After substantial weight loss, weight gain or simply from the effects of aging, skin on the upper arms can become loose and flabby. Arm lifts, also known as brachioplasty, remove that excess skin and fat. Patients who have significant amounts of fat may want to consider combining the procedure with liposuction. Plastic surgeon Dr. Dana Khuthaila performs arm lifts for her New York City area patients that create smoother, tighter contours, as well as dramatically improving skin quality in both appearance and texture.
"24 and Baby Faced - I went to Dr. Khuthaila for "facial slimming botox" - it's a procedure where botox is injected into your masseter muscles (your jaw) and gradually paralyzes the muscle causing the muscle to atrophy overtime. For my first session i had 40 units put in, Dr. Khuthaila used a vibrating tool as a distractor as she administered the injection. It was completely painless and it was done in what felt like under two minutes. There was some slight bruising on the side of my face which I promptly covered up with makeup and went back to work right after. I have to preface this with this. I have a theory that I have especially hypertrophied masseters because I used to chew gum while I lifted weights. I've also always had a round wide-ish face and I've been looking into invasive asian cosmetic procedures for years. I decided to try this to see if I could go about it differently. I'm a personal trainer, fit, at my goal weight, 20% body fat and I know this is the smallest my face is going to get. You can make your face appear smaller by reducing your body fat, and I had just hit my ceiling. The first week really didn't garner a noticeable difference in my eyes. My face was still pretty round and not "v'd". I went back for a touchup (10 units) a week and a half later because Dr. Khuthaila noticed a bit of asymmetry with my jawline. (Probably because I chew with my right side, also a theory) About two weeks out I woke up and noticed that my chin looked especially prominent and I could not stop staring at myself throughout the day. It really was working. In fact, I felt like I had a new face. So all and all the procedure works, but it takes time and the changes are subtle. "- J. / RealSelf / Apr 08, 2017
"22 Year Old Unhappy with Profile of the Nose - I always felt that my profile was missing something but I didn't know what I wanted to correct. I realized after taking countless profile selfies that the tip of my nose was lacking perky-ness (If that any makes sense). I've thought about having a rhinoplasty to correct it but I didn't want to break my nose in the process being that all I wanted was structure to the tip. Dr.Khuthaila recommended we try a non surgical temporary treatment and we proceed from there. I was amazed with how quickly and instantly the results were! My nose has the perfect uplift I was looking for and she saved me from going under the knife when it truly was not necessary. The result is exactly what I wanted and I cannot thank her enough for all her help and support. <3 "- S. / RealSelf / Apr 06, 2017
"Best Plastic Surgeon in NYC! Love my Botox! - Dr Dana Khuthaila is amazing! After turning 30 I was interested in less invasive procedures to spruce up my face. I started to get annoyed at the lines starting to become permanent on my forehead. Dr Khuthaila suggested I try Botox in the forehead and between my eye brows to smooth everything down and get rid of those lines...(I also have thick forehead muscles that bulge up when I squint). Being a professional and expert injector she used the perfect amount of the Botox that gave my eye brows a nice little lift and totally smoothed out my forehead, I still have movement and I certainly do not look "overdone" which was one of my main concerns. Everyone keeps complimenting me on how refreshed and rejuvenated I look, even my husband can't quite figure out why I am looking exceptionally awesome these days! The injections were painless and she even used a really cool vibrating gadget that helped distract me from any pain (which I did not feel at all). She took her time, explained everything in detail and gave me great post op care instructions. Her office is spectacular with overlooking views of Central Park...million dollar view for sure! Her staff is warm,welcoming ,always smiling and so amazing at confirming appointments AND they even called me the next day to see how I was feeling after the injections...totally thoughtful follow up care, they make you feel like family! Hands down she is the best, her surgical work as well is beyond incredible. I will be back for more Botox and her injectable filler work is flawless as well."- M. / RealSelf / Mar 31, 2017
"I LOVE Dr Khuthaila. She is one of the very few doctors that will not only do an amazing and meticulous job, but will take her time to explain the procedure and answer all questions along the way, and do it with the integrity of a true professional and with the best interest of the patient in mind first and foremost. I saw many plastic surgeons before I found her, at the recommendation of a very close friend, and once you meet her, you will immediately understand why her patients love her so much. She's treated me and my mom, I've recommended her to friends and will keep going back to her. She is 5 star all around. As an added bonus, her gorgeous office overlooks Central Park and is close to wonderful restaurants and the nice shops on 5th and Madison. Thank you Dr Khuthaila!!!"- S.M. / Yelp / Aug 23, 2016
"Excellent experience - I am very picky, before the procedure I had 7 consultations with 7 different drs. She was by far the most detailed, honest and explained exactly what shall I expect. The procedure was very smooth, I didn't feel a thing, healing process was much faster than my friends who did it with other Drs I was able to go out 2 days after the procedureToday I am 2 weeks after And I have no visible scared or bruises Oh and the most important thing is She phoned to check on me and they have me a number to text or call if I have any questions and I did text many times and they reply fast and efficient Excellent experienceHighly recommended"- K. / RealSelf / Mar 30, 2017
During arm lift surgery, an incision is made along the inner arm, from the armpit down towards the elbow. Once this incision has been made, liposuction may be used to remove excess fat, and any loose skin will be trimmed away. Depending on the extent of the surgery, a draining tube may be placed to help control bleeding. In patients with excessive drooping, where there is looseness within the internal tissue structures, a tightening technique will be used internally. These surgical efforts will result in a smaller circumference of the upper arm.
Brachioplasty is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and typically takes around 2 hours to complete. It is considered an outpatient procedure. If this surgery is combined with another body contouring procedure, then the patient may be required to stay overnight in the hospital. Following surgery, the arm should be kept elevated to help control swelling and promote circulation. Patients will experience a slow return of normal function. Arm and hand strength, specifically, will be weak for the first several weeks as the internal tissues heal.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2-3 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 6 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Arm Lift FAQs@headingTag>
Liposuction or Lift?@headingTag>
Patients that have excess fat inside their arms may be candidates for liposuction, but arm lift patients typically do not have excess fat as their primary problem. These individuals have excessive sagging and loose, hanging skin. The only way to correct this problem is through a brachioplasty procedure. Patients who have relatively good skin tone but also have excess fat in the arms can sometimes achieve their desired results with an exercise and diet regime that incorporates the use of weights.
What About Scarring?@headingTag>
It’s important that patients understand scarring is a part of this procedure. It is recommended that patients avoid sun exposure during the first year to protect the incisions from any additional discoloration. Most patients believe the scars are a small trade-off for a new, shapelier arm. We will discuss scar care to help assist in the healing process.
It is common for arm lift patients to combine this surgery with another procedure. Some common techniques often combined during what is known as an “upper body lift” include liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and breast surgery (breast lift). During your consultation, each surgery will be discussed and recommendations will be made on whether these procedures should be done at the same time.
How Toned Will I Look?@headingTag>
An arm lift is performed to remove hanging skin and fat. The only way to build muscle is through strength training. Following surgery, once the arms are fully healed, patients can resume exercise and weight training. This is a great way to add shape to the arms by toning and strengthening them.