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Arm Lift

An arm lift can be performed 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
Before & After Photos

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
  • Arm Lift case 566 before photo
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    Case #566

    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 fron... View Case 

  • Arm Lift case 1191 before photo
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    After (2 months)

    Case #1191

    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 outpati... View Case 

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    Case #555

    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 the skin, ... View Case 

  • Arm Lift case 890 before photo
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    AFTER (3 mo)

    Case #890

    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 re... View Case 

Am I a good candidate for a brachioplasty?

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. A consultation with Dr. Vath, Dr. Wolfe, or Dr. Steinwald at the Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Golden, Colorado 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 a brachioplasty 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.

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 a 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 the recovery?

After a brachioplasty, 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 2-3 days and return to non-strenuous work at one 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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