Plastic Surgery Expert Offers Tips about Upper Arm Lift Surgery

by Alexandra Kilpatrick

Plastic Surgery Expert Offers Tips about Upper Arm Lift Surgery

Dr. Elan Singer and Joshua Fox, M.D. of Advanced Dermatology, P.C. recently shared tips with about upper arm lift surgery.

Singer comments that the toned arms of celebrities like Michelle Obama, Kelly Ripa and Jennifer Aniston have inspired an increased popularity of upper arm lifts among women who want to bare their arms during the summer season but don’t want to show the “batwings” common to weight loss, aging and genetically loose skin.

Professionally known as brachioplasty, upper arm lifts have increased by more than 4,000 percent since 2000, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. More than 15,000 women underwent arm lift procedures in 2012. The 2013 ASPS poll showed that the trend is partially caused by the heightened attention on female celebrities with strong arms, like Jessica Biel and Demi Moore.

“But you don’t need to be famous to want to confidently wear short-sleeved and sleeveless fashions, especially in the summer heat, and an upper arm lift can help people achieve this ideal,” Dr. Singer told His practice emphasizes plastic surgery on the breast and body.

“More people are becoming aware of the benefits of arm lift surgery and are seeking us out,” Joshua Fox, M.D., medical director of Advanced Dermatology, P.C., explained to “We were awarded best plastic surgery practice on Long Island in 2013. They want to look and feel great and realize their options for doing so have expanded.”

Upper arm lift surgery involves trimming loose skin and fat to reshape the upper arm from the underarm region to the elbow. Generally taking between 90 minutes and two hours to complete, the outpatient procedure often incorporates liposuction to help remove additional fat.

Singer explains that the optimal candidates for an arm lift are those at or near their desire weight, with loose upper arm skin that hasn’t responded to diet or exercise, who lost at least 80 pounds and who are otherwise healthy and don’t smoke.

The procedure leaves a scar on the underside of the arm that often proves barely noticeable six months or more after surgery.

“While exercise can improve the upper arm’s muscle tone, it can’t effectively take care of excess skin that has lost its firmness due to age or weight loss, along with localized fat deposits that may be genetically programmed into an individual,” Singer explained to “People dealing with these factors may want to consider an upper arm lift as their solution.”

Recovery from arm lift surgery tends to occur over a period of weeks. Most patients require compression garments on their arms to both minimize swelling and maximize the chances for a smooth contoured result, according to Dr. Singer. Most patients can return to work within a couple of weeks and exercise and lift heavier objects four to six weeks after surgery.

According to a study in the journal Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, 95 percent of all complications from arm lift surgery are classified as minor, like bruising and swelling. Patients can improve healing by elevating their arms while sleeping and limiting strenuous activities in the weeks after surgery.

“It’s a trade-off,” Singer told “You have a scar but you lose the loose skin. Most patients consider the trade-off well worth it.”

There are several non-invasive yet slightly less effective options, like Thermage, Ulthera and Liposonix, which offer no downtime with mild swelling for those who do not want a linear scar. SmartLipo and ThermiRF are semi-invasive techniques with no stitches in which the device enters through a tiny hole.

The liposuction industry’s leading laser-assisted system, SmartLipo also successfully destroys and permanently eliminates fat cells in specific parts of the body.

If you are a Naperville resident and wish to learn more about SmartLipo, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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