Arm Lift (brachiaplasty)

Brachioplasty, commonly known as arm lift surgery, is an effective solution for patients looking to remove excess skin and fat from the upper arms, resulting in improved arm contours and enhanced self-confidence.

Brachioplasty Techniques and Surgical Approach

1. Traditional Brachioplasty

Traditional brachioplasty is the standard technique used to address significant sagging and excess skin on the upper arms. This procedure involves an incision that typically extends from the armpit to the elbow. Through this incision, your plastic surgeon will remove excess skin, and in some cases, excess fat, from the upper arm area. The remaining skin is then carefully repositioned and tightened to create a more toned and youthful appearance.

2. Mini Brachioplasty

For patients with milder cases of excess skin and fat on the upper arms, a mini brachioplasty may be recommended. This technique involves smaller incisions, often limited to the armpit area. The mini brachioplasty is most suitable for individuals who have minimal sagging and require less extensive correction. As a result, the recovery period may be shorter compared to traditional brachioplasty.

3. Liposuction-Assisted Brachioplasty

Liposuction-assisted brachioplasty combines traditional brachioplasty with liposuction techniques. This method is ideal for patients who have excess fat deposits in the upper arms along with sagging skin. Liposuction is performed first to remove the excess fat, followed by the removal of excess skin through the traditional brachioplasty incision. This dual approach ensures both fat reduction and improved arm contouring.

4. Extended Brachioplasty

Extended brachioplasty is recommended for patients with significant upper arm sagging that extends to the lateral chest wall. The incision in this procedure typically extends along the arm to the chest wall, allowing for a more extensive removal of excess skin. This technique is particularly beneficial for patients who have experienced massive weight loss or significant skin laxity.


Choosing the most appropriate type of brachioplasty depends on various factors, such as the degree of sagging, the amount of excess fat, and the patient's individual goals. During your initial consultation with our skilled plastic surgeon, we will carefully evaluate your unique situation and recommend the most suitable approach to achieve your desired arm aesthetics.

If you have any further questions or wish to schedule a consultation, feel free to contact us. Our experienced team is dedicated to helping you attain the results you desire, enhancing your confidence and quality of life through safe and effective plastic surgery procedures.

Surgical Technique

1. Incision Placement: The type and length of the incision used during a brachioplasty procedure will depend on the specific technique employed and the extent of correction needed. The surgeon will strategically place the incision to minimize visible scarring while effectively addressing excess skin and fat.

2. Liposuction: In cases where excess fat is a concern but significant skin laxity is not present, liposuction may be performed as a standalone procedure or combined with brachioplasty. The surgeon will use a cannula (thin, hollow tube) to suction out the excess fat deposits, resulting in improved arm contours. Liposuction-assisted brachioplasty allows for better sculpting of the arms in addition to skin tightening.

3. Tissue Excision: After making the appropriate incisions, the surgeon will carefully excise the excess skin and fat from the upper arm area. The amount of tissue removed will vary depending on the patient's unique needs. During this step, special attention is given to creating a smooth and natural transition between the arm and surrounding tissues.

4. Deep Tissue Tightening: In addition to addressing excess skin, some brachioplasty techniques involve tightening the deeper supportive tissues to enhance the overall arm contour and improve longevity of the results. This is typically achieved through internal sutures, providing additional support and structural integrity to the newly shaped arm.

5. Skin Closure: Once the excess skin and fat have been removed, the surgeon will meticulously close the incisions using sutures or surgical staples. The goal is to achieve well-approximated, neat incisions to promote proper healing and minimize scarring. In some cases, dissolvable sutures may be used, eliminating the need for suture removal in the post-operative period.

6. Drains and Dressings: Depending on the extent of the procedure, your surgeon may place drains to help prevent fluid buildup in the surgical site during the initial healing period. Additionally, dressings and compression garments will be applied to support the arms, minimize swelling, and aid in the healing process.

Recovery and Aftercare

After brachioplasty, patients are advised to follow the specific post-operative instructions provided by their surgeon. This may include keeping the arms elevated, avoiding strenuous activities, and taking prescribed medications as needed. Patients should expect some swelling and bruising, which gradually subsides over several weeks. Full recovery typically takes several months, during which time the scars will continue to fade.

It's essential to attend all follow-up appointments with your plastic surgeon to monitor your progress and ensure proper healing. Adhering to a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise and a balanced diet, can help maintain the results achieved through brachioplasty.

Please remember that the information provided here is for general understanding and should not be considered a substitute for personalized advice from a qualified plastic surgeon. If you are considering brachioplasty or any other cosmetic procedure, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our expert team to discuss your options and create a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

Recovery Guidelines

  1. Rest and Recovery: Take it easy during the initial days following your surgery. Get plenty of rest and avoid any strenuous activities that could strain your arms. Elevate your arms using pillows while lying down to help reduce swelling.
  2. Dressings and Compression Garments: Your surgeon will apply dressings and a compression garment to your arms after the surgery. These garments provide support, help control swelling, and aid in the healing process. Follow your surgeon's instructions regarding when and how to change the dressings.
  3. Incision Care: Proper care of your incisions is crucial for minimizing scarring and preventing infection. Keep the incision sites clean and dry, and follow your surgeon's guidelines for showering. Avoid soaking in baths or pools until your surgeon gives the go-ahead.
  4. Medication Management: Take all prescribed medications as directed, including pain medications and antibiotics. These will help manage pain and reduce the risk of infection. If you experience any unexpected side effects, contact your surgeon immediately.
  5. Avoid Smoking and Alcohol: Smoking and alcohol consumption can hinder the healing process and increase the risk of complications. It's best to avoid smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages during your recovery.
  6. Physical Activities: Refrain from lifting heavy objects and engaging in vigorous physical activities for at least four to six weeks following surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with specific guidelines for gradually resuming regular activities and exercise.
  7. Avoid Sun Exposure: Protect your incisions from direct sunlight and harsh weather conditions. Sun exposure can cause scars to darken and become more noticeable. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen with a high SPF when going outdoors.
  8. Follow-up Appointments: Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with your plastic surgeon. These visits are essential for monitoring your progress, assessing healing, and addressing any concerns or questions you may have.
  9. Watch for Signs of Complications: While complications are rare, it's essential to be vigilant. If you experience excessive bleeding, severe pain, fever, or any other concerning symptoms, contact your surgeon immediately.
  10. Be Patient and Mindful: Remember that healing takes time, and results may not be immediately apparent. Be patient and follow your surgeon's advice diligently for the best outcomes.

Conclusion: By following these post-operative instructions, you can promote a smoother and faster recovery from your brachioplasty procedure. Remember that every individual's healing process is unique, so don't hesitate to reach out to your plastic surgeon if you have any questions or concerns during your recovery journey. We are here to support you and ensure your experience with brachioplasty is as positive and rewarding as possible.

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