Arm Lift Surgery FAQs (Part 1)

Arm Lift Surgery FAQs (Part 1) – 

Bat wings, bingo wings … whatever you call it, unsightly flab that hangs down from the arms are one of the most common aesthetic concerns among women and men in the Birmingham, MI area. Fortunately, arm lift surgery performed by renowned Birmingham, MI plastic surgeon Dr. Ali can make loose, flabby arm skin a thing of the past.

And according to statistics, the popularity of arm lift surgery is on the rise. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that, over the last 10 years, the number of arm lift surgeries performed in the U.S. has increased by a whopping 4,378%!

With new technologies and surgical techniques constantly improving, the entire arm lift surgery process is now easier than ever – for both surgeons and patients! Thanks to modern advancements, arm lift surgery patients are able to enjoy better results than ever, with significantly less downtime.

In this article Birmingham, MI board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali answers frequently asked questions about arm lift surgery.

Is brachioplasty the same as arm lift surgery?

Yes. The medical term for arm lift surgery is brachioplasty. The word brachioplasty comes from the words brachio (meaning arm) and plasty (meaning to reshape).

What is done in arm lift surgery?

During arm lift surgery, excess tissue from the upper arm (sometimes known as a “bat wing”) is surgically removed. Board certified Birmingham, MI area plastic surgeon Dr. Ali performs brachioplasty using either direct excision (wherein the excess tissue is removed by cutting) or through a combination of direct excision and liposuction.

Many of arm lift surgery patients achieve their desired results through direct excision alone. Depending on the needs of each individual patient, however, liposuction may also be necessary.

How is arm lift surgery different from liposuction?

Arm lift surgery is performed to remove damaged or loose skin from the upper arm, whereas liposuction is performed to remove excess fat. Liposuction and arm lift surgery  may be performed together or separately. Depending upon whether the patient has excess fat, excess loose arm skin, or both.

Is arm lift surgery painful?

At AMAE Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI, we strive to always provide the most painless experience. During arm lift surgery patients typically receive general anesthetic (are “put under”). And, while we remind our patients that all surgical body contouring procedures come with some degree of discomfort afterwards, the majority of our patients agree that the pain from the arm lift procedure during recovery is extremely tolerable. Arm lift surgery patients are prescribed prescription pain medicine for their recovery, and most patients no longer find their pain medication necessary once a few days have passed.

What type of anesthesia is used for arm lift surgery?

Most cases of arm lift surgery performed at our Birmingham, MI practice see the patient “put under” with general anesthesia. Depending on the needs of the patient, Dr. Ali may also administer an injection of local anesthetic to the surgical area once the patient is fully anesthetized.

Where is the incision made during arm lift surgery?

The size and location of your arm lift surgery incision will be determined by several factors. The amount of tissue being removed, as well as the tissue’s location on the arm will all inform where your arm lift surgery incision is made.

Most arm lift surgery incisions extend from the underarm to the elbow on the upper arm’s underside. In cases where the excess tissue is located exclusively on the upper arm, patients may qualify for a short-scar arm lift surgery, where the incision is made in the armpit area, in the shape of a crescent.

Does arm lift surgery leave scars?

Arm lift surgery – like any surgery – does result in some scarring at the surgical site. However, Dr. Ali’s decades of experience as a board-certified plastic surgeon have provided him with expert skill in concealing and minimizing incision scars. By making arm lift surgery incisions on the arm’s inner side, Dr. Ali is able keep arm lift surgery scars to an absolute minimum.

And, for patients who are good candidates for short-scar arm lift surgery, the incision is made in the shape of a crescent in the armpit area, where it is almost invisible.

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Arm Lift Surgery  – Birmingham, MI

If you’re in the Birmingham, MI area and would like to get rid of jiggling, sagging skin and excess fat on your arms, you’re in luck.  Arm lift surgery may be just what you need to get the trim, toned arms you’ve wanted for years.

Contact AMAE Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI to schedule your initial consultation. Video consultations are also available!

Arm Lift Surgery Consultation: 248.335.7200

Arm Lift Surgery FAQs (Part 2)

Arm Lift Surgery FAQs (Part 2) – 

Arm lift surgery performed by renowned Birmingham, MI plastic surgeon Dr. Ali can make loose, flabby arm skin a thing of the past. In this two part  article Birmingham, MI board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali answers our patients frequently asked questions about getting rid of “bat wings” with arm lift surgery.

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What should I expect after my arm lift surgery?

Patients should be able to resume normal activity within a couple days after their arm lift surgery. In order to prevent blood clots, patients should begin light walking within a day of their arm lift surgery. If surgical glue has been used to close the incision, patients will not require having sutures removed. However, arm lift surgery patients may be fitted with surgical drains. Following the procedure, in order to minimize swelling, patients will most likely also be given a compression garment to wear.

We remind our Birmingham, MI area arm lift surgery patients that (as with any surgery) some pain, bruising, or swelling is a perfectly normal part of the recovery process, which should subside after about a month.

Arm lift surgery patients who work in an office can generally return to work as soon as one week after their procedure. For clients who work more physically-intensive jobs, best results tend to come from waiting two weeks before returning to work. But regardless of your employment, all arm lift surgery patients must take extreme care to avoid making any choices that could elevate their blood pressure for at least seven days following surgery.

Strenuous activities must also be avoided for about 6 weeks after arm lift surgery. Depending on each patient’s individual recovery, intermittent follow up visits with board certified Birmingham, MI plastic surgeon Dr. Ali will be scheduled.

Can I make my recovery from arm lift surgery faster?

Arm lift surgery patients looking for a swifter recovery process have a number of options available to them. First and foremost, board certified Birmingham, MI plastic surgeon Dr. Ali recommends that arm lift surgery clients refrain from smoking for at least 6 weeks prior to their procedure. Additionally, for 10 days before arm lift surgery, patients should abstain from drinking alcohol. And for best results, we strongly suggest that recovering arm lift surgery patients drink a gallon of water per day, for every day of their recovery process.

Arm lift surgery patients should also designate a room of their home specifically for their recovery, and prepare it with everything they will need to be comfortable while they heal. To prevent infection, Dr. Ali will also prescribe antibiotics to all arm lift surgery patients. In order for them to be effective, antibiotics must be taken exactly as prescribed.

How long will results last from my arm lift surgery?

While your body will still undergo the normal changes that come with aging, results from arm lift surgery are more or less permanent. Provided patients neither gain nor lose a significant amount of weight following their procedure, they should be able to enjoy the results of their arm lift surgery permanently.

Is arm lift surgery covered by insurance?

Unfortunately, most insurance providers do not cover arm lift surgery. This is because arm lift surgery is typically considered “purely cosmetic” – meaning it has no medical benefit.

Only if a patient is able to prove that any surgery is a medical necessity, does the possibility exists for it to be fully or partially covered by insurance. However, we do offer convenient and easy financing so patients may get arm lift surgery as soon as possible. Be sure to discuss any financial concerns with our staff, who will gladly inform you of all financing options available to you.

Are there are alternatives to arm lift surgery?

Depending upon the patient’s level of skin looseness or elasticity, they may benefit from one of the non-surgical skin tightening procedures offered at AMAE, such as Profound RF skin tightening.

Additionally, for patients with good skin elasticity who are simply looking to remove excess arm fat, arm lift surgery might not be their only option. Such individuals may be able to reach their appearance goals with treatments like non-invasive CoolSculpting or minimally-invasive liposuction. These treatments are especially effective for tightening and toning arms when when combined with highly-effective, non-surgical Profound skin tightening.

During your consultation with board certified Birmingham, MI area plastic surgeon Dr. Ali, be sure to describe precisely what you hope to accomplish with arm lift surgery. Depending on your needs and desires, Dr. Ali may recommend arm lift surgery, or one of the many other less invasive aesthetic procedures we offer.

Arm Lift Surgery  – Birmingham, MI

If you’re in the Birmingham, MI area and are fed up with your upper arms’ jiggling, sagging skin and excess fat, we have the solution.  Arm lift surgery – or alternatives such as  liposuction, or Profound skin tightening may be just what you need to get the trim, toned arms you’ve wanted for years.

To learn which of these revolutionary procedures might be right for you, contact AMAE Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI to schedule your initial consultation. Video consultations are also available!

Arm Lift Surgery Consultation: 248.335.7200

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How to Get Rid of Flabby Arms & Loose Arm Skin

How to Get Rid of Saggy, Flabby Arms & Loose Arm Skin

The first day of summer has finally arrived in the Detroit area! And as men and women pull out their bathing suits and tank tops for some summer fun, they can often be disheartened by the appearance of their flabby arms and saggy, hanging loose arm skin.

Unfortunately even rigorous exercise typically won’t tighten and tone the annoying skin that hangs down from the upper arm. But the good news is that Detroit area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali can permanently tone and tighten even the saggiest arms with routine and affordable arm lift surgery.

What Causes Flabby Arms & Loose Arm Skin?

Sometimes unkindly called “bat wings” or “bingo wings” loose skin on the arms can be the result of significant weight gain and/or loss, or simply caused by the aging process, gravity, or just a genetic predisposition to saggy arm skin.

In other words, if you have lost a lot of weight, or if you are over 50, or if your mom had loose arm skin, there’s a good chance you will end up with flabby arms.

Whatever the cause of loose arm skin, it simply can’t be remedied with exercise because it is the skin (and not the muscle) that is “loose”. While exercise can tighten muscles, it does not tone skin.

How to Get Rid of Flabby Arms & Loose Arm Skin

Fortunately, new technologies and advancements in surgical techniques have now made it faster, easier and safer to get rid of loose, flabby upper arm skin with routine arm lift surgery.

These new arm lift surgeries enable Detroit area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali to surgically get rid of flabby arms with better results, less discomfort and substantially less downtime.

In fact there has been an astounding 5000% increase in arm lift surgeries in the last twenty years, according to statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Their 2018 report indicates that there were 338 arm lifts performed in the year 2000, more than 15, 000 performed in 2012, and 18,033 arm lift surgeries in the US in 2018!

Arm Lifts Permanently Get Rid of Loose Arm Skin

One of the best things about an arm lift for loose or flabby arm skin is that the results are permanent, as long as the patient does not gain or lose a significant amount of weight after. Of course, the body will still undergo the normal aging process, but once the loose arm skin is removed, it’s gone for good.

And, for patients with excess upper arm fat, in addition to loose arm skin, arm lift surgery can also be combined with liposuction. Liposuction is also a permanent procedure that “sucks out” excess fat through a small tube – and once the fat cells are removed they will never return in that area!

Arm Lift Before And After Photos

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Get Rid of Loose, Flabby Arms this Summer

If you have loose, flabby arm skin, there is no need to keep hiding under long sleeves at the pool or beach, and on hot Detroit summer days! Schedule an arm lift consultation with board certified Detroit area plastic surgeon Dr. Ali today – and get toned, tight arms you’ll love to show off in a sleeveless dress, tank top or bathing suit!

Detroit Area’s Top Best Arm Lift Doctor

Birmingham double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women and men get the firm arms that they have always wanted with Arm Lift Surgery. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ali, and he will take the time to discuss your appearance goals and help you decide if brachioplasty is right for you!

And, we also offer easy financing options through Care Credit and MLend – so you can get the arm lift surgery you want, without waiting another summer.
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Call for a Detroit Area Arm Lift Consultation & Get Rid of Saggy, Flabby Arms for Good: 248-335-7200

Skin Removal & Tightening after Weight Loss

Skin Removal & Tightening after Weight Loss

Losing a large amount of weight is a phenomenal achievement! However, after losing so much weight, loose folds of skin can remain. This excess skin can cause heavy folds on the arms, thighs, breasts, buttocks, face, and abdomen. Thankfully, excess skin can be tightened or removed with surgery after weight loss. These surgeries include tummy tucks, or abdominoplasties; buttock augmentation (butt lift) surgeries; breast lifts; and arm lifts.

Skin removal surgery offers you a firmer, trimmer, toned body to complement your amazing weight loss achievement. Oakland County board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali provides many types of surgery that can tighten your skin after weight loss.

Tummy Tuck Surgery after Weight Loss

After weight loss, patients have rid themselves of fatty tissue, but are often left with excess skin around the abdomen, flanks and lower back. This skin is normally of a poor quality, since it has lost its elasticity. Unlike excess fat, which can be lost through dieting or removed with liposuction, excess skin needs to be surgically removed.

Abdominoplasty (or “tummy tuck”) will benefit those individuals who need skin removed from the front and sides of the abdomen – for firm, tight “abs” after weight loss.

The incision is typically made in areas that can be cover by underwear or bathing suits. However, since these incisions do need to be longer to remove the excess skin, going to a highly skilled board certified plastic surgeon is essential. Board certified Oakland County plastic surgeon Dr. Ali ensures the smallest and least visible scars possible, while removing and tightening excess skin after weight loss.

Breast Lift Surgery after Weight Loss

After weight loss, breasts can lose their perkiness, and sag or droop. A breast lift can remedy this problem . A breast lift can firm and reshape your breasts, restoring a youthful and attractive appearance. During a breast lift, excess skin and tissue is removed, and nipples can be repositioned by Oakland County plastic surgeon Dr. Ali.

Many female patients also get breast implants, in addition to breast lift surgery, to improve their breast shape, size and position after weight loss.

Arm Lift Skin Removal Surgery after Weight Loss

Another area that can be an issue after weight loss is hanging skin in the upper arms, sometimes referred to as “bat wings”. During an arm lift, loose skin is removed with an incision along the underside of the upper arm by Oakland County plastic surgeon Dr. Ali.

Other surgical skin removal options include a back lift or bra line lift. During a back or bra line lift, excess skin is removed through incisions around the bra line. This leaves the patient with a firm and smooth upper back, and no loose or hanging skin.

Best Skin Removal Surgery after Weight Loss – Oakland County

Sagging skin can hinder your confidence and interfere with your enjoyment of life after your weight loss success. But skin removal and tightening surgery can be the next step to allow you to fully enjoy the benefits of weight loss. Board certified Oakland County plastic surgeon Dr. Ali can perform skin removal and tightening surgery after your weight loss can help restore your firm and toned skin – leaving you with the contours you worked so hard for during your weight loss!

Oakland County Skin Removal & Tightening Consultation:  248-335-7200

Arm Lift Before and After Photos

Arm Lift Before and After Photos

Surgical arm lifts are ofte the solution to saggy, flabby arms – sometimes referred to as “bat wings” that are resistant to exercise and diet. Board Certified Birmingham plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of men and women get the firm, toned arms they’ve always wanted with Arm Lift surgery (Brachioplasty). Arm lifts are a very common, safe, effective and routine surgery.

What is an Arm Lift?

In addition to age, large weight loss and plain-old gravity can also cause arm tissue to relax and appear saggy. The drooping, crepey or wrinkled skin can be embarrasing, and keep yoiu from wearing short-sleeved or sleeveless tops.

Brachioplasty surgery reshapes the underside of sagging upper arms by removing excess skin and fat. There are many different approaches to brachioplasty surgery, many of which also include some form of liposuction. An incision is made in the armpit area, and extends downward toward the elbow. The size of the incision will depend on how much skin or fat needs to be removed.

In this article we share with you recent “before and after” arm lift photos from one of our actuial clients – so you can see for yourself the amazing results you can acheive with brachioplasty!

Arm Lift Before & After Photos

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Birmingham’s Best Arm Lift Doctor

This year finally get the toned, trim arms you want once and for all, with an Arm Lift!

Birmingham double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women and men get the firm arms that they have always wanted with Arm Lift Surgery. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ali, and he will take the time to discuss your appearance goals and help you decide if brachioplasty is right for you!

Call Dr. Ali for a Arm Lift Consultation:  248-335-7200

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Michigan Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ali Explains the Four “Lift” Surgeries to Reverse Gravity and Age

Detroit, MI – It would be nice if we could retain our youthful bodies well into middle age and beyond. Unfortunately, gravity and age won’t allow that to happen. As we get older, our bodies begin to sag, and wrinkles form that cause us to look much older than we actually feel.

Fortunately, plastic surgery can help patients retain their lost figures. In particular, patients are turning to four “lift” procedures that can help patients gain a more aesthetic contour when it comes to their figures.

Top Michigan plastic surgeon Dr. M. Azhar Ali performs all four plastic surgery procedures at Amae Plastic Surgery Center in Bloomfield Hills.

The Hour-Detroit 2016 top doc winner said, “Many patients come to me when they don’t like the sagging of their arms, breasts, thighs or backside. My job is to make them love their bodies once more.”

Here are the procedures Dr. Ali offers to patients who wish to look as young as they feel.

Breast Lift

Gravity, age, childbirth, and weight loss can all contribute to breasts that no longer have that youthful perk to them. And when breasts sag, women are more likely to cover them up rather than show them off. Her self-esteem suffers, and she begins to hate the way she looks in the mirror.

A breast lift procedure can make breasts perkier by removing excess skin and repositioning the nipple higher on the breast. In some cases, if the breasts lack volume, breast implants will be used to give the breasts more fullness. This makes the woman look better in clothes and can bring a significant boost to the way she feels about herself.

Arm Lift

When arm tissue begins to relax and sag, a condition begins to form known as “bingo wings.” Not only is this problem unsightly, but it can really compromise a person’s personal hygiene. To help with sagging arms, an arm lift can bring much-needed relief. However, it should be noted that the scar from this procedure often extends the length of the upper arm.

The arm lift procedure can reduce the circumference of your upper arm while improving definition. The level of surgical correction required will depend on how much skin needs to be removed, as well as the patient’s skin quality.

After the procedure, the patient will have firmer, more attractive arms. Some patients even report wearing sleeveless clothes once more after a long time of covering up.

Brazilian Butt Lift

This popular plastic surgery procedure originated in South America but is performed right here at the Amae Plastic Surgery Center. Dr. Ali will first perform a liposuction procedure to extract fat from another area of the patient’s body, such as the thighs or midsection. Dr. Ali will then use that fat to shape and contour the patient’s buttocks. The Brazilian butt lift offers long-lasting results that will make the buttocks look attractive in any dress or pair of jeans.

Thigh Lift

For patients who wish they had smaller and firmer thighs, a thigh lift can deliver the look they expect. Dr. Ali will remove excess skin and fat, which will provide the patient with a smoother and more proportioned look. While fat is removed, patients are warned not to rely on a thigh lift as a weight loss technique. Instead, the patient should attempt to lose weight first, and use a thigh lift to complete the new body transformation.

With these four “lift” procedures, Dr. Ali can help patients feel better about themselves, giving them a new lease on life.

Do you want to learn more about what these “lift” procedures can do for you? Contact Dr. Ali at Amae Plastic Surgery Center to schedule a consultation.

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Solutions For Flabby or Saggy Arms

It’s summertime and you’re too embarrassed to wear short sleeves. Why? You may refer to this condition as “bat wings” or “flabby arms.”

To battle saggy arms, there are a number of solutions. Two of them include aerobic exercise to burn fat and strength training to tone muscle. Although, as we age many of us experience an increase in body fat due to our slowing metabolism and a decrease in muscle tone. All the hard work in the world may not accomplish your desired appearance, causing you to veto short sleeves or sleeveless tops.

In addition to age, weight loss and gravity can also cause arm tissue to relax and appear saggy. The drooping skin, if severe enough, can compromise personal hygiene, in addition to appearance.

Patients who are very unhappy with “bat wings” or saggy arms, and are not having any luck with diet and exercise, sometimes choose to undergo brachioplasty surgery. This type of procedure reshapes the underside of sagging upper arms by removing excess skin and fat.

There are many different approaches to brachioplasty surgery, and nearly all include some form of liposuction. An incision is made in the armpit and can sometimes extend down to the elbow depending on how much skin or fat needs to be removed.

Are you currently unhappy with the appearance of your arms? If so, we recommend visiting a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Ali. Dr. Ali will take the time to get to know you, to understand your goals and to provide you with information you need to make the best decision regarding plastic surgery.

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