Arm lift

An arm lift — also known as brachioplasty — is a cosmetic surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the under portion of your upper arms.

During an arm lift, excess skin and fat is removed from the underarms — between the armpit and elbow. The skin is then draped back over the newly repositioned contours to create a more toned look.

You might choose to have an arm lift if the undersides of your upper arms are sagging. An arm lift might also boost your body image.


Why it's done Risks How you prepare What you can expect Results

As you get older, the skin on your upper arms changes — sagging and becoming loose. Significant weight loss can also cause the undersides of your upper arms to droop.

You might consider an arm lift if:

  • Your upper arm skin is drooping
  • You have excess fat in the undersides of your upper arms

While exercise can strengthen and improve muscle tone in the upper arm, it can't address excess skin that has lost elasticity.

An arm lift isn't for everyone. Your doctor might caution against an arm lift if you:

  • Are significantly overweight
  • Have frequent changes in your weight
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