If you are interested in brachioplasty surgery and are currently researching arm lift, then one of your searches is most likely “how much does arm lift surgery cost?”. This is an important thing to know since most often, arm surgery is a self-paid procedure, and understanding the financial commitment is key.
What Happens During Arm Lift Surgery?
Arm lift surgery is normally performed under general anesthesia, which means the patient will be asleep during the entire procedure. During an arm lift, the surgeon will be making improvements to the upper arm area to achieve natural-looking results.
The surgeon removes excess skin from the upper inside arm, running from the armpit to the elbow. Sometimes, the surgeon will use liposuction in that area as well to smooth out the skin and create natural contours. The remaining skin is then placed back over the newly created contours and sutured together.
How Long Does Arm Lift Surgery Take To Perform?
The length of time the brachioplasty surgery takes depends on how much skin is being removed and if the surgery extends beyond the upper arm. Generally, an arm lift takes between 2 and 3 hours.
How Much Should a Brachioplasty Cost?
According to the 2020 American Society of Plastic Surgeons statistics, the average cost of an arm lift is $4,861. This price is an average compiled from all over the United States and does not include anesthesia, operating room costs, or other associated expenses.
The fee charged by the plastic surgeon will vary based on the type and length of procedure, geographic location, and the surgeon’s level of expertise.
What Other Costs Could Be Associated with an Arm Lift?
Additional costs for an arm lift may include:
- Fee for anesthesia;
- Costs related to the hospital operating room or surgical facility;
- Costs of medical tests;
- Follow up visits or procedures;
- Post-surgery garments;
- Surgeon’s fee.
How Much Does General Anesthesia Cost?
The cost for general anesthesia is normally calculated in 15-minute increments after the first half-hour. The cost averages about $400 for the first half-hour and $150 for each following 15-minute increment, and is usually rounded up to the nearest 15 minutes.
Did you know that at SurgiCare Arts & Aesthetics our prices are all-inclusive? It means no hidden fees, no surprise add ons before or after surgery, and the price does not change based on the duration of your surgery.
How Much Does Operating Room Time Cost?
According to an article dated June 2018 in OR Management News (an online publication for operating room management and supply chain professionals), the cost for using a hospital operating room or a surgical facility can range anywhere from $22 to $133 for each minute, with the average being about $62 per minute.
Calculating the Cost of Arm Lift Surgery
As you can see, there are many different elements that make up the total cost of an arm lift surgery. Understanding price quotes from different doctors can be confusing, and no one likes bad surprises, especially the ones that end up costing money that you didn’t expect to spend.
It is important to ask the surgeon what is included in the price they quote you. Many surgeons will only tell you what their fee is for the surgery, and it will not include anesthesia, operating room fees, follow-up visits, etc.
To make a fair comparison, when choosing the cosmetic surgeon that will be performing your procedure, you have to make sure you are comparing apples to apples and including all fees to come up with the total cost.
Does Insurance Pay for Arm Lift Surgery?
In most cases, medical insurance will not cover arm lift surgery. Most medical offices offer financing programs, so be sure to ask about options available to you.
As I mentioned before, at SurgiCare Arts we offer all-inclusive prices, which means you won’t need a degree in mathematics to understand your final surgery cost. The prices include the cost of an OR, the surgeon’s fee, the cost of medications and anesthesia, post-op care, and more. We also offer flexible financing options to our patients, and some financing plans do not require any payments in the first 3-6 months so you can comfortably plan the procedure. Most importantly, our surgeons are board certified and very experienced in cosmetic surgery procedures.
If you are interested in arm lift surgery, contact SurgiCare Arts, a division of IBI Healthcare Institute. Dr. Angelina Postoev, MD, FACS, a triple-board certified cosmetic surgeon, and Christopher Ibikunle, MD, FACS, offer arm lift surgery for men and women in multiple locations in Georgia and Florida.