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Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

Losing a large amount of weight only to be left with loose, sagging skin is frustrating for many men and women. Excess skin hanging off your arms can be just as — if not more — uncomfortable as the fat you’ve already shed.

As body contouring specialists, the board certified cosmetic surgeons at New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts can help tighten and reshape your natural contours with an arm lift.

Why should I choose New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts?

The staff at New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts are dedicated to providing their patients with a safe, enjoyable surgical experience. Our surgeons understand the stress and hesitation that often comes before undergoing cosmetic surgery. Because of this, they will work to make your time with them carefree.

The board-certified cosmetic surgeons at New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts will personalize your treatment plan to fit your needs and goals. By choosing us for your cosmetic surgery, you can feel confident that your safety and satisfaction will be the priority.

  • Brachioplasty, or arm lift, is a cosmetic procedure that treats excess skin on the upper arm. The surgeons at New Look New Life specialize in the safe surgical treatment of loose skin in the upper arm. They also integrate liposuction as needed to address excess arm fat.

  • Brachioplasty is performed on men and women to:

    • Reduce sagging skin
    • Tighten muscle and tissue
    • Create a slimmer appearance
    • Improve comfort
    • Increase confidence
  • Many women collect fat in their upper arms resistant to toning exercises, which prevents them from feeling confident in sleeveless clothing. Additionally, men and women who have lost significant weight are left with large amounts of upper arm skin, limiting their ability to find comfortable clothing. An arm lift is an effective and safe remedy for patients with excess arm skin or fat that constricts or impairs their daily functions and harms body image.

    Candidates for arm lift surgery are in generally good health, do not smoke, and have realistic expectations of their results. A consultation with our board-certified cosmetic surgeons will help you determine if brachioplasty is right for you.

    If you think you might be a candidate for brachioplasty, contact New Look New Life Surgical Arts by calling (646) 559-2854.

  • During your brachioplasty consultation, your surgeon will:

    • Perform a physical evaluation
    • Take photos
    • Discuss your medical history
    • Discuss your goals for the procedure
    • Address your concerns
    • Answer questions
    • Recommend combination procedures

    Once you are confirmed as a candidate, our surgeons will create a personalized surgical plan based on your needs.

  • The specialists at New Look New Life perform arm lifts at the Manhattan surgical center. You will be under general anesthesia, and your surgeon will conduct the entire surgery from beginning to end.

    An incision will be made under your arm lengthwise from elbow to armpit. If necessary, liposuction will be performed to extract excess fat from the area. At the same time, your surgeon will address the excess hanging skin to create a lifting effect.

  • Arm lift surgery can be performed in combination with a thigh lift for people with excess skin on their thighs as well as their arms. By combining a thigh lift with an arm lift, patients can expect a more comfortable, pleasing body appearance.

  • Arm lift surgery can be performed as one of the procedures within your Mommy Makeover. By including an arm lift in a Mommy Makeover, patients can achieve an overall slimmer, more attractive body they can feel comfortable with.

    Please note that our surgeons will only combine procedures if it is safe to do so. Not every patient is a candidate for combining surgeries.

What Are Your Concerns?

  • New Look New Life patients heal very well from arm lift surgery, though you will naturally experience limited and uncomfortable use of your arms in the days following. You will want to rest at home while the temporary pain and discomfort pass.

    Those who work at a desk will be able to return to the office one week after surgery. Heavy lifting and strenuous exercise will be limited for longer.

  • Since your brachioplasty surgery is performed under general anesthesia, you will not feel any pain during surgery. Pain and discomfort during your recovery can be managed with over-the-counter or prescription medication.

  • Since incisions are made during an arm lift, scarring is inevitable. However, our surgeons try to place incisions in inconspicuous locations. Brachioplasty scars will fade with time.

What Does Brachioplasty Cost in New York?

At New Look New Life, brachioplasty surgery starts as low as $9000, and you will be given a detailed quote during your consultation. The cost of your arm lift will include your surgeon’s fee, anesthesia, facility, operating room fees, required garments, and all of your follow-up visits.

Check out our financing information to learn more about paying for your arm lift in New York.

What Are Some Frequently Asked Questions About Brachioplasty Surgery?

  • The results of an arm lift are immediate, and you will continue to enjoy improvements as your skin heals and adheres to the new shape. Patients are extremely pleased with the drastic yet natural-looking reduction in arm size.

  • You will be advised to discontinue blood-thinning medication, NSAIDs, Advil® or ibuprofen, and Aleve® for two weeks before surgery. You will also be required to quit smoking for this time. If you are a gastric bypass patient, you will be given additional nutrition and supplement counseling to prepare your body for surgery and recovery.

    As the procedure is done under general anesthesia, you should not eat or drink the morning of your arm lift.

    Patients who choose arm lift surgery will see a drastic improvement in the size of their arms; however, it is important to understand that a scar will remain. Despite skill and precision, constant arm movement prevents the body from scar-free healing in this area. For many patients, the increased confidence makes this a worthwhile trade-off.

    During your consultation, we can draw the intended incision on your arm, allowing you to return home and consider how you feel about the inevitable scar.

  • Your arm lift results are long lasting, provided you maintain an appropriate fitness level and a healthy diet. Skin elasticity weakens due to the natural aging process, and you may notice slight loosening in the arms over many years.

  • When performed by an experienced, board-certified cosmetic surgeon, brachioplasty is generally safe with little risk of complications. However, all cosmetic procedures come with risks.

    These risks include:

    • Infection
    • Bleeding
    • Poor scarring
    • Nerve compression
    • Sensory loss
    • Anesthesia complications
  • The arm lift procedure takes approximately two to three hours to complete.

  • An overnight stay is unnecessary, though you will remain in the surgical center for a few hours after the procedure. You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you after surgery.

  • Brachioplasty alone does not treat significant excess fat. Patients with extra fat in the upper arm may benefit from liposuction surgery.

At New Look New Life, helping you achieve beautiful results with minimal time away from your busy life is our goal. Dr. Victoria Karlinsky-Bellini is a New York cosmetic surgeon whose eye for detail and careful attention to her patients showcases itself in the gorgeous and natural-looking results they are able to provide. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Karlinksy-Bellini give our office a call today at one of our two New York locations (Manhattan and Westchester) and get ready for a new, more confident you.

Before & After Gallery

Arm Lift - Before
Arm Lift - After

Ready to schedule your Arm Lift consultation?

We would love to discuss your options and answer any questions or concerns you may have. Give us a call at (646) 559-2854 to schedule a private Arm Lift consultation. New Look New Life has two New York locations (Manhattan and Westchester).