Procedures > Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

 

Brachioplasty, or as it is more commonly known – arm lift, refers to the cosmetic plastic surgery procedure in which there is a reduction of skin and excess tissue in the upper arm region.  Brachioplasty (arm lift) at Dr. Schwartz’s Woodbury Long Island Cosmetic Plastic Surgery office is very effective, especially when it comes to improving the appearance of people who have lost weight and still have excess skin in this area.

 

When it comes to the arm lift procedure, Dr. Schwartz will take into consideration different approaches specific to the patient’s situation. The first option works best with younger patients.  Because their skin tends to have more elasticity, liposuction alone can produce great results.  The second option involves liposuction and a short, L-shaped incision. For patients who exhibit more significant skin excess, a longer incision may be necessary.  Dr. Schwartz will discuss which option works best for individual patients.

Dr. Schwartz generally performs the brachioplasty procedure on an outpatient basis.  To assist with the healing process, compressive garments and bandages are to be worn for a total of four weeks after the arm lift surgery.

 

What is Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)?

 

Due to fluctuations in weight, aging and even genetics a person’s upper arms may have a drooping or sagging appearance. While exercise may work well to strengthen and improve the underlying muscle tone of the upper arm, it cannot adequately address excess skin that has lost elasticity.  Likewise, exercise alone cannot correct underlying weakened tissues and localized fat deposits that can appear in the upper arm.

An arm lift (Brachioplasty) is a viable option for patients who are not satisfied with the appearance of their upper arms.  Upper arms can appear to be sagging or loose and full due to excess skin.  The arm lift, or brachioplasty, refers to a surgical procedure that reshapes the under portion of the upper arm.  The arm lift works from the underarm region to the elbow.  

 

What is the Purpose of the Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)?

 

The purpose of the arm lift (Brachioplasty) procedure is to reduce excess sagging skin and prevent the upper arms from drooping downward.  The arm lift is also known to add greater definition to the upper arms by tightening and smoothing the underlying supportive tissue. An arm lift can reduce localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region, resulting in well defined upper arms.

 

Who is the Ideal Candidate for the Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)?

 

The ideal candidate for an arm lift is an adult with significant loose skin in the upper arm region.  Adults of various ages whose weight is relatively stable and who are not significantly overweight but have sagging arms can benefit from the arm lift cosmetic surgery procedure.

 

Expected Results of the Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)?

 

Almost immediately following the arm lift procedure, smoother, tighter contours will be apparent.  While the initial results will most likely be somewhat obscured by swelling and bruising, there will be dramatic improvement to the appearance of the patient’s new, shapely and toned upper arms.  Not only will an arm lift make a patient look better, but they will also feel better.