Armen Vartany, MD, FACS | Plastic Surgery and Laser Center

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arm liftFluctuations in weight, growing older and even heredity can cause your upper arms to have a drooping and sagging appearance.  Exercise may strengthen and improve the underlying muscle tone, but it cannot address excess skin that has lost elasticity or underlying weakened tissues and localized fat deposits.  An arm lift, also known as a Brachioplasty, is a body contouring procedure designed to remove excess skin and concentrated fat from the upper arm.  An arm lift can reshape and define the under portion of your upper arm by tightening and smoothing to create a toned and sculpted appearance.

 

An arm lift is performed under general anesthesia.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is an Arm Lift right for me?

    If the underside of your upper arms are sagging and loose due to excess skin and fat, then an arm lift may be the right procedure for you.  An arm lift is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.

     

    Good candidates are:

    • Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
    • Individuals who are physically healthy and at a stable weight
    • Individuals with excess soft tissue along the underside of the arms
    • Individuals with significant upper arm skin laxity
    • Non-smokers
    • Individuals with a positive outlook and specific yet realistic goals in mind for an arm lift
  • What may I expect during my personalized consultation

  • How will I need to prepare for my Arm Lift surgery?

  • Where are the incisions made during an Arm Lift?

    Incisions vary depending on the area(s) to be treated, degree of correction needed and patient and surgeon preference.  You and Dr. Vartany will discuss which incision options are appropriate for your desired outcome.  Incision options include:

     

    Inner Arm

    This incision is placed along the lower region of the inner arm.  It generally extends from the armpit to just above the elbow.

     

    Back of Arm

    This incision is placed along the back side of the arm.  It generally extends from the bottom portion of the armpit to just above the elbow.

     

    Minimal

    This incision is placed within the underarm (axilla) area.  The incision is significantly shorter than with the other techniques but only appropriate for minor correction.

  • How much time should I take off of work or school?

    You will need to allow 3-5 days off from work or school for this procedure due to swelling and discomfort.

  • What are some procedures that may compliment an Arm Lift?

  • Important facts about the safety and risks of Arm Lift surgery

    Dr. Vartany will explain, in detail, the risks associated with an arm lift surgery.  It will be your personal choice in determining if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable.  You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and any risks or potential complications.

     

    The risks include:

    • Bleeding (hematoma)
    • Infection
    • Fluid accumulation
    • Poor wound healing
    • Skin loss
    • Blood clots
    • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
    • Anesthesia risks
    • Skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling
    • Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
    • Major wound separation
    • Asymmetry
    • Pain, which may persist
    • Unsatisfactory results such as highly visible surgical scar location, unacceptable visible deformities, bunching and rippling in the skin near the suture lines or at the ends of the incisions
    • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
    • Recurrent looseness of skin
    • Sutures may spontaneously surface through the skin, become visible or produce irritation that require removal
    • Possibility of revisional surgery

     

     

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