Arm Lift / Brachioplasty

A Brachioplasty, otherwise known as an Arm Lift, is a surgical procedure to reshape the soft, flabby, inner portion of the upper arm. From the axilla (underarm area) to the elbow, a Brachioplasty allows a doctor to remove the excess skin and fatty tissue that can form as we age or may occur after a large weight loss.

Significant weight loss can sometimes be even worse-hanging redundant skin of the upper arms is sometimes referred to as “bat-wings”.

Candidates for Arm Lift / Brachioplasty Surgery

Candidates for arm lift surgery include men and women who have excess and or hanging skin on upper arms, arms are large and disproportionate to body, significant weight reduction or self-conscious about appearance of upper arms.

A good candidate is a healthy non-smoker who has reached a stable body weight. Patients should also be prepared for the scars that result from arm lift surgery. Although the shape of the arms may be dramatically improved, scars will be visible after surgery. While they will fade and flatten out over time, they are permanent

The Procedure

Brachioplasty (arm lift) surgery will require approximately 1-2 hours in surgery. It’s an outpatient procedure, which may be performed under local or general anesthesia. In some cases, Dr. Skalicky or Dr. Shafran will recommend liposuction alone to improve the arm contours. For most patients, the method will combine liposuction and surgical excision. Incisions are made in the inner part of the arm, extending from the armpit toward the elbow. Fat and excess skin are removed, and sutures are placed to close the incisions and maintain the new shape.

Recovery may require 2-4 weeks, during which time you will be advised to keep the arms elevated and limit your activities. Dr. Skalicky and Dr. Shafran will provide specific post-operative instructions for your recovery, as well as prescriptions for pain medication. Swelling and bruising should be expected, which should be nearly resolved after 2 weeks. A compression garment may be necessary for several weeks to promote optimal skin contraction on the upper arms. Followup with Dr. Skalicky or Dr. Shafran is recommended.

Candidates for Arm Lift / Brachioplasty Surgery

Candidates for arm lift surgery include men and women who have excess and or hanging skin on upper arms, arms are large and disproportionate to body, significant weight reduction or self-conscious about appearance of upper arms.

A good candidate is a healthy non-smoker who has reached a stable body weight. Patients should also be prepared for the scars that result from arm lift surgery. Although the shape of the arms may be dramatically improved, scars will be visible after surgery. While they will fade and flatten out over time, they are permanent

The Procedure

Brachioplasty (arm lift) surgery will require approximately 1-2 hours in surgery. It’s an outpatient procedure, which may be performed under local or general anesthesia. In some cases, Dr. Skalicky or Dr. Shafran will recommend liposuction alone to improve the arm contours. For most patients, the method will combine liposuction and surgical excision. Incisions are made in the inner part of the arm, extending from the armpit toward the elbow. Fat and excess skin are removed, and sutures are placed to close the incisions and maintain the new shape.

Recovery may require 2-4 weeks, during which time you will be advised to keep the arms elevated and limit your activities. Dr. Skalicky and Dr. Shafran will provide specific post-operative instructions for your recovery, as well as prescriptions for pain medication. Swelling and bruising should be expected, which should be nearly resolved after 2 weeks. A compression garment may be necessary for several weeks to promote optimal skin contraction on the upper arms. Followup with Dr. Skalicky or Dr. Shafran is recommended.