An arm lift (brachioplasty) tightens the upper arms to reshape the area from a patient’s underarm to elbow. The procedure generally involves an incision along the arm to remove excess skin and fatty tissue. Combining brachioplasty with liposuction often improves the overall tightness of the arm. Patients well suited for an arm lift include those with loose or flabby arm skin due to weight loss or age.


The Arm Lift Process

Brachioplasty, or arm lift, is a surgical procedure that is used to help remove the excess skin and fatty tissue from the axilla and upper arm. Brachioplasty is not a surgical treatment for being overweight. Obese individuals who intend to lose weight should postpone all forms of body contouring surgery until they have reached a stable weight.


Planning Your Arm Lift

Planning your arm lift with Dr. Patterson, begins with a comprehensive consultation and examination. A price quote will be given during your consultation.



Preparing for Your Arm Lift

After your initial consultation, you will have a second visit with us two weeks prior to your scheduled procedure. This visit will cover any pre and post op instructions as well as any medication that will need to be administered after.


The Arm Lift Procedure

Surgery will be approximately 2-5 hours as determined on a case by case basis. Typically this is done as an outpatient procedure, but an overnight stay may be necessary and will be determined by Dr. Patterson.   



Arm Lift Recovery

Sutures are usually removed between 2-4 weeks after surgery. You will be able to return to non strenuous work approximately 2-4 weeks postop. Scars will flatten and fade between 3 months and 2 years after surgery.


Exercise After Your Arm Lift

Approximately 4-6 weeks after surgery, strenuous activity will be allowed. Sometime around the 8th week post op you will be allowed to resume all activities.


Arm Lift Aftercare

Dr. Patterson will see you for a follow-up appointment and for suture removal. Suture removal is generally 2-4 weeks postop. The Patterson Plastics team is always available to assist you with any questions following your procedure.



Still have some questions, or want to find out more? The next step is easy, schedule a consult with Dr. Patterson. Our staff will be happy to discuss arm lift surgery with you further. At Patterson Plastic Surgery, we want to be your partner in achieving the appearance you’ve always wanted!