Whether you’re picking up your children, waving your arms at a concert, or wearing a sleeveless shirt to beat the heat, your arms play a large role in your life. And if you’re uncomfortable with their appearance, it can impact even the most basic of activities. Luckily, an arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, can help improve the appearance of your arms by removing excess skin.

Who is a Candidate for Upper Arm Lift?

You may be a candidate for upper arm lift if you are unhappy with sagging skin on your upper arms, caused by aging, genetics, or weight loss. Ideal candidates should be non-smokers in general good health who are at or near a stable body weight.

An upper arm lift is intended to reduce or eliminate excess skin and fat from the upper arms.

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About Upper Arm Lift Surgery

The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. To remove the unwanted skin, an incision is required that runs from near the elbow into the armpit. The incision is placed in the most inconspicuous location (inner arm toward the back), but some scarring will always be visible.

After surgery, the upper arms are either wrapped or placed in an elastic sleeve to reduce swelling. Initial healing usually occurs in 10 to 14 days. Sutures are usually removed within the first 10 to 14 days. Swelling and bruising gradually disappear over 3 to 4 weeks. All swelling is gone in 3 to 6 months. The scars fade in 6 to 24 months, depending on your skin. An additional procedure that may enhance the result is Liposuction of the upper arms.

Payment for Plastic Surgery

This procedure is considered cosmetic and therefore is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment. Our patient counselors can help you with your financial arrangements, including financing.


The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual.

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