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Arm Lift in Birmingham AL

Upper Arm Reshaping Plastic Surgery

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Fluctuations in weight, growing older and heredity can cause your upper arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance. This is a condition that cannot be corrected through exercise.

An Arm Lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that:

  • Reduces excess sagging skin that droops downward.
  • Tightens and smoothes the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm.
  • Reduces localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region.

Arm lift body contouring surgery with the leading plastic surgeons of Hedden & Gunn Plastic Surgery may be right for you if the underside of your upper arms are sagging or appear loose and full due to excess skin and fat. An arm lift in Birmingham, Alabama helps many patients attain more trim, toned and defined upper arms and feel more confident in their appearance.

Arm Lift Candidates

You may be a candidate for an arm lift if the underside of your upper arms are sagging or appear loose and full due to excess skin and fat.

In general, arm lift candidates include:

Your Arm Lift Consultation

A consultation at our Birmingham, Alabama cosmetic surgery center can help you decide if an arm lift is right for you. During your arm lift consultation, be prepared to discuss:

Your arm lift surgeon will also:

Arm Lift Risks and Safety

Each patient must decide if the benefits an arm lift will achieve their goals, and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable. The risks of an arm lift include:

Arm lift risks will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It's important that you address all of your concerns about risks with your plastic surgeon. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure.

Preparing for an Arm Lift

In preparing for arm lift surgery, you may be asked to:

Arm lifts are performed at our accredited Outpatient Surgery Facility in Birmingham, Alabama. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and stay with you for at least the first night.

Arm Lift Procedure

Arm lift surgery is performed using intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Your surgeon will recommend the best choice for you.

Arm Lift Incisions

Incision length and pattern during arm lift surgery depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed as well as the best judgment of your plastic surgeon.

Incisions are generally placed on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm, depending on the surgeon's preference, and may extend from the underarm (axilla) to just above the elbow. Excess fat may be directly excised or treated with liposuction.

Depending on your specific conditions, incisions may be more limited. Underlying supportive tissue is then tightened and reshaped with internal sutures. Finally, the skin is smoothed over the new contour of your arm.

Arm lift inner arm incision
Inner arm incision
Arm lift back of arm incision
Back of arm incision
Arm lift minimal incision
Minimal incision

Your incisions will be closed with absorbable sutures or stitches that will be removed within 1 to 2 weeks.

Arm Lift Recovery

During your recovery from arm lift surgery, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions. Your arms may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling following surgery.

A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid.

Your plastic surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself after surgery. Following these instructions is essential to the success of your arm lift. The instructions may include:

The surgical incisions should not be subjected to excessive force, motion, swelling or abrasion during the time of healing.

Arm Lift Results

The smoother, tighter contours that result from arm lift surgery are apparent almost immediately following your procedure. Initial results will be obscured by swelling and bruising, and a scar will remain where the incision was made.

Although good results are expected from your procedure, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.

Arm lift results with Dr. William Hedden, Dr. Stephen Gunn and Dr. Joshua Halka are long-lasting, provided that you maintain a stable weight and general fitness. As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness, but most of your improvement should be relatively permanent.

Arm Lift Words to Know

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Hedden and Gunn Plastic Surgery

An Arm Lift reshapes the upper arms by reducing sagging skin, tightening underlying tissue and reducing fat deposits.

Birmingham, AL Office & Surgery Suites

Hedden & Gunn Plastic Surgery
140 Village Street
Birmingham, AL 35242
205-980-1744 or 800-HeddenMD
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* Dr. William Hedden, Dr. Stephen Gunn
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Questions About Body Contouring?

Please contact us today if you have any questions about upper arm reshaping with Arm Lift at our Birmingham, Alabama plastic surgery center.

To schedule your consultation at the earliest possible date, please call 205-980-1744.

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