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Arm Lift FAQ

The popularity of brachioplasty, or arm lift, in NYC and on Long Island has seen a sharp increase over the last few years. Like other parts of the body, the skin of the upper arms can sag and droop over time, causing an undesirable appearance sometimes referred to as "bat wings." This is especially common in cases of significant weight loss. It's normal for patients to have lots of questions when considering an arm lift. To help ease the process, Dr. Romanelli and Dr. Pincus have provided the answers to the questions they hear most often.

If you're curious about how an arm lift can help you, request a consultation online, or call our office at (631) 424-3600 to request a private consultation with Dr. James Romanelli or Dr. David Pincus.

Do I need an arm lift or only arm liposuction?

It depends. If you're bothered by smaller pockets of fat that don't respond to diet and exercise, you may only need liposuction. However, your skin should be elastic enough to "bounce back" in order for liposuction to be successful. If excess loose skin is also a concern, an arm lift - which usually involves liposuction in addition to skin removal - might be a better option. Your surgeon will help you decide which is the better choice for you at your consultation.

What kinds of physical restrictions will I have after my arm lift?

Following surgery, your upper arms will be bandaged and you may be instructed to wear a compression garment to minimize swelling. You'll likely experience some soreness and discomfort, and you'll be advised against lifting anything weighing more than a few pounds for several days. Most people are able to return to office jobs and other normal activities in less than 2 weeks, although more time is needed before you can resume your normal exercise routine.

How much does an arm lift cost?

Arm lift surgery is a procedure that's tailored to each individual, so costs can vary depending on things such as the addition of liposuction. At Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery, our pricing is competitive with other plastic surgery practices throughout Long Island. We can give you a written quote at your initial consultation, along with a thorough description of what will be involved with your surgery.

What are the risks associated with arm lift surgery?

In general, brachioplasty is no more or less risky than other cosmetic surgeries. The risks of arm lift surgery include excessive bleeding, scarring, the development of infection, fluid accumulation (seroma), and wound healing issues. By choosing a qualified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. James Romanelli or Dr. David Pincus, you can minimize these risks.

What conditions would preclude someone from being eligible for arm lift surgery?

Good candidates for arm lift surgery are people who are not significantly over or underweight. They should also be healthy enough to undergo general anesthesia. A history of excessive bleeding or wound healing problems may also hinder a person's eligibility for elective surgery, but not always. Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Pincus will review your medical history and evaluate your candidacy in-depth during your initial consultation.

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