For many weight loss patients, the arms are often the first area they want to work on. Loose, sagging, and stretched-out skin can be uncomfortable and unsightly, especially when the arms are elevated. An arm lift can create a sculpted upper arm that complements your figure and your wardrobe.
The Dr. Shuster Approach
Dr. Shuster’s objective with the arm lift, or brachioplasty, is to give his patients the confidence to wear sleeveless dresses, tops, and anything in their wardrobe comfortably. He believes that an arm lift is not just about slimming and contouring the arms, but it’s also equally important that the resulting scar is not noticeable when the arms are exposed. Because of this, Dr. Shuster performs the arm lift by making a well-placed incision in the natural groove along the inner aspect of the arm which will lead to as inconspicuous a scar as possible. He will then remove any excess skin and soft tissue from the arm. This allows Dr. Shuster to both reposition the skin and improve the support of the underlying soft tissue for the absolute best outcome. He then finishes the procedure with his triple layer closure method, helping the resulting scar to fade very well over time.
Yesterday’s Arm Lift
Traditional arm lift methods place the incision on the back of the arm so the patient will never see it. Unfortunately, anyone standing behind them will. Dr. Shuster doesn’t think that this approach will get many women into a sleeveless gown or blouse. That’s why his technique places the scar on the inner part of the arm facing the body, so that the resulting mark is least visible during routine arm movements.
“I had an arm lift and a breast lift with Dr. Shuster. The results are spectacular. I have never had better medical care.”
A Few Facts About Arm Lifts
- Arm lifts usually take about two hours.
- Dr. Shuster’s arm lift method results in the least noticeable scar possible.
- Most patients can usually return to work after one week.
The Dr. Shuster Difference
Dr. Shuster is a third-generation, board-certified plastic surgeon. His expertise, attention to detail, and patient-centered approach provide a highly personalized experience and unsurpassed results.
20 years of experience is evident in every arm lift. His degree of detail, subtlety, and naturalness makes the arm lift noticeable but never obvious.
Like all the surgical procedures Dr. Shuster performs, it is beautiful results that have gained him a reputation for excellence throughout Florida. To see his results for yourself, please visit the gallery.
A Personalized Approach
During the consultation, Dr. Shuster will evaluate the severity of drooping skin and your personal goals to develop an individualized plan to best sculpt your arms.
Dr. Shuster is not only an exceptional surgeon, he is a photographer and artist.
Dr. Shuster performs his surgeries at Memorial Regional Hospital South. His team has been with him for over 14 years and he has chosen them based on their excellence and expertise.
What You Need to Know
What is an arm lift?
A brachioplasty is a surgical procedure Dr. Shuster uses to tighten the upper arm and remove excess skin. This allows Dr. Shuster to both the re-drape the skin in this area and improve the support of the underlying soft tissue. The result is a much improved contour to the upper arm, especially when the arm is raised.
Who is a good candidate for brachioplasty?
Good candidates for brachioplasty are healthy individuals who have much laxity along the upper arm. This laxity is often the result of weight loss or time.
Where are arm lift procedures done?
Dr. Shuster is on the medical staffs of Memorial Regional Hospitals in Hollywood, Florida and The Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach. With an emphasis on safety, Dr. Shuster performs all of his surgeries in the hospital. He has a consistent team of professionals, some have been with him for 14 years. Dr. Shuster feels that the hospital setting is the most appropriate setting for surgery.
How long does an arm lift take?
The procedure takes approximately two hours.
Does an arm lift require general anesthesia?
Yes, the arm lift is performed under general anesthesia at a nearby accredited surgical center.
How is the arm lift procedure done?
Dr. Shuster’s method for brachioplasty focuses on the groove along the inner aspect of the arm. He removes skin and underlying fat to create a tight and smooth contour. In doing this it is not just the skin he removes. Dr. Shuster has found that the best results from a brachioplasty occur when the deeper tissues are tightened as well.
Will there be any scars after an arm lift?
Yes, however Dr. Shuster approaches the arm lift from the inner aspect so that the scar is much less noticeable and heals better over time as opposed to traditional methods.
Is an arm lift painful?
Some swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort are to be expected after the procedure, but those symptoms typically fade after about a week and can be helped by keeping your arms elevated with a pillow.
What is the recovery time for an arm lift?
Patients can usually shower after the 3 days and return to their normal level of activity after two weeks, though more strenuous exertion my be advised against for several more weeks, depending on your progress.
What is the aftercare once an arm lift has been done?
Dr. Shuster will provide you with specific care guidelines as well as a compression garment that allows the arms to solidify their new contours to ensure optimal recovery. You will be scheduled with one or more follow-up appointments so that Dr. Shuster can confirm proper healing and keep up with your progress.
When will I notice results of an arm lift?
Following the procedure, you will immediately notice a more trimmed and toned appearance to your arms.The results are permanent. While our bodies continue to change, the arms will never revert back to the way they were before surgery.