Arm Lift

What is an Arm Lift?

An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a procedure to remove excess sagging skin on the arms, tighten and smooth underlying tissues, and reduce fat pockets in the upper arm area. Multiple factors can result in drooping, sagging excess skin on the upper arms including heredity, age, and weight fluctuations. This can lead to discomfort, difficulty buying comfortable clothing, and embarrassment for those living with it. Thankfully, an arm lift is a safe and effective solution.

Candidates for an Arm Lift

Adults who are bothered by a significant amount of lax skin on their upper arms and who are at a stable weight can often benefit from an arm lift. Ideal candidates will be nonsmokers without medical conditions that may impair the healing process. The best way to determine if this procedure is right for you is to schedule a consultation appointment at our office. During your consultation, you will share your medical history as well as other information to determine if this procedure is right for you. If so, a personalized treatment plan will be created to make your cosmetic goals a reality.

The Procedure

The length and pattern of your incisions will depend on the amount of excess skin to be removed. However, incisions are generally placed on the back of the arm or inside of the arm and extend from the underarm to the elbow. Liposuction is used to remove any excess fat. Incision patterns may include an inner arm incision, a back of the arm incision, or a minimal incision that is only created in the armpit. Incisions will be closed with absorbable sutures or stitches.


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Dressings or bandages may be applied to your arm lift incisions, and you may need to wear a special compression garment on your arms to help minimize swelling. A thin tube may also be placed under the sin to connect any excess fluid that drains. You should avoid lifting your arms above shoulder level while you heal, as well as avoid exercises that involve your arms as it may stretch the incisions.

Our team will provide you with instructions on how to care for your incision site and drains, as well as how to take any prescribed medication and concerns to look for when healing. Please do not hesitate to contact our office regarding any post-treatment questions or concerns.

Schedule Your Consultation

Are you bothered by excess tissue on your upper arms? If so, North Valley Cosmetic Surgery can help! To get started, schedule a consultation appointment at our Scottsdale, AZ office.

Arm Lift FAQs

Can underarm fat be removed?

Underarm surgery or brachioplasty is more commonly known as an arm lift. This procedure tightens loose, sagging skin and removes excess fat deposits in the upper arm that develop with age or significant weight loss.

Do arm lift scars fade?

Patients will experience bruising and swelling, which is normal. With proper at-home care, and following post-op instructions, patients should be able to return to normal function in about 4 – 6 weeks. In about six months, arm lift scars fade, and patients can begin to enjoy long-lasting results.

Do compression garments help with loose skin?

The best ways to help prevent these complications is to reduce skin to skin friction. You can do this by applying powder in between your skin to reduce moisture and chaffing. Also, you should wear compression clothing because it can help hold your skin in place to reduce rubbing.

Do waist trainers tighten loose skin?

While corsets provide a measure of transformative magic in and of themselves, they do not have the power to shrink loose skin. That said, they can help you to corral your curves so that you feel confident and attractive in whatever you wear.

How do you lose arm fat fast?

The 9 Best Ways to Lose Arm FatnFocus on Overall Weight Loss. Spot reduction is a technique that focuses on burning fat in a specific part of your body, such as the arms. ...nStart Lifting Weights. ...nIncrease Your Fiber Intake. ...nAdd Protein to Your Diet. ...nDo More Cardio. ...nCut Down on Refined Carbs. ...nSet a Sleep Schedule. ...nStay Hydrated.

How long after Brachioplasty Can I exercise?

Most patients can resume light activity like walking after two weeks. For more vigorous exercising, like running and yoga, certain arm movements may risk injury or pain. For that reason, Dr. LaGrasso will recommend that you wait 4 – 6 weeks before resuming your regular exercise routine or once cleared by him

How long does it take for Brachioplasty scars to heal?

Patients need to be aware that a brachioplasty scar is long and may be slow to heal. It may take as short as six weeks or up to one year before the scar is soft and flexible. It is common to have scabs for several weeks, as well as fluid under the skin flap.

How long does it take to recover from an arm lift?

There is no universal timeline for recovery from an arm lift. Everybody heals at a different rate based on factors such as skin health and overall health. However, in general, the entire recovery process will take around two to three weeks.

Does arm lift leave a scar?

Scarring. Incision scars from an arm lift are permanent, but are typically placed in areas that arent easily visible. Rarely, incisions can result in raised, red scars. Injections of a corticosteroid medication or other treatments might be used to improve the appearance of scars.

Does arm lipo hurt?

After liposuction, patients have soreness and bruising. Typically, a compression sleeve is worn around the arm for up to 4 weeks. Resting the arms for 4 to 5 days is recommended; most patients are completely recovered after 4 weeks.

Does Medicare pay for Brachioplasty?

Does Medicare pay for Brachioplasty? No. Arm lift procedures are considered cosmetic surgery by insurance companies.

How much does a Brachioplasty surgery cost?

The average cost of an arm lift is $4,861, according to 2020 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This average cost is only part of the total price – it does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.

How painful is an arm lift?

Discomfort is common early after brachioplasty. You will likely have bruising, swelling, redness, and mild to moderate discomfort during the first week or two of recovery. Oral pain medications can reduce any pain during this time

What is arm lift surgery?

A brachioplasty is a surgery that reshapes the back part of your upper arm, from your arm to your elbow. Its also called an arm lift. It removes extra skin and tissue. It makes your upper arm look smoother. When a person gains a lot of weight, his or her skin slowly stretches over time.


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