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Arm Lift in New Jersey

Show off your arms once again with an Arm Lift by premier New Jersey plastic surgeon, Dr. Beverly Friedlander

Lift Your Spirits with an Arm Lift

Board Certified Female Plastic Surgeon Dr. Beverly Friedlander

Your arms are one of your most noticeable features, and they are often visible in pictures. Unfortunately, they are also highly susceptible to flabby skin and fat and are among the most challenging areas to tone. Women and Men seek correction of the excess skin and fat in the upper arms that cause them embarrassment and prompt them to wear long sleeves.

What is an Arm Lift?

Beverly Friedlander, MD

Arm lift surgery, also known as Brachioplasty, reduces the circumference of the upper arm by eliminating excess skin and fat between the armpit and the elbow. Over time, the skin on your arms may begin to sag, creating a loose, “batwing” appearance that jiggles when you move or wave. The surgical procedure results in a smoother arm shape, a more toned look, and better proportions for a more youthful and attractive appearance.

How is Liposuction Used During an Arm Lift?

In her 25 years of surgical experience, Dr. Friedlander has seen firsthand that the combination of an arm lift with lipo tends to produce the most desirable result. Liposuction often accompanies an arm lift as most patients can benefit from surgical fat reduction while also removing the excess arm skin.

However, liposuction-assisted surgery does more than remove fat. It reduces the content of the tissue so that there is less tissue requiring surgical removal with the knife. Researchers also find that liposuction reduces blood loss, potentially making surgery safer while lowering the risk of post-operative hematoma or bruising. Finally, the liposuction probe also helps to dissect the tissues partially, so resecting the skin becomes a more efficient task. This means less time in the operating room as well as less time under anesthesia.

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Am I a Candidate for an Arm Lift?

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Women and men turn to arm lift surgery if weight loss or the natural aging process has resulted in excess skin and fat in the upper arm. Ideal arm lift candidates:

  • do not smoke.
  • are in good overall health.
  • have some skin elasticity.
  • have realistic expectations.
  • do not have any medical conditions that impair healing.
  • have loose skin that hangs from the arm but very little fat.

If sagging skin reduces your confidence and prevents you from wearing sleeveless garments, an arm lift may be right for you.

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Benefits of an Arm Lift

Arm lift surgery is highly customizable, and Dr. Friedlander will tailor all surgical techniques to meet your needs and aesthetic desires. Most women and men consider arm lift surgery to:

  1. Better reveal arm muscle and tone
  2. Tighten loose skin on the upper arm
  3. Eliminate the “batwing” appearance
  4. Reduce the circumference of their arm
  5. Broaden their range of comfortable clothing

To see if you are a candidate for arm lift surgery, contact Dr. Beverly Friedlander by calling (973) 912-9120.

Should I Combine Other Surgical Procedures with my Arm Lift?

Arm lift surgery can be performed as a standalone procedure or simultaneously with other surgeries for a comprehensive body contouring process. Including other procedures with your arm lift surgery will ensure that your entire silhouette looks balanced—not only your arms. Standard combination procedures include:

The harmony between your contours enhances your results and leads to lasting happiness with your surgical decision.

Arm Lift Procedure

Board Certified Female Plastic Surgeon Dr. Beverly Friedlander

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Arm lift surgery is performed under anesthesia for your safety and comfort. Your procedure typically takes between two and four hours to complete. Various techniques are available for arm lift surgery. The approaches and incisions D. Friedlander uses may be more or less extensive, depending on the amount of correction needed.

Traditional Arm Lift

Beverly Friedlander, MD

Often, people exhibit extra skin between the armpit and the elbow. This laxity is removed with a traditional arm lift that addresses the entire upper arm. Incisions are made on the undersurface of the arms that extend from the armpit to the elbow.

Through these incisions:

  • Loose skin is trimmed and re-draped.
  • The skin is separated from the underlying muscles and fat.
  • Excess fat is removed and contoured with liposuction techniques.

This technique creates a slimmer and firmer arm. While this technique results in a scar that is visible along the undersurface of the arm, it may be the best option available, particularly when there is a significant amount of excess skin.

Extended Arm Lift

The extended arm lift may be recommended if you experienced significant weight loss and now have excess skin on the arm, bra roll area, and breasts. The incisions include the traditional arm lift incisions and extend from the armpit down along the side of the chest to the breast fold. Through these incisions:

  • Liposuction techniques remove excess fat.
  • The skin is separated from the underlying muscles and fat.
  • Underlying tissues are tightened in the arm and breast area.
  • The skin on the arm, bra roll, and breasts is trimmed, lifted, and re-draped.

This extended procedure combines the benefits of an arm lift with those of a breast lift by reducing the arm’s circumference and addressing sagging breasts.

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Minimal Scar Arm Lift

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The minimal scar arm lift may be ideal for those with a lesser degree of laxity or whose excess skin is restricted to the upper arm near the axilla (armpit). The incisions for the minimal scar arm lift are limited to the area beneath the armpit.

  • The skin is separated from the underlying fat and muscles.
  • The skin is tightened and re-draped in the upper part of the arm.
  • Liposuction is used to remove excess pockets of fat from beneath the arm.
  • The excess skin is removed horizontally rather than vertically and tucked up in the under-arm region.

A minimal scar arm lift comes without the tell-tale scar on the inside of the arm. Additionally, this technique removes almost all of the hair under the arm for lasting smoothness.

Arm Lift Recovery

Board Certified Female Plastic Surgeon Dr. Beverly Friedlander

Arm lift surgery is an outpatient procedure, and patients can return home shortly after. The length of recovery is different for everyone depending on the technique performed and varies from a few days to a week or more. You can expect to develop bruising, swelling, and tenderness after surgery that can persist for several weeks as the healing progresses.

Compression garments or dressings may be wrapped around the arms to reduce swelling, promote circulation, and speed recovery. Your dressings should be worn for up to six weeks. You can return to work within two to four weeks, but you should refrain from strenuous activity or working out for at least four to six weeks. You may develop swelling in your hands from gravity and daily use. This is normal and should disappear on its own. The compression dressings and elevation will help to prevent severe swelling.

Arm Lift Results

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The improvement achieved with an arm lift is long-lasting and can be maintained with a healthy lifestyle and stable weight. You will start to see the results of your arm lift immediately after your surgery.

Since you will develop some bruising and swelling, your results will continue to improve as the bruising and swelling subside. Once these side effects reduce, you will notice slimmer arms that highlight your underlying muscle definition. Although this procedure does not increase muscle mass, your muscles will be on better display. You can find increased comfort in wearing the clothing you choose and confidence in baring your arms.

Schedule an Arm Lift Consultation

Dr. Beverly Friedlander sees patients from Short Hills, Livingston, Morristown, and other New Jersey areas. Your consultation is crucial for a successful surgery. During your private one-on-one with Dr. Friedlander, you may discuss your aesthetic goals and expectations.

She will then examine your skin and tissue laxity, recommend the technique(s) that will provide optimal results, design your surgical plan, and inform you about how to prepare for your arm lift procedure. If you would like to consult with Dr. Friedlander to see if you are a good candidate, contact our offices at (973) 912-9120 .

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Frequently Asked Questions

While complications are rare, they can include: bleeding, infection, prolonged swelling, altered sensation, scarring, and asymmetry. You can reduce your chances of experiencing these complications by following all of Dr. Friedlander’s recommendations before and after your surgery.

After your surgery, you may experience some discomfort and see noticeable swelling and bruising. These symptoms should dissipate within seven to ten days. You may take over-the-counter medications for persistent pain. However, be sure to follow Dr. Friedlander’s post-operative instructions for optimal healing.

Brachioplasty is considered cosmetic and is typically not covered by health insurance. You should check with your insurance provider about your coverage options. Payment and financing options are available for your convenience.

Dr. Friedlander became a plastic surgeon to make a real difference in the lives of her patients. She started her practice in New Jersey three decades ago, and still treats some of her very first patients to this day! Experience the difference that comes from working with a true plastic surgery professional who cares about your results by scheduling your consultation with Dr. Bev.

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