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Plastic Surgery

Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

What is an Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)?

A brachioplasty is a procedure to lift, tighten and reshape the under portion of the upper arm that may be saggy after weight loss or due to age. This procedure removes excess skin and fat from the upper arm from the area between the armpit and the elbow.

Who is a good candidate for Arm Lift Surgery?

Good candidates are adults who are in good heath without any pre-existing medical conditions or risk factors for surgery. Those who are at a stable weight, do not smoke and have significant upper arm skin laxity may be offered this procedure. In order to achieve upper arm contour, there will be a scar on the inside of the upper arm, patients must be willing to accept this.

How is the procedure performed?

The procedure is performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia. An incision is made from your armpit to your elbow, but exact length depends on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed. If fat is to be removed during the arm lift, you may be treated with liposuction as well. The incisions will be closed with absorbable sutures or stitches that will be removed in 1-2 weeks. You may have a drain placed at the time of surgery. The procedure may take 2-4 hours.


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