Arm Lift



  • 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


An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, reduces excess skin and fat between the underarm and the elbow, reshaping the arm for smoother skin and contours. The surgery provides a more toned and proportionate appearance for the arms.

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 has underlying weakened tissues and localized fat deposits. Brachioplasty can address those issues.

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.

The success of your arm lift procedure/brachioplasty starts with the first consultation with your plastic surgeon. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle. Be sure to share your issues or concerns so that we have a complete picture of your health and long-term goals.

Be prepared to discuss:

  • Why you want the surgery, your expectations and desired outcome
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
  • Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and medications
  • Previous surgeries


Incisions are generally placed on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm, depending on the surgeon’s preference, and may extend from the underarm (axilla) to just above the elbow. If fat is to be reduced during your arm lift, it will be excised or treated with liposuction. While the contour of your arm will be improved, you will have a permanent scar.

Depending on your specific situation, incisions may be fewer and more limited. Then, underlying supportive tissue is tightened and reshaped with internal sutures. Finally, the skin is smoothed over the new contour of your arm.

Surgeries and recoveries are more successful for patients who are as healthy and strong as possible.

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The smoother, tighter contours that result from brachioplasty are apparent almost immediately following your procedure, although initial results will be somewhat obscured by swelling and bruising.

Your new, shapely and toned upper arm can be dramatically improved both in appearance and feel. The results of arm lift surgery will be long-lasting, provided that you maintain a stable weight and general fitness. As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness, but most of your improvement should be relatively permanent.

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