Arm Lift

Starting Price: $4,200*

*Pricing Varies by Surgeon

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What is an arm lift?

Arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the upper arms, thus tightening skin and making muscle tone more visible. Once the excess tissue is gone, patients will enjoy sleeker, slimmer and more aesthetically pleasing upper arms.

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About the Arm Lift Procedure

Arm lift surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to go home shortly after the procedure is complete. An incision will be made on the underside of the upper arm, through which your surgeon will remove excess skin and fatty tissue to sculpt the arm into an aesthetically pleasing shape. The length of the incision will depend on how much tissue needs to be removed. Once this is done, the skin will be tightened, and the incision closed with sutures. Sometimes, patients will need liposuction (commonly referred to as lipo) in combination with arm lift surgery. If this is the case, the liposuction will be performed at the same time as the brachioplasty. Arm lift surgery takes between one and two hours.

Arm Lift Recovery

Immediately following an arm lift, your surgeon will bandage surgical incisions and advise that you wear a compression garment to reduce swelling. Patients should be able to manage any pain and discomfort with prescribed medications, and most feel well enough to return to work within a week. Patients should expect some activity restrictions for several weeks following surgery, and should follow any special instructions the surgeon provides to allow for proper healing.

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Are you the right candidate for an arm lift?

Though brachioplasty is an effective and safe procedure, not everyone is suitable for it. Ideal candidates for arm lift surgery are women and men in good health who are at a stable weight and have hanging, lax skin and unwanted fat in the upper arm area. Due to safety concerns, patients will need to be non-smokers (or be willing to quit) and not have any conditions or essential medications that could cause problems during surgery. Prospective patients must also have realistic expectations about the results of the procedure.

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