Arm Lift


Arm Lift

Weight fluctuations, aging, and even heredity can cause overstretching of the upper arm skin, leading to a drooping and sagging appearance. While exercise can help improve the underlying muscle tone in this region, it does not address the excess skin that has already lost elasticity, as well as the weakened underlying tissues and localized fat deposits. Arm lift – also referred to as Brachioplasty – is the procedure of choice for men and women who are looking to contour their upper arms.

LA Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ruston Sanchez has helped numerous women from Baton Rouge and surrounding Louisiana areas of Lafayette, Hammond, and New Orleans improve their confidence with arm lift surgery. Dr. Ruston Sanchez knows that the needs of each patient are unique. Following your initial consultation with him, the surgeon will create a customized treatment plan to suit your specific needs and goals.

Who is a Good Candidate?

An arm lift is a surgical cosmetic procedure that recontours the upper arm. Ideal candidates for this procedure are men or women who:

  • Have significant skin laxity in the upper arm region
  • Are in a relatively stable weight
  • Are non-smokers
  • Have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure

During your initial consultation visit, Your Surgeon will evaluate your overall health, cosmetic goals, medical history, and expectations to let you know whether this procedure is for you. Whether your upper arm laxity is a result of aging or weight loss, the surgeon will create a customized treatment plan to achieve the desired outcome.

Arm Lift Surgery Procedure Steps

During surgery, Your Surgeon follows the following steps to complete the procedure:

Administer Anesthesia – Dr. Ruston Sanchez’s highly skilled anesthesiologist will administer the right regimen to increase your comfort level throughout the Brachioplasty.

Incision Sites – The next step is to make the incisions through which the surgeon will remove excess tissue from your upper arms. The length and pattern of the incisions will depend on the amount of excess skin that needs to be removed, as well as the surgeon’s preference. When making these incisions, Dr. Ruston Sanchez employs advanced surgical techniques in order to minimize the risk of scarring.

Remove Excess Tissue – The surgeon will get rid of excess skin, as well as reshape and tighten the underlying supportive tissue with sutures. The goal is to address significant laxity in this region to give the patient a well-defined upper arm contour.

Close the Incisions – once the treatment is complete, Your Surgeon will close the incision sites using absorbable sutures or stitches that can be removed within 1-2 weeks. During this step, the surgeon’s goal is to properly close off the treatment area while also paying attention to the aesthetics.

Brachioplasty takes about 2 hours to complete. The surgeon will cover the treatment area with a compression garment in order to promote healing. Drain tubes may also be inserted to minimize the risk of infection. Many of Dr. Ruston Sanchez’s Brachioplasty patients achieve a smooth, tight contour that is apparent almost immediately after the surgery. Your shapely, well-toned upper arm will improve your self-image and give you a confidence boost.


Recovery after Brachioplasty in Baton Rouge

Brachioplasty patients can expect some bruising and swelling after the procedure. This is normal and tends to dissipate within a few days. Dr. Ruston Sanchez will ask you to move as soon as you can and keep your arms elevated in order to improve blood circulation. You will be required to wear the compression garment for as long as necessary in order to control the swelling and shape up your new arm. Drain tubes will get rid of excess blood or fluid that may collect in the treatment area. The recovery duration after an arm lift can range between 2 to 4 weeks depending on the patient. It will take about 7-14 days to return to light work, and at least 10 days before you can be able to drive again. To recover as quickly as possible, make sure to adhere to Dr. Ruston Sanchez’s post-op instructions.

How Much is Arm Lift Surgery

The cost of Brachioplasty in Louisiana can vary greatly depending on the surgeon’s skills, hospital fees, and other expenses. Most of Dr. Ruston Sanchez’s patients can expect to pay between $5,000 – $7,000 for this treatment.Dr. Ruston Sanchez performs arm lift as an outpatient procedure in his state-of-the-art in-office operating room, supported by a team of highly experienced and licensed support staff.

Meet Your Surgeon

Dr. Ruston Sanchez takes each patient case as unique and works diligently to achieve the best procedure outcome with faster surgery time, smallest scar possible, and minimal risk of complications. Get in touch with Dr. Ruston Sanchez’s office today to schedule a consultation visit for your Baton Rouge arm lift.

Average Cost

$5,000 – $7,000

Average Recovery Time

2 – 4 Weeks

Average Procedure Time

2 hours


Will I have scarring?

Scars are an inevitable outcome of any surgery where an incision is made. How much scarring patients can expect after arm lift surgery will depend on the surgeon’s skill level. Dr. Ruston Sanchez employs advanced surgical techniques to achieve the best possible outcome while minimizing the risk of scarring. Dr. Ruston Sanchez will discuss the issue of scarring during your first appointment when getting ready for the procedure. After surgery, the surgeon will provide specific instructions on how to care for your incision sites so that the resultant scar is less visible and fades with time.

Arm Lift vs Liposuction

Many patients who are considering an arm lift wonder if they should have liposuction instead. While lipo is an excellent procedure choice for getting rid of stubborn fat in the upper arms region, arm lift surgery is often necessary to address skin laxity. During your initial consultation visit with Dr. Ruston Sanchez, the surgeon will examine your arms and recommend the best path forward. Depending, the surgeon may recommend that both procedures are performed at once so you end up with the desired cosmetic outcome.

Which other procedures can be combined with Brachioplasty?

Brachioplasty may be performed along with several other plastic surgery procedures, including tummy tuck, liposuction, and breast lift to suit the patient’s needs. If you are looking to address other areas in your body with plastic surgery, let Dr. Ruston Sanchez know during your initial consultation so he can offer comprehensive treatment options.

What can I expect after Brachioplasty?

The goal of arm lift surgery is to help address sagging skin in the upper arm region. While there will be swelling and bruising for about a week, the outcome of the procedure is pretty much visible. Dr. Ruston Sanchez recommends that patients strengthen the muscle in the upper arm region through exercise in order to lengthen the result of this procedure. However, wait until you get the green light from the surgeon before you start exercising.

Is there a non-surgical arm lift procedure?

Non-surgical arm lift is possible for patients who are looking for a minimally-invasive option. However, it is important to note that these only deliver minor improvements. If you are looking to address severe skin laxity, arm lift surgery is the best choice. Your Surgeon may also recommend surgical liposuction as an additional procedure if you have pockets of fat in the upper arms region. During your initial consultation with Your Surgeon, let the surgeon know if you prefer a nonsurgical treatment.

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