Arm Lift in Staten Island, NY

Dr. Decorato offers arm lift surgery (brachioplasty) to patients throughout New York and New Jersey, including Staten Island, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Elizabeth, Newark, Jersey City, and Perth Amboy.

Upper arm surgery, known as brachioplasty or an arm lift, is a procedure to create a more toned appearance in the upper arm. During the natural aging process, skin loses its elasticity and begins to hang in folds and wrinkles along the arms and other areas of the body. During upper arm surgery, excess skin and fat deposits are removed from the area between the shoulder and the elbow, reducing the loose or flabby appearance of the arms. The overall goal of an arm lift is to reshape the upper arm, particularly the area underneath the arm, where excess tissue tends to hang.

Is Brachioplasty Right for Me?

If you are uncomfortable wearing sleeveless shirts and other attire that reveals the upper arms, brachioplasty may be right for you. Most patients are between the ages of 35 and 65, although this procedure can also be performed on younger and older patients. Ideal patients for an arm lift are in good overall health and are not significantly overweight. This procedure works best on those who still have some elasticity remaining in the skin. If you are wondering whether an arm lift can fix your “bat wings” and give you more defined upper arms by removing hanging folds of flabby skin, view upper arm surgery before and after photos. 

Procedure Details

Arm lifts typically require general anesthesia and take up to two hours. First, the surgeon must create an incision to access underlying tissues. The incision may be located in the armpit if most of the excess tissue is positioned toward this end of the arm. This method is known as axillary brachioplasty or a “mini arm lift.” If the excess tissue extends to the elbow, an incision stretching the length of the inner arm from the armpit to the elbow may be required. By placing the incision in the inner arm, it is usually not visible when the arms are at the sides. 

Now, the surgeon removes excess skin and fat. Although arm lift procedures are often performed using traditional surgical techniques alone, these may also be combined with liposuction when large areas of excess fat in the arms are a concern. Once all excess tissues have been removed, the skin is brought back together over the arm, and the incision is closed with sutures. 

Recovery After an Arm Lift 

A compression garment must be worn to reduce swelling and provide support for the arm tissues in their new contours during the recovery process. Following brachioplasty surgery, patients should keep the arm elevated and wear the compression garment for at least two weeks.

Common side effects experienced by upper arm lift patients include swelling, bruising, tenderness or soreness, and tightness. Strenuous activities, especially heavy lifting, should be avoided until the arm has completely healed. Most patients are able to return to work in two weeks or less, depending on the nature of their job. 

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Dr. John W. Decorato offers plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across New York & New Jersey including: Staten Island & Brooklyn New York. Elizabeth, Newark, Jersey City, Perth Amboy New Jersey. Contact Dr. John W. Decorato’s office today to schedule your FREE Upper Arm Surgery Consultation!

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Meet Dr. Decorato

One of Staten Island’s top cosmetic surgeons, John W. Decorato, M.D., believes that your choice of plastic surgeon is essential to the success of any procedure. Before selecting either a procedure or a surgeon, learn everything you can about the procedures available and about the doctor. Well-informed patients are able to forge a comfortable professional relationship with their surgeon and actively participate in discussions about the desired procedure.

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