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Arm Lift in New Jersey

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.

Over time, the skin on your arms may begin to sag, creating a loose, “bat wing” appearance that jiggles when you move or wave. Many individuals seek correction of the excess skin and fat in the upper arms that cause them embarrassment and prompt them to wear long sleeves.

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What is an Arm Lift?

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. This surgical procedure results in a smoother arm shape, a more toned look, and better proportions that restore a more youthful and attractive appearance.

Am I a candidate for an Arm Lift?

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.

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

Ideal arm lift candidates:

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

What are the benefits of an Arm Lift?

Most women and men consider arm lift surgery to:

  • Reduce the circumference of their arm
  • Eliminate the “bat wing” appearance
  • Tighten loose skin on the upper arm
  • Better reveal arm muscle and tone
  • Broaden their range of comfortable clothing

To see if you are a candidate for arm lift surgery, contact Dr. Beverly Friedlander by calling (973) 524-7124.

What will my Arm Lift surgery entail?

Arm lift surgery is highly customizable, and Dr. Friedlander will tailor all surgical techniques to meet your needs and aesthetic desires.

What can I expect during my Arm Lift consultation with Dr. Bev?

Your consultation with Dr. Friedlander is essential to your arm lift.

During this meeting, Dr. Friedlander will:

  • Discuss your goals and expectations
  • Examine your skin and tissue laxity
  • Recommend the technique(s) that will provide optimal results
  • Design your surgical plan
  • Inform you about how to prepare for your arm lift

How is an Arm Lift performed?

Arm lift surgery is performed under anesthesia for your safety and comfort. This procedure typically takes between two and four hours to complete.

Various techniques are available for arm lift surgery. These techniques and incisions may be more or less extensive depending on the amount of correction needed.

Traditional Arm Lift

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 inside of the arms that extend from the armpit to the elbow.
Through these incisions:

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

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

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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 but also extend from the armpit down along the side of the chest to the breast fold.
Through these incisions:

  • The skin is separated from the underlying muscles and fat.
  • Liposuction techniques remove excess 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 circumference of the arm and addressing sagging breasts.

Minimal Scar Arm Lift

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.
Through these incisions:

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

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.

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Should I combine other surgical procedures with my Arm Lift?

Arm lift surgery can be performed as a standalone procedure to address discomfort with your arm contour. It can also be included in a more comprehensive body contouring process to ensure that your entire silhouette looks balanced—not only your arms. This harmony between your contours enhances your results and leads to lasting happiness with your surgical decision.
Common combination procedures include:

What can I expect during my Arm Lift recovery?

Arm lift surgery is an outpatient procedure, and patients can return home shortly after. The length of the recovery is different for everyone depending on which technique is 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 up the healing process. These 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 this.

Are there any risks associated with Arm Lift surgery?

Your safety during and after your procedure is Dr. Friedlander’s highest priority, and she does everything in her power to ensure your surgery and recovery period are comfortable. Unfortunately, as with all surgical procedures, some complication risk is present. These risks are heightened in individuals with pre-existing conditions, such as high blood pressure, and a history of smoking.
While complications are rare, they can include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Prolonged swelling
  • Altered sensation
  • Scarring
  • Asymmetry

You can reduce your chances of experiencing these complications by following all of Dr. Friedlander’s recommendations before and after your surgery.

When will I see my Arm Lift results?

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 subside, 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.

The improvement achieved with an arm lift is long-lasting and can be maintained with a healthy lifestyle and stable weight.

Schedule an Arm Lift consultation

If you would like to consult with Dr. Friedlander to see if you are a candidate, contact our offices by calling (973) 524-7124.

Dr. Friedlander sees patients from Short Hills, Livingston, Morristown and other New Jersey areas.


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636 Morris Turnpike, Suite 1A
Short Hills, New Jersey 07078

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