Body


 

Arm Lift

An arm lift reshapes the under portion of the upper arm, from the underarm region to the elbow.

Why Arm Lift?
Fluctuations in weight, growing older and even heredity can cause your upper arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance. Exercise may strengthen and improve the underlying muscle tone of the upper arm, but it cannot address excess skin that has lost elasticity or underlying weakened tissues and localized fat deposits. If the underside of your upper arms are sagging or appear loose and full due to excess skin and fat, an arm lift may be right for you. An arm lift from Dr. Arkoulakis in Edison, NJ:
» Reduces excess skin and fat between the underarm and the elbow
» Reshapes your arm to result in smoother skin and contours
» Results in a more toned and proportionate appearance
   —Please note: In order to achieve your improved image, there will be a scar on the inside of your upper arm.

What Is An Arm Lift?
An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that reshapes the under portion of the upper arm, from the underarm region to the elbow. The procedure is performed to:
» Reduce excess sagging skin that droops downward
» Tighten and smooth the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm
» Reduce localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region

Is An Arm Lift Right For Me?
In general, candidates for an arm lift include:
» Adults with significant upper arm skin laxity
» Adults of any age whose weight is relatively stable and who are not significantly overweight
» Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase risk of surgery
» Non-smokers
» Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations
 


 

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

The results from Abdominoplasty can be dramatic. Despite countless hours in the gym and a healthy diet, many people find it extremely difficult to reduce excess fat in the abdominal area. When all else fails, Abdominoplasty, also known as a Tummy Tuck, offers New Jersey area residents an alternative. A Tummy Tuck can reduce stomach fat and showcase a more sculpted and toned appearance. Dr. Nolis Arkoulakis has performed many successful Tummy Tuck procedures for patients in the Metuchen and Edison New Jersey area.
Procedure: Flatten abdomen by removing excess fat and skin and tightening muscles of abdominal wall.
Length: 2 to 5 hours.
Anesthesia: General, or local with sedation.
In/Outpatient: Either depending on individual circumstances and extent of surgery.
Side Effects: Temporary pain. Swelling, soreness, numbness of abdominal skin, bruising, tiredness for several weeks or months.
Risks: Blood clots. Infection. Bleeding under the skin flap. Poor healing resulting in conspicuous scarring or skin loss. Need for a second operation.
Recovery: Back to work: 2 to 4 weeks. More strenuous activity: 4 to 6 weeks or more. Fading and flattening of scars: 3 months to 2 years.

The difference between a Tummy Tuck and liposuction is that a Tummy Tuck removes the abdominal wall fat, as well as tightens both the abdominal wall muscles and surplus abdominal skin. While both Liposuction and a Tummy Tuck are surgical procedures, Liposuction uses several small incisions to suction away the fat from under the skin. Alternatively, a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) procedure makes an incision on the lower abdominal wall to remove both skin and fat. Detaching the surfeit skin allows Dr. Arkoulakis to tighten and smooth the remaining abdominal skin. An Abdominoplasty also includes the ability to tighten the abdominal wall muscles when they become flacid or separated (diastasis recti). Many Tummy Tuck patients combine Abdominoplasty with Liposuction to obtain even excellent results.

 


 

Liposuction (Suction-Assisted Lipectomy)

Liposuction is an outpatient operation that removes pockets of excess fat. Liposuction is not a solution for losing weight, since it is not safe to remove large amounts during the procedure. However, it’s a good choice for contouring parts of the body and for removing a troublesome area of fat that just won’t go away with a proper diet and exercise. For larger volumes of fat or for fibrous body areas, ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL) may be used. UAL is a new technique in which a ultrasound probe is inserted beneath the skin to “liquify” the fat before it is suctioned.
Procedure: Improve body shape by removing exercise-resistant fat deposits with a tube and vacuum device. Can be performed using the tumescent technique, in which targeted fat cells are infused with saline containing solution with a local anesthetic before liposuction to reduce post-operative bruising and swelling. Common locations for liposuction include chin, cheeks, neck, upper arms, above breasts, abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, knees, calves, ankles.
Length: 1 to 2 hours or more. UAL: 20-40 percent longer than traditional liposuction.
Anesthesia: Local, epidural, or general.
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient. Extensive procedures may require short inpatient stay.
Side Effects: Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness, burning sensation.Tumescent: Temporary fluid drainage from incision sites. UAL: Larger incisions for cannula.
Risks: Asymmetry. Rippling or bagginess of skin. Pigmentation changes. Skin injury. Fluid retention. Excessive fluid loss leading to shock. Infection. UAL: thermal burn injury caused by the heat from the ultrasound device.
Recovery: Back to work: 1 to 2 weeks. More strenuous activity: 2 to 4 weeks. Full recovery from swelling and bruising: 1 to 6 months or more. Use of tumescent technique or UAL may decrease post-operative bruising and swelling.
Duration of Results: Permanent, with sensible diet and exercise.

Liposuction can help sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat from the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks and the neck.