While many patients attribute their unattractive, sagging upper arms to fat, that’s usually not the case since it’s typically due to loose skin. While this loose skin is caused by weight loss, aging, genetics, or other factors it can be transformed with arm lift surgery, which trims away excessive skin and tissue. To achieve additional contouring, cosmetic surgeons Dr. Erik Nuveen and Dr. Courtney Caplin of Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates in Oklahoma City may also perform liposuction. After the surgery, the arms will appear to be tauter, more toned and proportioned. An arm lift is a great solution for those who can’t get rid of sagging skin through a healthy diet and exercise.
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"First and foremost, I must mention that I am a black woman, and was beyond nervous regarding my anticipated results being that there are no other people of color or darker skinned ethnic decent on the Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates website for me to potentially compare my end results with. Even still, I forged ahead with Dr Nuveen after reaching out to another patient of his that assured me & set my mind at ease. I had 2 necessary procedures at 1 time: brachioplasty & an upper back lift due to losing 100lbs. From my first experience with Dr Nuveen's front office staff for my initial consultation, to my 1 week post surgical follow up with Dr Jensen, my experiences have been nothing short of amazing. Not only was each and every staff member totally attentive to my every need, they answered each and every question, catered to each and every whim, and went out of their way to ensure that I felt like the only woman in the world with each encounter. From Stephanie, to Megan, to Lita, to Melissa, to Hannah, to Dr Jensen, to Dr Nuveen himself (if I missed any names, please forgive me..it's not intentional), I couldn't have been at more peace and ease if it were my own personal family caring for me. Dr Nuveen was very honest with me and offered me no guarantees except that he would do everything in his power to give me the results that I wanted. He was straight forward regarding everything from scarring to healing time to end results. He takes his time, and makes sure I understand everything thoroughly. The man truly cares, even my mother was impressed. What impressed me the most, of all of the consultations that I had been to with other doctors, Dr Nuveen was the ONLY doctor that did not try to force additional procedures on me. He made recommendations, and left it at that. The remainder was ensuring that I received exactly what I wanted. Not only are my results BETTER than I anticipated, but just 1 week after my surgery, I am healing better and scarring appears to be more minimal than even he & Dr Jensen anticipated. I have been recommending Dr Nuveen to everyone that I know. My confidence level has intensified given the results that I have achieved thus far. I am excited for my 1 month follow up and to see my continued progress. I am beyond confident that Dr Nuveen, Dr Jensen & staff will continue to make this an easy healing process for me, as well as my future procedures be handled in the same fashion. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates, and put myself out there for their reputation. If anyone has any questions regarding Dr Nuveen, Dr Jensen or the staff, just ask them how to get in touch with the overly excited black woman that demanded to be a poster child for women of color on the website :)"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Nov 19, 2014
"Simply the best and amazing!"- D. / Vitals / Aug 12, 2016
"I can not began to express my gratitude for Dr. Nuveen and his wonderful staff. I began my journey with them in October with brachioplasty and breast lift/augmentation. I was scared and the wonderful staff he has answered all my questions, emails, and made time for anything I needed or questioned. I researched Doctors for a long time and no one compared to Dr. Nuveen. I didn't meet him till the day of surgery and he made me feel 100% that I was in the best of hands with his mannerisms and a joke to break the ice of my nervousness. I also, had a tummy tuck in march and another procedure in June there was no way I was even thinking about anyone else for it . If I have a concern or a question Dr. Nuveen is just a phone call away and he always is available to you as a patient. I have never met a Dr. who loved his job and patient's as much as this kind hearted man. Doctors are suppose to be about money, rush you out so they can move on to next one, and never care again once you leave. Dr. Nuveen personally calls to check on you and gives out his personal cell if any need or concern arises. He never thinks any questions you have are dumb answers them all and isn't about money, but what's best for you as a person, your body, and your safety. In this our society now you will not find a more caring and personal Dr. than Dr. Nuveen. I live in Texas, but I would drive across country for only him the drive is nothing when your life is on the line and in the best hands there is. I wish we had more Dr. Nuveen's in this world. The prices are the best! The confidence I have now because of Dr. Nuveen is just priceless! Don't hesitate call for a consultation today between Dr. Nuveen and his wonderful staff you will not be disappointed."- D. / Google / Aug 14, 2016
The goal of an arm lift is to result in a toned upper arm appearance. The length of the incision varies depending on how much skin and fat are to be removed. Patients who have a fairly good skin tone may only require a minor incision. However, patients who have excessively loose, hanging skin will require an incision that may run from the armpit to the elbow. At this time, the excess skin is trimmed and the underlying muscles are tightened. In some patients, the armpit will also need to be addressed and surgically tightened.
Patients undergoing brachioplasty are put under general anesthesia. It is an outpatient procedure that takes an average of 2 hours to complete. If the procedure is a part of an after weight loss surgery, which usually involves more than one body part, an overnight stay may be required. After surgery, the arm is protected with a compression garment and drain tubes may be present to avoid the risk of infection. Swelling and bruising are normal. Patients should keep the arm elevated to promote blood circulation and help with swelling. With proper care, the arm will return to normal function after several weeks.
This procedure, performed alone, will cost around $6,500. It is also common to combine brachioplasty with another cosmetic surgery procedure. In this case, the costs will increase.
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Arm Lift FAQs@headingTag>
How does an arm lift work?@headingTag>
Before your procedure, Dr. Nuveen and/or Dr. Caplin will first mark the areas of extra skin and fat. Incisions will be made on the under-surface of the arm and excess skin and fat will be removed. In some very rare cases, a drain will be inserted, to carry excess fluids from the surgical area, before the incisions are closed and bandaged. The result of the procedure gives a more youthful and sculpted-looking arm.
Arm Lift or Lipo?@headingTag>
This depends on the amount of loose skin that is present. Patients who lose a significant amount of weight generally need the skin removed in order to attain a positive result. In fact, many times, arm lift patients do not even need liposuction because there’s no excess fat to be removed. On the other hand, patients who have relatively good skin elasticity may only need liposuction or minor tightening.
What About Scars?@headingTag>
Yes, there will be a scar but it will be in the natural contours of the arm. In any event the removal of the excess skin will greatly improve the appearance and this will be evident immediately after the surgery.
It is common for arm lift patients to combine this surgery with another procedure. This is sometimes referred to as an upper body lift and may include liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and breast surgery (breast lift). During the consultation, each surgery will be discussed and recommendations will be made as to whether these procedures can be done at the same time.
An arm lift is performed to remove hanging skin and fat. The only way to build actual muscle is through strength training. Following surgery, once the arms are fully healed, patients can begin weight training if they wish to do so. This is a great way to add shape to the arms by toning and strengthening them. Patients should maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes diet and exercise in order to avoid a recurring weight gain, which could compromise the surgical results.
Is it painful?@headingTag>
Post-operative pain varies considerably from patient-to-patient, and the average person will typically require oral pain medication to treat discomfort over a 2-4 day period.
Benefits of an Arm Lift?@headingTag>
Sagging upper arms can be an embarrassment and they can also dictate what a person wears. An arm lift will restore arms to a slimmer, well-contoured shape, allowing you to feel more confident about your appearance: especially in the summer when “sleeveless” is fashionable. With the latest advancements in surgical technology, an arm lift is safer and more rewarding than ever because scarring is now kept to a minimum.
common Side effects after?@headingTag>
After an arm lift procedure, some patients experience a feeling of tightness in the upper arm as the area swells resulting from the surgery. Another common side effect that patients report is tingling of the hands and this, as well as other symptoms, resolve relatively quickly with time.
How long is the procedure?@headingTag>
A brachioplasty generally lasts from 1-3 hours, and all patients go home the day of their operation to recover at home.
How long is the recovery?@headingTag>
The recovery period after an arm lift depends on whether the procedure is performed exclusively, or combined with other procedures. Generally, certain activities such as exercising are restricted for up to two weeks, and you will be asked to wear a compression garment to aid in the healing process. Every patient heals differently, but by carefully following the instructions Dr. Nuveen and Dr. Caplin provide, you will minimize potential problems and speed your recovery.
How Long do the Results Last?@headingTag>
The results after an arm lift last for many years. However, the influences of aging and gravity will continue as time passes. The exact length of time varies with each individual.
Can Procedures be combined?@headingTag>
Yes, this is done frequently. Individual evaluation of your overall health as well as your ability to tolerate simultaneous procedures would need to be evaluated on an individual basis.