WHAT IS Arm Lift Surgery?
A frustrating side effect often associated with getting older or losing weight is dealing with loose skin. At Tamburrino Plastic Surgery & Med Spa, we offer upper arm lift surgery (also called brachioplasty) as a solution for anyone who can't tone or tighten their arms with the help of exercise and diet alone. Lax skin from the elbow to the shoulder is very typical, particularly for men and women who are advancing in age or those who have lost weight. An arm lift effectively removes this unwanted skin, sometimes referred to as "bat wings." To address this unwanted hanging skin, double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Tamburrino utilizes effective skin removal and tightening techniques to produce a slimmer shape and contour. If you would like to learn more about how brachioplasty can enhance the look of your arms, please contact our team to schedule your one-on-one consultation.
Arm Lift Reviews
"Dr.Tamburrino gave me BACK my life! After loosing 200 lbs, I was left with VERY excessive loose arm skin. As someone who has had extreme weight loss, this became a hinderance on daily life as the skin was SO loose & uncomfortable I figured plastic surgery was the only way to regain comfort in my new body. Dr.T was recommended from a friend and after meeting him in person (only once), I felt he was the one to preform an extended arm lift on me. I am almost 1 month post opp while writing this review, and cannot say enough amazing words about Dr.Tamburrino and his staff! From the first consult, we were given a wealth of knowledge & explained everything. We then booked the surgery. I had a 1 month out pre opp appointment, which was also full of more information. Dr.T made sure I had all my medicine before the surgery filled for ease & comfort - which helps because thats the last thing on your mind after surgery. The surgery itself went smooth. After the surgery, Nurse Anna was ALWAYS a text or phone call away - which is amazing because its stressful enough having a major surgery & having someone with info a call away - always eased my mind. Everyone in the office was always so warm & helpful. Andrea helped me get the perfect compression garmet & was always so helpful with ordering it! I like that after having the surgery, Dr.Tamburrino gives you the time & offers multiple post opp appointments to make sure you are hitting all the healing milestones & keeps close eye on your healing. He really knows his craft! This entire process was amazing. This was my first time ever having surgery & I honestly could not of picked a more perfect Dr & team. Besides feeling taken care of, I LOVE my results. I feel like I have regained my life back with having normal sized arms & can focus on staying healthy with my new arms. I cannot thank Dr.Tamburrino & his staff enough. I really mean this when I say how happy I am with how my arms look now & can say I have cried many happy tears seeing what transformation Dr.T gave me. (I hope he sees this because it is SO true. He REALLY changed my life with these results) If you are looking for a skilled & caring plastic surgeon who has perfected the craft, look no further. He loves what he does- and it shows. His entire team also seems happy & love working together."- H.B. / Google / Jan 04, 2023
"Words cannot express how highly my family and I recommend Dr. Tamburrino from Tamburrino Plastic Surgery & Med Spa! For us, it’s all about the experience, from booking the consultation to post-surgery care. My experience at Dr. Tamburrino’s office has been nothing less than stellar. Honestly speaking, I don’t think the staff would have it any other way. This team operates from a foundation of being a family-oriented office first. The team treats you like a human vs. a client. They get to know you and your family and wow you at every touch point you encounter on this journey. If you are searching for an experienced and brilliant plastic surgeon, look no further, you must have a conversation with Dr. Joe! I went in for a brachioplasty consultation and ended up getting lipo. The results (only two months later) are phenomenal and life-changing. It was the trust that was built during a transparent consultative conversation that gave me the confidence to choose Dr. Tamburrino. He has talked me through the expectations of every step leading into surgery and post-surgery, maintaining my confidence in the process. The after-care has been nothing less than exceptional. The reviews say it all. What else can I say? I am a customer for life! I will, without a doubt, consult with him anytime for any future services. Thank you - Dr. Joe, Andrea, Anna, Alexis, & Susan!"- J.C. / Google / Mar 02, 2023
WHO GETS ARM LIFT SURGERY?
An arm lift is a cosmetic surgery that employs innovative techniques to remove unwanted skin and tighten the remaining tissue. If you are tired of hiding your flabby arms and want them to look trim and taut again, it may be worthwhile to consider the benefits of brachioplasty. To be an ideal candidate for this advanced treatment, patients must be in good overall health to ensure easier healing. Some of the key concerns experienced by potential arm lift patients are excess, hanging skin on their upper arms and minimal tautness of the skin. Patients should be at or near their ideal weight prior to their surgery.
What are the benefits of an arm lift?
Loose or excess skin can be embarrassing and cause health problems like rashes, skin irritation, and even infection. The benefits of arm lift surgery vary from patient to patient, but many men and women find it very helpful in improving their confidence and quality of life. Many of our patients are excited to fit into new tops and bathing suits and show off their results. Other advantages of arm lift surgery in Doylestown, PA, include:
- A slimmer, more contoured shape to your arms
- Reduced sagging skin and wrinkles
- Improved skin elasticity and tone
- No more "batwing" appearance
HOW IS ARM LIFT SURGERY DONE?
Typically, your upper arm surgery will take place in an outpatient facility unless multiple cosmetic surgeries are scheduled to be performed at one time (like in the case of after weight loss surgery). An upper arm lift may be performed with other surgeries (usually completed in an inpatient setting for monitoring), like tummy tucks, mommy makeovers, and thigh lifts, as long as it is deemed appropriate. An upper arm lift is usually carried out with the patient under general anesthesia and can take several hours to complete. The sagging skin will be excised from the elbow all the way up to the armpit, and an incision will be created in a discreet location. While the incision will be made as hidden as possible, a scar will still result. In cases where liposuction is needed to remove stubborn fatty deposits, this will be done as well. Once the skin is pulled taut, it will be stitched together. You will have to keep the incisions clean, bandaged, and in compression garments.
What to Expect
The recovery period will last around two weeks, requiring lots of rest. It is vital to allow yourself time to heal after undergoing major surgery. Since the arms are used for nearly everything, patients should ease their way back into their usual routines. A suture removal appointment will be scheduled approximately ten days following surgery. Compression garments should be worn until you receive permission from Dr. Tamburrino to stop using them. For at least a month (4 – 5 weeks), all exercise must be avoided with the exception of taking short walks. If you develop excessive swelling, uncontrolled bleeding, fluid buildup (hematoma), infection, loss of feeling in the hands or arms, or heavy scarring, please call Tamburrino Plastic Surgery & Med Spa for assistance.
Can I combine an arm lift with other surgeries?
It's normal for arm lift patients to combine the treatment with another surgery. These procedures can include liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), or breast surgery (breast lift). Arm lift surgery is also frequently included in an after weight loss surgery for those who have lost a large amount of weight and want contouring throughout their body. During your consultation with Dr. Tamburrino, each surgery will be discussed so your personal treatment plan can be developed.
Will there be scars?
Arm lift surgery requires incisions to remove excess skin, which leads to scarring from stitches. However, Dr. Tamburrino will make every effort to place the small incisions in inconspicuous areas. Following your arm lift, creams to assist in scar healing will be recommended along with our tips for scar care management. Dr. Tamburrino also suggests you avoid sun exposure during the first year to protect the incisions from any additional discoloration. Most patients believe the benefits of a more toned arm outweigh the minimal scars created.
What results can I expect from an arm lift?
A surgical arm lift is performed to address hanging skin and fat. You should follow a healthy lifestyle that includes diet and exercise to avoid a dramatic weight loss or gain, which could compromise your results. Following your lift surgery, as soon as your arms are recovered and Dr. Tamburrino has authorized it, you can begin strength training. This is a good way to add shape to your arms by strengthening and toning the muscles.
Are there nonsurgical treatments to improve my arms?
Although there are a lot of noninvasive skin tightening procedures, they can only provide mild improvements. To address moderate to severe skin laxity, arm lift surgery is your best option. Along with removing excess skin, Dr. Tamburrino also liposuctions small amounts of fat and smoothes the tissue and remaining skin. If you're interested in learning about nonsurgical options, Dr. Tamburrino can talk about all possible treatments in your consultation and help you decide which treatment may better suit your goals.
Get Back Your Shape
Whatever you call your droopy skin or the "bat wings" underneath your upper arms, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tamburrino calls it as a way to improve your appearance with cosmetic surgery. This exciting procedure provides emotional and physical benefits as well. If you're at or near a healthy, stable weight but still cannot get rid of the skin and flab that hang from your arms, please contact us and schedule a private consultation at Tamburrino Plastic Surgery & Med Spa in Doylestown, PA.
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