An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure performed to remove excess skin and fat from the upper arms for an improved, slimmer appearance. Time, gravity, and weight fluctuations cause the soft tissue in the upper arm to become lax, resulting in arms that appear loose and have hanging skin. Many people are embarrassed by the appearance of sagging upper arms, and seek treatment to restore a slimmer, more proportionate appearance.
The arm lift procedure is ideal for patients who have a significant amount of excess, hanging skin or fat in the upper arm area, maintain a stable weight and have realistic expectations for surgery. It is also important that patients are healthy, with no major medical conditions that may be affected by surgery.
During arm lift surgery, an incision is made along the inside of the upper arm, often spanning from the underarm to the elbow. Dr. Schwartz will then remove skin and fat, and tighten the underlying supportive tissues with internal sutures at his practice in New York City. When large amounts of fatty tissue are present, Dr. Schwartz may suggest liposuction to help remove the fat. Once fat is removed and skin is tightened, the incision will be closed with sutures that will be absorbed by the body within a week or two.
For patients with only a small amount of excess skin, a "minimal incision arm lift" procedure may be performed, in which a short incision is made in the underarm area. Dr. Schwartz will help you determine which procedure is best for you after a physical exam and discussion of your individual goals for surgery at his New York City practice.
This procedure is typically performed with a twilight anesthetic with sedation and usually takes one to three hours, depending on the extent of removal required. Patients will be able to return home the same day as surgery.
After an arm lift procedure, patients will likely experience swelling, as well as mild discomfort that can be managed with pain medication prescribed by your surgeon. Drainage tubes may be placed at the incision site to collect any excess blood or fluid for the first few days after surgery. Compression bandages may be worn as well to help promote proper healing.
The results of an arm lift are visible immediately, but will continue to improve as swelling subsides, which usually takes two weeks. Strenuous activity may begin at three weeks. Most patients are highly satisfied with the results of their arm lift procedure and are more than willing to sacrifice a scar for thin, youthful-looking arms. Scars will continue to fade over time to become less and less noticeable.
While an arm lift is quite safe, there are certain risks associated with any type of surgery. These include, infection bleeding, scars, loss of sensation, blood clots, and prolonged swelling.
Dr. Schwartz will discuss these risks with you and address any concerns you may have prior to surgery at his practice in New York City.
If you are interested in learning more about an Arm Lift in New York City, call 212-737-9090 to schedule a consultation.