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Arm Lift Surgery

People are often bothered by excess loose skin on their arms, which can occur with age or after significant weight loss.1 While exercising can help improve muscle tone it may not be enough to correct the appearance of skin that has lost elasticity. If you have concerns with droopy, sagging skin on the underside of your upper arms or simply are unhappy with the size of your upper extremities, an arm lift may be right for you. Arm lift surgery, also called brachioplasty, removes excess skin, fat, and tissue from the elbow to the axilla (armpit) and reshapes the contour of the upper arms.2 The procedure may also be combined with an axilloplasty to address tissue excess that extends into the underarm and along the lateral chest wall.

Brachioplasty Procedures In Northern Virginia

Our mission at Elle Aesthetic Arts & Plastic Surgery is to help men and women feel confident in their bodies. We are proud to offer advanced body contouring procedures like brachioplasty that dramatically improve the appearance of the upper arms by toning and smoothing the skin for a more proportionate and youthful appearance.

Reasons for Arm Lift Surgery

Many men and women who desire arm lift surgery typically have lost a significant amount of weight and have concerns about extra skin on the arms that sags, resembling “bat wings”. Others may seek an arm lift procedure to correct arm laxity that has occured due to age or genetics. Common reasons for arm lift surgery include:

  • Desire for shapley and well-defined upper arms
  • Improve the proportion of the upper arm to the forearm
  • Address hygiene issues related to excess folds of upper arm skin 
  • Improve physical comfort

Benefits Of Arm Lift Surgery

Why Choose Elle Aesthetic Arts For Your Arm Lift Procedure?

Dr. Larry Lickstein is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is passionate about patient satisfaction and dedicated to performing the most advanced and effective arm lift plastic surgery procedures. As the founder and medical director of Elle Aesthetic Arts, he approaches every cosmetic procedure as an opportunity to provide patients with extraordinary results that enhance their natural beauty.

What to Expect From Arm Lift Surgery

Preparing for Arm Lift Surgery

Your initial consultation is a great opportunity to get detailed information about arm lift surgery. During this appointment, you’ll be asked about your medical history including any pre-existing medical conditions, and you’ll be given a chance to discuss your goals for the upper arm lift procedure. If you determine that an arm lift is right for you, Dr. Lickstein will tailor a custom treatment plan to achieve your desired result, and provide you with pre-surgical instructions.

How Arm Lift Surgery Works

Brachioplasty is an outpatient surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Lickstein will begin by making an incision along the inside of the upper arm from axilla to the elbow. If you also require fat removal during your arm lift, Dr.  Lickstein may use liposuction in addition to surgical excision. Once he has achieved optimal upper arm contour, your incisions will be closed with absorbable sutures and your arms will be wrapped in a compression garment.

Arm Lift Surgery Recovery

After your arm lift surgery, you’ll be given post-op instructions to follow for an optimal recovery.3 It’s important to plan ahead for a family member or friend to drive you home and stay with you overnight. While it’s common to experience mild pain after the arm lift procedure, Dr. Lickstein will provide you with pain medication to ensure your optimal comfort during the healing process. Your individual recovery time can vary, but for most patients most swelling and discomfort has subsided in approximately one week and they are able to resume your regular routine though there may be some restrictions on strenuous activity.

Contact Us About Arm Lift Surgery

If you are unsatisfied with the look of your upper arms, Dr. Lickstein can help restore the confidence you deserve to feel in your body. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to find out about your options for arm lift surgery.

FAQs About Arm Lift Surgery

  • Am I a good candidate for arm lift surgery?

    If you want to remove excess skin and fat that is loose and sagging on the upper arms, arm lift surgery may be right for you. Good candidates for arm lift are non-smokers at a stable healthy weight, and are in good general health.4

  • Can I combine arm lift surgery with other plastic surgery procedures?

    Yes, arm lift surgery is often combined with other cosmetic surgeries such as body lift, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), breast lift, breast augmentation, or is included as part of a mommy makeover.

  • Will I have scars after arm lift surgery?

    Arm lift scars are permanent, but Dr. Lickstein will place incisions where resulting scars won’t be easily visible.5 He will also advise you on skin care to minimize scarring.

1 Cleveland Clinic. Thinking About Arm Lift Surgery? Facts You Should Know. Available: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/thinking-arm-lift-surgery-facts-know/. Accessed July 1, 2021.

2 ASPS. What is an arm lift? Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/arm-lift. Accessed July 1, 2021.

3 ASPS. What should I expect during my arm lift recovery? Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/arm-lift/recovery. Accessed July 1, 2021.

4 ASPS. Who is a good candidate for arm lift surgery? Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/arm-lift/candidates. Accessed July 1, 2021.

5 Mayo Clinic. Arm Lift. Available: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/arm-lift/about/pac-20392955. Accessed July 1, 2021.