Arm Lift Techniques: What You Should Know About Brachioplasty By Oren Zvi Lerman, M.D. on November 04, 2014

A woman's bar arm extendedDr. Oren Lerman is a leading cosmetic plastic surgery professional in Manhattan. Many patients have come to his practice for body contouring surgery, which removes stretch marks, pockets of fat, and sagging/drooping skin to achieve a more athletic and toned appearance overall.

The arm lift (brachioplasty) is a particularly important body contouring option that helps many patients. Let's go over the basics of the surgical procedure right now.

About Arm Lift Surgery

Arm lift surgery is performed in order to address the drooping and sagging of the upper arms. This means the shoulder area as well as the triceps. The shoulder and tricep area may be affected by flab and loose skin, making the back of the arms droop and sag as a result.

By undergoing an arm lift, patients are able to have a trimmer and slimmer arm contour, making them appear more athletic and toned.

Ideal Candidates for Arm Lift Surgery

The best candidates for arm lift surgery are people who have experienced loose or droopy skin of the upper arms as a result of advanced age, major weight loss, or other factors. They should be in good overall health and not suffer from any kinds of health problems that would make surgery a health hazard.

Realistic expectations are also important to have for arm lift surgery. There will be scarring from the procedure, though many shirts will conceal the scars. While scars will fade with time, knowing that there will be scarring helps improve the overall surgical experience.

Traditional Arm Lift Surgery Incision Method

During a traditional arm lift, an incision will be made along the underside of the arm extending from the arm pit area toward the patient's elbow. Through this incision, excess fat and tissue can be removed and the underlying structures of the upper arm adjusted. Excess skin will be cut away and the remaining skin of the upper arm will be sutured tighter.

Arm Lift Incision Method for Minor Revision of the Upper Arm

When the amount of sagging or drooping along the upper arm is not as severe, a less extensive arm lift incision will be used. In general, the incision will extend from the arm pit only partway to the elbow. The same kinds of tissue remove and revision will be performed through this much smaller incision.

Arm Lift Incisions Method for Extensive Revision of the Upper Arm

As you can imagine, major weight loss and sagging will necessitate a larger incision in order to achieve the best results. During an arm lift for extensive revision, the incision may start below the arm pit along the side of the upper chest and extend to the elbow as needed. This will allow for a comprehensive revision of the arm area and improved body contour overall.

Determining the Ideal Surgical Procedure for You and Your Needs

During your consultation at our practice, we will carefully assess your needs with regard to arm lift surgery and other body contouring procedures. We will help you achieve a trimmer and slimmer frame through the most advanced surgical techniques.

Learn More About Arm Lift Surgery and Other Body Contouring Options

For more information about arm lit surgery and how it can greatly benefit you, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Dr. Lerman looks forward to discussing your body sculpting goals in greater detail and helping you achieve them.

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Dr. Oren Lerman

Oren Z. Lerman, MD

Dr. Oren Lerman performs a variety of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures with a specialty in reconstructive breast surgery. In fact, he is the director of breast reconstruction at Lenox Hill Hospital's Institute for Comprehensive Breast Care as well as the Microvascular and Cosmetic Breast Fellowship. In addition to the hospital, Dr. Lerman is affiliated with:

  • The New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons (Past President)
  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery (Diplomate)
  • The American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery

You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Lerman by filling out our online form or calling (212) 434-6980.

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