Arm Lift in Jacksonville, FL

The highly qualified surgeons of Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery in Jacksonville, Florida specialize in helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals through outpatient procedures — specifically the arm lift. Our team works closely with patients to give them amazing results that can be seen immediately.

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What is Arm Lift Surgery?

Patients who are bothered by sagging skin under their arms may want to consider an arm lift to achieve a more toned and firm appearance. An arm lift (brachioplasty) is a plastic surgery procedure that targets and removes the excess skin in the area between the underarm and elbow. 

How is Arm Lift Plastic Surgery Performed?

An arm lift is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and typically takes around two hours to complete. It is considered an outpatient procedure. If the arm lift is combined with another body contouring procedure, the patient may be required to stay overnight in the hospital. 

During arm lift surgery, an incision is made along the inner arm, from the armpit down towards the elbow. Once this incision has been made, liposuction may be used to remove excess fat, and any loose skin will be trimmed away.

Depending on the extent of the surgery, a draining tube may be placed to help control bleeding. In patients with excessive drooping, where there is looseness within the internal tissue structures, a tightening technique will be used internally. These surgical efforts will result in a smaller circumference of the upper arm. 

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Established in 1993, Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery started with humble beginnings and has now grown into a large network of providers over multiple locations. We currently have five board-certified surgeons, six Advanced Aesthetic Practitioners, and seven skin health specialists covering Northeast Florida, including Jacksonville, Fernandina Beach FL, and Ponte Vedra Beach FL. We have an excellent reputation for not only our surgical and non-surgical procedures, but also for our friendliness, professionalism, and excellent results. If you’re in the Fernandina Beach, FL, or Ponte Vedra Beach, FL area and you’re interested in arm lift plastic surgery with us, we welcome you to contact us today to learn more. 

“Dr. Rumsey is the best! I would recommend him over and over again. He is a skilled surgeon who truly cares for his patients. I lost a significant amount of weight and needed multiple procedures performed. I have had a circumferential abdominoplasty, thigh lift, arm lift, breast lift, and breast augmentation. He is awesome at what he does! He listens and answers questions thoroughly and patiently.”

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What to Expect After Arm Lift Surgery

Following arm lift plastic surgery, the arm should be kept elevated to help control swelling and promote circulation. Patients will experience a slow return of normal function. Arm and hand strength, specifically, will be weak for the first several weeks as the internal tissues heal.

It’s important that patients understand scarring is a part of this procedure. It is recommended that patients avoid excessive sun exposure during the first year to protect the incisions from any additional discoloration. Most patients believe the scars are a small and reasonable trade-off for a new, shapelier arm. We will also discuss scar care to help assist in the healing process. 

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Should I get a combination plastic surgery procedure?

How toned will I look?

Should I get liposuction or an arm lift?

Should I get a combination plastic surgery procedure?

It’s common for arm lift patients to combine an arm lift with another procedure. Some common techniques often combined during what is known as an “upper body lift” include liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), and breast surgery (breast lift). During your consultation, each surgery will be discussed and recommendations will be made on whether or not these procedures should be done at the same time.

How toned will I look?

An arm lift is performed to remove hanging skin and fat. The only way to build muscle is through strength training. Following surgery, once the arms are fully healed, patients can resume exercise and weight training. This is a great way to add shape to the arms by toning and strengthening them.

Should I get liposuction or an arm lift?

Patients who have excess fat inside their arms may be candidates for liposuction, but arm lift patients typically do not have excess fat as their primary problem. The biggest issue is typically excessive sagging and loose, hanging skin. The only way to correct this problem is through a brachioplasty plastic surgery procedure. Patients who have relatively good skin tone but also have excess fat in the arms can sometimes achieve their desired results with an exercise and diet regime that incorporates the use of weights.

Who is a Good Arm Lift Candidate?

If you’re in the Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra Beach, or Fernandina Beach, FL areas and you’re interested in an arm lift, you may be a great candidate. This procedure is best for those who:

  • Want to improve the appearance of loose or sagging skin on their upper arms
  • Feel embarrassed to show their arms
  • Are at or close to their goal weight 
  • Are non-smokers in overall good health
  • Have realistic expectations for what an arm lift can do
  • Fully understand the arm lift procedure, risks, recovery, and what to expect
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