What Is An Arm Lift?
Sometimes, no matter how hard you exercise, there is simply no fighting the effects of weight fluctuation, age and heredity. Your arms can be particularly frustrating, as the undersides begin to sag or appear loose and full due to excess skin and fat. If you find that these “bat wings” are a consistent problem, then an arm lift in may be just what you need.
An arm lift or brachioplasty is a surgical procedure that will reshape the appearance of the arm usually from the elbow up into the shoulder.
Brachioplasty is usually performed in patients who underwent massive weight loss or genetically are predisposed to large hanging upper arms. This procedure is designed to reduce excess skin and fat on the upper arm resulting in smoother and tighter skin. Patients will be candidates for brachioplasty if they have significant upper arm skin laxity. They should be in optimal medical condition and not smoking prior to undertaking the surgical procedure.
Some patients who only have laxity in the upper half of the upper arm would be candidates for a short score brachiaplasty. This is a procedure described by Dr. Abramson in articles published in prominent plastic and reconstructive surgery journals. The postop recovery from a brachioplasty usually involves rest while the wounds heal and swelling decreases in the arms. Patients are usually recommended to wear a compression garment for several weeks after the surgery.
It is anticipated that patients should plan for one week to 10 days off from work after this surgical procedure.
Is an Arm Lift Right for Me?
Most brachioplasty patients in New York and New Jersey are adults with significant skin laxity in their upper arms. Also, their weight is relatively normal and stable.
Benefits Of An Arm Lift
- Reduce excess skin and fat between the underarm and the elbow
- Reshape your arm to result in smoother skin and contours
- Create a more toned and proportionate appearance
Dr. Abramson can gauge whether an arm lift is appropriate for you. He has extensive experience when it comes to evaluating his patients for a procedure. He will perform a thorough examination and make sure all of your questions are answered so you know what to expect from your arm lift.
How Is Arm Lift Surgery Performed?
An arm lift is typically performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. The length and pattern of your incision will be based on the amount and location of the excess skin that is being removed. Your brachioplasty surgeon will usually place the incision on the inside or on the back of your arm. It may stretch from your underarm to just above your elbow. Once the incisions are completed, the underlying supportive tissue will be tightened and reshaped. If fat is also being reduced during your arm lift, then you may receive liposuction, as well. Your skin will be smoothed over the new contour of your arm, and the incisions will be closed.
The Cost of Your Arm Lift
For your financing needs, Alphaeon™ and CareCredit® are offered. The cost of an arm lift can vary widely from case to case. Dr. Abramson and his staff will be happy to talk about what arm lift prices would be for you. We invite our patients to ask all the questions they need, so they can be comfortable with their final decision.