Brachioplasty (Arm Size Reduction)
Who is a
A person with loose and flabby skin under the
To give the arms a tighter, more youthful look.
An arm lift is designed to remove sagging,
excess skin under the upper arms that may be due to significant weight
loss or loss of elasticity as a result of the aging process.
Arm lifts are not recommended as a weight loss
procedure and work best on patients who are not significantly
The procedure may be performed after a weight
loss program to address the issue of sagging skin once the target
weight is achieved.
This procedure is done on an out patient basis
under IV seditation or general anesthesia.
The entire procedure takes an average of about
There are two types of Arm lifts:
• Upper Arm Lift
This procedure involves an incision that either
runs the full length of the inside of the upper arm, or at the back of
the arm from the armpit to the elbow.
This procedure removes excess sagging skin of the
upper arm and improves the contour of the arm.
In some cases, an upper arm lift may be combined
with liposuction for best results. The fat is suctioned away from the
area first, and then the excess skin is removed and the incision is
• Mini Arm Lift
This procedure is very similar to the upper arm
lift, but less skin must be reshaped and the size of the incision is
smaller and located in the armpit area.
This procedure is less common than the upper arm
lift, since the majority of patients require more contouring and
reshaping for the best results.
Although most patients will go home the same day
as the procedure, it is important to have someone available to drive
and help out overnight.
Dressings will be applied to the area, and drains
may be placed to allow fluids and blood to drain temporarily.
Patients will usually be able to return to work
within a week or two and complete recovery is expected within two to
This procedure is considered cosmetic and
therefore is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for
specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given
individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All
surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that
do not affect the outcome can occur occasionally. Major complications
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