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Arm Lift

In recent years, arm lift surgeries have rapidly risen in popularity. An arm lift, technically called a brachioplasty, eliminates sagging skin and excess fat to reveal beautiful arms that look younger and fitter. Whatever your reasons for seeking an arm lift in NYC or on Long Island, Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery can help deliver attractive results that you can't wait to show off.

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.

The Consultation

Your brachioplasty consultation is an excellent time to confidentially discuss your goals and concerns about the surgery. Dr. James Romanelli or Dr. David Pincus will review your medical history and ask questions in order to determine your desired outcome. Your surgeon will also perform a physical examination to evaluate the skin tone, texture, and elasticity of your arms. Because an arm lift will not strengthen the muscles in your arms, your consultation is also a good time to discuss a post-surgical exercise routine, which will further maximize your results.

Your surgeon will also explain the procedure in detail, including where the incisions will be made, how the skin and fat will be removed, and the results you can expect.

The Procedure

Dr. Romanelli and Dr. Pincus tailor each brachioplasty to suit the unique needs of their patients. The procedure usually takes between 1½ and 2 hours, and it is performed on an outpatient basis.

Before the surgery, light general anesthesia is administered by our board-certified anesthesiologist. Depending on the amount of skin to be removed, triangular or elliptical incisions will be made near the armpit. Liposuction is often used to remove excess fat. The skin is then draped and sutured for a slimmer shape. Drains may be inserted at the incision sites to reduce swelling.

Your arms will be bandaged following the surgery, and you'll need to wear a compression wrap in order to facilitate healing.

Recovery & Results

It's important to give yourself plenty of time to rest and heal after your arm lift surgery. Avoid activities that require you to lift your arms for at least 48 hours after surgery. It is generally advised that patients put off exercise until at least 2 weeks after surgery, and strenuous activities such as contact sports may be resumed after 1 month. If you have an office-based or other sedentary job, you may return to work after 1 week.

Some pain and discomfort should be expected following your brachioplasty, but they can be managed with prescribed pain medications. Any non-dissolvable stitches are generally removed within a week.

Common Questions

How long will my arm lift results last?

Though an arm lift permanently alters the contour of your upper arms, it cannot halt the aging process. Time and gravity will eventually change the appearance of your arms, but maintaining an exercise routine and eating healthily can enhance your results indefinitely.

How noticeable will my scars be?

Though scarring is an inevitable result of an arm lift, many patients who have undergone the procedure feel that the end results are worth it. Many effective scar removal treatments and products exist today, from laser procedures to topical ointments. Your surgeon can recommend the best technique for you based on your outcome.

Who is a good candidate for an arm lift?

Arm lifts are particularly popular among people who have lost significant amounts of weight and have been left with an excess of sagging skin. An arm lift is a good procedure for any adult who is dissatisfied with the appearance of his or her arms and has an excess of skin and fat. Other qualities that make a good candidate include good physical and psychological health, the ability to maintain a stable weight over time, nonsmokers, and those with positive, realistic expectations for surgery.

For answers to other common questions about arm lift surgery, visit our Arm Lift FAQ page.

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