Body Procedure

Arm Lift – Brachioplasty

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Over time, it is normal for the skin on the upper arms to become loose and sag. This can be caused by reduced elasticity due to age or the result of extreme weight loss. Sagging skin on the upper arms can cause difficulty finding clothing that fits properly or simply result in self-consciousness. Dr. Rifai’s arm lift procedure offers toned, attractive arms by reducing this excess skin and tissue.

What is an Arm Lift?

An arm lift is also known as a brachioplasty. This procedure is designed to reduce excess loose skin and tissue to create a more attractive contour. Dr. Rifai uses the Lockwood Technique for arm lifts with reduced scarring.

The Arm Lift Procedure

An arm lift is typically performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Rifai’s advanced training and experience mean that his Brachioplasty patients benefit from the Lockwood Technique, which involves a smaller incision compared to conventional arm lift techniques. Despite making smaller and less conspicuous incisions, Dr. Rifai can still create significant results, removing loose or damaged skin from the area as well as excess fat using liposuction. The underlying tissues are also tightened and reshaped as necessary to yield the desired results. With these steps complete, the incisions are closed using sutures.

Who is a Good Candidate for an Arm Lift?

Patients who have sagging or loose skin and tissue on the upper arms are typically good candidates for an arm lift. These patients should be generally healthy overall, including being at a stable weight. During a consultation, Dr. Rifai will review your health history to ensure that you are a safe candidate for Brachioplasty. In addition, he will determine whether an arm lift is the best option to meet your goal results, or if another procedure such as liposuction is better for you.

Meet Dr. Rifai

Board-Certified Cosmetic Surgeon

A talented, board-certified cosmetic surgeon with more than forty years of experience, Dr. Rifai uses only the finest equipment in our clean, state-of-the-art facility. Dr. Rifai knows that taking time to listen and learn about your expectations is essential to giving you the results you want. He will answer your questions and explain the treatment options in detail. Dr. Rifai is devoted to improving the way you look, the way you perceive yourself, and the way others see you.

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Recovery After an Arm Lift

An arm lift is performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning that you can return home immediately after the surgery with a trusted family member, friend, or caretaker. Most patients can expect soreness or initial discomfort as well as swelling, redness, and potential bruising. Compression garments may be recommended to reduce swelling and Dr. Rifai may prescribe pain medication to maintain your comfort through the healing process.

Most patients require a few days of downtime before returning to work or other normal routines. Some swelling and bruising will persist but should resolve within 4-6 weeks. Dr. Rifai will offer specific expectations for your healing process.

Thanks to Dr. Rifai’s advanced training, patients will see only minimal scarring in the armpit area following their Brachioplasty. Arm lift results are long-lasting, but may not be permanent, as some degree of skin laxity with natural aging after the surgery is normal. 

What Our Patients Say

“Katelyn has done such an amazing job. She is so easy to talk to while being thorough and informative, always keeping me in the loop with what she is doing. I always felt comfortable and felt like she really cared about what was best for me. I cannot wait for my next appointment with her and would recommend her to anyone looking to be in the best of hands.”

- DM

“I absolutely adore Dr.Rifai. He’s kind and soft spoken. He takes his time with you to explain everything and answer any questions or concerns. He’s honest and patient. I know several people that have seen him, and his work is impeccable.”

- RS

“I absolutely adore Dr.Rifai. He’s kind and soft spoken. He takes his time with you to explain everything and answer any questions or concerns. He’s honest and patient. I know several people that have seen him, and his work is impeccable.”

- LL

“I had a wonderful experience at BCS from start to finish. Dr. Rifai did my surgery and he made sure to address every question or concern that I had. It is so nice to find a Surgeon who takes his time and makes you feel safe and sure about the whole process and an office that is so welcoming by every single staff member each time I am there. I love Birmingham Cosmetic Surgery and look forward to future appointments with Dr Rifai and his staff.”

- SC

“I just love my visits at Birmingham Cosmetic Surgery for all my skin care needs. It’s nice to walk in and be greeted by Megan. She is very friendly and she makes you feel welcome with all of your skin care needs. Dr. Fadi Is friendly and patient when it comes to listening to my skin care. He’s truly one of the best in the business! I would highly recommended booking an appointment as soon as they become available. They have special packages every few months and the results last a long time.”

- ML

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- EW

“I love my experience’s at Birmingham Cosmetics. Kaitlyn is amazing with injections. I get an improved look without being overdone. Brittany gives a great hydro glow facial and she does an excellent job on dermaplaning. It is a truly pampered experience and I always feel refreshed afterwards. Thank you for the awesome care you take with me.”

- ES

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about arm lift surgery and whether it is a good option for you, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rouchdi Rifai at Birmingham Cosmetic Surgery. Call our Detroit area office at (248) 723-9370 or contact us online to set up your appointment.

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