For patients who have stubborn fat pockets or who recently underwent weight loss, it can feel embarrassing to wear tank tops or sleeveless shirts during warmer weather. Often, excess fat or stretched skin in the upper arms can create the appearance of ‘wings’ that do not respond to toning or weight exercises. In this case, an arm lift procedure can tighten and lift the upper arms for a fit, contoured look.

Why Choose Brachioplasty?

Many patients who opt for arm lift procedures have found their diet and exercise regimen does not reduce saggy skin and fat in the upper arms. In many cases, these things require a surgical procedure for best results. Additionally, an arm lift procedure can be a beneficial part of post-weight loss surgery to remove excess skin. Some women also opt for brachioplasty as part of a mommy makeover. Overall, an arm lift is one of the most effective ways to restore and recontour the arms by removing excess fat and skin.

Am I a Candidate?

The best candidates for an arm lift procedure with Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir have excess skin and fat in the upper arms that does not respond to diet and exercise. In general, candidates should be in overall good health and able to undergo surgery. You should be at or near your ideal weight in order to get the most long-term results from your arm lift. During a consultation with our plastic surgeons, you will discuss your medical history and any other options that can benefit your body and weight loss goals.

Your Customized Arm Lift Procedure

There are a few different factors to consider when it comes to your arm lift procedure with Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir. You will discuss each of these at length during your consultation.

Incisions

There are three types of incisions that can be used to achieve your cosmetic goals. These include:

  • Inner Arm Incision
  • Back of Arm Incision
  • Minimal Incision (within the armpit)

One of these might be more suited for your goals and anatomy than the other, and your plastic surgeon can recommend the right kind. You can be assured that each of these is easily concealable with clothing or the natural contours of your arms, and we can recommend scar treatments as needed.

Liposuction

Sometimes, liposuction can be a valuable addition to your arm lift procedure. This can help to reduce fat in the surrounding areas, as well as reducing fat pockets that contribute to ‘wings’ in the upper arms. Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir can recommend your best options during your consultation.

Brachioplasty Recovery

After surgery, you can expect to take at least one week off work or social engagements, during which you should avoid heavy lifting or straining. It is important to wear compression garments during this time to reduce swelling and help the skin adhere to the new contours. You will also be prescribed medications to reduce swelling and discomfort. During your follow-up appointments with your plastic surgeon, you will receive instructions on how to proceed with your activity levels and recovery. Over the months following your procedure, you will see your final results begin to emerge as swelling resolves and your new contours emerge.

Why Choose Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery?

Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir are premier, board-certified plastic surgeons with over 20 years of experience in producing excellent results. To begin discussing your options for surgical lift procedures and plan your arm lift, contact our Phoenix office by calling or filling out our online form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can underarm fat be removed?

Yes. If skin tone is good, underarm fat can be removed with liposuction.

Do arm lift scars fade?

Yes. Nearly all scars fade over time. Studies show that it can take a year for scars to fade fully.

Do compression garments help with loose skin?

No. While compression garments may help improve circulation, they do not tighten skin.

Do waist trainers tighten loose skin?

No. While compression garments may help improve circulation, they do not tighten skin.

How do you lose arm fat fast?

If you have seen changes in the appearance of your arms with weight fluctuations in the past, then weight loss may result in a reduction in upper arm fat. If the area does not respond to weight changes, then liposuction may be a good option.

How long after Brachioplasty Can I exercise?

Ask your surgeon, but typically light exercise can be resumed after just a few weeks.

How long does it take for Brachioplasty scars to heal?

Scars heal quickly, but mature slowly. The scars are well healed by 6 weeks, but it may take 12 months for them to fully mature.

How long does it take to recover from an arm lift?

In most cases, normal activities can be resumed in 4 to 6 weeks.

Does arm lift leave a scar?

Yes. In some cases, the procedure can be performed with only a scar in the armpit. Most brachioplasties however leave a scar that extends down to the elbow.

Does arm lipo hurt?

While there is some postoperative discomfort with liposuction, it is typically fairly minor.

Does insurance pay for arm lift?

No. Arm lift procedures are considered cosmetic surgery by insurance companies.

Does Medicare pay for Brachioplasty?

No. Arm lift procedures are considered cosmetic surgery by insurance companies.

How much does a Brachioplasty surgery cost?

Depending on the specific procedure performed, costs range from $4000 to $9000.

How painful is an arm lift?

Most patients will require prescription pain medication for a few days following a brachioplasty.

What is arm lift surgery?

Brachioplasty, or arm lift, involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the upper arms.