Brachioplasty (Arm Lift) in Cape Girardeau, MO
What is an arm lift (brachioplasty)?
An arm lift is a way to restore drooping and flabby skin under the arm caused by aging or excessive weight loss. The surgery, also called brachioplasty, can correct this problem very effectively. An arm lift procedure is performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon removes the excess skin from the underarm from the armpit down to the elbow. After removing the skin, both edges are pulled tight and sutured together. The full procedure will take about two to three hours. After recovery, patients will have the smooth, firm arms that they could only have dreamed about before.
During your consultation visit, your surgeon will show you before and after pictures of patients from Cape Girardeau, Jackson, and Sikeston, Missouri who have undergone an arm lift procedure. You will be able to see the difference the arm lift procedure made for these people firsthand and visualize what it may do for you.
What is the average cost of an arm lift? Is there a charge for the consultation?
The price of an arm lift varies for each person. The cost depends on the extent of surgery necessary to achieve your individual appearance goal.
Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri accepts several types of payment: cash, credit cards (Visa, Master Card, Discover, and American Express), money orders, cashier checks, and financing with an outside agency. An arm lift is not covered by commercial insurance and will need to be paid in full before surgery. It is, therefore, important to make financing arrangements in advance with a financing company of your choice.
Is there anything I need to do to get myself ready for surgery?
To reduce bruising and the risk of hematoma, patients must stop blood thinners and vitamin E at least one week before and after surgery. If you are on prescription blood thinners, you may need to get medical clearance and should ask your family doctor for instructions on how to stop these medications. We also want all herbal medication and diet pills (prescription and over-the-counter) stopped at least two weeks before surgery and one week following surgery.
At Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery in Cape Girardeau, we require the patient to be in overall good health before the surgery can be performed. If there are questions regarding your health, medical clearance from your family doctor may be required.
Do I have to stop smoking before an arm lift procedure?
We would like for the patient to stop smoking one month before surgery and one month after surgery. Nicotine in cigarettes decreases the blood supply to the skin, and blood supply is important to the healing process. We hope patients at Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri can decrease their exposure not only to firsthand but also to secondhand smoke.
Is there a better time of year to have the surgery performed?
You should schedule your surgery for when you can allow yourself time to heal. You will have a 10-15 pound lifting restriction for at least three weeks following arm lift surgery (that will include lifting children). You also have to make adjustments at work due to swelling and being on pain medication. On average, patients at Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery take 2-3 weeks off work, but some patients have more physically demanding jobs that can require 4-6 weeks off work.
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What should I do next?
At Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, David Deisher, MD and J. Stewart Humphrey, MD are board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. They offer plastic and hand surgery to patients across Missouri including Cape Girardeau, Jackson, and Sikeston. Your next step is to contact the Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery office today at (888) 515-2847 to schedule your arm lift surgery (brachioplasty) consultation. Bring all your questions and concerns to your consultation so your surgeon can address them. Call now. Do not put this off any longer!
David Deisher, MD and J. Stewart Humphrey, MD offer plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across Missouri including Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Sikeston, Cape Girardeau County, Bollinger County, Perryville, and Dexter. Contact the Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery office today at (888) 515-2847 to schedule your arm lift consultation!