Sagging, inelastic skin on the arms is common but undesirable for those who deal with it. The skin on the upper part of the arms is some of the hardest to tone up, no matter how much exercise you do. With major weight loss, aging, or simply genetics this skin becomes loose and can hang down like a batwing. If this sounds like your arms, no worries, Dr. Erella can help to tone up the arms with an arm lift at Aspira Plastic Surgery.

What is an Arm Lift?

An arm lift, medically referred to as a Brachioplasty, is a type of cosmetic surgery that removes excess skin and fat in the arms. During the surgery, Dr. Erella will remove excess skin and fat, along with tightening and smoothing out the skin so that the arm looks more toned and defined. Patients love this surgery because they are finally able to feel confident in clothes like tank tops and short sleeves without worrying about their arms.

What is an Extended Arm Lift or Brachioplasty?

In a regular arm lift, the incision will end in the armpit area. With an extended arm lift, the incision will be extended along the lateral side of the chest, where excess skin in the lateral chest will be removed to tighten the area further. This is an option that is mostly used for post-bariatric patients who have undergone massive weight loss.

To prepare for an arm lift, it is important to find out if you are a good candidate.

Are You a Good Candidate for an Arm Lift?

To make sure you can safely undergo the arm lift procedure, there a few requirements that you should meet. You should be in good general health, with no underlying health conditions. If you feel that you need to lose weight you should be at or near your ideal weight before surgery. Additionally, if you smoke, you will need to quit before surgery as smoking can cause complications. One of the common smoking-related complications is slow wound healing which increases the possibility of wound breakdown & infection.


What is the Procedure and Recovery Like?

Depending on how much loose skin you have on the arms, the incision type will vary. On the day of your surgery, you will be given general anesthesia to make you comfortable. The surgery is outpatient so you will be able to return home the same day with someone to drive you. An incision will be made on the inside of your arm so it will be less visible. Through this incision, Dr. Erella will remove excess skin and fat while tightening up and repositioning the tissues for an aesthetically pleasing appearance. Afterward, the incisions will be closed, and you will be sent home to start recovery.

A compression garment may be worn after your surgery to help your tissues heal properly. Dr. Erella will provide you with a list of instructions to follow during the recovery period. It is important to avoid strenuous activities, lifting, and moving your arms while healing. During the first week, movements will be limited. After that, you should be able to return to gradual work and resume some light activities. Within three weeks you should be back to your normal activity level.

Schedule a Consultation

During your consultation with Dr. Erella, he will examine your arms, go over your health history, and learn about your goals and lifestyle to see if this is a good treatment option for you. If you would like to learn more about the arm lift and extended arm lift, please contact Aspira Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation with Dr. Erella.

Mommy makeovers are highly sought-after procedures because they combine multiple procedures in one to address the various concerns that many women face after childbirth. The surgical techniques used allow women to address their major concerns about the changes they have undergone in their breasts and abdomen regions. Though this is a time and money saver for those who want multiple procedures, the recovery can be extensive. Dr. Erella and the team at Aspira Plastic Surgery will walk you through the recovery steps and postoperative care instructions so that it is as easy as possible.

What’s Included in a Mommy Makeover?

Most common procedures that are involved in the mommy makeover are:

Other procedures may be included during your personalized mommy makeover surgery depending on your goals.

The Mommy Makeover Recovery Timeline

The recovery timeline we set out is very generalized. Each patient will have a different mommy makeover recovery experience dependent on the procedures that are chosen, their health, and how closely they follow postoperative care instructions. The initial recovery for mommy makeover lasts between seven and ten days, with long term recovery lasting several weeks to a couple of months.

Dr. Erella considers this surgery outpatient unless it is extensive and lets patients recover in the comfort of their own home. He will give detailed care instructions for you to follow while you are healing. While the length may fluctuate, the mommy makeover recovery timeline includes:

Week 1

Patients will have their incisions bandaged and will need to wear a surgical garment that manages the swelling, and holds the tissues together. During this time, patients will be on prescribed pain medications. Bruising, swelling, and inflammation will start to occur during this time. The initial side effects will subside within a week but will still be present for a few weeks. Any alcohol consumption or use of tobacco will need to be stopped during the recovery.

Week 2-3

Most patients can start routine activities into their day like walking. After 2-3 weeks you will most likely be able to return to work. Strenuous activity should still be limited. Swelling may still present but have noticeably subsided. Compression garments will still need to be worn at this time. Alcohol consumption and cigarettes are still not permitted at this point.

Weeks 3-6

You should include build-up light exercise in your daily life once you are cleared by Dr. Erella. The side effects may still be present but only noticeable to you. Compression garments usually come off around 4 weeks.

Week 6 and After

You will be mostly healed at this time. You will notice the changes in your body and begin to enjoy your mommy makeover results. Exercise and regular daily activities can be resumed at this point. You may still continue to notice improvement over the next four months.

Talk with Dr. Erella

Dr. Erella will provide complete instructions for your mommy makeover recovery. He will also meet with you at follow-up appointments to track your progress and make sure that the incisions are healing properly. If you ever have any questions during the recovery time, feel free to contact Dr. Erella. He wants his patients to be comfortable during their recovery and be knowledgeable of any possible complications.

If you are ready to address your various concerns with a mommy makeover procedure, contact Aspira Plastic Surgery to schedule your mommy makeover consultation today. We will help you to look and feel confident.

Sometimes fat can be stubborn and can be difficult to remove with diet and exercise alone. No matter how strict your diet is or how regularly you work out, you may still struggle with lingering pockets of fat hiding your toned contour. Luckily, SmartLipo™ offers a solution, allowing you to remove that last bit of stubborn fat to improve your figure. Dr. Erella not only offers traditional liposuction but SmartLipo™ as well, with skin tightening benefits and a more comfortable recovery process. Here’s what you can expect from your experience with SmartLipo™:


The SmartLipo™ Procedure Process

To understand SmartLipo™, you’ll need to understand traditional liposuction first. This is a highly popular procedure, involving the use of a cannula to break up and remove stubborn fat cells. Liposuction can effectively target areas like the abdomen, hips, thighs, back, upper arms, buffalo hump and even smaller areas like under the chin. SmartLipo offers the same fat removal in the same areas, but with some added benefits!


Instead of using a cannula to break up stubborn fat cells, SmartLipo™ relies on laser energy to melt the fat. The cannula is still used to remove the destroyed fat; however, laser energy requires much less trauma on the body or the tissue, resulting in less bruising, less pain and lesser swelling for a more comfortable recovery process.


Laser-assisted liposuction like SmartLipo™ also offers skin tightening benefits by stimulating the collagen of the skin that traditional liposuction does not. If you struggle with stubborn fat SmartLipo™ might be an effective solution for you. This allows patients to receive optimal contouring improvements in one treatment.


Life after SmartLipo™

There is still some recovery after SmartLipo™, similar to traditional liposuction, however, many patients report a more comfortable process with less swelling, less pain and bruising. Once these side effects diminish, you can enjoy the slimming and tightening results of your procedure. Normal patients can usually resume activity after 3-4 days because it is also done under local anesthesia in the office as an outpatient procedure.


Once the stubborn fat is removed, to ensure long-lasting results, maintain a healthy status with diet and exercise. This is the best way to longevity with your results after SmartLipo™. You’ll want to avoid future weight gain to other areas. This can be done by following a strict diet and regular exercise routine.


Your SmartLipo™ Consultation

 The best way to ensure successful, safe and long-lasting results from your SmartLipo procedure is to choose an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Erella. During your SmartLipo™ consultation, Dr. Erella will discuss your concerns and determine if SmartLipo™, traditional liposuction, or other body contouring technique is right for you. To get started on your customized treatment plan, contact our office and schedule your consultation today.