Upper Arm Lift

                    Frequently Asked Questions

BRACHIOPLASTY OR UPPER ARM LIFT helps women achieve a firmer upper arm through the removal of fat tissue and skin.  The operation is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia at the Auburn Surgery Center.  Candidates for this procedure are often those who have undergone substantial weight loss or those who have simply lost skin tone due to aging, genetic factors or their combination.

During the procedure, incisions are made to the inside of the arm or on the back side of the arm and an elliptical piece of skin along with its underlying fat tissue is removed.  At times it is necessary to go up into the area of the armpit and down onto the upper back to achieve a nice, smooth result.  The surgical procedure takes approximately 2-3 hours.  Patients will be up and about by the end of the day; however, straining and heavy lifting should be avoided for up to 3-6 weeks.  You will be given more specific information during the consultation.

Who is the best candidate for a BRACHIOPLASTY OR UPPER ARM LIFT?
Women who are over child-bearing years and are not satisfied with the skin tone of the upper arm and/or its shape.  This can include women who have lost considerable amounts of weight or those who by aging and/or genetic factors have experienced loose skin to the upper arm. 

What is the recovery period for a BRACHIOPLASTY OR UPPER ARM LIFT?
Recovery time varies somewhat with the individual.  Many may return to non-strenuous work within a week.  Patients must not swim, use hot tubs, or otherwise submerge the incisions for 3 weeks or until sutures are removed.  In any case, submersion of the incision must be approved by Dr. Tobin prior to the activity.  For the first week, patient must not lift anything weighing more than 5 lbs.  At the first post-operative appointment, the lifting restriction is increased to 15 lbs for another 2 weeks.  Other individual restrictions and recovery expectations will be discussed during the consultation.

The cost of surgery starts at $6,180.  This includes: Surgeon's fee, Surgery Center fee, Anesthesia fee, and 1 year of post-operative office visits.  The fee for this procedure will vary based upon the severity of the problem and the time necessary for the procedure to be performed.  A surgical quote for the exact cost of surgery will be provided during the consultation.

Is there a consultation fee?
Yes, the consultation fee is $100 and is due at the time your appointment is scheduled—we can accept payment by phone with a credit card.  Should you need to cancel your consult, we can refund your $100 if you give a 24-hour cancellation notice.  If you have surgery within 30 days of your consultation, the $100 will be applied to the cost of your surgery.

How do I schedule my surgery?
A surgery quote will be given during your consultation for the exact cost of surgery.  To reserve placement on the surgery schedule, a surgery deposit is required.  If you have been approved by our finance company, Care Credit, and wish to pay for your surgery by this method, $500 of your deposit must be paid by any method other than Care Credit.

Do the costs for the operation have to be pre-paid or do you offer a payment plan?
Yes, all cosmetic surgeries must be paid for in full 7 days BEFORE surgery. For your convenience, we offer two wonderful financing options.  Applying is quick and easy and can be done online or by phone:

Option 1) Prosper Healthcare Lending  - you may access online www.patientfinancing.com or call 1-800-625-7412 ext. 2 

Option 2) Care Credit - you may access online  www.CareCredit.com or call 1-800-677-0718  

Will my insurance cover a BRACHIOPLASTY OR UPPER ARM LIFT?
No, we do not accept insurance for a Brachioplasty or Upper Arm Lift, nor for any other cosmetic operation.

*Prices are subject to change. Patients are given an exact surgical cost at their consultation.

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General Information

Varies for each patient.

Starts at $6,180*

​This includes Surgeon's Fee, Surgery Center, Anesthesia, and 1 year of post-op visits. 

No, insurance not accepted for this procedure.

Non-Strenuous Work in 1 week(details left)

$100 (see conditions left)

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