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Go Sleeveless with Slender Arms
Arm lift (brachioplasty) is a body contouring procedure that improves the appearance of loose, saggy-looking upper arms. The arm tissue is re-sculpted and loose skin is removed to create a sleeker arm contour. Dr. Mark H. Schwartz is a well-known arm lift plastic surgeon in New York City, and recommends the procedure to qualified candidates who feel self-conscious about their upper arms. Many patients enjoy more attractive arms, thanks to Dr. Schwartz’s surgical skills.
Candidates for Arm Lift
Individuals considering arm lift surgery are evaluated by Dr. Schwartz during a surgical consultation. At the time of consultation, Dr. Schwartz takes a detailed medical history to ensure the candidate is healthy, with no major pre-existing conditions that could raise the risks of surgery. Other factors he examines are whether the candidate smokes and whether they can maintain a stable weight through healthy lifestyle habits (which is important for long-lasting arm lift results).
Dr. Schwartz examines the patient’s arms, noting the skin elasticity and amount of excess fatty tissue and skin. He inquires about the patient’s goals and expectations of surgery, asking them to describe their ideal cosmetic outcome. This information helps Dr. Schwartz determine whether the patient is a suitable candidate for surgery.
Arm lift is performed on an outpatient basis at Dr. Schwartz’s on-site surgical facility. A board-certified anesthesiologist can provide either sedation or general anesthesia for patient comfort and safety.
Dr. Schwartz makes the incision on the bottom of the upper arm. The length of the incision depends on the degree of correction needed, although it often extends from the underarm to the elbow. Select patients with only a small amount of excess skin may achieve the desired results with a small incision in the underarm also known as a “mini-arm lift.”
Through the incision, Dr. Schwartz removes surplus skin and fat and tightens the supportive tissue, placing internal sutures to support the new arm contours. If the arm has a large amount of fatty tissue, he may also use liposuction to remove it. When he is finishes contouring the patient’s arm, he closes the incisions with absorbable sutures and dresses the incisions. A compression bandage may also be applied to minimize post-operative swelling.
Recovering from Arm Lift
Swelling, bruising and mild discomfort are normal side effects after surgery. Wearing the compression bandage helps control the swelling, and oral pain medicine soothes any discomfort.
Patients are encouraged to rest and avoid strenuous activity as their body heals. Short walks are permitted, but bending and lifting heavy objects is discouraged. Dr. Schwartz follows up with patients individually during the recovery period, to check their healing progress, answer questions and advise when it is safe to return to work, socializing and exercise.
Every patient heals differently, but most are able to return to work within a week or two, and exercise within three weeks of surgery.
Arms look slimmer immediately after surgery, with results continuing to improve over time. Scarring gradually fades over the course of several months.