Upper Arm Lift Surgery - Dr. Elan Singer Upper West Side, NYC
Firm and Reshape Your Upper Arms.A arm lift usually involves a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat deposits on the arm. Also known as brachioplasty, arm lift surgery reshapes the under portion of the upper arm, from the underarm to the elbow.Remove and Tighten Excess Upper Arm Skin An arm lift procedure may be recommended for patients with a lot of loose skin on the arms, or patients with large hanging fat deposits. Loose arm skin (often called "bat wings") is common after considerable weight loss. Patients with small amounts of loose skin should not consider surgery as it can leave a big scar. Generally, the surgery is only recommended if the transformation will be dramatic enough to justify the scarring.
How is a Arm Lift PreformedMost arm lift surgeries involve a surgical incision made in the arm extending from the elbow, up to the armpit. As the scar is on the inside of the arm, it is hidden a lot of the time but may still be seen. Patients should consider whether the benefits of the surgery outweigh the potential scarring. Anesthesia: Local anesthetic with sedation. Procedure time: The Arm Lift takes 1 to 3 hours.
Arm Lift CandidatesIn general, arm lift candidates include:
- Adults with significant upper arm skin laxity
- Adults of any age whose weight is relatively stable and who are not significantly overweight
- Healthy individuals without medical conditions that impair healing or increase risk of surgery
- Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations
What to expect after Arm Lift SurgeryPost procedure care
After the procedure, the patient should rest and follow any hygiene instructions from Dr. Elan Singer. The patient may need to wear a compression garment for the first few weeks after the surgery. Patients should avoid smoking, and any physical activities which will disrupt the healing process.
For the first 10 to 14 days after an arm lift, the arms will be quite swollen. Patients may need to wear supportive wraps for up to 6 weeks while the swelling improves. The surgical site can take up to one year to fully heal.