as “bat wings”
- Pockets of excess stubborn fat
- Deep folds along the upper-arm skin
The Arm-Lift Procedure
First, incisions will be made in the back or inside of the upper arm, typically from the elbow to the armpit. Extreme care and precision are used when making the incisions to ensure that any post-surgical marks are well-hidden. The idea is to keep the incisions concealed from the front and the back when your arms are by your side. Dr. Pittman will excise any loose skin from the upper arms, and in cases where excess fat must be removed from the upper arms, liposuction will be performed.
Dr. Pittman will tightly redrape the remaining skin over the upper-arm muscles and suture the incisions closed. This will give the upper arms a toned and fit appearance with a smooth surface.
Recovering from Your Arm Lift
A local arm lift is typically performed as an outpatient procedure. Swelling, tenderness, bruising, and some pain are to be expected and should dissipate over the course of a few days following the procedure. You will be placed in a surgical compression garment to reduce swelling and increase comfort.
Most patients will have surgical drains placed for about five days following the procedure. Medication can be provided to help minimize pain if necessary.
Most patients will need to take a two-week break from work in order to properly recover. Some may need to wait longer if their job is physically strenuous or requires lifting.
Questions About Pricing and Financing
Pricing for an arm lift will vary depending on the patient’s needs and desires, whether liposuction will additionally need to be performed, and the amount of time needed to safely complete the surgery.
We offer financing options through Care Credit. You can apply for Care Credit financing by clicking here.