Arm Lift

Procedure Snapshot

Also called “brachioplasty,” an arm lift removes excess, hanging skin from the upper arms to restore a firmer, more youthful contour.

Cost & Recovery

  • $6,850 to $12,100*
  • Most patients can return to a desk job within several days after surgery

Quick Facts

  • Scars from an arm lift are placed on the underside of the arm so they’re easier to conceal
  • Patients with good skin elasticity may achieve good results with liposuction alone
  • After an arm lift, patients often feel more confident wearing sleeveless tops**
  • 19,596 patients had upper arm lift surgery in 2019***

*Refer to our Pricing page for details

**Results may vary

***Statistical information listed here is drawn from 2019 The Aesthetic Society data

Upper Arm Rejuvenation
 Before & After Photos

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Upper Arm Rejuvenation Case 989 Before & After Front | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #989

This 42 year old requested improvement in the appearance of her arms following weight gain and loss associated with 5 pregnancies. She is 5'2" tall and weighs 100 pounds. Dr Parker discussed a non excisional procedure called BodyTite to try to non surgically tighten up the soft tissue laxity on her arms. He explained a very thin probe would... Read More
Upper Arm Rejuvenation Case 832 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #832

This 49 year old was referred to Dr. Parker by an existing patient after having lost 90 pounds with bariatric surgery several years ago. She is 5’10” tall, weighs 215 pounds and says her weight has been stable. The patient requested that Dr. Parker get rid of the hanging skin of her upper arms and was willing to accept a long scar necessary... Read More
Upper Arm Rejuvenation Case 825 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #825

This 40 year old was bothered by the fullness of arms. Dr. Parker performed VASER liposuction, removing 250 cc of fat from each arm. Following surgery, the patient recovered quickly and was very happy with the size and shape of her arms.
Upper Arm Rejuvenation Case 830 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #830

This 32 year old requested Dr. Parker to improve the appearance of the hanging skin on her arms. She had lost over 100 pounds through diet and exercise. Dr. Parker carefully discussed options with her and she elected a brachioplasty, or arm lift. Dr. Parker performed this procedure to remove the patient’s hanging arm skin. She recovered quickly... Read More
Upper Arm Rejuvenation Case 829 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #829

This 50 year old, referred to Dr. Parker by another patient, requested improvement in the contour of her arms. She is 5’4″ tall and weighs 145 pounds. Specifically, she was bothered by the relative fullness and skin laxity of her arms. Dr. Parker reviewed options with the patient: liposuction alone, liposuction with a modified or mini... Read More
Upper Arm Rejuvenation Case 822 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #822

This 41 year old patient asked for a more slender appearance of her arms. She felt self conscious about them in certain clothes. The patient is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 135 pounds. SAFE liposuction was performed by Dr. Parker on both arms, removing 275 cc of fat from each side. Postoperatively, the patient was much more self- confidant with... Read More
Upper Arm Rejuvenation Case 834 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #834

This 58 year old was referred to Dr. Parker by her physician. She was concerned about the fullness of her arms which have been that way for a long time. She said her mother had the same problem. Dr. Parker discussed options with her including liposuction or liposuction with a modified arm lift because she had some mild skin laxity. The patient chose... Read More
Upper Arm Rejuvenation Case 827 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #827

This 41 year old, referred to Dr. Parker by another plastic surgeon, was bothered by the fullness and heaviness of her arms. Her arm size has been unresponsive to weight loss. She is currently 5’5″ tall and weighs 148 pounds. Dr. Parker performed SAFE liposuction on the patient’s arms, removing 425 cc and 475 cc from the right and... Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Many of us want firm, shapely upper arms, yet the arms can be one of the toughest areas to improve through exercise and a healthy diet. Aging and weight fluctuation can cause excess fat and sagging skin to accumulate on the upper arms.

An arm contouring procedure, personalized to your needs, can improve your upper arm shape, helping you feel more confident wearing clothing that shows your arms and comfortable exercising without excess skin or fat on your arms getting in the way.

Personalized Attention for the Results You Want

Our goal is to help you achieve the improvements that best meet your expectations with the least involved surgery possible. Which arm contouring procedure is best for you will depend on the amount of excess skin & fat you have to address, the quality of your skin elasticity, and your individual goals. At your consultation, Dr. Parker will discuss your options for liposuction alone, BodyTite, a modified (transaxillary) or short scar arm lift, or a traditional arm lift. If related, excess fat and/or skin on your back is also a concern, Dr. Parker will also go over your options for back contouring.

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Dr. Paul Parker

Paul M. Parker, M.D., FACS

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Known for his surgical talent and caring personality, Dr. Parker has been serving the community for over 25 years. He has dedicated his practice to the education, safety, and comfort of his patients—making each one feel as important as family.

The Aesthetic Society; American Society of Plastic Surgeons; International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery; The Rhinoplasty Society
The Aesthetic Society; American Society of Plastic Surgeons; International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery; The Rhinoplasty Society

Arm Liposuction Alone

Patients who have excess upper arm fat, but good skin elasticity, are often good candidates for arm liposuction alone. This is the least involved arm contouring procedure, but can achieve great results for the right patients. Through one tiny incision hidden in the armpit area and another by the elbow, Dr. Parker removes the excess fat and sculpts a more natural, aesthetically pleasing arm contour.

Dr. Parker uses SAFELipo®. He has found this technique to provide more efficient, less traumatic fat removal, allow him greater control in sculpting the area, and enhance the patient’s quicker recovery. Arm liposuction is typically performed under local anesthesia with an oral cocktail or with intravenous sedation. Most patients have little to no discomfort and return to normal activity within several days of their procedures.

Before & After Arm Liposuction*

New Jersey Arm Lift
Before and After
This 41 year old patient was bothered by the size and fullness of her arms, which was unresponsive to weight loss efforts. Dr. Parker performed SAFE liposuction only, dramatically improving the contour of the patient’s arms. She enjoyed a quick, painless recovery and is thrilled with her results.

Modified (Short Scar) Arm Lift

Patients with excess fat and a moderate amount of excess skin often have a modified, short scar, or mini arm lift, with or without liposuction. This allows Dr. Parker to achieve a firmer, slimmer upper arm contour while leaving a much smaller scar that is easily hidden in the crease of the armpit.

During this procedure Dr. Parker will remove excess skin through a 2-3 inch incision made in the armpit. A modified arm lift can be performed as an outpatient under local anesthesia with an oral cocktail or with intravenous sedation and local anesthesia. Most patients are back to daily activities within several days after surgery.

Before & After Modified Arm Lift*

New Jersey Arm Lift
Before and After
This 45 year old patient was unhappy with sagging skin and fat on her arms that remained after she lost weight. Because she had some loss of skin elasticity, Dr. Parker recommended a modified arm lift with liposuction, which would address the fat and sagging skin to achieve smooth, natural results. The patient chose to have the procedure and is happy with the improved appearance of her arms.

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About Your Procedure

Our free cosmetic consultations include plenty of time with Dr. Parker, our patient care coordinator, and our imaging specialist. Once your procedure is booked, our nurse educator will meet with you for a special 1-hour pre-op education session.

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Traditional Arm Lift

Patients with severely drooping skin, such as those who have lost a significant amount of weight, will need to have that skin excised through a traditional or classic arm lift, or otherwise known as a traditional brachioplasty. During this procedure, Dr. Parker makes an incision in the inner aspect of the upper arm from elbow to armpit, removes excess the skin, and tightens the remaining tissue. A traditional arm lift can be performed with general anesthesia or intravenous sedation and local anesthesia. Most patients are back to work within several days after their surgeries.

While a traditional brachioplasty results in the most visible scarring, it can also achieve the most dramatic results, both in one’s appearance and enhanced comfort. With proper care, the scars typically fade significantly during the first year.

Before & After Upper Arm Lift Surgery*

New Jersey Arm Lift
Before and After
This 32 year old had lost over 100 pounds through diet and exercise, and requested Dr. Parker to improve the appearance of the hanging skin on her arms. Dr. Parker performed a traditional brachioplasty to remove the patient’s hanging arm skin. She loves the much improved appearance of her arms and is very satisfied with the appearance of her scars.

Our Signature Rapid Recovery Program

Most of our patients lead active lives and are anxious to return to their daily routine as soon as possible after surgery. We have developed our unique Rapid Recovery program to enhance the recovery process while ensuring your safety every step of the way. This involves surgical techniques, anesthesia, and pain medications as well as post-operative massages and skincare that are specially tailored to enhance your recovery. At your initial consultation and your pre-op visit with our nurse educator, Angela, we will go over the details of your individual Rapid Recovery protocol.

Our arm rejuvenation patients go home about an hour after surgery and are up and moving around that same day. All sutures dissolve, and most patients experience minimal pain and discomfort. Patients may return to sedentary work within several days and exercise in approximately two weeks.

Our Signature

Rapid Recovery Program

Our surgical procedures, anesthesia, medications, and aftercare are tailored to minimize post-operative discomfort and accelerate recuperation.

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