Arm Lift

A brachioplasty (a.k.a. arm lift) enhances the definition and contours of the arm through alterations to soft tissues.

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The Skinny

Average Recovery

3 weeks




Surgical Procedure




$3200 - $12000


Before & After Images by Provider

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The Specifics

What is a brachioplasty (a.k.a. arm lift)?

A brachioplasty (a.k.a. arm lift) is a plastic surgery procedure to refine, define, and contour the appearance of the upper arm. In an arm lift, a plastic surgeon will remove excess skin, excess fat, and tighten underlying muscle and tissue to reduce the appearance of aging, sagging skin due to natural aging or significant weight loss. Liposuction can be combined with an arm lift and used for fat removal. The results of an arm lift will be a smoother, slimmer arm contour.

What cosmetic concerns does an arm lift procedure treat?

  1. Arm Shape & Size: Removal of excess skin, excess fat, and alterations to underlying tissues during an arm lift enhances the size and shape of the arm.

Who is the ideal candidate for an arm lift procedure?

The ideal candidate for an arm lift has sagging, excessive arm skin due to aging or significant weight loss. An arm lift is not recommended for those with active skin or sweat gland infections, or women who have had breast surgeries that may have contributed to permanent arm swelling.

What is the average recovery associated with an arm lift procedure?

The recovery period following an arm lift is typically a few weeks. Drains will be removed after one to two weeks at which time most patients return to work. Compressive bandages will need to be worn for two to three weeks. Exercise and normal activity levels can typically be reintegrated by six weeks post op.

What are the potential side effects of an arm lift procedure?

Possible side effects following an arm lift procedure include bleeding, bruising, tightness, numbness, tingling, and infection.

What can someone expect from the results of an arm lift procedure?

The results of an arm lift are permanent enhancements to the shape and contour of the upper arm. The results may be affected by significant weight gain.

What is the average cost of an arm lift procedure?

An arm lift surgery can cost anywhere from $3,200 to $12,000. The actual cost of an arm lift is dependent upon location, board certified plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery.


  • Excess Skin
  • Sagging Skin
  • Tightens
  • Smooths


  • Visible Scars
  • Fluid Accumulation

Invasiveness Score


Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect

A brachioplasty, more commonly known as an arm lift, removes and tightens loose or sagging skin. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after an arm lift.

The Takeaway

An arm lift (a.k.a. brachioplasty) is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin, loose skin, and excess fat from the upper arm for improved body contouring.

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  1. Hoyos, A, and M Perez Arm Dynamic Definition by Liposculpture and Fat Grafting Oxford Academic; 2012-11-01


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