Arm Lift Surgery

Arm lift surgery, also known as a brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure used to remove the excess skin and fat from the upper arms. This drooping sagging skin of the upper arm is usually caused by weight loss, aging, pregnancy and even genetics. Many refer to this drooping skin as "bat wings". For more before and after pictures, visit our before and after page here.


  • The incisions for an arm lift, often in a zigzag pattern, are made on the inner arm and beneath the surface of the arm. The incisions may run from the armpit all the way to the elbow.
  • Liposuction is sometimes used to remove excess fat from under the arm before the excess skin is excised.
  • After the excess skin and fat are removed, the remaining skin is stretched and sutured into place. A dressing is then applied and the arms are wrapped in bandages.
  • An arm lift surgery takes about one to two hours and is performed under general anesthesia. Patients can return home the same day.


Bruising and swelling are to be expected following arm lift surgery. Patients will need to limit their arm usage during the first two weeks of recovery. Most patients can return to driving and exercise approximately two weeks after surgery. A compression garment is worn for up to six weeks to reduce the bruising and swelling that occurs during the first few weeks after surgery.


An arm lift (brachioplasty) will enhance the overall shape of the arm, eliminating excess and sagging skin. There is only one drawback to this Procedure—the resulting scar that runs down the inside of the arm.

When the patient's arms are large due to excess fat, Smartlipo™ can often give the patient what they are looking for. In addition to removing the excess fat, Smartlipo™ can also tighten the skin. While this will not yield the dramatic Results of an Arm Lift, it's an excellent alternative for patients who do not want a visible scar.

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