Plastic Surgery

Arm Lift

An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess tissue and skin to reshape the upper arm, from the underarm region to the elbow. Liposuction may also be recommended to remove excess fat in order to achieve the best results.

Who is a Good Candidate for an Arm Lift?

A good candidate for arm lift surgery is someone who is healthy and has realistic expectations about what the surgery can accomplish.

An arm lift is performed to:

  • Reduce or remove sagging, excess skin
  • Reshape your arm to create smoother skin and contours
  • Create a more toned and symmetrical appearance

Your surgeon can determine if you are a good candidate for arm lift surgery during an initial consultation.


While arm lift surgery is normally safe, there is always the possibility of complications, as with any surgical procedure. You can reduce potential risks and complications by carefully following all pre- and post-surgery instructions provided to you by your surgeon.

Preparing for Arm Lift Surgery

You will be provided specific instructions on how to prepare, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking and avoiding anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, that may interfere with the blood's ability to clot.

Carefully following all instructions will help your surgery go smoothly. Because this procedure requires general anesthesia you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night.


Recovery from arm lift surgery takes approximately six weeks. Many people return to work two to three weeks after their surgery but strenuous activities and heavy lifting should be avoided for at least six weeks.

While there is some pain following surgery, most can be managed with medications prescribed by your surgeon.

Next Steps

To schedule a consultation call 800-789-7366 or request an appointment online.