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    Brachioplasty, or arm lift surgery, is a treatment used to eliminate hanging, sagging skin on the upper arms, sometimes called “bat wings.” In St. Louis, Missouri, brachioplasty is performed by esteemed plastic surgeons Dr. Paul Rottler and Dr. Angela Hulsey.

    What Is A Brachioplasty Designed to Treat?

    While all potential candidates for an arm lift may appear to have similarly shaped upper arms, treatment for this condition is always patient-specific. Getting rid of at least some excess skin is rather standard, but certain patients will also need the underlying muscles and other tissue tightened and reshaped. Additionally, surplus fat might also be removed using liposuction.

    Who Is A Candidate for An Arm Lift?

    Patients who have noticed this uncomfortable or unsightly sagging skin are usually excellent candidates for an arm lift. These symptoms are typically caused by one or more of the following:

    • Aging
    • Genetics
    • Significant weight loss (from diet and exercise or surgery)

    If Dr. Rottler or Dr. Hulsey determines that your skin laxity is not severe enough for plastic surgery, they may recommend a non-surgical treatment instead, such as Exilis Ultra 360.

    How Is A Brachioplasty Performed?

    Our arm lift procedures are performed at our private, accredited surgical facility: Seven Oaks Surgery Center, LLC. As discussed in more detail during your consultation, you will be placed under either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with intravenous sedation for your comfort.

    Next, Dr. Rottler or Dr. Hulsey will make an incision along the inside or back of each arm, with the exact length varying depending on your particular symptoms. Then, unwanted skin can be excised, and the underlying muscles and tissue can be tightened with sutures.

    If liposuction is necessary, the fat deposit is broken up and suctioned out with a cannula. Once your procedure is complete, the incisions are closed.

    What Happens After An Arm Lift?

    Most patients report minor swelling and bruising for the first few weeks after their brachioplasty surgery. To minimize this and help your arms adhere to their new shape, you will likely be asked to wear a compression bandage or garment for the first few weeks of recovery.

    You should notice some difference in your arm contours soon after your treatment, with results gradually improving as the body heals. These effects are designed to last for many years, but the aging process could necessitate a follow-up procedure in the future.

    How Much Does A Brachioplasty Cost?

    The cost of your brachioplasty surgery will depend on the extent of your symptoms, if liposuction is also used, and anesthesia fees. The exact details of your procedure, including the total price, will be discussed during your consultation.

    Contact Us for More Information

    Brachioplasties in St. Louis have helped countless patients feel comfortable in short sleeves again. If you’d like to learn more about this upper arm rejuvenation method and see if you qualify, contact us today to set up your consultation with Dr. Paul Rottler or Dr. Angela Hulsey.