Brachioplasty (Arm Lift Plastic Surgery) – The Ultimate Guide

brachioplasty arm lift doctorIf you want to surgically alter the appearance of your arms, there are 4 options:

  1. Arm liposuction
  2. Traditional brachioplasty (arm lift)
  3. Extended brachioplasty
  4. Minimal incision brachioplasty

In this guide we will cover all of these.

Arm Liposuction

This procedure is usually done in younger women who want excess fat removed from their upper arms, but have tight skin. Since fat is the only tissue removed here, your previously “tight” arm skin can take on a looser appearance. And if you had loose skin to begin with, the problem can be compounded.

The Procedure

  1. You will be put under anesthesia
  2. Your arms will be secured on arm tables/boards
  3. Incisions will be made close to your elbow and arm pit
  4. A solution that makes fat firm will be injected into your arm – this makes removal easier
  5. A cannula (rod) is used to suck out the arm fat
  6. The incisions are stitched up and covered with bandages

The operation takes a couple hours and you don’t have to spend the night at the hospital. After a week, the stitches are removed and you can resume normal physical activity.

arm liposuction scars

Arm liposuction scars (minimal)

Cost

On average, the cost will be $3,000-$5,000 depending on where you have the procedure done.

Issues

The main issue is that you can be left with loose skin once the fat is removed. And the only way to correct this is with a brachioplasty, but this procedure leaves scars on your arms.

Also, there is no guarantee that the arm fat won’t come back.

Traditional Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

This procedure is usually done in women who have lost a massive amount of weight (100lbs+) and are left with excess arm skin.

It’s also performed months after an arm liposuction if the patient is left with loose skin.

The Procedure

  1. The surgeon will mark your arms where excess tissue is to be removed
  2. You will be put under anesthesia
  3. Your arms will be secured on arm tables/boards
  4. An incision will be made that runs from your arm pit to your elbow
  5. The excess skin will be secured with small clamps and then cut off
  6. The long incision is then stitched up and covered with bandages

The operation takes 1-2 hours and you don’t have to spend the night at the hospital. After 4-6 weeks you will be able to resume normal physical activity with your upper body.

Traditional brachioplasty scars

Traditional brachioplasty scars

Cost

On average, the cost will be in the mid range of $4,500-$7,000 depending on where you have the procedure done.

Issues

There are five common issues here:

  1. You are left with a scar that runs from your arm pit to your elbow
  2. It’s impossible to predict the final location of the scar because of variability in healing
  3. You can experience numbness in your arms for a period of time
  4. If your BMI is above 35 it’s better to have a liposuction first
  5. The loose skin can come back

In a nutshell, you have to decide which is the lesser of two evils: having a scar or excess arm skin.

Extended Brachioplasty Arm Lift

This procedure is usually done in women who have lost a massive amount of weight (100lbs+) and are left with excess skin that runs from the arm down to the outer upper chest.

In this case, a traditional brachioplasty would not remove enough tissue for a desirable result.

The Procedure

  1. The surgeon will mark your arms and outer upper chest where excess tissue is to be removed
  2. You will be put under anesthesia
  3. Your arms will be secured on arm tables/boards
  4. An incision will be made that runs from your elbow down to your outer upper chest
  5. The excess skin will be cut off
  6. The long incision is then stitched up, covered with tissue glue and wrapped with bandages

The operation takes 1-2 hours and you don’t have to spend the night at the hospital. After 4-6 weeks you will be able to resume normal physical activity with your upper body.

Extended brachioplasty scars

Extended brachioplasty scars

Cost

On average, the cost will be in the high range of $4,500-$7,000 depending on where you have the procedure done.

Issues

There are six common issues here:

  1. You are left with a scar that runs from your elbow to your outer upper chest
  2. It’s impossible to predict the final location of the scar because of variability in healing
  3. You can experience numbness in your arms for a period of time
  4. If your BMI is above 35 it’s better to have a liposuction first
  5. You can have remaining loose skin running from your outer lower chest to your abdomen
  6. The loose skin can come back

In a nutshell, similar to traditional brachioplasty, you have to decide which is the lesser of two evils: having a lengthy scar or excess arm skin and outer upper chest skin.

Minimal Incision Brachioplasty Arm Lift

This procedure is usually done in women who have a small amount of excess skin. The best candidates are already fit, but desire tighter skin.

The Procedure

  1. The surgeon will mark your upper arm pit where excess tissue is to be removed
  2. You will be put under anesthesia
  3. Your arms will be secured on arm tables/boards
  4. An incision will be made on your upper arm pit
  5. The excess skin around your upper arm pit will be cut off and skin from your upper arm will be pulled downwards, increasing its tightness
  6. The incision is then stitched up and covered with body glue and/or pads with tape

The operation takes about 1 hour and you don’t have to spend the night at the hospital. After 4-6 weeks you will be able to resume normal physical activity with your upper body.

Minimal incision brachioplasty scars

Minimal incision brachioplasty scars

Cost

On average, the cost will be in the low range of $4,500-$7,000 depending on where you have the procedure done.

Issues

There are five common issues here:

  1. You are left with a scar in your arm pit
  2. The scar will have a pleated look, but this fades with time
  3. The scar is still visible if your raise your arm
  4. This procedure is not indicated for women with significant amounts of loose skin
  5. The loose skin can come back

A Few Words About Cost

The prices listed in this guide are inclusive of all fees – anesthesia, surgeon and facility fees – associated with the surgery. However, the quote you receive from a surgeon won’t necessarily include all the fees.

So when you are shopping around and requesting quotes make sure they reflect the total cost, inclusive of all fees.

Should You Have Surgery?

We don’t recommend a liposuction for getting rid of arm fat. Recall that a liposuction can leave you with loose skin – and the only way to fix this is with a brachioplasty. But a brachioplasty will leave you with scars. So you could end up getting more than you bargained for here.

You’re far better off using a solid nutrition and exercise program that specifically targets arm fat. Not only will this be cheaper and healthier, but it will fix the root of the problem.

Now if you have lost a lot of weight (100lbs+), and have a lot of excess arm skin, then a brachioplasty makes more sense. Just remember that you are exchanging one issue (loose skin) for another (visible scars). And you can always try diet and exercise before committing to an irreversible surgery.

Ultimately, the decision is yours. Most women, however, are comfortable exchanging scars for tighter arm skin.

And if you have a small amount of loose skin, brachioplasty makes little sense here. You’re better off using arm exercises to firm up the underlying muscle and subsequently, tightening the overlying skin.

No matter which path you choose, drop us a line below and lets us know how things turned out!

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Betti

Thank you for all the great information on the arm lift surgery-this is the best website I have found. I’m 82–so I still like to look nice but my arms are TERRIBLE!iI have lost a lot of weight so my arms have a lot of skin just hanging. I always wear either 3/4 or long sleeves but at the pool everyone can see these awful arms. I guess I’ll go to my grave with them but that doesn’t stop me from HATING them. thanks again, Betti

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Sleeveless in 7!

Hi Betti,

I’m glad you like the site and the information on the arm lift plastic surgery! Have you tried specific arm-toning exercises to firm the skin up? Keep the faith!

Warm regards,
Katherine Crawford

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