Arm Lift*

Upper Arm Lift

Over time, gravity gets the best of us all.  Skin that becomes droopy and unattractive can be enhanced through a series of lifts.  Lifts can be utilized on most areas of the body from head to toe.  Arm, thigh and face are the most common areas while buttocks lifts are growing in popularity.  Lifts are also beneficial to stomach-staple patients who lose a large amount of weight and are looking to remove the excess skin that many patients develop.

Liposuction can be used in place of an arm lift in special instances where there is excess fat but the skin is still tight.  If the skin is loose, however, the only method for correction is the arm lift.  The drawback to the lift procedure is the noticeable scarring.  Scarring therefore is the trade-off.  Many people find that they prefer the scarring over the excess tissue and also find that the scarring can fade over time.

Also known as brachioplasty, an arm lift reshapes the under portion of the upper arm, from the underarm region to the elbow.

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:

  • 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

A special 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 it 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

What to expect afterwards

Normal activity can be resumed within 7 - 10 days.  No lifting should be performed for the first 3 - 5 days and no heavy lifting for 2 weeks.  Swelling is typical and there may be some mild to moderate discomfort over the first few days. Medication may be prescribed as needed. 

*Individual results may vary