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Often in the world of plastic surgery, you hear more about facelifts, breast augmentation, nose jobs, and tummy tucks, but arm lifts are a popular procedure for both men and women suffering from loose, flabby upper arms. In fact, about 15,000 women received arm lifts in 2012, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. That’s a 4300% increase since 2000! Why the increase in arm lifts? While there isn’t a specific reason, the procedure has multiple benefits. So raise your hands in celebration of the benefits of arm lifts! Today on the blog, our Manhattan plastic surgeon, Dr. Aviva Preminger, shares these benefits and more.

What is an arm lift?

An arm lift or Brachioplasty is a surgical procedure that removes loose, sagging skin from the backs of the upper arms. Arm lifts improve the arms’ shape and tone, eliminating that notorious “batwing” appearance that both men and women face as they age or lose weight.

What is the procedure like?

Each patient’s needs are unique, but a typical arm lift takes about 2-3 hours and is an outpatient procedure. Dr. Preminger performs many of her surgeries in her private, boutique practice located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. This avoids the need for a visit to the hospital. Following your surgery, you can expect to be back to work and resume light exercise within a couple of weeks. It may take 8-12 weeks for swelling to resolve completely. There are some risks and side effects, such as bleeding, bruising, swelling, pain, tightness, and scaring. But choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon in Manhattan, like Dr. Preminger, lessens these risks. Dr. Preminger will discuss potential risks and side effects with you during a personalized consultation prior to scheduling your surgery. Results can be permanent with proper diet and exercise.

Benefits of arm lifts

There are many benefits of getting an arm lift in Manhattan. Here are a few of those benefits.

More options for clothing

Warmer temperatures are quickly approaching, which means short sleeves, sundresses, tank tops, and bathing suits! But if you suffer from batwings or sagging arm skin, the thoughts of putting on these garments might make you cringe. An arm lift, however, can quickly turn your self-consciousness into confidence! After an arm lift, you’ll have more options for clothing.

Toned, contoured shape of the arms

An arm lift removes excess skin and fat to reveal more toned, contoured arms.

Removes excess skin and fat

Try as you might, but in some cases, diligent exercise and the best diet in the world won’t get rid of those bat wings! In some cases, surgical intervention is the best option.

Better results when working out

With excess skin and fat removed, you’ll see better results when working out. An arm lift paired with a consistent exercise routine and a healthy diet will reveal underlying muscle.

Arm Lifts in Manhattan and New York City

Hiding your arms can be difficult, especially in warmer weather when you want to wear short sleeves or tank tops. Whether you have sagging arms due to age or weight loss, an arm lift in Manhattan may be the best option for you. If you’d like to see if you’re a candidate for an arm lift or learn more about the procedure, call Preminger Plastic Surgery at (212) 706-1900 to schedule a consultation.

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