Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

Dermatology, Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery in New York City (NYC) and Manhattan

Brachioplasty – commonly referred to as an “arm lift” – is a procedure designed to remove excess tissue and improve the appearance of the upper arm region. Sagging skin in the upper arms is common in patients who have recently undergone major weight loss. This stretched skin, which has lost its elasticity, usually hangs loosely around the now-thinner arm, making patients self-conscious and limiting the types of clothes that can be worn.

If you are considering an arm lift, call us today at (888) 610-3133 to schedule an initial consultation with our board-certified Manhattan plastic surgeon.

Arm Lift Candidates

The best candidates for brachioplasty are patients who:

  • Have significant skin laxity in the upper arms
  • Are in strong health
  • Are already at or near their ideal weight
  • Do not smoke

A full evaluation of your candidacy will be performed during your initial consultation at our office.

The Arm Lift Procedure

Brachioplasty can be performed in more than one way. If you have stubborn fat deposits in your arms that have not responded to exercise or dieting efforts, we may use liposuction to tighten and tone your arms. Sometimes, liposuction alone can produce the results you want – but this is usually only the case for patients who do not have large amounts of excess skin.

If you do have a significant amount of loose skin, a short or full brachioplasty will be recommended. A “short” arm lift refers to a less invasive technique where the incision is mostly confined to your armpit area. In contrast, a “full” arm lift may use an incision that extends from your armpit to the elbow on the underside of your arm. During your consultation, we will discuss which technique will provide you with the best outcome based on your specific needs.

Certain arm lift procedures can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation. However, if you require a more extensive operation, we may perform it under general anesthesia. Brachioplasty is usually an outpatient procedure, and should not require an overnight stay.

Arm Lift Recovery

If your job is not overly physical, you should be able to resume work anywhere from one to two weeks after your arm lift procedure. We will follow up with you closely throughout your recovery process to make sure you are healing well, and to specify when it is safe for you to return to normal daily activities.

Many patients are concerned about scarring after an arm lift. Our plastic surgeon takes great care to reduce the appearance of arm lift scars as much as possible during the surgical process. You can play a role in scar reduction by following our post-operative instructions closely and diligently.

If you have further questions about arm lift surgery, please contact JUVA Skin & Laser Center today or call (888) 610-3133 to schedule an initial consultation with our experienced NYC plastic surgeon. We serve patients throughout Manhattan and New York City.  

Bruce E. Katz, M.D., Director
60 East 56th Street, Suite 2,
New York, NY 10022-3204
212.688.JUVA (5882)or MediSpa: 212.421.9501
Fax: 212.421.9502

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