Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)
Talented Cosmetic Surgeon in Pearl River NY Can Give Your Arms More Youthful Look
Upon aging, weight fluctuations or even heredity, often times the skin beneath the upper arm begins to droop or sag. Regular exercise can strengthen and tone the muscles of the upper arm, but it cannot improve the drooping or sagging of the skin. It also cannot strengthen weakened tissue or remove localized fat deposits. A brachioplasty can tighten the skin on the upper arm and give a more youthful look.
What can a brachioplasty do for me?
A brachioplasty is a surgical procedure used to remove the excess skin and fat deposits in the under portion of the upper arm, thus improving the look of the upper arm, making it smoother and more attractive that generally lasts the remainder of your life. Dr. Fiorillo’s patients experience improved confidence when wearing clothing such as swimwear and tank tops.
Am I a good candidate for brachioplasty?
As with all surgical procedures, the patient must be in good physical and psychological health, having realistic expectations about the results. Dr. Fiorillo, expert Cosmetic Surgeon in Pearl River, NY, will discuss this and other options, upon a thorough exam and consult.
In general, an arm lift is ideal for patients with loose or sagging upper arms from aging or extreme weight loss. Those with full or shapeless upper arms, or with the inability to tighten excess skin and build more muscle with exercise, are also good candidates for this procedure.
How is the procedure performed?
As an outpatient under anesthesia, Dr. Fiorillo will make an incision on the inside of the upper arm to remove the excess skin. Often times, liposuction is used with this procedure to minimize the overall thickness of the upper arm. In some cases, only liposuction is necessary to shape the arm.
What is the recovery from brachioplasty like?
Recovery is relatively quick and most patients can return to work in 3 to 4 days. Dressing or bandages may be applied to the incision area, immediately after the surgery and the arms will be wrapped in elastic bandages or compression garments to reduce swelling. In the first one to two days, assistance may be needed around the home, but you will be encouraged to walk and move around regularly. Within two weeks, you will feel more comfortable doing light activities. After about three weeks, sports and more strenuous activities will be comfortable. Within two weeks, your appearance will be natural and presentable and will improve over the next three to six months.
What are the possible risks of brachioplasty?
Outpatient arm lift procedures are considered safe, but every surgical procedure carries certain risks, that can be significantly reduced if all instructions provided by Dr. Fiorillo are followed carefully. Brachioplasty may cause the following complications:
- Anesthesia risks
- Fluid accumulation
- Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
- Unfavorable scarring
Dr. Fiorillo, from many years of experience, will discuss all these issues during your consultation, so that you know all possible outcomes. Minimal side effects and successful recovery depend on going to a surgeon with expertise in the field, such as Dr. Fiorillo, leading cosmetic surgeon in Pearl River, NY and Montvale NJ.