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If you have a hard time with sagging skin along your upper arms, you’re definitely not alone. Throughout the aging process, natural occurrences such as weight changes and the force of gravity have an impact on the body, creating this common concern.

Many people opt to have an arm lift to remove both sagging skin and fat and restore the toned, youthful appearance of their upper arms. If you’re researching options for getting rid of loose skin, here are some significant considerations and expectations to weigh before you determine the right arm lift solution for you.

What is an arm lift?

An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to tighten tissue above the elbow to restore structure to the upper arm and remove fat deposits. The procedure can be completely tailored based on individual needs—some individuals have a full brachioplasty, while others have a smaller mini-arm lift. The goal is to place the incision in the least visible location possible. To achieve exceptional results and optimal cohesion, other procedures, such as a breast augmentation or a lower body lift, can be combined with an arm lift.

Who makes a good candidate?

Anyone who is unhappy with the appearance of loose, sagging skin along their upper arms is a potential candidate for an arm lift. It’s very common for those who have lost a significant amount of weight to turn to an arm lift procedure to remove excess skin and improve the appearance of their arms. Overall, a good candidate is someone at their ideal weight and in good health with a clear understanding of the procedure, recovery process, and end result to expect.

What is a realistic outcome from an arm lift?

An experienced plastic surgeon who specializes in body procedures will be able to manage your expectations and adequately prepare you for the anticipated results. In most cases, arm lift results are long-lasting; however, long-term results depend on whether or not patients maintain a stable weight and healthy lifestyle, as well as each person’s individual skin quality and laxity.


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Many patients opt for an arm lift combined with liposuction of the upper arms in order to achieve favorable results. During your consultation, your surgeon will work with you to create a personalized plan that’s tailored to meet your needs and improve the appearance of your upper arms. Be sure to select a specialist who is experienced with arm lift surgery. Ask to see before and after photos, and to speak with an actual patient to learn more about their experience. 

What is the recovery process like?

An arm lift is an outpatient procedure, so patients are able to return home on the same day. Bruising and swelling in the area is common after an arm lift and typically peaks at around three days following the procedure. 

Overall, the recovery process lasts about a week, with most patients returning to work in less than seven days. Heavy lifting and exercise should be avoided for six weeks. Recovery will include several follow-up appointments so your doctor can monitor healing. After surgery, patients are placed in a special compression garment that should be worn for approximately six weeks, after which full activity can be resumed.

Arm lift procedures can truly be life-changing for those who struggle with the appearance of unsightly, sagging skin around the upper arms as they age. With the right surgeon and the right plan, you can say goodbye to loose skin around your upper arms and begin looking and feeling your best. 

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