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An arm lift in Seattle, or brachioplasty, is a procedure in which excess skin and fatty tissue are removed. If you struggle with fatty, loose upper arms, this surgery achieves a remarkable improvement, restoring a youthful, fit, firm, sculpted look.

Why an arm lift?

Many people with excess sagging skin on their arms feel embarrassed to show their arms and pressured to wear long sleeves no matter how hot the weather. Skin laxity due to aging or weight loss can be distressing, but there is a solution. This surgery is most often performed on those who have lost a significant amount of weight either through diet or surgical weight loss, or have developed sagging upper arms due to age.

Benefits of an arm lift

  • No more loose or droopy upper arms
  • A firmer, sculpted look to the upper arms
  • Greater confidence in your appearance
  • Freedom to wear sleeveless tops without embarrassment

Are you a candidate for an arm lift in Bellevue?

You may be a good candidate for this custom procedure if:

  • You feel that the skin on your upper arms has become uncomfortably loose and saggy
  • You can pinch a large amount of skin on your underarms
  • Your weight is relatively stable, and you are not significantly overweight
  • You do not suffer from a medical condition that results in slow healing
  • You are a non-smoker, or can abstain for a few weeks before and after the surgery
  • You have a positive attitude with realistic goals
  • You feel loose or lumpy fat deposits beneath your upper arms
  • You are self-conscious about the flabby appearance of your upper arms
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Why choose Dr. Flugstad for my surgical procedure?

Dr. Nicholas Flugstad is widely regarded as being one of the finest plastic surgeons practicing in the Pacific Northwest and has a reputation for excellence in plastic surgery. Patients come to him from across the state and beyond to enhance face, breasts, or body, including to undergo a custom arm lift in Bellevue. When performing this delicate surgery, he uses the most advanced techniques to achieve truly superior results – fit, sculpted upper arms.

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What happens during an arm lift?

A Seattle arm lift is typically an outpatient surgery performed under general anesthesia. Our surgeon will create an incision on the inner side of your arms, where the scars will be hidden. After using liposuction to treat excess fat, he will remove excess skin and tissue to create the taut, youthful appearance you desire. Dissolvable sutures are used to close the incisions so that no stitches must be removed. These are meticulously applied to minimize scarring.

What is involved in arm lift recovery?

Typical recovery time from an arm lift in Seattle will take about two weeks. For four weeks or longer, depending upon your individual healing rate, you must avoid all strenuous activity or heavy lifting. Wrapping your arms and keeping them elevated helps to reduce swelling after surgery. The doctor and his nurses will supervise your recovery process.

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Where is Dr. Flugstad located?

Flugstad Plastic Surgery is the premier cutting-edge facility in the Seattle area, located in Bellevue, WA. Dr. Flugstad performs his consultations and cosmetic procedures in the practice’s state of the art facility and surgery center.

Will I have bandages on my arms?

Your arms will be bandaged after surgery. The bandages will be removed at a follow-up appointment with Dr. Flugstad, You will have special protective tape on your scars for 2-3 weeks.

Will I be in pain?

With all surgical procedures, some discomfort is to be expected. An arm lift in Bellevue is not especially painful. Follow your aftercare instructions to help speed healing. Following the guidelines for elevation of arms, with no lifting or stretching until Dr. Flugstad advises, will make healing faster and more successful. You will be given necessary pain relievers, but your pain should not be extreme. Dr. Flugstad is a meticulous surgeon who cares about his patients and will take steps to ensure your comfort during and after surgery.

Will my upper arms look better right away?

Your arms will initially be swollen, but as the swelling recedes and your incisions heal, your new look will be revealed. A Bellevue arm lift is one of those procedures that has very gratifying results, and your new look will continue improve as the tissues fully heal. If you are plagued by lax upper arms with excess skin and fat that no exercise or diet has been able to resolve, an arm lift can restore a toned, fit appearance.

Call us today for a consultation at (425) 454-5133.

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