Also known as brachioplasty, an arm lift reshapes the under portion of the upper arm, from the underarm region to the elbow. Fluctuations in weight, growing older and even heredity can cause your upper arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance.

Exercise may strengthen and improve the underlying muscle tone of the upper arm, but it cannot address excess skin that has lost elasticity or underlying weakened tissues and localised fat deposits. If the underside of your upper arms are sagging or appear loose and full due to excess skin and fat, an arm lift may be right for you. Ideal candidates for arm lift surgery are adults with significant upper arm skin laxity, relatively stable weight and are not significantly overweight.

An arm lift:

  • Reduces excess skin and fat between the underarm and the elbow
  • Reshapes your arm to result in smoother skin and contours
  • Results in a more toned and proportionate appearance

Incision length and pattern depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed. Incisions are generally placed on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm, and may extend from the underarm (axilla) to just above the elbow. If fat is to be reduced during your arm lift, it will be excised or treated with liposuction. Underlying supportive tissue is tightened and reshaped with internal sutures. It's important to know that in order to achieve your improved image, there will be a scar on the inside of your upper arm. Depending on your specific conditions, incisions may be more limited.

The smoother, tighter contours that result from brachioplasty are apparent almost immediately following your procedure, although initial results will be somewhat obscured by swelling and bruising. Your new, shapely and toned upper arm is dramatically improved both in appearance and feel. The results of arm lift surgery will be long-lasting, provided that you maintain a stable weight and general fitness. As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness, but most of your improvement should be relatively permanent.

Additional Information

  • Duration of operation: 2 hours
  • Anaesthetic: General anaesthetic
  • Hospital stay: 1 night


  • Driving: 2 weeks
  • Back to work: 1 - 2 weeks
  • Exercise: 4 - 6 weeks

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