Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

An arm lift, or Brachioplasty procedure, is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess skin and fat from the upper arms. The goal is a smooth contour and the elimination of saggy skin. Fluctuations in weight, aging, and heredity can all contribute to the condition. Loose skin cannot be corrected by any amount of exercise. It is important to wait until your weight loss is stable before proceeding with surgery.

Arm lift procedures typically involve:

  • Liposuction – alone or in combination with skin removal
  • Skin excision – to remove loose, excess skin.

Liposuction is reserved for patients with good skin elasticity who just have pockets of excess fat that is affecting the contour of the upper arm. Patients with loose skin will benefit from surgical removal of the excess. Typically, this results in a scar along the inner arm or toward the back of the arm.

Risks of Brachioplasty:

The risk of pain, bleeding, infection, and reactions to anesthesia may occur as with any surgical procedure.

There are risks specific to Brachioplasty and liposuction that include:

  • Seroma- fluid accumulation under the incisions
  • Widened and unsightly scars
  • Wound breakdown and delayed healing
  • Numbness
  • Recurrent loose skin