Arm Lift

The tissue in the upper part of your arms often increases in volume as you gain weight. In the process, the skin covering your upper arm expands to accommodate the extra fat and muscle. When you lose weight, or if you tone your upper arm muscles through exercise, your skin will not contract to its original state. Instead, the extra portion of skin will visibly sag when you raise your arms. You may have seen this effect in elderly people whose skin has lost its natural elasticity, or who may have gained and lost weight repeatedly over the years. It can also be caused by unavoidable genetic factors.

To treat this we perform an arm lift, or brachioplasty. This body contouring procedure removes unwanted skin between your armpit (axilla) and your elbow, reducing wrinkles and restoring a tighter, more youthful shape to your arms and chest.

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How an Arm Lift Works

In a brachioplasty, an incision is usually made along the inside or the back of your arm. We may remove fat deposits—surgically or through liposuction—before firming up or reshaping the underlying tissues of your arm using internal stitches. Excess skin can then be removed, and what remains can be smoothed over the new contour of your arm before the incision is closed.

Scars are an unavoidable side effect of a surgical arm lift, which remain visible underneath or along the back of your arms, and can sometimes extend to the side of your chest. But most brachioplasty patients find that to be an acceptable trade-off to achieve an immediate improvement in their appearance.*

Before & After

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Surgery length

2-3 hours


General or local with sedation




Temporary Swelling, Bruising, Some Pain, Bleeding, Infection, Fluid Collections, and Healing Problems


Back to work: 1-2 weeks. More strenuous activity: 4-6 weeks

Final appearance

3 months*

After-Care Guide

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