What is a Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)?

Excess skin and fat of the arms can be a bothersome problem for many. This is commonly due to weight loss, although genetic factors may play a role. A Brachioplasty (also known as an arm lift) is a surgical technique that reshapes the upper arms by removing excess, sagging skin. This procedure allows Dr. Sailon to sculpt and define your arms. Skin removal may be combined with liposuction to address stubborn fat in the upper arm. Bodytite may also be considered inappropriate candidates to tighten the skin and avoid a scar.

Different types of arm lifts

Dr. Sailon is well versed in the latest techniques and technologies to get you the best result possible. There are several methods of treating excess arm skin and fat. Depending on your anatomy and goals, he will determine which is best for you.

Traditional Brachioplasty – this involves the removal of skin from the armpit to the elbow. Also, this is often combined with liposuction for additional sculpting. This technique is powerful in its ability to reshape the arms. But this does necessitate the creation of a scar along the inner aspect of the arm (where a shirt’s inseam would lie).

Short-scar Brachioplasty – the incision is limited to the armpit area, only allowing for a much more hidden scar. This technique is best suited for those with skin laxity, primarily in the uppermost part of the arm. Like a traditional Brachioplasty, this may be combined with liposuction to remove fat. Dr. Sailon often combines this technique with Bodytite (a skin tightening device) to further enhance your results.

Liposuction of arms only – in those who have excess fat in the arms with tight skin, liposuction only may be the best choice. Only a small portion of patients are candidates for this approach.


Dr. Sailon strictly adheres to the highest quality and safety possible for his patients. Your arm lift will be performed in a surgical center or hospital. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and typically takes around 2 hours, depending on how much work must be done. You will meet a board-certified anesthesiologist on the day of surgery. An anesthesiologist will make sure you are comfortable and asleep throughout the procedure.

Dr. Sailon will spend a significant amount of time measuring and drawing before entering the operating room to ensure ideal scar placement. During the procedure, Dr. Sailon uses substantial amounts of local anesthetic (“numbing medicine”) to make sure you awake from surgery comfortable. A garment may be placed after surgery to help control swelling.


Brachioplasty is usually performed as an outpatient surgery. This means you can go home the day of surgery and are not required to spend a night in the hospital. Brachioplasty (Arm Lift) may be combined with other surgical procedures such as an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), mastopexy (breast lift), or breast augmentation. After surgery, you will be cared for in the recovery room to make sure you are fully awake and are comfortable. A friend or relative will need to escort you home and it is beneficial to have someone help around the house for the first few days.

Dr. Sailon does everything possible to minimize discomfort from surgery. You will receive local anesthetic (numbing medicine) during the surgery and prescription medications to ensure you have minimal pain afterward.

Dr. Sailon typically recommends taking ten days off from work, but some may be able to return earlier. It is vital that you walk around frequently after surgery and do not spend all day in bed. Activity involving carrying light weights begins two weeks after surgery. Cardio exercise can usually resume after four weeks. Lifting heavier weights (more than 15 pounds) must weight until 6-8 weeks after surgery.

You can expect to have some bruising and swelling in the areas treated. The swelling will be minor after three weeks. It is essential to have patience, however, as the final result will be seen at about three months after surgery.

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