Arm Lifts in Beverly Hills
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According to a report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more
than 15,000 upper arm lifts were performed in the United States in 2012.
The number of upper arm lifts has increased from 300 in 2000. This trend
reflects the reality people no longer want to put up with the appearance
of loose upper arm skin. Celebrities with beautifully toned arms may also
have influenced this spike in the popularity of upper arm surgery. As
people age, skin loses its pliability and its ability to adhere to underlying
tissue. Additionally, the deep layers of fat, muscle, and bone decline
as well. The amount of elastic tissue and collagen present in the dermis
(the deepest layer of the skin) also decreases with age. These factors,
combined with fluctuations in weight, genetics, and the force of gravity,
all contribute to the many changes that occur in the upper arm region.
The popularity of the “sleeveless” trend in fashion has motivated
women and men alike to seek surgery as a solution to problems with excessive
skin in the upper arm area.
Exercise may strengthen and improve muscle tone, but it cannot address
the problem of skin that has lost its elasticity, nor can it resolve the
issue of unwanted fat deposits that give the upper arms their flabby appearance.
Fortunately, with a Beverly Hills arm lift (brachioplasty) procedure at
Gabbay Plastic Surgery, Dr. Joubin Gabbay, M.D. can create a sculpted
upper arm that his patients are proud to show off*. Brachioplasty surgery
can involve either subtle skin tightening, or more dramatic results, depending
on the degree of the patient’s loose skin*. Dr. Gabbay understands
that there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” patient
and works with each patient to customize a treatment plan designed to
meet his/her specific needs.
Interested in finding out if an arm lift may be right for you? Call us
today at (310) 928-2558 to speak to our team!
Brachioplasty is especially popular among patients who have lost a significant
amount of weight because along with their weight loss, they often have
a large amount of excess, drooping skin in the upper arm region. In certain
situations the skin is able to retract after losing weight, making the
need for skin excision unnecessary. However, in most cases, the skin has
been stretched to the point that it has lost its elastic ability, and
it cannot retract to the new shape of the body. The reduction of sagging
skin in the upper arm area often help to bolster patients’ self-confidence
and enables patients to dress in clothing styles that they might have
previously been too self-conscious to wear*.
Types of Arm Lift Procedures
Arm contouring surgery can be tailored to meet each patient’s individual needs*.
Not all patients require extensive skin excision – the decision of
what type of operation to perform is based on the amount and type of skin
and fat present in the upper arm:
Type I—Excess skin with minimal fatty deposits
Type II—Both excess skin and fatty deposits
Type III—Excess skin in the upper third of the arm, typically caused by aging
Type IV—Excess skin in the lower third of the arm, typically caused by aging
or massive weight loss
Brachioplasty is generally performed using two different techniques:
The Full Upper Arm Lift: The full upper arm lift is a technique used to surgically remove excess
skin that droops from the upper arm. It involves an incision in the armpit
and along the underside of the arm to the elbow. In most cases, performing
a full upper arm lift is appropriate for patients with skin elasticity
problems resulting from the natural aging process, or for those who have
excess skin resulting from rapid weight loss. Most bariatric surgery patients
will require this type of traditional brachioplasty, as a mini arm lift
will not provide the drastic revision necessary after extreme weight loss*.
The Mini Arm Lift: This procedure involves an incision in the armpit similar to the full
arm lift incision, but on a much smaller scale. The mini arm lift procedure
is typically used for patients who have lost a moderate amount of weight
due to diet and exercise, or for those who have developed some excess
skin through the natural aging process*.
At Gabbay Plastic Surgery, the overarching goal is to provide patients
with the most rewarding experience possible. Dr. Gabbay and his professional
and compassionate team educate patients about their procedures from start
to finish, and our surgeon is available 24 hours a day for his post-surgical
patients, to answer any questions or concerns patients might have during
Arm lift surgery typically takes 1-3 hours, and some results are immediately
visible, while continued improvement is seen over time as the incision
site heals and swelling diminishes*. The full upper arm lift operation
begins with an incision placed on the inside of the arm (or on the back
of the arm) that extends from the underarm to just above the elbow. The
procedure for a mini arm lift is similar to that of a full arm lift; however,
in a mini arm lift, the incision is much smaller. Dr. Gabbay will close
the incisions with absorbable sutures or fine stitches that will be removed
within 1-2 weeks*. Upon completion of your operation, you will stay in
the recovery room for approximately one hour prior to being released to
a friend or family member. Immediately after surgery, you should not move
your arms above your shoulders, and there will be some swelling and bruising.
Any swelling will peak 2-3 days after your arm lift and the majority of
swelling will subside within two weeks*. If you would like more information
about arm lift surgery, please
contact Gabbay Plastic Surgery and we will be happy to answer any and all of your questions, and to schedule
an initial, complimentary consultation with Dr. Gabbay. You may also click
the link below to read a more in-depth description of the arm lift procedure.
Candidates for Arm Contouring
The ideal candidate for an arm lift procedure is a patient with excess
fat and/or loose skin in the upper arm region.
Arm lift surgery is designed to*:
- Improve the shape and contours of the arms
- Remove excess/hanging skin resulting from weight loss or aging
- Give the arms a more toned and proportionate appearance
If you are interested in learning more about arm lift surgery, please call
Gabbay Plastic Surgery and let us schedule your personal consultation
with Dr. Gabbay. During your meeting, Dr. Gabbay will discuss your overall
expectations in order to determine whether brachioplasty can help you
fulfill your aesthetic goals. You should come to your consultation prepared
to discuss your medical history (including any past surgeries), present
medical conditions, allergies, and medications.
It is imperative that you are honest and provide complete information,
as numerous medical conditions can potentially increase the risks and
complications associated with surgery. If Dr. Gabbay feels you are a good
candidate for arm lift surgery, he will explain the different techniques,
costs and potential side effects before scheduling your procedure. When
choosing Dr. Gabbay, you can be assured that you are in the hands of a
surgeon who has undergone extensive training and is highly esteemed by
his colleagues and patients alike.
Brachioplasty is a surgical procedure that can be performed using two techniques:
The Full Upper Arm Lift: The full upper arm lift is a technique used to surgically remove excess
skin that hangs from the upper arm, and involves an incision made in the
armpit and along the underside of the arm to the elbow. Full upper arm
lifts are good options for patients with poor skin elasticity due to the
natural aging process, or who have large amounts of excess skin and fat
resulting from rapid weight loss*. Most bariatric surgery patients will
require traditional brachioplasty, as a mini arm lift is unable to provide
the drastic revision necessary after such extreme weight loss.
The Mini Arm Lift: This procedure involves an incision made in the armpit, and is similar
to that of the full arm lift, but on a reduced scale. The mini arm lift
procedure is typically used for patients who have lost a moderate amount
of weight due to diet and exercise, or who have developed a moderate degree
of excess skin as a result of the natural aging process.
Complementary Procedures and Alternatives: patients with excess fat in the arm region may benefit from having liposuction
surgery in conjunction with their brachioplasty procedure. Patients seeking
to improve the appearance of their arms with non-surgical body contouring
may elect to have laser skin tightening treatments.
Arm lift surgery is an outpatient procedure that typically takes 1-3 hours,
depending on the extent of the surgery*. Arm lift surgery is performed
using general anesthesia or IV sedation and the incision length and pattern
depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed. The full
upper arm lift operation begins with an incision placed on the inside
of the arm (or on the back of the arm) and extends to just above the elbow.
For a mini arm lift, the incision is much smaller and the excess skin
can be removed from the armpit.
After making the incision, Dr. Gabbay will elevate the skin and fat off
of the muscles of the arm before gently removing it, and will place a
tube beneath the incision to assist in draining of any fluid that may
accumulate. Dr. Gabbay will close the wounds with absorbable sutures or
fine stitches, which will be removed within 1-2 weeks*. A sterile dressing
will be applied and a compression garment (or binder) will be placed over
the arm to help support it and decrease post-operative swelling or bruising.
Your brachioplasty results will be noticeably immediately following surgery
and will continue to improve over the next few weeks, as the incision
site heals and swelling diminishes*.
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The Recovery Process
Upon completion of your operation, you will stay for approximately one
hour in our recovery room, prior to being released to a friend or family
member. You may experience some discomfort associated with the surgery,
which can easily be controlled with medication*. Upon discharge, you will
receive prescriptions for any pain you experience that you will take as
needed and antibiotics that you will take for several days to decrease
the chance of infection. Immediately after surgery, you should not move
your arms above your shoulders you will likely experience some swelling
and bruising, which will peak 2-3 days after your arm lift, and subside
within two weeks*.
You should be up and able to walk the day following surgery, although your
arm will be sore for several days*. Most patients return to work after
approximately one week; however, you will be instructed to avoid any strenuous
exercise for one month and heavy lifting for at least six weeks. You will
wear a compression garment to allow the skin to adhere to the underlying
tissues and will return to see Dr. Gabbay one week after surgery so he
can remove any sutures and bandages, and monitor your healing progress.
Although rare, potential arm lift complications include: swelling, bruising,
discomfort, tightness, tingling, numbness, infection, scarring, swelling,
adverse reaction to anesthesia, hematoma, seromas, and loss of sensation*.
Our plastic surgeon is dedicated to providing patients with remarkable
results. Call us today at (310) 928-2558 to schedule your consultation
about a Beverly Hills arm lift procedure.