Whitlock Cosmetic Center offers arm lifts to the residents of Tulsa, Broken Arrow, and the surrounding Oklahoma communities.
What is an arm lift?
An arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to remove excessive skin or fatty deposits to achieve better contouring. It effectively tones and tightens the arms almost instantaneously. In some cases, liposuction is combined with brachioplasty to remove additional fatty deposits in the upper arms.
Brachioplasty is often performed to correct ptosis or sagging or hanging flesh after patients have lost substantial amounts of weight. Others may opt for the procedure if they can’t seem to get rid of the loose skin beneath their arms, or to remove skin that has been damaged by the sun.
Setting up a consultation
Good arm lift candidates are individuals who have lost a lot of weight and are unable to tighten or tone the loose flesh beneath their arms. Older women with an accumulation of excess flesh can also benefit from the surgery.
If you feel that you are the right candidate for brachioplasty or an arm lift procedure, you’ll need to make an appointment for a consultation. Should you and Dr. Whitlock agree that the surgery can help; he will provide you with preoperative directions to reduce the risk of bleeding, swelling, and infection. Patients are advised to stop taking certain medicines (such as NSAIDs or aspirin) or to quit smoking or drinking. Eating a diet high in protein can also speed up recovery.
Brachioplasty risks can include scarring, numbness, clotting, infection, and swelling. However, if you follow the preoperative instructions, the foregoing risks are rare.
A quick overview of the arm lift procedure
A brachioplasty generally takes about a couple of hours to perform. A local anesthesia or general anesthesia may be used. An incision is made on either the back or inside of the arm, generally from just under the arm to the elbow. In cases where excessive flesh is removed, the incision may run from the elbow to beneath the arm and include part of the chest. Once the excess skin is cut away, the remaining skin is tightened and sewn.
What to expect after the surgery
The sutures are removed after about two weeks if they haven’t otherwise dissolved. Expect to experience some bruising, swelling and pain after the surgery. Dr. Whitlock will prescribe a pain medication to offer some relief. Swelling generally subsides after a couple of weeks.
Patients in Tulsa, Broken Arrow, and the surrounding Oklahoma communities usually can shower about a week following the surgery and are permitted to resume normal work activities after two weeks. However, any heavy lifting or strenuous exercise should be curtailed for at least four weeks.
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What is the Cost of an Arm Lift in Tulsa?
The cost of an arm lift depends on the extent of surgery necessary to achieve optimum results. Whitlock Cosmetic Center accepts PremierMedicalFinancing.com, MedicalFinancing.com, CosmetiCredit.com and United Medical Credit as financing options.