Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, reduces excess skin and fat between the underarm and the elbow, reshapes your arm to result in smoother skin and contours, and results in a more toned and proportionate appearance.

After substantial weight loss, weight gain, or simply from the effects of aging, the skin of the upper arms can become inelastic, loose, and flabby. Brachioplasty removes that excess skin and fat. Patients who have significant amounts of fat may want to consider combining the procedure with liposuction; Our surgeons will make that determination in the initial consultation.

Exercise may strengthen and improve the underlying muscle tone of the upper arm, but it cannot address excess skin that has lost elasticity or underlying weakened tissues and localized fat deposits. If the underside of your upper arms are sagging or appear loose and full due to excess skin and fat, an arm lift may be right for you.

An arm lift:

  • Reduces excess skin and fat between the underarm and the elbow
  • Reshapes your arm to result in smoother skin and contours
  • Results in a more toned and proportionate appearance

A special note: In order to achieve your improved image, there will be a scar on the inside of your upper arm.

In general, candidates for an arm lift include:

  • Adults with significant upper arm skin laxity
  • Adults of any age whose weight is relatively stable and who are not significantly overweight
  • Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase risk of surgery
  • Non-smokers
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations

The success and safety of your brachioplasty depends very much on your complete candidness during your initial consultation. Your surgeon will ask a number of questions about your health, desires, and lifestyle.

Be prepared to discuss:

  • Why you want the surgery, your expectations, and desired outcome
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatments
  • Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
  • Any previous surgeries

Your Surgeon may also:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Take photographs for your medical record
  • Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of arm lift surgery and any risks or potential complications

The Surgery

  • In-House Surgical Center or hospital
  • 1-3 hours duration
  • Post-Op return visit the next day

The Recovery

  • Mild bruising-like discomfort
  • Return to work in three to five days
  • Light exercise in 3-4 weeks

For examples of the before-and-after results of brachioplasties performed at Delray Beach Plastic Surgery, visit our Gallery.


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