Arm Lift

An Arm Lift removes the excess skin from the upper arms and reduces the circumference of the upper arms. There are multiple ways to sculpt the arm, including Liposuction, Minimal Access Brachioplasty (axillary scar and liposuction) and Traditional Brachioplasty.

Why have an Arm Lift?

You may be a candidate for an upper arm lift if you have sagging skin on the upper arms. Upper arm tissue can relax with age, genetics, gravity and weight loss. The drooping of skin is from a stretching of the anchoring system of the arm and loss of supporting fat. Patients are very unhappy with this “loose hammock” appearance.

Many of our post-bariatric patients benefit from Arm Lift surgery after massive weight loss causes the excess skin of the arms to hang down.

What Results can I expect?

  • A more youthful appearance and thinner contour to the arms.
  • Reduction of flabbiness, extra skin and fat, in the upper inner arms.
  • Greater confidence and comfort in clothing.
  • Long-lasting results.

What is Involved with this Procedure?

This procedure is usually done under general anesthesia. Surgical correction depends on the amount of extra skin that must be removed and how loose the supporting tissues have become. In order to remove the unwanted skin, an incision is made from near the elbow, into the underarm. Your surgeon will place the incision in the most inconspicuous location (inner arm toward the back), where the tissue can be best tightened.

An upper Arm Lift takes approximately two hours. This surgery is done on an outpatient basis with general anesthesia. Because safety is always our first concern, we always work with board-certified anesthesiologists to ensure that your surgery is as safe as possible. Following your surgery, you will be able to rest in the comfort of your own home.

Recovery & Aftercare

  • Patients may experience some degree of bruising, swelling, tenderness and/or numbness.
  • Drains may remain in place for about three to seven days.
  • Limit activity for the next 5 -7 days following surgery.
  • Avoid strenuous activities for about four to six weeks.
  • Some patients are ready to return to work in a week.
  • Our Baltimore plastic surgeons may recommend a compression garment be worn for a few weeks for support.

Additional Procedures:

An additional procedure that may enhance the result of an upper arm lift is liposuction of the upper arms. Please discuss this option with the doctor.

Our Practitioners Who Specialize in Arm Lifts:

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Dr. Michael D. Cohen

Medical Director, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon & Breast Specialist

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Dr. Gary A. Vela

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon & Body Contouring Specialist

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Dr. Cohen and his team are beyond stellar! They are highly knowledgeable, professional and most of all… warm & friendly. This procedure was a big decision and Dr. Cohen and his team made the start of the process very comforting and less unsettling for me! An award winning team!”

Financing & Payment Options

Obtaining the funds for elective procedures and products can sometimes be difficult, especially in these challenging economic times. At Belcara Health, we have a dedicated financing department, designed to help you get the financing you need, for the procedures you want.

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