Arm Lift


Arm lift – also called brachioplasty – is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the upper arms. Arm lift surgery is particularly helpful for patients that have lost a significant amount of weight and have hanging skin with stretch marks that will not improve with further weight loss or exercise. At the Polacek Center for Plastic Surgery near Providence, Rhode Island, arm lift is performed by Dr. Lori Polacek, a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in body contouring procedures.

If you live in Rhode Island and have body contouring questions, request a consultation with Dr. Polacek. Or phone us at (401) 331-0202 and we will discuss the best approach to address your specific needs.

Choosing Brachioplasty

Brachioplasty is performed on women and men of varying ages who want a firmer, more toned appearance in their upper arms. It is most commonly performed after massive weight loss, which often leaves residual skin and fatty deposits in areas such as the upper arm. People from Cranston and Providence combine breast enhancement surgery and other procedures with arm lifts for a more comprehensive improvement.

Not everyone is a candidate for arm lift surgery. Patients who smoke, take medications or have certain medical conditions such as high blood pressure, blood clotting problems, diabetes or the tendency to form excessive scars should discuss potential risks with Dr. Polacek.

Brachioplasty Procedure & Recovery

Brachioplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia for optimal patient comfort. In most patients, an incision from the armpit to the elbow is required on the inner part of the arm. Dr. Polacek is experienced and highly skilled in these procedures and uses leading edge techniques resulting in exceptional results and minimal scarring. Though scars will always be visible, Dr. Polacek has developed various techniques and placement of the incisions to insure the best possible outcome for her patients. Most patients go home the same day of surgery and, like other body contouring procedures such as liposuction, the patient is required to wear a snug elastic garment to assist in healing.

During your consultation, Dr. Polacek will review your treatment options for arm lift surgery, including pros and cons of each procedure, potential risks and complications, recovery course, pre and post operative instructions, and aesthetic outcomes.

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