Arm Lift

What is an Arm Lift?

An arm lift is also called a brachioplasty procedure.  It is designed to eliminate unwanted skin and adiposity of the upper arm. As one ages tissue becomes lax, causing the skin to “sag”. In addition, increased adiposity can also contribute to heaviness in this area.  Skin excision can be combined with liposuction to eliminate unwanted skin and fat and contour the upper arm. The incision can be placed in the arm crease or along the upper, inner arm depending on the degree of skin laxity.

What to Expect:

The procedure is performed in the operating room under general anesthesia. Unwanted skin and fat are removed from the upper arms. The duration of the procedure is 2 hours.


The arms are wrapped initially with soft wraps for gentle compression. The soft wraps are transitioned to compression sleeves 1 week after surgery. The sleeves are worn for several weeks to contour the arms and minimize swelling. Heavy lifting and strenuous exercise should be avoided 4-6 weeks after surgery.

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