Arm Lift at Michael Horn Plastic Surgery & Med Spa

At Michael Horn Plastic Surgery & Med Spa in Chicago, Dr. Michael Horn, a board-certified plastic surgeon, can help you achieve your desired results. Dr. Horn is dedicated to providing his patients with the latest techniques in Arm Lift surgery, also known as brachioplasty. He will work closely with you to understand your goals and create a personalized treatment plan.

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What is an Arm Lift?

An Arm Lift (brachioplasty) is a surgical procedure that targets loose skin and excess fat on the underside of the upper arms. This laxity can be caused by significant weight loss, aging, or genetics. During the Arm Lift, Dr. Horn will make strategic incisions to remove the unwanted tissue. The remaining skin is then tightened and secured, resulting in a smoother and more toned appearance. In some cases, liposuction may also be used to further refine the contours of the upper arms.

Dr. Horn prioritizes advanced surgical techniques and meticulous attention to detail to deliver the best possible results for his patients.

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Arm Lift vs Liposuction

Liposuction and Arm Lifts are options for sculpting your arms, but they address different concerns. Liposuction targets stubborn fat deposits and is ideal for patients with good skin elasticity. It's a minimally invasive procedure using suction to remove fat. An Arm Lift, however, tackles both excess fat and skin. This is ideal for patients with sagging skin, even if there's moderate fat. The surgical procedure removes excess tissue and tightens the remaining skin, resulting in a more dramatic improvement in arm definition and long-lasting results.

Arm Lift Benefits

An Arm Lift can significantly improve your quality of life by addressing loose skin and excess fat in the upper arms. This can be a source of self-consciousness for many people, limiting clothing choices and impacting participation in physical activities. Arm Lift surgery offers a transformative solution, sculpting a smoother, more toned upper arm appearance. Benefits of Arm Lift Surgery:

  • Enhanced Arm Definition: The procedure removes excess skin and tightens underlying tissues, resulting in a more defined and toned appearance in your upper arms.
  • Increased Range of Motion: In some cases, loose skin can restrict movement in the upper arms. An Arm Lift can improve flexibility and range of motion, allowing for greater comfort during daily activities and exercise.
  • Reduced Skin Irritation: Friction from loose skin folds can cause chafing and irritation. Arm Lift surgery eliminates these folds, promoting smoother skin and reducing discomfort.
  • Improved Body Image and Confidence: A firmer, more sculpted upper arm contour can significantly boost self-esteem. You may feel more comfortable and confident wearing sleeveless clothing and participating in activities you previously avoided due to self-consciousness about your arms.

While Arm Lift surgery offers significant benefits, it's important to note that it is a surgical procedure with a recovery period. If you're looking for a non-surgical option for minimal fat deposits, liposuction may be a better choice. Dr. Horn will discuss all your options during your consultation to determine the most suitable approach for your desired outcome.

Arm Lift Candidates

Ideal candidates for Arm Lift surgery have noticeable sagging skin on their upper arms, typically caused by weight loss, aging, or genetics. They should be at a stable, healthy weight with realistic expectations about the procedure's ability to create a smoother, more toned appearance. Overall, good health is important, while certain medical conditions or smoking habits may warrant alternative solutions. If you'd like to find out if you'd make a good candidate for an arm lift Chicago plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Horn, can address that and answer any questions you have during an initial consultation. Give us a call!

Consultation and Preparation

During your initial consultation with Dr. Horn, you'll have the opportunity to discuss your aesthetic goals, medical history, and any current medications. Dr. Horn will perform a physical examination to assess the degree of skin laxity and recommend the most appropriate surgical approach. He'll also provide detailed pre-operative instructions, which may include dietary restrictions, medications to avoid, and what to expect on the day of surgery.

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Coordinating Your Procedure

After a surgical plan has been created, Dr. Horn will refer you to a patient coordinator at his office with whom you will plan your surgery and learn more about the details of aesthetic procedures. Your patient coordinator will be provided with a treatment plan that reflects your requirements and surgical plan. Based on this information, your patient coordinator will be able to provide a surgery quote, which will include the surgeon’s fee, the anesthesia fee, and the hospital fees.

Some of these fees will be based on how long the surgery is expected to take, which will be determined by Dr. Horn during your evaluation. Your patient coordinator will be there to walk you through every step of the pre-operative process, such as trying on implants to personally-test the weight and projection, and guiding you through follow-up appointments with Dr. Horn.

During your visits with the patient coordinator, you will discuss things such as facility locations, financial details, pre-op, surgery and post-op schedule dates, how to prepare for your surgery, surgical clearance from your primary care physician (if applicable), pre-existing medical conditions, risks of smoking and drug use, downtime planning, post-op clothing plan (sports bra, etc) and financial policies.

Patient coordinators at Michael Horn Plastic Surgery & Med Spa are experts in the field of plastic surgery and are here to help you understand, prepare for and recover from your surgery safely and effectively. Dr. Horn and his staff are fully-trained and experienced in taking utmost care and consideration of every detail before, during and after your procedure. Through their guidance and professionalism, you are ensured to enjoy all the benefits of experiencing world-class breast augmentation at Michael Horn Plastic Surgery & Med Spa.


Arm Lift surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia for optimal patient comfort. This ensures you'll be completely asleep and feel no pain during the procedure.

The specifics of the incision location and length will vary depending on the amount of excess tissue and your desired outcome. In some cases, Dr. Horn may recommend an incision along the underside of the upper arm, while other cases may benefit from an incision placed on the back of the arm.

Once the incisions are made, Dr. Horn will meticulously remove excess fat and skin. In some instances, liposuction techniques may be used in conjunction with the Arm Lift to further refine the contours of your upper arms. Finally, the remaining skin is carefully repositioned and tightened with sutures to achieve a smoother, more sculpted appearance. The incisions are then closed with sutures or specialized skin adhesives. The length of the Arm Lift procedure itself can vary depending on the extent of the surgery. However, it typically takes several hours to complete.

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Results, Recovery, and Aftercare

Following Arm Lift surgery, expect swelling and bruising that will subside over the next couple of weeks. You'll wear compression garments to aid healing and see initial improvement within weeks, with full results emerging over months. Dr. Horn will guide you through recovery, including rest, activity restrictions, incision care, and scar management. Maintaining a stable weight and healthy lifestyle is key to lasting results, as significant weight gain or aging can influence the appearance of your upper arms.

Why choose an Arm Lift with Dr. Horn?

Dr. Michael Horn is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 10,000 surgeries performed, known for achieving natural-looking results with a focus on minimal scarring. He listens attentively to your desired outcome and utilizes cutting-edge technology to create a personalized treatment plan for your Arm Lift surgery. Many patients commend Dr. Horn on his artistry, skill, and exceptional results, citing his approachability and attentiveness throughout the process. Schedule a consultation to discuss your goals and see if Dr. Horn is the right fit for you.

Schedule Your Chicago, IL, Arm Lift Consultation at Michael Horn Plastic Surgery & Med Spa Today

Ready to learn more and see if Arm Lift surgery is right for you? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Horn today! Call Michael Horn Plastic Surgery & Med Spa at (312) 202-9000 or click here to schedule your consultation.

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While some discomfort is to be expected after surgery, Dr. Horn will prescribe medication to manage any pain you may experience.

As with any surgery, there are potential risks associated with Arm Lift surgery. Dr. Horn will discuss these risks with you in detail during your consultation.

Arm Lift results can be long-lasting, especially for patients who maintain a stable weight and healthy lifestyle.

Your recovery time will vary depending on the extent of the surgery. Most patients experience some swelling and bruising for the first few weeks, and strenuous activity may be restricted for several weeks. Dr. Horn will provide specific instructions on what to expect during recovery.

The cost of an Arm Lift can vary depending on the complexity of the surgery, anesthesia fees, and facility costs. Dr. Horn's office can provide you with a more accurate estimate during your consultation.