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Why Get an Arm Lift?

Regain your confidence to show off your arms and wear sleeveless outfits.

By tightening and reshaping tissues, as well as removing excess skin from your upper arms, an arm lift (or brachioplasty) reverses the aging process, weight changes, and the force of gravity that leave you with flabby skin. This treatment restores structure, boosting the appearance of more defined, youthful arms.

Amy Simon, MD, FACS, our board-certified, double fellowship-trained plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic plastic surgery of the breast and body, can help you determine if an arm lift will achieve your desired look. Many patients opt to combine this treatment with liposuction, breast augmentation, and a lower body lift to achieve optimal body-sculpting results.

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Do I need an Arm Lift?

Get the definition in your arms that you’ve always wanted and reduce unwanted laxity.

While many individuals that have gone through a large weight loss find brachioplasty beneficial for removing excess fat deposits and skin, other patients simply want to tighten up their arms. These patients may benefit from a smaller, or mini-arm lift, which can add the desired definition with a smaller incision.

The best way to know if an arm lift is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Simon. Together, you’ll discuss if an arm lift is the best way to reach your desired look and what treatments you can safely combine with it to achieve exceptional results.

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Arm Lift Benefits

Long-lasting, rejuvenating results with fast recovery.

An arm lift can give you the defined upper arms that exercise alone can’t achieve. Plus, when you opt to have brachioplasty at Clevens Face and Body Specialists, you’re putting your arms in the hands of the best. Dr. Simon, an award-winning, board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in breast and body procedures, is an expert at tailoring treatment plans to achieve her patients’ desired results.

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Arm Lift Procedure

An outpatient procedure performed in our state-of-the-art surgical center.

Dr. Simon performs brachioplasty under general anesthesia with procedures lasting between two and five hours, depending on your arms and particular treatment plan. All procedures are performed in a state-licensed, nationally accredited Ambulatory Surgery Center, ensuring the highest levels of safety and comfort.

Brachioplasty requires an incision that’s hidden on the inner portion of the upper arm that typically runs from the armpit to the elbow. Some patients may require a smaller incision, which will be discussed during your consultation. Dr. Simon removes unwanted fatty tissue and skin and places sutures along the incision to tighten muscles and skin.

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Arm Lift Recovery

Return home the same day as your procedure.

While brachioplasty is an outpatient procedure, you may find bruising and fullness in the area of your inner arm. This peaks about three days after your treatment, though we recommend taking a week to fully recover. We find that most of our patients return to work within one week of their procedure.

You’ll need to avoid heavy lifting and exercise for six weeks, while wearing a compression garment to speed healing and reduce the accumulation of fluid. You’ll also meet with Dr. Simon and her team for follow-up appointments, at which point she’ll remove any drains (if used), change dressings, and ensure your arm is effectively healing as expected.

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What Our Patients Say

Hear from one of our arm lift patients.

"My overall experience was amazing!!! From my first office visit, surgery, and post-op care, Dr. Simon and staff were there for me every step of the way. I never worried or felt uneasy and am amazingly happy with the results!! I highly recommend Dr. Simon and would gladly use her again for future procedures." –Honest1331, review on RealSelf

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Arm Lift FAQ

What is an arm lift?

The arm lift, more often referred to as a brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that can significantly improve the contour of the upper arm.

Can I have arm reduction without surgery?

While exercise and weightlifting can leave your muscles toned, it cannot do anything to address excess skin that has become loose and saggy. A brachioplasty is the only option to reduce stretched skin and tissue on the upper arm.

Will I need liposuction during my arm lift, as well?

Depending on the level of correction needed, some brachioplasty procedures will include liposuction. Lipo can be used to better sculpt the arm, removing excess fatty deposits.

How long is the brachioplasty procedure?

Dr. Simon’s arm lift will take between two and five hours to perform.

Will my arm lift be painful?

While a mild to moderate level of discomfort is common with all body sculpting procedures, Dr. Simon will prescribe appropriate pain medications to keep patients comfortable during the recovery period.

How severe is the brachioplasty scar?

Scarring does occur with the arm lift, running along the incision lines. Dr. Simon will place incisions on the less visible inside area of the arm. Over time, the scar will fade somewhat but will remain visible.

How long does it take the scar to heal?

The initial scar will heal in approximately six weeks. Dr. Simon will work with the patient for the best scar management.

How long will the results from a brachioplasty last?

The results from an arm lift can be long lasting, as long as the patient maintains a stable weight through a healthy lifestyle, although this is dependent on each patient’s individual skin quality and skin laxity.

When can I return to work after a brachioplasty?

Most of Dr. Simon’s patients are ready to return to work or school less than a week after their brachioplasty procedure.

What are the risks involved with the arm lift?

The brachioplasty is a common procedure and is considered safe for most patients. While complications are very rare, issues that may arise can include scarring, bleeding, skin discoloration, asymmetry, and nerve damage.

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Talk with Dr. Simon about how you want your upper arms to look.

During your consultation, you’ll have a chance to meet Dr. Simon and discuss your expectations for this procedure. Together, you can discuss the best treatments available for achieving the results you want for your body. You’ll also have a chance to get answers to all of your questions, ensuring you can make the most informed decision.

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