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As we age or lose weight, sometimes the skin around our upper arm starts to sag, giving us the dreaded “batwing” effect. Get the sleek, thin arms you deserve with an arm lift. Board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Cara Downey and Dr. Jamal Bullocks, and their expert team of professionals are proud to offer arm lifts to residents of Houston, Sugar Land, The Woodlands, and the neighboring communities in east Texas.

What is an Arm Lift?

Arm Lift in Houston, TXMany patients who have recently undergone a major weight loss, or are starting to notice their skin is sagging with age, have come in asking how they can get rid of their “batwing.” While some over-the-counter products and non-surgical procedures can help, surgery is often needed to correct this stretched skin. Arm lift surgery, also known as brachioplasty, is a procedure used to tighten and remove excess skin under the upper arm, between the shoulder and the elbow. Board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Cara Downey and Dr. Jamal Bullocks are experts in helping patients get the look they desire with body contouring procedures. For more than a decade, they have helped hundreds of men and women in Houston and its surrounding areas achieve the body shape and sleek silhouette they have always desired.

How Much Does an Arm Lift Cost in Houston, TX?

The average cost of your arm lift in Houston typically ranges between $5,000 and $10,000. The total cost for your arm lift will depend on factors such as your surgeon’s fee, the location of your procedure, and other miscellaneous medical expenses. At Heights Plastic Surgery, we accept cash and all major credit cards. We are also happy to offer financing through CareCredit® for patients. Because an arm lift is typically more about cosmetic appearance and is less of a medical necessity, it is not covered by most insurance plans.

I've been wanting to do botox and get my skin looking great for some time now.  I was a little nervous, Dr. Downey had a great staff, and she was super patient and fed me enough information to calm m...

- Stephanie O.

I had such a great experience with Dr. Downey.  I was referred by a friend.  This was my third attempt at getting surgery on some trouble spots after significant weight loss.  I didn't go in with h...

- Paul V.

It was very easy for me to make a consultation appointment.  There was no pressure to sign up for surgery that day.  Dr. Downey was very professional and friendly.  She answered all my questions an...

- Brittany G.

I had breast augmentation on 12/2/14 and Dr. Downey and staff made the whole experience amazing.  Since the surgery I have minimal scarring and I look and feel great!  This was one of the best decis...

- Ashly T.

Dr. Cara Downey, thank you so much for the care you gave to me and the exceptional work you have done to my body! You are amazing. Because of you, dreams come true! You are the best! Thank you for ble...

- Andrea C.

I didn't think I would ever feel this great again. Now I can wear strapless dresses. My shirts no longer have the peep holes near the buttons. I'm just so pleased with the work Dr. Downey has done. Bu...

- Client012017

Super happy with Dr. Downey and her staff.  They have been both kind and professional.  Dr. Downey is compassionate, and wants the best for her patients - often givin...

- L.L.

I'm glad that I found a new home at Essex Med Spa at Heights Plastic Surgery! Everyone is friendly, professional, and I feel safe coming here even during these times!

- Lauren K

Dr. Downey is a very caring plastic surgeon who is passionate about her work...

- Joyce E

My chemical peel with Sarah was great.  She explained everything, gave me a post-care package and asked me to call if any issues or questions.  She obviously knows wh...

- Antoinette H

How is an Arm Lift Performed?

An arm lift is an outpatient procedure that typically takes about two to three hours to complete. To begin, a general anesthetic will be administered to ensure you are comfortable and pain-free throughout your surgery. Dr. Downey or Dr. Bullocks will then perform a combination of any of the following arm lift techniques. The surgical techniques Dr. Downey or Dr. Bullocks will use during your arm lift will be discussed while developing your personalized treatment plan during your one-on-one consultation.

  • Traditional. Dr. Downey or Dr. Bullocks removes excess fat, skin, and tissue from a long, continuous incision made from the armpit to the elbow.
  • Extended. This technique uses an incision that extends towards the chest or the wrist, depending on which area has loose skin or requires contouring. This technique may be required for patients with a large amount of excess skin.
  • Hidden. Also known as a limited-incision brachioplasty, a hidden or “mini” arm lift involves a small incision along the underarm crease and is often used for mild to moderate sagging.
  • Liposuction. Liposuction is often used during an arm lift to reshape the arm of patients with good skin elasticity, little-to-no excess skin, and a small amount of fat.

What Can I Expect During my Arm Lift Recovery?

For the first 24 hours following your lower lift, you will be fitted with compression garments. These garments will need to be worn for up to two months, as they aid in reducing your swelling and promoting your healing. Dr. Downey or Dr. Bullocks may also provide you with prescription medication that can help manage your pain. You will be able to resume taking full-body showers about two days following your arm lift. We ask that you avoid putting your arms above shoulder height for at least one to three weeks to ensure your incisions heal properly.

Most patients return to work after about two to four weeks, depending on the nature of their job. Dr. Downey or Dr. Bullocks will likely clear you to resume normal daily activities and mild exercise, including long walks, after about three weeks. We ask that you wait about six to eight weeks to resume more strenuous activities such as yoga and running. At six to eight weeks, your scars should begin to fade and continue to gradually improve over time. While you will see most results of your arm lift after just six weeks, ultimate results will not become apparent until all swelling subsides and the skin has settled into its new position, about one year following surgery.

Am I a Good Candidate for an Arm Lift?

At Heights Plastic Surgery, good candidates for an arm lift experience the following concerns:

  • Loose, sagging skin around the upper arms
  • A “batwing” effect on the upper arms

Ideal candidates for an arm lift are in good general health and have realistic expectations of their potential results. Patients will be required to be near or at their ideal body weight to qualify for an arm lift. The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for an arm lift is to schedule your private consultation with Dr. Downey or Dr. Bullocks.

With more than 12 years of unparalleled experience, Dr. Cara Downey and Dr. Jamal Bullocks are proud to provide their patients with cutting-edge techniques, unmatched results, and quality patient care. Heights Plastic Surgery and Studio Essex Medical Spa offers a wide array of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures to help residents of Houston, Sugar Land, The Woodlands, and neighboring communities in Texas restore their confidence and enhance their natural features. Contact us to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Downey or Dr. Bullocks today.

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