Arm Lift FAQ

The Center for Cosmetic Surgery

Questions About Arm Lift Surgery

Hello, I have excess stretchmarks on my upper & mid arms as well as excess skin. I was wondering if i can get the excess skin pulled taught to reduce the appearance of the stretchmarks?

Surgery will only reduce the appearance of stretch marks if the area of skin affected by them is removed. Brachioplasty, often called an arm lift, at our Denver practice can reduce the laxity on your upper arms, but may or may not reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

Do you or anyone you know of in Denver do minimal incision arm lifts (in my case, to tighten lax, crepey skin)?

Our doctors do perform arm lift surgery. They will always make the smallest incision possible while still being able to achieve the best result.

I have lost a massive amount of weight and would like to know what my surgical options are to remove the excess skin.

Congratulations on your weight loss. There are several well developed operations intended to rid you of your excess skin. A lower body lift combined with an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck will lift the buttocks and outer thighs while also tightening the abdomen. An inner thigh lift will tighten the upper, inner thighs while an arm lift can reduce the skin laxity on your upper arms. If your breast are too relaxed, you may benifit from a breast lift (mastopexy) or combination breast augmentation with lift. Finally, if lax, sagging facial skin is a problem, a facelift or mini facelift combined with a brow lift will tighten your facial tissues without giving you that fake, operated appearance.

How much time passes between the initial consultation and surgery?

Once you have had your complementary consult with one of our surgeons, it is typically 2-4 weeks before surgery. However, this can vary significantly.

Will smoking affect my recovery?

Smoking adversely affects wound healing. The small vessels that supply blood to the tissues shrink up and prevent the necessary nutrients for healing to get to the wound. The incidence of having a wound complication such as an open wound or skin death is much higher in smokers. Furthermore, the rate of wound infection is also significantly increased in smokers for the same reason of limited blood flow. Because of this, a patient must stop smoking for a minimum of two weeks prior to surgery to decrease the risk of these complications.

2 Responses to Arm Lift FAQ

  • Julie Brennan says:


    I do not have fat in my upper arm, I am thin. I have very bony elbows with ALOT of excess skin above them.
    I don’t believe I need a full arm lift but how can I get rid of a large amount of excess skin above the elbow.
    I would be happy to send a picture.

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