Arm Lift Surgery

Do you avoid wearing sleeveless or short-sleeve shirts because you are embarrassed by loose skin that hangs off the undersides of your arms? Are you frustrated that your upper arms jiggle when you wave at others?

If this sounds familiar, you may be a good candidate for arm lift surgery. During arm lift surgery, experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Bulan reshapes the underside of the upper arm, from the elbow to the underarm area. He surgically removes excess skin that has lost its elasticity and stubborn localized fat deposits from the upper arms, so you can don your favorite tank tops again.

What Causes Sagging Skin?

The natural aging process, substantial weight fluctuations or hereditary factors can cause skin to lose its elasticity, contributing to sagging, drooping skin in many areas of the body, including the upper arms. These same factors can also lead to localized fat deposits in areas such as the upper arms.

Although you can do certain cardio and strength-training exercises to reduce overall body fat and increase muscle tone, you cannot do much to improve skin tone once elasticity has already been lost. It is also nearly impossible for some people to eliminate stubborn localized fat deposits once they have developed. The only way to address lax, sagging skin and stubborn fat is with arm lift surgery.

What to Expect During the Procedure

Dr. Bulan administers anesthesia before starting arm lift surgery, so you are completely comfortable during the procedure. He begins arm lift surgery by making an incision on the underside or backside of your upper arms. Incision length, pattern and placement depend on the complexity of your situation and your aesthetic goals for surgery.

Dr. Bulan then excises extra skin. He next performs liposuction, if necessary, to remove any unwanted fat. He then tightens and reshapes the supportive tissue in the treated area with internal stitches, and smoothes the remaining skin over the newly shaped contour of your arm before closing any incisions with sutures.

Although the incision from arm lift surgery does leave a scar on the inside of your upper arm, Dr. Bulan strategically places the required incision so it is not readily visible.

Dr. Bulan may insert a thin drainage tube into the treated area to help prevent fluid accumulation. He applies bandages or dressings to the treated area immediately following surgery.

What to Expect Following the Procedure

In addition to being dressed with bandages, you may also notice that the treated area is wrapped with a compression garment or elastic bandage to minimize swelling and provide added support to the area. You should wear the compression garment or elastic bandage for as long as advised by Dr. Bulan.

If drainage tubes are present, they will be removed one to two days after surgery at one of your follow-up appointments at Bulan Plastic Surgery. Stitches that have not dissolved on their own will be removed about one week after surgery.

You may experience mild discomfort or pain in the initial days following surgery, but you can take oral pain medication as directed by Dr. Bulan to alleviate any discomfort. You will notice an immediate improvement in the contour of your upper arms after arm lift, and the aesthetic results will continue to improve as any swelling and bruising subsides.

Be sure to get plenty of rest and avoid any heavy lifting in the first few days following surgery to help aid healing. Also, follow Dr. Bulan’s instructions closely before and after surgery to minimize the risk of complications and maximize the aesthetic benefits of arm lift surgery.

Also, results from arm lift surgery are long lasting, as long as you maintain a stable weight and overall good fitness level after surgery. Even Dr. Bulan cannot stop the natural aging process, but the contour of your newly shaped arms should be relatively permanent if you stay healthy.

Take the Next Step!

Now that you know more about the specific details of arm lift surgery, it’s time to take the next step! Why hesitate to get the toned, shapely arms you long for? At Bulan Plastic Surgery, we have already helped dozens of patients throughout Union, Morris and Essex County and we are ready to help you! To schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Bulan to learn more about arm lift surgery, contact Dr. Bulan by calling Bulan Plastic Surgery at (973) 467-9744 now.