An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure performed to give the upper arms a more toned, slimmer appearance. During an arm lift in Monmouth County, Dr. Michael Nagy removes excess fat and skin from the upper arms, contouring and tightening them.
Over time, the soft tissue in the upper arm becomes lax and may begin to droop and sag, resulting in arms that appear loose and hanging. Many people are embarrassed by the appearance of sagging upper arms and seek treatment to restore a slimmer, more youthful appearance.
Ideal Arm Lift Candidates
The arm lift procedure is ideal for patients who have a significant amount of excess, hanging skin or fat in the upper arm area, maintain a stable weight and have realistic expectations for surgery. It is also important that patients are healthy overall, with no major medical conditions that may be affected by surgery.
The best brachioplasty candidates are people with realistic expectations. Results will be different for everyone, and the procedure will be customized to highlight your appearance goals.
Your Arm Lift Consultation
An arm lift consultation will involve an assessment of your arms, a discussion of your appearance goals, and a review of your complete medical history. You may need to take a few lab tests to help plan your procedure and to ensure that you are healthy and eligible for an arm lift.
Dr. Nagy will go over various surgical techniques that can be utilized. He will also show you photos of past arm lift results to help you visualize your potential results. Feel free to raise any concerns you may have. Finally, he will create a surgical plan, and a date will be set for the surgery.
How to Prepare for an Arm Lift
Brachioplasty patients must arrange for a friend or family member to drive them to the facility and then home afterwards, since they will not be able to drive themselves home. Arrange for someone to help around at home for a time, since movement will be restricted post-surgery.
Before your appointment, arrange for time from off work. You will need 5 to 7 days for recovery. Complete household chores beforehand, and arrange a comfortable sleeping area with enough pillows to support your arms as they heal.
It is a good idea to prepare a week of meals in advance to ensure that your rest time is maximized. Choose meals with enough protein, vitamins, and minerals for a healthy recovery.
On the night before your arm lift procedure, take a shower or bath. It will help to wear button-down tops on the day of the surgery to make changing clothes easier.
During the arm lift procedure, an incision is made along the inside of the upper arm, often spanning from the underarm to the elbow. Dr. Nagy will then remove excess fat using liposuction, before trimming and tightening the excess skin and suturing it into place.
For patients with only a small amount of excess skin, a minimal incision arm lift procedure may be performed, in which a few small incisions are made near the underarm area for a less invasive fat and tissue removal. Your doctor will determine which procedure is best for you after a physical exam and a discussion of each patient’s individual goals for surgery.
Once fat is removed and skin is tightened, the incision will be closed with sutures that will be absorbed by the body within a week or two. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia with sedation and usually takes one to three hours, depending on the extent of removal required. Patients will be able to return home the same day as surgery.
After an arm lift procedure, patients will likely experience swelling and bruising, as well as mild discomfort that can be managed with pain medication prescribed by Dr. Nagy. Drainage tubes may be placed at the incision site to collect any excess blood or fluid for the first few days after surgery. Compression bandages may be worn as well to help promote proper healing.
While an arm lift is considered a safe procedure, there are certain risks associated with any type of surgery. These may include infection, bleeding, reaction to anesthesia, loss of sensation, scarring, and permanent swelling. Dr. Nagy will discuss these with you prior to surgery and will address any concerns you may have.
The results of an arm lift are visible right away but will continue to improve as swelling and bruising subsides, which usually takes two weeks. Most patients are highly satisfied with the results of their arm lift procedure and are more than willing to experience a post-surgical mark for the sake of thin, youthful-looking arms. Post-surgical marks will continue to fade over time to become less and less noticeable.
To better understand your potential results, look over the arm lift before and after photos in our gallery.
How Much Does an Arm Lift Cost?
When determining the price of your arm lift, many factors will be considered. The techniques utilized affect the overall cost of brachioplasty surgery, as do anesthesia fees and the total surgical time required.
Set Up a Consultation to Get Started
Take the first step towards sculpted and toned upper arms – contact the office of Dr. Michael Nagy today. During a consultation, Dr. Nagy will answer any questions you may have.