Arm Lift FAQs

What is an arm lift?

Also known as brachioplasty, this plastic surgery is performed to eliminate loose skin and excess fat deposits from the upper arms, with the goal of creating a more tone and aesthetically pleasing arm appearance. The procedure may also be referred to as arm liposuction, as it usually involves the use of liposuction to remove fatty deposits from the upper arms.

Who is a candidate for an arm lift?

Ideal candidates for brachioplasty should be in good overall health and be close to their desired weight. They should have loose skin or fat deposits on the upper arm that have not been improved through diet and exercise programs. Patients who have recently lost a significant amount of weight may find that excess skin remains on their arms. Such individuals can greatly benefit from an arm lift, as it is difficult to naturally eliminate excess hanging skin after weight loss. Patients should also have realistic expectations about the outcome of their procedure. After meeting with you, our plastic surgeon can help you determine if you are a good candidate for an arm lift procedure.

What results can be achieve through an arm lift?

An arm lift can reshape your skin to provide a more toned appearance and more attractive contours. Excess skin and fat will be reduced, giving your arm a more proportionate appearance. Additionally, skin will be smoother and irregularities on the surface of the skin will be minimized.

How is an arm lift performed?

Your arm lift will be performed under general anesthesia or a combination of intravenous sedation and local anesthesia. Brachioplasty is an outpatient procedure, so you will be able to return home on the same day as your surgery. First, incisions will be made on the inside of your upper arm. Then liposuction will be used to remove excess fat. Excess skin may be tightened and trimmed. Finally, your plastic surgeon will carefully suture your incisions to minimize visible scarring.

How long is the recovery period?

During the recovery period, you may experience pain, swelling, and bruising. Discomfort can be alleviated with prescription or over-the-counter painkillers. Your doctor may advise you to keep your arms elevated to minimize swelling, which typically subsides within 2 weeks. Stitches are usually removed 1 week after surgery, at which point you will be able to shower again. Most patients are able to return to work within 3 weeks, but should avoid strenuous activities and lifting for 6 weeks. Your doctor will provide you with a set of post-surgical guidelines to minimize discomfort and help ensure a successful outcome.

Where can I learn more about arm liposuction?

Please contact us to learn more about how an arm lift can improve the contour and shape of your arms. Our plastic surgery centers are conveniently located throughout Westchester County, Nassau County, and Suffolk County. Our doctors are happy to answer any questions to help you determine if brachioplasty is right for you.