Upper Arm Lift

Weight fluctuations and the process of aging can both cause skin to slowly lose its elasticity.

As a result, many people find themselves with loose, sagging skin on the upper arms, particularly those people who have undergone successful weight loss. An upper arm lift can restore a shapely appearance to the arms by removing and tightening excess skin. At our New Jersey practice, we often combine liposuction with incisions placed along the inside of the underarm or within the armpit to minimize scarring. The brachioplasty procedure is often combined with other body sculpting procedures for those patients who have lost a significant amount of weight. If you would like to learn more about an upper arm lift, please contact one of our New York or New Jersey plastic surgery offices today.

Upper Arm Lift

Back of Arm Incision

Surgery for Upper Arm Skin

Minimal Incision

Inner Arm Incision

Inner Arm Incision

Incisions are generally placed on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm, depending on the surgeon’s preference, and may extend from the underarm (axilla) to just above the elbow. If fat is to be reduced during your arm lift, it will be excised or treated with liposuction.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is an upper arm lift?
    Weight fluctuations and the process of aging can both cause skin to slowly lose its elasticity. As a result, many people find themselves with loose, sagging skin on the upper arms, particularly those people who have undergone successful weight loss. An upper arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty, can restore a shapely appearance to the arms by removing and tightening excess skin. This will also provide a more youthful appearance.
  • How is it done?
    Upper arm lifts are performed under an anesthetic and usually take around two hours. Your plastic surgeon may recommend that liposuction also be used in conjunction with an arm lift to remove excess upper arm fat. At The Plastic Surgery Center, we often combine liposuction with incisions placed along the inside of the underarm or within the armpit to minimize scarring. Following the surgery, dressings will be used, and temporary tubes may be put in to drain excess fluid from the area. Elastic bandages are then applied to support the area.
  • Who is a good candidate for an upper arm lift?
    Upper arm lifts can be performed on normal weight patients who need a small amount of tightening. But most upper arm lifts are for those with loose, sagging skin on the upper arms, particularly those people who have undergone massive weight loss. Although fat can be removed with excess skin, an upper arm lift is not primarily for the purpose of addressing fat deposits.
  • Are the results of an upper arm lift permanent?
    Provided you keep your weight fairly stable, the results of an arm lift should be permanent. However, while most swelling should be gone within the first four to six weeks following surgery, as is similar to other cosmetic procedures, final results may take longer—in this case, up to three to six months.
  • How can I maximize the results of an upper arm lift?
    Often an upper arm lift is combined with liposuction to address the fatty deposits in addition to the loose skin. It is also often combined with other body sculpting procedures for those patients who have lost a significant amount of weight.
Weight fluctuations and the process of aging can both cause skin to slowly lose its elasticity. As a result, many people find themselves with loose, sagging skin on the upper arms, particularly those people who have undergone successful weight loss. An upper arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty, can restore a shapely appearance to the arms by removing and tightening excess skin. This will also provide a more youthful appearance.
Upper arm lifts are performed under an anesthetic and usually take around two hours. Your plastic surgeon may recommend that liposuction also be used in conjunction with an arm lift to remove excess upper arm fat. At The Plastic Surgery Center, we often combine liposuction with incisions placed along the inside of the underarm or within the armpit to minimize scarring. Following the surgery, dressings will be used, and temporary tubes may be put in to drain excess fluid from the area. Elastic bandages are then applied to support the area.
Upper arm lifts can be performed on normal weight patients who need a small amount of tightening. But most upper arm lifts are for those with loose, sagging skin on the upper arms, particularly those people who have undergone massive weight loss. Although fat can be removed with excess skin, an upper arm lift is not primarily for the purpose of addressing fat deposits.
Provided you keep your weight fairly stable, the results of an arm lift should be permanent. However, while most swelling should be gone within the first four to six weeks following surgery, as is similar to other cosmetic procedures, final results may take longer—in this case, up to three to six months.
Often an upper arm lift is combined with liposuction to address the fatty deposits in addition to the loose skin. It is also often combined with other body sculpting procedures for those patients who have lost a significant amount of weight.

Consultation

We offer complimentary upper arm lift consultations at any of our locations in New Jersey or New York. At The Plastic Surgery Center, you will have the opportunity to speak with, and be evaluated by, one of our upper arm lift experts to determine if you are a candidate. After consultation, your upper arm lift procedure will be tailored specifically to suit your needs and therefore have the best chance of achieving your desired aesthetic expectations.

At The Plastic Surgery Center, we offer patients the opportunity to have their upper arm lift procedure conveniently performed at our fully certified outpatient surgical facility staffed with a board certified anesthesiologist, registered nurses, and certified surgical technicians.

 

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