Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

Sometimes over the years or after losing a significant amount of weight, the arms are left with loose and sagging skin. Dr. Andrew Smith wants you to enjoy your new, healthier body, and can correct excess, hanging skin with arm lift surgery at his Orange County facilities. Technically called brachioplasty, arm lift surgery can restore smoother, tighter skin and a more slender shape to your upper arms.

The best way to learn about your unique options for arm lift surgery is to request a FREE surgical consultation with Dr. Smith. Or call our Irvine and Corona plastic surgery offices at (949) 653-7000 to schedule your appointment.

What an Arm Lift Can Do for You

Similar to other body contouring procedures, an arm lift is performed to create a firmer, slimmer appearance after significant weight loss. The ideal candidate for arm lift surgery:

  • Has excess, bulky tissue left over after weight loss
  • Has loose, hanging skin on the upper arm due to age
  • Maintains a healthy, stable weight

Dr. Smith will take the time to listen to your questions and goals, and will go over all of your options with you. Many weight loss patients choose to combine arm lift with other procedures such as tummy tuck or thigh lift to maximize their body contouring results.

Your Surgery

Arm lift surgery is performed on an outpatient basis using general anesthesia. The incision runs from just above the elbow to the armpit along the underside of the arm. Excess skin is removed, and the tissues are repositioned for optimal results. In many cases, liposuction is used to further sculpt the arm.

Your Recovery and Beyond

Your arm movement will be somewhat limited for 1 to 2 weeks while your incisions heal. Most people are able to return to light activities or work within this time frame. Dr. Smith and his caring staff will monitor your progress beginning on the night of your surgery and continuing for many months after.

It may take several months for swelling to subside completely, but your new shape will be noticeable within the first few weeks. Scars will remain pink for up to a year, but will gradually fade and become almost undetectable.