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Arm Lift Surgery Can Create a Toned Appearance

Aging, weight loss, and heredity can cause excess, sagging skin on your upper arms. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your arms, and you would like to feel confident wearing short-sleeved shirts, consider an arm lift. Headquartered in Pittsburg, PA, Dr. Dennis Hurwitz is renowned for body contouring procedures such as arm lift surgery, which is used to remove excess fat and tissue from the upper arms. The treatment can have a dramatic effect on your appearance and confidence.*

Dr. Dennis Hurwitz is renowned for body contouring procedures such as arm lift surgery. He uses advanced techniques to achieve the most natural-looking results.

Who Needs an Arm Lift?

The skin on the upper arms may begin to sag due to age, genetics, or significant weight loss. Loose upper arms can make men and women feel self-conscious and hesitant to wear certain types of clothing like swimwear. If you are unhappy with sagging skin on your upper arms, and no amount of exercise seems to help, you may make a good candidate for arm lift surgery.

Adult men and women who have had bariatric surgery or other forms of weight loss are likely to seek brachioplasty, as are adults who suffer from skin laxity. The best candidates are healthy patients who have stabilized at their goal weight. Smokers do not make good candidates for surgery, and will be advised to stop smoking at least one month before the procedure. Patients with the best outcomes have no health problems to slow healing, and are realistic about their expectations. At your consultation, you will discuss your health and desired outcome in detail with Dr. Hurwitz. If you both decide that a traditional or mini arm lift is right for you, we will schedule a surgery date, provide you with detailed pre-operative instructions, and answer all of your questions and concerns.

Arm and Thigh Lift

Dr. Dennis Hurwitz uses a comprehensive approach to reduce excess skin on patients' arms and thighs. Know as thigh or arm lift, these treatments tighten the skin on the arms or thighs, creating a sleeker, more contoured appearance. Dr. Hurwitz presents his patients all of their options, also including minimal options such as VASERlipo®. Consultations with Dr. Hurwitz are complimentary.
*Note: There is no guarantee of specific results. Results may vary for each individual. 

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What to Expect during the Procedure

When you arrive for the outpatient procedure, you will be comfortably settled in a surgical suite and provided with the sedation discussed prior to your procedure. Dr. Hurwitz will mark the outline of the surgical sites before beginning. Surgery should take about two hours to complete.

Woman pinching skin on upper arm

The upper arm lift procedure requires an incision on the underside of the arm, from the underarm to the elbow. The exact length, shape, and position of the incision varies, depending on the patient’s case and desired outcome. A mini arm lift requires a smaller incision, typically in the armpit where scarring will be inconspicuous. During the procedure, the surgeon will remove skin and fat, working carefully to minimize any scarring. Dr. Hurwitz often performs liposuction to accentuate results. Liposuction can also reduce the risk of complications caused by lymphoceles and prolonged arm swelling. Once the incisions are closed, you will be transferred to a recovery room until you are ready to be escorted home by a friend or family member.

Recovery and Results

Immediately after the surgery, the site will be bruised and swollen. Before your surgery, Dr. Hurwitz will provide you with post-operative instructions such as directions to take your pain medication as prescribed, change bandages and keep the surgical site clean, wear a compression bandage, and eat a healthy diet. Refrain from exercise and work for about two weeks, and do not do any heavy lifting.

A one-week check-up appointment will be scheduled, so Dr. Hurwitz can check the surgical site and answer any of your questions about recovery and results. In many cases, patients immediately notice changes in their appearance, but the final effects should become evident about two to three months after your procedure. If you maintain a stable weight, the results of your arm lift could last for decades.*

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Slim, proportionate upper arms can impact the aesthetics of your entire appearance. To learn whether the procedure is right for you, contact Hurwitz Center for Plastic Surgery and schedule a consultation today. 

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I honestly never thought of myself as a serious candidate for elective surgery ... but I’m already feeling and looking so much better.* Jill's Story

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