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Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

The Quick Facts

Length of Procedure: 1 to 2 hours

Anesthesia: Local and general

In or Outpatient Procedure: Outpatient

Post OP: View Post-Op Instructions

An arm lift (brachioplasty) surgery is a surgical technique that removes, remodels, and tightens the excess skin and tissue of the upper arm.

Often times this procedure is performed on patients with significant weight loss or those who underwent gastric bypass surgery. However, it can be performed on men or women without significant weight loss.

Patients with a “bat wing” deformity struggle with their arm’s appearance and become increasingly self-conscience about the way they look. The goal of an arm lift is to alleviate the physical and emotional concerns by making the upper arm(s) proportionate to the body.

Predefined incisions are made in the crease of the axilla or longitudinally along the inner arm depending on the amount of tissue resection needed. In addition, liposuction is a commonly used adjunct in removing fat from the arm(s), making the skin resection easier.

For additional information on an arm lift, visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons for this procedure.


Disclaimer: Individual results may vary and specific results are not guaranteed.