Plastic Surgery

Arm lift surgery, also known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure used to remove excess fat and skin from the upper arms for a more toned, slimmer appearance. Over time, the soft tissue in the upper arm becomes lax and may begin to droop and sag, resulting in arms that appear loose and hanging. Soft sagging tissue on the upper arms may also be the result of major weight loss.

In some cases your plastic surgeon may suggest liposuction in conjunction with an arm lift to remove excess fat in the upper arms. Liposuction alone will not improve the condition of loose skin.

What can an arm lift do for me?

An arm lift can restore a trim, taut, youthful contour to the upper arms.

Who is a good candidate for arm lift surgery?

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

What can I expect during an arm lift?

In most cases, arm lifts are performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Incisions are made between the armpit and the elbow, and sutures are used to close the wounds. Recovery takes at least a week. Most normal activities can be resumed after three or four weeks.