Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) & Thigh Lift (Thighplasty)

Double Board Certified Manhattan Plastic Surgeons

Brachioplasty or “Arm Lift”
An Arm Lift, or brachioplasty, is a procedure to remove redundant flabby and sagging skin folds of the upper arms and to restore the firmness of younger arms. Arm Lift, or brachioplasty, allows patients to once again enjoy arms that are firm, toned and proportionate with the rest of their body. Some patients need to undergo a brachioplasty because they are unable to find shirts that have wide enough arms, or are uncomfortable with showing their arms at all.

An arm lift procedure is most effective for patients who have lost weight but have trouble losing weight in their arms, or need a little tightening in the area. An arm lift is often combined with other cosmetic procedures, such as liposuction, thigh lift and a tummy tuck in order to sculpt the body and create a slimmer and more defined appearance.

For patients with a significant amount of excess skin and fat, a standard arm lift incision is made on the inside of the arm that extends from the axilla (armpit) to the elbow. Fat and excess skin is completely removed. First, the deep layers of the wound are closed and then the more superficial and finally the skin wound is closed with dissolvable sutures. Before closure, drains are placed and exit the skin through small holes either in the axilla or near the elbow. The final scar is usually a T-shaped line with the long limb going along the length of the arm, and the short limb extending across the armpit. The drains may remain in place for a few days. Following surgery, your arm will be placed in a special compression garment to help the newly sculpted skin adhere to the underlying tissue and to reduce swelling.

An arm lift is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. The procedure takes about two hours to perform, and patients can usually return home on the same day. Recovery takes three to four weeks. During this time, you will be advised to avoid lifting and strenuous movements. Most patients can return to work after one week, unless it involves strenuous physical activity.

The results of this procedure are visible immediately, and will continue to improve as swelling subsides over the next three to six months. Patients feel more comfortable exposing their arms and have improved self-confidence after this procedure.

Thighplasty or “Thigh Lift”
Loose and sagging skin in the area of the inner and outer thighs is often caused by weight loss from diet, exercise or bariatric surgery and can make some people self-conscious about their legs. Patients may avoid wearing shorts or bathing suits, or have a difficult time finding clothes that fit correctly. In addition to making some people feel unattractive, excess skin around the thighs can cause uncomfortable rubbing and chafing that can lead to rashes, sores and even infections. The truth is that no matter how hard you’ve worked to lose weight and get into shape, when stretched skin loses its elasticity, diet and exercise can’t eliminate the extra, hanging skin.

A thighplasty is performed to remove the excess skin and fat from the upper legs. Your surgeon then removes this tissue to create a taut and firm leg contour. The thighs will be sculpted to achieve a more toned appearance.

Thigh lifts are conducted on an outpatient basis using general anesthesia. In a medial thigh lift (inner thigh lift), the surgical incision is made in the inner thigh along the line where the leg meets the groin. In a lateral thigh lift (outer thigh lift), the incision is made from the groin around the back of the body, so that the buttocks are lifted along with the thigh.

The skin is carefully separated from the underlying muscle and tissue. Excess skin is removed. If needed, liposuction may be used to remove excess fat. The remaining skin is stretched and tightened over the area and sutured closed. The surgery takes between 2 and 3 hours. Drainage tubes may be inserted to help remove excess fluid for the first two days. A dressing and light compression garment will also be applied following the surgery and must be worn for a few days. Swelling and bruising are common and subside over a few weeks. Most patients are back to work in about 1-2 weeks and resume most normal activity within 3 weeks.

Our experienced surgeons reduce bruising and recovery time with the application of state-of-art techniques and the use of homeopathic or herbal options. Detailed postoperative and aftercare instructions will be provided to each patient.

To schedule a private consultation with the Hudson Valley, Westchester County and the Tri-State Area’s best arm lift and thigh lift plastic surgeons, please contact our Concierge Patient Coordinators at (845) 454-8025 or email us at info@NYfaceMD.com.


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