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Arm Lift

Loose skin on the arms, known as “bat wings,” is a common sign of aging. The hanging skin is caused by lost elasticity in the skin.

Double board certified and fellowship-trained plastic surgeon Dr. Steven J. Rottman offers arm lift surgeries to the men and women of Baltimore, MD, and surrounding communities to restore the tone of the upper arms.

What Is Arm Lift Surgery?

Arm lifts produce smoother skin, more normal contours, and a more toned and proportional look to the upper arms. You might consider an arm lift procedure if fluctuations in weight, aging, or heredity have caused your upper arms to sag or hang and if exercise to tone the muscle hasn’t improved their appearance.

An arm lift, or brachioplasty, removes loose, inelastic skin that can leave you with a batwing-like appearance. Arm lifts can also target weakened underlying tissues and fat deposits to help revitalize drooping upper arms.

Benefits of Arm Lift Surgery

Arm lift surgery is a body contouring procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the upper arm area. The result is a more toned appearance to the area. Men and women who have the procedure find that they are more comfortable wearing short-sleeved and sleeveless clothing.

How Is Arm Lift Surgery Performed?

During an arm lift, Dr. Rottman makes an incision that may extend from the underarm to the elbow or can be more limited in length depending on the individual circumstances.

Liposuction may be used to remove fat, and the underlying supportive tissues are tightened and reshaped to improve tone. The overlying skin is then smoothed over the new contour of your arm and any excess skin is removed.

Preparing for Arm Lift Surgery

Arm lift surgery is performed using general anesthesia due to the extent of the surgery. Candidates for arm lift surgery must be in good health due to the use of general anesthesia. Dr. Rottman will order blood work to ensure surgery is a safe option for you.

After surgery, you will need someone at home to help you. These arrangements should be completed prior to your surgery.

Recovery from Arm Lift Surgery

You will be able to see your new, smoother, tighter upper arms almost immediately after the brachioplasty procedure. Dressings and bandages may be applied to your incision and your arms may be wrapped to reduce swelling.

As the swelling and bruising subside, you will be better able to enjoy your greatly improved arm contour. The scarring is permanent; however, it will fade with time.

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How Much Does Arm Lift Surgery Cost?

The cost of arm lift surgery is different for each patient based on individual anatomy and the degree of correction needed. After your consultation, we provide you with a cost of your surgery. If you are interested in financing your arm lift surgery, please visit our financing page to learn about CareCredit®.

Is Arm Lift Surgery Right for Me?

Arm lift surgery is recommended for patients with

  • Fatty deposits on the upper or lower arms or
  • Sagging, loose skin on the arms.

Additionally, the surgery is normally recommended only in cases where diet and exercise have not been effective in toning the appearance of the arms.

Why Choose Dr. Steven J. Rottman for Arm Lift Surgery?

Dr. Rottman approaches plastic surgery as a way to give his patients a more youthful yet natural appearance. He enjoys seeing his patients feel more confident and comfortable after their arm lift surgeries.

What to Expect During Your Arm Lift Consultation

A personal consultation with Dr. Rottman is the first step to feeling better about your appearance. The consultation includes an examination and discussion about your arm lift surgery. You have the chance to be open and honest with Dr. Rottman about your cosmetic goals, and he explains how the surgery will help.

Dr. Steven J. Rottman is a cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery expert who serves the men and women of Baltimore and surrounding areas.

Dr. Rottman is recognized for his approach to plastic and reconstructive surgery that gives his patients exceptional natural-looking results. Because each patient is unique, Dr. Rottman uses both traditional and advanced techniques for his procedures.

Please contact us today to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Rottman.

Practice policy regarding COVID-19:

Safety of our patients is our number one priority and every action we take is based on this. We are creating an office environment that is safe and comfortable for everyone.

General Office Precautions:

  • Screening concierge at the Front Desk
  • Taking steps to allow for social distancing of six feet or more
  • Limiting the number of patients in the office
  • Strict cleaning protocol for the entire office with a disinfectant effective against COVID-19
  • Spacing appointment times further apart to minimize patient interactions

Daily Staff Screening:

  • Screening questionnaire every morning
  • Temperature check every morning
  • Symptomatic staff will be sent home
  • Cleaning of all personal cell phones and washing hands upon entering office
  • Staff will wear face coverings at all times
  • Increased and enhanced cleaning and sanitization of exam rooms and common areas

Screening of Patients:

  • All patients will have their temperature checked upon arrival
  • Patients with temperatures >100 F will need to reschedule their appointment
  • COVID-19 Patient Screening Questionnaire upon arrival
  • A face covering / mask is required to enter the office
  • Patients should have makeup removed and hair in a ponytail
  • Patients wash hands or use hand sanitizer upon entering office
  • We will continue to offer Virtual Consultations. Please email photos to rottmanplastics@gmail.com and call Emily to schedule at 410.321.6868.



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