The natural effects of aging or weight loss may leave you with excess loose skin on your upper arms.  Unfortunately, sometimes simple dieting and toning exercises are not enough to give you the smooth and tight arms you desire. An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, uses a variety of advanced cosmetic procedure techniques to remove excess skin and fat deposits from the upper arm, leading to a restored, youthful and fit look. Manhattan plastic surgeon, Dr. Kenneth Rothaus, is highly trained and experienced in arm lift surgery and other body contouring procedures and techniques. In order to lift the arm, an incision is typically made from under the elbow along the inner arm to the upper arm. Dr. Rothaus, however, most frequently performs a limited incision brachioplasty with the incision is hidden entirely in the axilla (arm pit). Dr. Rothaus may use a combination of techniques such as adding a laser lipolysis or ThermiTight procedure for greater success.

Best Candidates

The best candidates for an arm lift procedure are men or women who have loose and hanging skin from the underside of the upper arm. This skin keeps these individuals from wearing short sleeves or fitting clothing. Patients must be at or near their goal weight, and their weight loss should be stabilized. This surgery is not reserved for weight loss patients alone. Aging and gravity can also have a negative effect on the arms. Patients who are in good health and wish to have their arms toned and tightened may also consider this procedure.

What To Expect

The goal of a brachioplasty procedure is to result in a toned upper arm appearance. Our talented surgeon will evaluate the skin quality and looseness and determine how much fat, tissue and skin should be removed to attain the results the patient desires. The length of the incision made during surgery will vary; patients who have healthy skin tone may only require a minor incision. Massive weight loss patients that present with excessively loose and hanging skin will require a more extensive approach. During surgery, the excess skin is trimmed and removed, and the underlying muscles are tightened. An armpit lift is sometimes incorporated during this procedure for patients who have additional skin and fat deposits within the armpit.

Brachioplasty Recovery

Swelling is expected after brachioplasty surgery although this varies between patients. The swelling starts to resolve during the first 1-2 weeks after surgery. A compression garment or sleeve will usually be needed to control this swelling and help keep the skin and tissue firmly protected. Most patients can resume modest arm activity in 3-4 weeks, with a complete recovery occurring in about 4-6 weeks.  While scarring is unfortunately a part of this procedure our doctor will provide a scar treatment plan so that the incision heals in a healthy and quick manner.

Get Toned Arms Today!

If you are in the process of completing your weight loss journey, or if aging and gravity has caused loose skin to hang from your arms, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our talented staff today. As a body contouring board-certified plastic surgeon, our doctor creates tighter, youthful looking arms with lasting results.

Plan Your Procedure

Recovery Time: 10-14 Days
Average Procedure Time: 1-2 Hours
Procedure Recovery Location: Out-Patient