Are You a Candidate For Brachioplasty (Arm Lift) Plastic Surgery?

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Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

Are You a Candidate For Brachioplasty (Arm Lift) Plastic Surgery?Arm lift surgery is designed to reduce the fat and skin in the upper arms. Most people choose to undergo a brachioplasty procedure to feel comfortable while wearing sleeveless tops or short sleeves. It’s vital to determine your candidacy for the procedure before you choose to go in for an upper arm lift surgery. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there are a few key traits that make an individual a good candidate. Your surgeon will evaluate your candidacy based on these parameters during your initial consultation. Vinings Surgery Center, led by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Colgrove, provides brachioplasty (arm lift) to patients in Atlanta, Marietta, Georgia, and surrounding communities.

Significant Skin Laxity in the Upper Arm

Skin laxity is a medical-term referring to hanging or sagging skin. Lax skin, in popular terms, is called ‘wings.’ You need to understand that this is different from lack of muscle tone. You may have excess or drooping skin on the upper arms if you recently lost or gained a great deal of weight because of a bariatric surgery or pregnancy, respectively. This makes you an ideal candidate for the procedure.

Healthy and Stable Weight

You need to understand that body contouring procedures are different from weight loss procedure. Doctors don’t generally advise obese and overweight patients actively trying to lose weight to get the procedure done. They are recommended to reach their goal weight first for creating accurate corrections.

No Medical Conditions That May Impair Healing

Certain health problems can place patients at more risk than others. For instance, lung and heart disease or high blood pressure may put patients at more risk. In certain cases, patients can go ahead with the procedure after taking extra precautions. In other cases, the procedure may not be viable at all.


Patients should be a nonsmoker or ready to quit smoking for the specified period of time. This is because smoking can have several harmful effects, such as:
  • Form blood clots in the vein
  • Starve the heart of oxygen
  • Increase risk of infection
  • Create difficulty in breathing during and after the procedure
  • Create higher risk of lung complications, such as lung collapse and pneumonia
  • Impair healing of skin, bones, and wounds

Individuals With Realistic Expectations and Positive Outlook

Patients often have a strong focus on medical and physical issues that affect their candidacy. However, you need to be mentally prepared for the recovery too. It is important for patients to have realistic expectations from the procedure. They should understand that arm lift doesn’t enhance muscles or tone them. In case you get a full arm lift, you will have a scar running from the shoulder to the elbow. However, this can be reduced with the help of topical solutions.

What If I am Not a Suitable Candidate for Arm Lift?

Do not worry if you are not a candidate for brachioplasty. There are several other options that can help you enhance your arms, such as laser skin tightening, cool sculpting, and liposuction among others. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Robert Colgrove receives patients from Atlanta, Marietta, Georgia, and nearby areas for brachioplasty (arm lift) surgery.

Contact Atlanta Plastic Surgeon Dr. Colgrove to Schedule a Consultation

For more information about treatments and procedures by Board Certified Atlanta Plastic Surgeon, Robert A. Colgrove, Jr., M.D. at Vinings Surgery Center please visit us at Vinings Surgery Center is taking patients from Greater Atlanta Georgia, Buckhead, Marietta, Roswell, Dunwoody and surrounding areas. View Cosmetic Procedure & Treatments Average Price List

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