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Arm Lift

Your arm skin may sag as you grow older. This can be due to weight loss, gravity, or a genetic predisposition to store fat in the upper arm area. The experienced cosmetic surgeons at Arkansas Plastic Surgery can use brachioplasty to tighten loose skin under your arms.

Your brachioplasty goals will be discussed with Dr. David Bauer or Dr. Zachary Young. We can help you decide the best approach to achieve your desired results.

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An arm lift, or Brachioplasty, procedure will reshape the underside of your upper arm. Your arm lift procedure will be performed under general anesthesia for your safety and comfort. Your surgeon will make an incision from your underarm to the elbow. He will reduce or remove saggy, excess skin, tighten the tissue that defines your arm shape, and reduce localized fat pockets in your upper arm. Though our expert surgeons minimize scarring as much as possible, some scarring is unavoidable. These scars will improve and fade over time.

Following your surgery, you will have dressings and bandages over your incisions. Your arms may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling.




If you are self-conscious about the skin on your arms hanging down due to weight loss or age, then an arm lift might be the right choice for you. To learn more about what an arm lift entails, read below where our board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. David Bauer and Dr. Young at Arkansas Plastic Surgery have answered your frequently asked questions about this surgical procedure that does wonders!

What is an arm lift?

An arm lift is also known as brachioplasty, which means “arm reshaping.” It is a type of surgery that removes extra upper arm fat and skin that hangs down for various reasons, including a large weight loss or age. Arm lifts also reshape the arm for a more proportioned and natural appearance that you will be pleased with. Many people get arm lifts for a variety of reasons, with the goal being to enhance their appearance and boost their self esteem.

How long will arm lift results last?

Results are often long-lasting, given that you do not significantly gain or lose weight as this can alter the reshaped form. Also, your body will still undergo the normal aging process which may affect results over time.

Am I a good candidate for brachioplasty?

Some might believe that they need an arm lift when really they require liposuction. To find out, look into the mirror, hold your arms up, and bend them at the elbows. If your arms are thick and the skin–though it might look flabby– is still tight to you, then you require liposuction in most cases. However, if your skin hangs loosely to an excess with no tightness , then you may be a good candidate for an arm lift.

What happens during the arm lift procedure?

Generally, incisions will be made on the inner surface of the arm, extending from the elbow to the armpit. Excess skin, fat are removed and then you will be placed in a compression garment that will be worn for 4 weeks The whole process takes around two hours, depending on the patient.

Is the arm lift surgery painful?

Your surgeon will administer anesthesia, ensuring that you do not feel any pain or discomfort during your procedure. Postoperative pain varies from patient to patient but is reported to be tolerable and not as bad as patients had expected.

How long is the recovery process for an arm lift?

Recovery from an arm lift procedure is relatively short, with many people returning to light activities in as little as a few days. However, you should still limit physical exertion. Allow for seven to 14 days off of work and when you do return, try to avoid heavy lifting or strenuous activities for about 4 weeks following procedure.

Are there any side-effects?

Side effects in the upper arm may include bruising, tingling, swelling, or a feeling of tightness in the area. Oral pain medication may be administered for a 5 to 7 day period following the surgery. Other discomfort may be treated with over-the-counter pain reducers.

Will there be scarring?

Yes, as with any surgery, there will be scarring which will heal over time. The scar will be along the underside of your arm and will be hidden when you hold your arms at your side.

Are there any risks associated with arm lifts?

There are some risks associated with arm lift surgery, including delayed wound healing, infection, swelling, change in skin sensation at the site, and asymmetry. If you have any specific apprehensions, Arkansas Plastic Surgery can address your concerns and help you understand all of the risks weighed with the advantages, so that you feel comfortable before you make a decision.


It is important to choose an experienced plastic surgeon to perform your procedure. For over 20 years, Arkansas Plastic Surgery has served the central Arkansas region. You can trust us to provide you with the natural and long-lasting results you’re looking for. Begin your discussion today!


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