Arm Lift or Arm Reduction (Brachioplasty)

An arm lift, or brachioplasty, reshapes the upper arm to tighten loose skin and remove fat that often creates a “bat wing” appearance under the arm. Removing the excess skin caused by weight loss or natural aging can tighten loose skin that extends from the underarm area to the elbow; liposuction is sometimes used in combination to achieve the best results. Every year, thousands of people undergo successful arm lift surgery and are pleased with the results.

The benefits of surgery:

  • You will look much better in form-fitting clothes.
  • You will have increased confidence and a better self-image.
  • You will be able to wear short-sleeve or sleeveless clothing without feeling self-conscious.

The location, length and direction of incision lines will be dictated by the type of brachioplasty you will undergo. The procedure will be performed under general anesthesia and will take 1 to 2 hours.

Necessary incisions will me made to remove excess skin and fat. The incisions may be completely concealed within the armpits or extended down the inside of the arms in the most inconspicuous locations possible. Liposuction may be used as an adjunct to remove excess fat. After the incisions have been made, excess skin and fat will be remove to bring the incisions together to provide a firmer and smoother arm contour. Finally, the skin is smoothed over the new contour of your arm. The incisions will be sutured carefully to minimize scarring. Your sutures may be placed beneath the skin, where your body will gradually absorb them. A sterile dressing and a compression garment will be applied and drains may be placed.