Arm Lift Surgery in Essex County, New Jersey
Also Offering Arm Lift for Morris & Union Counties
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 Arm 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.
Arm Lift Surgery Details
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.
Arm Lift Surgery Recovery
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. Keep hydrated — drinking a gallon of water per day will help speed up the healing process. Dr. Bulan will provide you with additional instructions for before and after surgery. Following these instructions will not only improve the aesthetic results of arm lift, but also help you to minimize risks and complications associated with arm lift surgery, which include infection, fluid accumulation, bleeding, nerve damage, skin irritation, ongoing numbness and fat necrosis.
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.
Arm Lift FAQs
HOW LONG WILL MY ARM LIFT RESULTS LAST?
Most patients will see their arm lift results last a lifetime. The excess fat and skin removed during this procedure are gone permanently. With that said, maintaining your results does require effort on your part: without a healthy diet, you are liable to put on weight, which can lead to thicker arms and sagging skin again in the future.
WILL I HAVE SIGNIFICANT SCARRING?
With arm lift, there is no avoiding a scar. However, Dr. Bulan uses a refined technique to ensure the scar will heal with minimal visibility. He also strategically places the incision on the underside of the arm where it is more easily concealed from plain view. Most patients ultimately agree that having toned arms that give them confidence wearing sleeveless clothing is worth the tradeoff of having scarring.
WHAT IS THE COST OF ARM LIFT?
The price of arm lift varies between patients, with the main determining factors being how much skin needs to be removed from the arm, as well as whether Dr. Bulan is suctioning additional fat from the arm during the procedure. After devising a surgical plan with you during the consultation phase, Dr. Bulan will provide you with a complete quote. Financing options are available for patients who find it easier to make payments toward the total cost of the procedure.
WOULD LOSING WEIGHT ACHIEVE THE SAME RESULTS AS ARM LIFT?
Diet and exercise can certainly help people to lose weight, although some people may find that fat stubbornly clings to their arms more than other areas. No amount of diet and exercise can address loose, dangling arm skin, however. In fact, successful weight loss is often what motivates a patient to seek arm lift, since shedding pounds often leaves stretched out skin behind. If your excess arm skin bothers you, surgery is your best and most realistic option.
WHY DOES ARM LIFT NOT TREAT THE LOWER ARM?
Most arm fat and hanging skin accrue above the elbow, which is why brachioplasty focuses on this area. Stubborn fat is less likely to cling to the lower portion of the arms, so if you are concerned with the thickness of your arms beneath the elbow, improving your overall fitness may achieve the results you are searching for.
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE DR. BULAN FOR MY ARM LIFT SURGERY?
Dr. Bulan is an award-winning, board-certified plastic surgeon who treats his patients in a friendly, professional manner, from consultation all the way through aftercare. There is definitely an art to achieving attractive, natural-looking arms by excising skin, so it is important that you select a surgeon with excellent technique like Dr. Bulan. He has terrific patient reviews and before-and-after photographs to demonstrate the superior quality of his work.
How to Schedule an Arm Lift Surgery
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.