What is an Arm Lift?

An arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty, is done to eliminate excess skin and fat pockets and tighten the overall tissue of the upper arm. Changes in weight, age, and hereditary can cause the upper arms to droop, and sag, which cannot be corrected through exercise alone.

Before & After

Who is a Good Candidate?

Adults who are living with upper arms skin laxity, whose weight is stable, and who are non-smokers can benefit from an arm lift. Patients should be committed to a healthy lifestyle in order to maintain results from their arm lift procedure. You will be able to discuss your overall aesthetic goals with Dr. Howland during your consultation.

What to Expect

The incision pattern and length used during your arm lift procedure will depend on the location and the amount of excess skin that needs to be removed. Incisions are typically placed inside of the arm or on the back of the arm, and extend from the underarm region to above the elbow. Liposuction may be used to eliminate excess fat. Incisions will then be closed with sutures.

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Following surgery, patients will need to wear a compression garment as directed. Mild to moderate discomfort may occur, which can be controlled with pain medication. Bruising and swelling may also occur. Patients should avoid strenuous activities for the first month after surgery. Patients should be able to return to their normal activities after six weeks.

Arm lift surgery patients will experience visible scars along the insides of their arms. However, many patients report that the increase in self-confidence and ability to wear clothing more comfortably outweighs the con of having scars.

If you are interested in eliminating excess skin from your upper arms with arm lift surgery, contact our Salt Lake City office today! We would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

FAQs About Arm Lifts

Can underarm fat be removed?

Yes, underarm fat can be removed using liposuction.

Does arm lift leave a scar?

An arm lift will leave a small scar that typically extends from the underarms along the inside of the arm. During your consultation, Dr. Howland will explain any scarring that you can expect.

Do arm lift scars fade?

Arm lift scars will fade over time, especially by following aftercare instructions from your plastic surgeon.

Does arm lipo hurt?

You can expect some discomfort for about two to three days following your arm liposuction. This can be controlled by taking pain medication as prescribed and following aftercare instructions like wearing compression garments.

Do compression garments help with loose skin?

Compression garments can help reduce loose skin for some patients. Others will require surgery to reduce unwanted excess skin.

Does insurance pay for arm lift?

Insurance does not typically cover arm lift surgery, as the procedure is considered cosmetic.

Do waist trainers tighten loose skin?

Waist trainers are not intended for skin tightening purposes.

Does Medicare pay for Brachioplasty?

Medicare will not cover a Brachioplasty, as this procedure is considered cosmetic.

How much does a Brachioplasty surgery cost?

The average arm lift surgery, or Brachioplasty, costs about $4,800. This cost will vary depending on factors like the location where your surgery is performed, surgeon and hospital fees, the extent of your surgery, and more.

How long after Brachioplasty Can I exercise?

Most patients should wait at least four months after their arm lift before attempting to exercise. Dr. Howland will monitor your healing through the recovery process and advise when you can return to your normal exercise routine.