An upper arm lift, or brachioplasty, reshapes the upper arm to tighten loose skin and remove fat that often creates a “bat wing” appearance under the arm. Removing the excess skin caused by weight loss or natural aging can tighten loose skin that extends from the underarm area to the elbow; liposuction is sometimes used in combination to achieve the best results. Every year, thousands of people undergo successful upper-arm-lift surgery and are pleased with the results.

*As with any procedure and/or treatment the results may vary.


As with any surgery, there is the potential for complications. The time will vary for each individual and will require after care. The risks are the same as most surgical procedures which include: bleeding, hematoma, infection, and scarring.


You will need a few weeks to recover and heal from an arm lift procedure. It will be at least one or two weeks before you can return to work.

  • During the first week, avoid activities that raise your blood pressure, which could cause bleeding at the operative site.
  • Do not subject your incisions to excessive force, abrasion or motion during the time of healing.
  • Walking is the safest exercise, especially during the first week.
  • Avoid exercises that directly stress the area of your surgery for a full four weeks.
  • After a month, you can start cardiovascular activities, such as riding a stationary bicycle or brisk walking.
  • Avoid heavy lifting, contact sports and jogging for up to six weeks.
  • By six weeks after your arm lift procedure, you should be able to resume your normal level of activity.


A brachioplasty procedure will be different for everyone. Please call the office to schedule a consult. *As with any procedure and/or treatment, the results may vary.”

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