Arm Lift in New York City

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Arm Lift Before & Afters

These Arm Lift before and after pictures represent actual patients from Dr. Kolker. They will help to assist you in understanding your various options and enable you to set realistic goals for your own surgical outcome. Click on a patient for their specific case details.

“I am so proud of my decision to have the arm lift with Dr. Kolker.... I made an investment in my happiness, my body and my self-esteem. I now have arms to be proud of... Losing the weight is only half the battle... feeling confident and proud of my new body is the real reward!”

— N.F. / NYC

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Excess skin and fat of the arms can be a result of heredity, or more commonly significant weight loss.

Not being able to wear tank tops, bathing suits or other sleeveless tops and dresses, and having to wear long-sleeved shirts, blouses or shawls in warm weather are common complaints. There may be physical problems caused by chafing and irritation of the excess skin and fat as well.

A brachioplasty or "arm lift" is a surgical procedure by which excess skin and excess fat from the upper arms are removed. Occasionally, when there is excess fat only with minimal skin excess and good skin elasticity, liposuction alone may be sufficient. More often, an Arm Lift or brachioplasty procedure is indicated, in which excess skin and fat are removed and the arms are contoured.

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When receiving an Arm Lift New York patients will receive a procedure that best suits their needs, and will be carefully customized, using the most appropriate combination of techniques.

Ideal Arm Lift Candidate

  • Loose, excess skin and localized fat of arms after massive weight loss
  • At a weight loss "plateau"

Arm Lift Advantages

  • Directly removes excess skin and fat of arms
  • Firms and tightens arms
  • Tones and defines arms with liposuction

Arm Lift Techniques

  • Limited Incision Arm Lift (Short Scar Arm Lift)
  • Classical Arm Lift
  • Axillary "T" Arm Lift
  • Axillary "Z" Arm Lift
  • Upper Body Lift

Arm Lift Stats

  • Length: 2 to 4 hours
  • Back to Work: 7 to 10 days
  • Return to Exercise: 7 to 10 days (light cardio), 3 weeks (moderate exercise, very gentle biceps and triceps toning), 6 weeks (more strenuous exercise, and integration of more arm exercises)
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Following your Arm Lift procedure, you will go home the same day with a friend or family member.

Dr. Kolker suggests taking ten to fourteen days for recovery when feasible, although it is indeed possible to return to work or school as early as seven to ten days after your arm lift (provided there is no strenuous activity or heavy lifting involved). Small drain tubes are placed during your arm lift, and most often these will be removed between the second and fifth day. With few exceptions, all sutures are dissolvable, and no suture removal in necessary. Light aerobic activity (elliptical or Precor, light treadmill walking, stationary bicycle, recumbent bicycle) may be resumed as early as seven to ten days following arm lift, and more strenuous activity is begun at three weeks.

Very light biceps and triceps toning exercises with light hand weights are encouraged at three weeks, and arm exercises are increased at four to six weeks. The final shape and feel is reached approximately three months after arm lift. Your relationship with Dr. Kolker does not end after arm lift surgery; he will see you often through the first weeks and months following your Arm Lift, and will advise you on all matters in your recovery including exercise, activity, and diet.

While arm lift surgery is frequently performed as an isolated procedure, an arm lift may indeed be performed with other procedures.

For those individuals who desire additional plastic surgery enhancements, arm lift may be combined with breast augmentation, breast lift (mastopexy), breast augmentation and lift (augmentation mastopexy), thigh lift, liposuction, and facial rejuvenation procedures in selected cases. Most commonly, the arm lift / brachioplasty procedure is combined with a breast lift (mastopexy) and lateral chest lift as an upper body lift, or as an isolated arm lift combined with a medial thigh lift. Other procedures geared towards treating the excesses associated with massive weight loss, such as lower body lift, circumferential thigh lift, and facelift can be performed before or after the Arm Lift procedure, usually staged by 8 to twelve weeks

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