Upper Arm Lift

Procedure Snapshot

Also called “brachioplasty,” an arm lift removes excess, hanging skin from the upper arms to restore a firmer contour. Arm lift surgery can help you feel more confident in your appearance.

Cost & Recovery

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  • Most patients can return to a desk job within several days after surgery.

Quick Facts

  • Significant weight loss is a common reason that men seek arm lift surgery
  • Patients with good skin elasticity may achieve good results with liposuction alone**
  • Scars from an arm lift are on the underside of the arm so they’re easier to conceal
  • 69 men had arm lift surgery in 2019***

**Results may vary

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

Aging and weight fluctuation can cause excess fat and/or sagging skin to occur in the upper arms. This can make many people self-conscious about wearing summer clothing. And unfortunately, this condition cannot be fully remedied with exercise or diet. Men also may consider getting a inner thigh lift after significant weight loss.

There are two cosmetic procedures that can be used to treat this condition: liposuction and brachioplasty.

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Arm Contouring With Liposuction

Liposuction will help most patients by removing fat and achieving mild skin tightening. If you have good skin tone and your main concern is excess fat around the upper arm, this will likely be your best option.

The Procedure

  • Liposuction performed as an outpatient procedure
  • It uses intravenous sedation and local anesthesia
  • A tiny incision is hidden in the armpit area and another by the elbow
  • Through these incisions a cannula is inserted to gently break up the fat cells and remove them using suction
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 35 years. He has dedicated his practice to the education, safety, and comfort of his patients—making each one feel as important as family.

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Removing fat alone will not cause sagging, stretched skin to contract. Patients with severely drooping skin on the upper arms will need to have that skin surgically excised. This procedure is called a brachioplasty, or upper arm lift. It is a more extensive procedure, but can dramatically improve your comfort wearing tailored shirts and help you feel more confident baring your arms in public. Brachioplasty is a common procedure for men who have lost significant weight and now have excess skin hanging from their arms.

The Arm Lift Procedure

  • Brachioplasty performed as an outpatient procedure at our private, fully accredited surgical facility
  • It uses intravenous sedation and local anesthesia
  • The incision runs on the back side of the upper arm from the elbow to the armpit
  • The scar will fade by the end of a year and possibly much sooner, as we’re all different when it comes to scarring
  • Your result will be tighter, smoother arms that look years younger

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Recovery From Arm Lift or Arm Liposuction

  • You can be discharged within one hour and can move about that day
  • All sutures dissolve
  • The pain should be minimal
  • You can return to sedentary work within several days
  • Exercise can be resumed in approximately two weeks

Arm lift procedures can be combined with other procedures of the face and body at Parker Center for Plastic Surgery.

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

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The Consultation Process

Dr. Parker meets with every patient considering plastic surgery for an initial consultation. During this appointment, he will listen to your concerns, explain your options to help you achieve your desired improvements, and go over details of your procedure options.

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About Your Procedure

Our 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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