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Don’t Leave Those Arms Flapping in the Summer Breeze

arm liftOne of the most irritating areas where the skin loosens and sags as we age is the upper arms. In New York, we may be able to cover up our giggly arms during these winter months, but who wants to do that in the spring and summer? Wearing sleeveless blouses and sundresses is a rite of summer! But who wants to do so when the undersides of our upper arms are swinging back and forth like a saloon door in Amarillo.

An arm lift with Dr. Bruck will give you back the confidence for that next trip to the Hamptons!

What is an arm lift?

It’s not a comparison that anyone wants, but you’ve probably heard the term “bat wings” used to describe the phenomenon of loose upper arm skin. The underside of the upper arms can become downright flappy with advancing age. You can do thousands of triceps exercises and they’ll just keep on flapping on. This is especially true if you’ve gained and lost a fair amount of weight. As we age, the skin simply won’t recover to its former degree of tautness.

Clinically called brachioplasty, an arm lift is the surgical procedure where Dr. Bruck removes unwanted fat and excess skin from the upper arms and the area adjacent to the armpits. The result is upper arms that are firmer and contoured, upper arms that are ready for your new backless dress!

Who should get an arm lift?

An arm lift could be a good procedure for you if you have loose, excess, or sagging skin on your upper arms that doesn’t respond to exercise. Or, if you’ve lost lots of weight, yet the excess skin on your upper arms didn’t go away with the weight, an arm lift can help.

How does Dr. Bruck perform an arm lift?

An incision is made on either the bottom of your arm or the backside. It runs from the elbow to the armpit. Dr. Bruck will tighten the underlying muscles and remove loose skin. Usually he will also add some liposuction to remove excess fat. If you don’t have too much excess skin, he may opt to perform a minimal incision arm lift, which uses only small incisions near the underarm area to tighten the upper arm. With either method, when the procedure is complete, you’ll go home with compression garments around your upper arms to help them adapt to their new tighter contour. This is easy to conceal during the upcoming winter months.


Most arm lift patients return to work after one week, and can resume normal exercise and activity within a month. Swelling can last, on and off for up to a couple months. Scars will fade over the next 18 months to where they will not be overly noticeable.

Quit covering up your upper arms; get an arm lift with Dr. Bruck. Call 212-308-4600 to schedule your consultation.

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