Doctor’s Thoughts on Arm Lift

At Pacific Center Plastic Surgery, we strive to understand your unique concerns and goals to find the right treatment plan for you. When it comes to a surgical procedure like an arm lift, we will be honest about the pros and cons of this treatment option. For many, the significant results of an arm lift can give lift-changing confidence and improved body contour. We’ve helped hundreds of patients achieve long-lasting results from their arm lift for toned upper arms and improved body balance.  As board-certified surgeons, we aim to deliver the best care, from consultation to post-op. To get started on your procedure or to learn more about your options, contact our office and schedule your consultation. 

What is an Arm Lift?

An arm lift, or Brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure to address the upper arms, removing excess skin and tightening the tissue. This can help patients achieve more toned upper arms and may be used as part of a larger procedure like the upper body lift after weight loss.

Who can Benefit from an Arm Lift?

The arm lift can benefit a range of patients, from those who have undergone a dramatic weight loss, to those experiencing the natural effects of aging. The arm lift can address the following concerns:

  •         Stretched skin after weight loss
  •         Hanging tissue with age
  •         Pockets of stubborn fat on the upper arms

Both men and women can benefit from the arm lift to address excess skin and hanging tissue from the upper arms. To be a successful candidate, you should be within your ideal weight range first. The procedure can address some pockets of stubborn fat with liposuction techniques. Dr. Nichter and Dr. Horowitz can meet with you to determine if the procedure is right for you and how you can benefit.

How is the Arm Lift Performed?

There are several different techniques that can be used during the arm lift procedure. For some, liposuction alone is used to remove stubborn fat from the upper arms. This will require tiny incisions to break up and remove fat cells. For excess skin and tissue, an incision will be made either high up on the arm or within the underarm for concealed scarring. Patients with a large amount of excess skin and tissue may require a larger incision from the elbow to the underarm. Through the appropriate incision, Dr. Nichter or Dr. Horowitz will tighten the underlying tissue and remove excess skin to improve the arm contour. This is done with the use of general anesthesia to ensure a comfortable process.

Recovery After Arm Lift

Your recovery from the arm lift will depend on the techniques used. If your arm lift was combined with liposuction or other contouring procedures, you can expect a longer recovery than an arm lift alone. After an arm lift, you can expect some swelling, bruising, and general discomfort for several days. Patients typically need a week off work to recover at home. Arm movements should be limited, and exercise and other strenuous activity should be avoided for several weeks.

Arm Lift Results

As swelling diminishes after your arm lift procedure, you can start to see your results. It can take several months for the last bit of swelling to completely diminish. After this time, you can enjoy more toned upper arms with the reduction of excess skin and tissue. Any scarring will also continue to fade with time. The results of the arm lift are long-lasting, as long as you maintain your healthy weight.

Your Consultation at Pacific Center Plastic Surgery

To learn more about your arm lift at the Pacific Center Plastic Surgery, contact our office and schedule your consultation. Dr. Nichter and Dr. Horowitz are experts in surgical contouring procedures like the arm lift. They can meet with you to discuss your concerns and determine if the arm lift is right for you.