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Arm Lift
in Novi, Michigan

Are you contemplating an arm lift in Michigan? This cosmetic surgery is designed to revitalize the look and feel of your upper arms. An arm lift, aka brachioplasty, achieves a more toned and contoured appearance by removing loose skin and excess fat. Whether you’re facing issues with drooping skin on your upper arms due to weight loss, natural aging, or hereditary factors, Illuum Cosmetic Surgery offers impactful solutions through its arm lift services.

What Is Arm Lift Surgery?

A plastic surgery procedure called brachioplasty is commonly used to improve the appearance of the upper arms. The surgery specifically targets the area between the underarm and elbow, removing skin and fat to create a more toned and contoured look. This procedure mainly benefits those with sagging or drooping arms due to aging, weight loss, or genetics.

Arm Lift Surgery Before & After

Benefits of Undergoing Arm Lift Surgery

Undergoing an arm lift procedure, or brachioplasty, provides a range of benefits, both aesthetic and even functional. Consider the following advantages:
Improved Appearance
The most immediate benefit is the enhanced appearance of the upper arms, which become more toned and contoured after removing excess skin and fat.

Increased Confidence
The enhanced physical appearance from the procedure often leads to a boost in self-confidence, allowing individuals to feel more comfortable in all aspects of their lives, regardless of attire.

Better Mobility
As a result of removing excess skin, the surgery can also improve the range of motion in the arms, allowing the patient to perform daily activities more easily.

Easier Clothing Fit
With slimmer arms, you’ll find that clothes fit better, particularly in the upper body area, eliminating the need to adjust sleeves or feel restricted.
Long-Lasting Results
When combined with a healthy lifestyle, the results of an arm lift can be long-lasting, giving you the freedom to enjoy your new look and feel for years to come.

Types of Brachioplasty

When it comes to improving the appearance of your upper arms, there are generally two types of brachioplasty procedures to consider:
Mini Arm Lift
Also known as a “limited-incision brachioplasty,” a mini arm lift focuses on the area near the armpit and best suits those with a small amount of excess skin. The incisions are smaller and often hidden within the armpit, making scarring less noticeable.
Full Arm Lift
A full arm lift, or “traditional brachioplasty,” involves more extensive removal of skin and fat, usually extending from the elbow to the armpit. This option is ideal for individuals with significant excess skin and offers a more dramatic transformation, albeit with more visible scarring.

Brachioplasty Procedure

At Illuum Cosmetic Surgery, an arm lift performed by one of our highly skilled plastic surgeons involves several key steps, from pre-surgery preparations to the surgical process. Here’s what you can expect:

It would be best to have a comprehensive consultation with your plastic surgeon to prepare for a Male BBL. Your aesthetic goals can be explored during this consultation, as well as your medical history, to ensure a thorough evaluation. Smokers may also be advised to stop smoking and to avoid certain medications or supplements that may affect blood clotting.
Before the upper arm lift surgery, our surgeon will mark the upper arms to outline the areas where incisions will be made, and excessive loose skin and fat will be removed. These markings serve as a guide during the procedure. You may also undergo pre-operative tests and discuss anesthesia with our plastic surgeons to ensure you’re well-prepared and informed about every step of the process. It’s crucial for us that you feel comfortable and have a clear understanding of what to expect during and after the surgery.

On the day of the surgery, you’ll be administered anesthesia to ensure you’re comfortable and pain-free throughout the procedure. Once the anesthesia takes effect, our surgeon will make incisions in the locations marked on your upper arms. The incision locations will depend on the type of brachioplasty you’re undergoing—either a mini arm lift with smaller incisions near the armpit or a full arm lift with more extensive incisions from the elbow to the armpit. After the excess fat and loose skin are removed, the remainder of the skin is sutured back together, giving the appearance of more toned skin.

Post-Operative Care

After the surgery, you’ll likely experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Our surgeon will provide specific post-operative care instructions, which may include:

Wearing a compression garment to minimize swelling

Taking prescribed pain medication to manage discomfort

Avoiding strenuous activities for 4-6 weeks

Attending follow-up appointments for wound care and progress monitoring
Adhering to these guidelines is crucial for a successful recovery and optimal results.

Ideal Candidate for Arm Lift Surgery

The ideal candidate for an arm lift surgery is someone who:

Is in good overall health
Has a significant amount of loose or sagging skin on the upper arms
Is at or near their ideal body weight
Has realistic expectations about the outcomE

a non-smoker or willing to quit smoking for 1 month before and after surgery

Cost of Arm Lift in Michigan

The cost of a brachioplasty, aka arm lift, in Michigan varies between
$4,000 and $8,000. These are approximate figures, and the actual costs may differ. Illuum Cosmetic Surgery offers financing options or payment plans to make the procedure more affordable.

It’s recommended to consult directly with our board-certified plastic surgeon for the most accurate pricing of arm lifts and other body contouring procedures.

Frequently Asked Questions About Arm Lifts (FAQs)

It would be best to have a comprehensive consultation with your plastic surgeon to prepare for a Male BBL. Your aesthetic goals can be explored during this consultation, as well as your medical history, to ensure a thorough evaluation. Smokers may also be advised to stop smoking and to avoid certain medications or supplements that may affect blood clotting.
The time it takes to recover from an arm lift can differ from person to person, but you can generally expect to take approximately one week off from work, and resume most daily activities within two to four weeks. Up to six weeks may be necessary for a complete recovery, including getting back to heavy lifting and strenuous exercise.
You can gradually return to exercise after the surgical procedure, usually after four to six weeks. Still, you must consult your surgeon for personalized guidance, primarily if you aim to maintain a healthy and stable weight.
Yes, removing excess skin from the upper arm will result in scarring; however, the scars are typically placed in less visible areas and may fade over time with proper care.

Schedule a Consultation

Whether you’re seeking the expert guidance of Dr. Lakin or Dr. Ozolins, or have a clear idea of your needs, scheduling a consultation is the obvious and easy next step. Meet and sit down with one of Michigan’s premier plastic surgeons and start your journey into illuminating the best version of yourself.

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Katie Wells BSN, RN

Nurse Injector

She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Michigan State University and worked as an operating room nurse at Michigan Medicine for 2 years before transitioning to aesthetics. She
received her certification as a Nurse Injector, and attended further training and certification through Allergan Medical Institute. She absolutely loves being a Nurse Injector and is very passionate about
combining medicine and the creativity and artistry of aesthetics in her practice. It is extremely important to her to remain educated and up to date with the newest and best treatments and injection techniques. Her goal as an Injector is that when you sit in her chair that you feel comfortable, fully educated on your procedure, and confident and happy in your results when we are done. She loves forming connections with her patients and feels truly honored to be a part of your journey to becoming your most confident self, inside and out! She is a great listener and looks forward to creating an individualized plan to meet each of her patient’s unique goals and desires. Some of her favorite treatments include lip filler, Botox, and midface/cheek filler (but there is so much more!). When she is not injecting, you can find her trying new recipes, spending time with family, working out, gardening, or taking a long walk with her dog.

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Heidi Winkler BSN, RN

Director of Nursing & Surgical Services Leadership

Heidi’s goal is to ensure every patient has a positive experience and is satisfied with the high quality of service provided by our clinical staff. Her passion as a caregiver is to impact each person’s life in a positive way.

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Tonya Gilbert BSN, RN

PACU Nurse

Tonya has been a registered nurse for 15 years. She earned her BSN at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

She started her career as a trauma RN in Detroit. She has been working as a recovery RN for the past 8 years. She loves being part of a team that makes a difference in people’s lives. 

Her passions include lounging with her fur babies, family, and friends, traveling, crunching, and recycling. 

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