Arm Lift

How would you feel if you could wear t-shirts and tank tops without any embarrassment? To be able to wear a bathing suit without feeling shame? The loose skin and excess fat on your upper arms may seem impossible to get rid of, and you’ve even tried a strict exercise and diet regimen. Unfortunately, with age and dramatic weight loss, the appearance of your arms will only get worse. An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is the safest and most effective way to tighten sagging skin and banish fat for the sculpted arms you want. Like our other patients, you’ll find brachioplasty to achieve a highly satisfying improvement of your arm contour.

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What an arm lift can do for you
  • Tighten sagging skin.
  • Eliminate unwanted fat.
  • Smooth out folds and deep creases.
  • Create a more sculpted appearance.
You'll experience:
  • The ability to get back to work in about a week or two.
  • No more irritation caused by sagging skin and folds.
  • Leaner arms with possibly better muscular definition.
  • The freedom to wear short sleeves, tank tops and bathing suits without embarrassment.
  • The joy of a more proportionate upper body contour that is no longer weighed down by excessively large arms.
What makes your arm lift at Gartner Plastic Surgery unique

1. Dr. Gartner can perform liposuction at the same time as your arm lift. This eliminates unwanted fat in your arms for a more dramatic improvement. A recent study has found that when liposuction is performed in conjunction with medial brachioplasty (the most common arm lift technique), most patients reported their results to be “excellent” or “pleasing” and experienced a positive impact on their quality of life[1]. Wouldn’t you like the same?

2. You may be suitable for a minimal incision arm lift, also known as modified brachioplasty. This involves a small scar in the armpit only. Liposuction may be performed as well to reduce the circumference of your arm, giving you a leaner look. The minimal incision arm lift has been found to achieve high rates of satisfaction for suitable patients, according to a recent study[2].

3. Dr. Gartner takes special care in creating the shortest possible incision so that you won’t have extensive scarring.

Are you a candidate for an arm lift?

Brachioplasty is designed for men and women who dislike the loose skin, and possibly excess fat, that exists in their upper arms. If you are considering an arm lift, you should be at a stable and healthy weight. This is because dramatic weight loss following your surgery may adversely affect your results.

Smokers should understand that they’ll be asked to stop smoking for a few weeks before and after their surgery. This is to reduce the risk of complications and improve their recovery rate.

Your consultation

In your initial consultation, you’ll discuss your aesthetic concerns with Dr. Gartner. Make sure you express them honestly and frankly, as doing so makes it easier for Dr. Gartner to determine a treatment plan that will better achieve your desired outcome.

You’ll find out about brachioplasty and the risks related to the surgery. Dr. Gartner will examine your arms and determine whether a full or minimal incision (modified) brachioplasty is required to adequately address your concerns. Full brachioplasty is designed for extensive rejuvenation of the entire length of the arm, while modified brachioplasty is suitable for patients who have mainly excess skin close to the armpit or the inner upper third of the arm.

Dr. Gartner will also review your medical history and current condition to ensure the procedure is safe. Some conditions, such as reoccurring infections and hindered lymphatic drainage, may make the surgery unsafe for you. To improve your results, you should be at an ideal and stable weight.

One of the most common questions patients ask about arm lift surgery is the scar. Dr. Gartner will let you know how much scarring you can expect, and what you can do to minimize its appearance.

How to prepare for your arm lift

Dr. Gartner will give you a list of instructions on how to prepare for your surgery. Follow them to make your experience a safer one, as well as speed up your recovery and improve your results. These instructions will include what to do, and not to do, before your surgery.

Your surgery

The exact surgical steps performed during your brachioplasty is customized according to your concerns. This is a general outline of what may happen:

1. Pre-emptive anesthesia is administered.

2. General anesthesia is administered.

3. For a full arm lift, incisions are made along the underside of the arm, sometimes extending through the armpit onto the chest wall. For a minimal incision arm lift, incisions are placed inside the armpit only.

3. Excess skin and underlying tissues are removed to recontour the arm.

4. Liposuction may be performed to remove excess fat deposits and further tone the arm, giving it better definition.

5. The incisions are closed and dressed.

You’ll be woken up and taken to the recovery room, where you’ll spend a couple of hours under the watchful eye of Dr. Gartner, the anesthesiologist and a dedicated team of nurses.

Your recovery

You’ll probably feel a little discomfort following your surgery. You may also feel some numbness in your arms. These are considered temporary and gradually go away as the days and weeks pass. Your arms will be swollen and bruised—your compression garment will help control both so please wear it as advised, removing it only when showering.

It’s important that you spend the first part of your recovery resting quietly at home. While you should get plenty of sleep, you should also move around a bit to minimize the risk of developing blood clots.

When you can go back to work

Most patients find that they feel good enough to return to work in about a week. You may be able to do so as well if your job isn’t physically demanding.

When you can get back to the gym

You should wait until about three or four weeks after your surgery before you return to the gym, and four to five weeks before you start upper body weight training. Start off slowly to avoid injuring yourself.

Your results

An arm lift can achieve quite dramatic results. Your arms will be leaner, more sculpted and toned, having a better contour that’s more proportionate with the rest of your body. Enjoy showing off your new arms in short sleeves and tank tops!

Complications and risks associated with brachioplasty or an arm lift

The following is a list of rare complications that are related to arm lift surgery:

  • complications arising from anesthesia
  • infection
  • bleeding
  • blood clots
  • seroma and hematoma
  • nerve damage, causing temporary or permanent sensory changes
  • undesirable aesthetic outcome
  • abnormal scarring

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Article credits

  • Reviewed By:Dr.MichaelGartner
  • Place:3 Winslow Pl, Paramus, NJ, US, 07652
  • Created: 10 May 2015
  • Published: 10 May 2015
  • Last Modified: 26 Sep 2015
  • Reviewed: 19 May 2015

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