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Arm Lift New York City with Dr. Cangello

When the skin on the upper arms loses elasticity, it can start to droop. Excess skin in this area can be minimized to some degree with arm toning exercises, but unfortunately, a workout routine is not enough to create lean arms, free of excess tissue. Loose skin can be a direct result of many factors including age, genetics, sun exposure, smoking or significant weight loss. With the help of an experienced plastic surgeon, however, skin can be tightened and the contour improved for an aesthetically pleasing appearance.

What Is an Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)?

This cosmetic surgery eliminates the loose, hanging skin and fat on the upper arms. The procedure can:

  • Restore shape to the upper arms
  • Add definition to the upper arm
  • Remove sagging skin tissue
  • Remove excess fat

The arm lift procedure can last from one and a half to two hours, depending on the amount of tissue being removed. After anesthesia is administered, Dr. Cangello will begin the procedure with liposuction. He will reduce the overall circumference of the arm by removing the fat and feathering into the surrounding aspects of the arm that are outside the area of skin excision for the best possible aesthetics. Once the fat has been suctioned, Dr. Cangello will make an incision along the inner arm that extends from the elbow to the armpit. The exact length of the incision will depend on the amount of excess tissue. Some patients who have a small amount of skin may require an incision that is confined to and hidden in the armpit.

With excellent attention to detail and unmatched precision, Dr. Cangello makes an incision using a linear or curved pattern. While making the incision, he finds the best way to hide any post-surgical scars. Once the excess skin and fat are removed, the incisions are meticulously sutured closed to create defined contours.

David L. Cangello, MD, FACS Plastic Surgery New York

Dr. David Cangello is one of the top board-certified plastic surgeons in all of New York City. His approach of treating plastic surgery with an artistic eye has successfully shaped his practice. Dr. Cangello cares about the result of the surgery as much as the patient does. Read more to learn why you should choose Dr. Cangello for your next procedure.

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Am I a Good Candidate for an Arm Lift?

You are a good candidate for surgery if you have loose skin and excess fat on your upper arms. To be considered for the procedure, however, you must have no severe health conditions, have reasonable expectations about the surgery, and most importantly, be ready to follow any instructions given to you by Dr. Cangello. By adhering to these principles, you can significantly decrease the likelihood of difficulties during or after the procedure and optimize the healing process.

If you want your arms to be defined and aesthetically pleasing, Dr. Cangello can help you decide if an arm lift is the solution you’re looking for.

The Consultation: Creating Your Treatment Plan

Obtaining defined arms requires you to be open about your medical background, including any underlying health conditions and medications you may be taking. To experience the best results, you should be within your ideal weight range, and you should not be planning on children shortly. Additional weight gain and loss can create loose skin even after a brachioplasty.

During your first appointment, talk to Dr. Cangello about your aesthetic goals and what you should expect from the procedure. He is passionate about providing exceptional service to every patient, helping them obtain the most well-proportioned arms possible. To achieve the best results for you, Dr. Cangello will evaluate every aspect of your arms and develop a plan to make them look more defined and proportional to the rest of your body. Dr. Cangello is meticulous about his work and can transform your arms by creating the aesthetically pleasing look you desire.

Each patient’s arm lift is tailored to fit their specific needs. Dr. Cangello conducts a physical examination to thoroughly evaluate your concerns. He analyzes the quantity and quality of tissue and excess fat around your upper arms to determine the best type of incision to use for your procedure. The goal is always to minimize visible scarring, so your preoperative planning is completed with this in mind.

Preparing for Your Brachioplasty

Dr. Cangello’s commitment to his craft allows him to achieve exceptional results. To address your unique needs, Dr. Cangello designs a pre-operative plan to ensure you experience the best outcome possible. Depending on your current health and the results you expect to see after the procedure, your plan may include various changes in habits that can potentially influence your health, including diet, smoking, physical activity, and more. You may also need to stop using certain medications and supplements. A detailed list of preoperative instructions will be given to you at your consultation. Furthermore, Dr. Cangello’s staff will go over them with you and answer any questions you may have.

The amount of excess skin tissue and fat tissue removed from your arm lift depends on your needs and preferences. Together, we will determine the ideal approach for creating slim and sleek arms

We understand that you want the healing process to be as quick and comfortable as possible.  A post-operative plan will be created to help lessen any discomfort you feel throughout the healing process and to facilitate a speedy recovery.

Where Will the Surgery Be Performed?

Dr. Cangello’s New York City office is fitted with a fully accredited (AAASF) state-of-the-art operating room on site and is suited for a variety of plastic surgery procedures, including an arm lift. You can request a tour when you come to meet Dr. Cangello for your consultation.

The Recovery Process

The recovery instructions provided after the procedure are essential to healing quickly and comfortably. After the surgery, you will need to keep your arms elevated as much as possible for three days to maintain optimal blood flow and minimize swelling. It is essential to understand that bruising and swelling are a natural part of the healing process.

Recovery can take between two and four weeks. You will have to take time off work for at least one week to relax. It’s important to ask someone for help with errands and chores so that you have the proper amount of time to get your strength back and heal properly.

You may return to your regular schedule and most of your usual activities in around one to two weeks, but you will need to avoid strenuous physical activity of any kind for four weeks to ensure the best results possible. By treating your arms with the utmost care during your recovery period, you’ll obtain the results you’re looking for.

Please call our New York City office at (212) 644-4416 to set up a consultation and learn how you can benefit from an arm lift.

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The consultation fee with Dr. Cangello starts at $250. Your consultation fee may be applied to your procedure, provided you undergo the same procedure for which you had the consultation.