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Arm Lift

At The Center for Cosmetic Surgery, out board-certified plastic surgeons perform brachioplasty, often called arm lift surgery in Denver to tuck and tighten unattractive upper arms. This procedure helps people who have sagging skin that hangs from the upper arms. It also reduces the size and thickness of the upper arm so clothes fit more comfortably. A new arm contour improves your appearance and allows you to hold your arms up with confidence.

Arm Lift
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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Arm Lift Case 508 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER
Case: 1 of 16

Case #508

This 28 year-old female from southern Wisconsin had undergone massive weight loss via natural methods from a maximum of 275 pounds.  She came to see Dr. Steinwald to inquire about potential procedures to address the significant skin laxity persisting in her abdomen, arm and thigh areas.  She had had one child via C-section, and currently... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Arm Lift Case 839 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (2 months)
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Case #839

69 year-old woman with lifelong issues with lax arm skin, extending down to her forearm areas. I advised her that despite her thin skin/weak tone, she could benefit greatly from excision of these excess tissues by way of an extended brachioplasty. She indeed underwent this procedure as an outpatient, and to both of our delight, healed quite well... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Arm Lift Case 539 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #539

55 year-old woman who had upper arm fatty tissue excess ("lipodystrophy") moreso than skin excess or laxity, and therefore who was a fairly good candidate for liposuction only. She is shown here approximately 3 months following removal of approximately 500-600cc per arm during her Denver liposuction procedure. Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Arm Lift Case 77 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
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Case #77

This is a 48 year old, 5'6", 176 pound Denver woman who lost 120 pounds after a gastric bypass surgery. She underwent a brachioplasty. Post-operative pictures are from 3 months after surgery.
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Arm Lift Case 624 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER (3 mo)
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Case #624

42 year-old woman who had lost approximately 50-60 pounds and was left with a moderate amount of bilateral upper arm skin excess that would not be amenable to liposuction alone. It was advised that her best chance at optimal recontouring would involve fairly aggressive skin excision and redraping of the tissues from the posterior arm to the front... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Liposuction Case 603 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER (8 mo)
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Case #603

This is a 36 year-old woman with mild-moderate fatty tissue excess of the upper arms (she returned after having had an abdominoplasty earlier). It was advised that she undergo moderate liposuction of her upper arms (to avoid "skeletonizing", which looks very unnatural), and therefore only 500-600cc of fatty tissue was removed from two small... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Arm Lift Case 628 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER (3 mo)
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Case #628

39 year-old woman following moderately severe weight loss (approximately 50-60 pounds), who was left with a fair amount of upper arm skin laxity, and was otherwise not a candidate for liposuction.  I recommended a formal Denver brachioplasty to excise extra skin, and recontour the arm in a much more pleasing manner, with well-hidden incisions... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Arm Lift Case 441 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #441

This 56-year-old woman underwent a brachioplasty to tighten the skin and remove fat along the posterior aspect of her arms.  With this posterior scar technique, the scar is placed along the inferior portion of the arm.  This allows significant removal of excess fat along with skin, and keeps the scar in what may be a less conspicuous... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Arm Lift Case 442 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
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Case #442

This 58-year-old woman underwent a brachioplasty with posterior scar placement.  She had very little excess fat, but a significant amount of skin laxity.  She is shown before and 5 months after her procedure.
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Arm Lift Case 631 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER (10 mo)
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Case #631

39 year-old woman who lost approximately 80-90 pounds was seeking a plastic surgeon serving Denver and Golden, Colorado. She was interested in abdominoplasty, breast lifting and a Denver arm lift/brachioplasty. She was advised she was an excellent candidate for each, but that her lax skin of her upper arms would require skin excision to obtain the... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Breast Augmentation Case 286 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #286

This 42-year-old woman consulted Dr. Wolfe seeking improvement in her arm and breast shape after losing a significant amount of weight.  She had undergone a laparascopic gastric bypass 2 years previously, and lowered her weight from 350 lbs to 150.  She underwent a lower body lift elsewhere.  Dr. Wolfe performed a breast augmentation... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Arm Lift Case 630 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER (2 mo)
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Case #630

\t54 year-old woman following gastric bypass surgery and the loss of at least 120 pounds, who was left with significant upper arm hanging skin (or a "batwing deformity"), extending into her axillary/underarm areas.  She underwent an extended brachioplasty as a post-bariatric plastic surgery procedure; photos are from... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Arm Lift Case 450 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
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Case #450

This 69-year-old woman underwent a brachioplasty (arm lift) to correct the significant laxity in her upper arms.  She is shown before and 3 months after her procedure.  This technique places the scar at the lower margin of the arm, keeping the scar well-hidden when viewed from the front or back. Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Arm Lift Case 865 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (4 months)
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Case #865

33 year-old female who underwent at least 60-80 pound weight loss, and wished to have her upper arm skin excess addressed. She underwent a brachioplasty with the scar hidden near the bottom front of her arms, and is shown here at approximately 4 months post-op, with scars expected to fade further. If you have similar issues and live in or around... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Arm Lift Case 126 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #126

This is a 44 year old, 152 pound woman who underwent a gastric banding procedure and lost 152 pounds prior to having plastic surgery.  She then underwent a brachioplasty (arm tuck) to reduce the skin laxity on her arms.  Post-operative pictures are from 2 months after surgery. Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Arm Lift Case 886 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (1 month)
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Case #886

This 32 year-old woman had lost 80-90 lb naturally (currently in the 150 lb range), and had resistant skin excess on her upper arms (which was probably also partly genetic). She underwent a formal brachioplasty/arm lift, with incisions hidden towards the bottom of the arm on outstretched view, and did quite nicely, with results here shown at approximately... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Am I a good candidate for an arm lift?

The ideal candidate for an arm lift is a person who has excessive, loose skin on the upper arms that hangs unattractively and is resistant to diet and exercise. The procedure can also reduce the size of the arms by reducing fat volume in addition to the abundance of skin. During a consultation, one of our plastic surgeons can best determine the appropriateness of the procedure for you.

What if my arms are thick but I don’t have loose, sagging skin?

Liposuction works wonderfully for removing fat from the upper arms. As long as the skin is not excessive and has reasonable elasticity, your arms will tolerate fat removal without skin excision.

How is arm lift surgery performed?

First, power-assisted liposuction is performed to reduce the fat content of the upper arm and take tension away from the tuck by lessening the weight of the arms. This is followed by a direct excision of excess skin and underlying fat. Finally, the tissues are sewn together so that the arm is tucked and tightened.

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Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Steven Vath, Dr. Andrew Wolfe, and Dr. Paul Steinwald lead our patient-centered practice with warmth, honesty, and respect. Their combined expertise and credentials have placed us among Colorado's premier aesthetic centers.

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What is the drawback of an arm lift?

In most situations, an arm tuck requires an incision along the inside of the upper arm extending from the arm pit down towards the elbow. Every effort is made to keep the incision as short as possible and not extend it all the way to the elbow. Nonetheless, this leaves a scar on the inside of the upper arm which may be visible when wearing a short sleeve shirt. Some patients with a significant excess of upper arm skin find this trade-off quite acceptable.

What is arm lift recovery like?

After arm lift, an elastic compression garment is worn for 2 weeks at all times, followed by another 2 weeks while active. Generally, discontinuation of pain medication is possible after 2 to 3 days and return to non-strenuous work at 1 week. Unrestricted arm use may begin at 6 weeks.

What kind of anesthesia is used for the procedure?

The preferred method of achieving adequate pain control and sedation is general anesthesia. In healthy patients, general anesthesia is very safe with low complication rates. You will be entirely asleep for the duration of the procedure and awaken in recovery room. Anesthesia is delivered by a board-certified anesthesiologist who cares for you before, during, and after surgery ensuring a comfortable and safe experience.

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