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Arm Lift

Arm Lift (Full Brachioplasty vs. Axillary Brachioplasty with Laser Liposuction)

An arm lift is a surgical procedure that will tighten the arms by reducing the fat and removing the loose, drooping skin sometimes referred to as “bat wings.”

If there is a significant amount of excess skin, then a full brachioplasty will be recommended. In a full brachioplasty, an incision is made from the under arm to the elbow to remove this loose skin.

If there is less skin laxity, then an aggressive laser-assisted liposuction is combined with an underarm incision only. This is called an “axillary brachioplasty.”

When to Consider an Arm Lift

  • You have loose or hanging skin or excess fat in upper arms
  • Toning exercises have not addressed upper arm hanging skin
  • You have lost a significant amount of weight

Arm Lift Consultation

At The Graivier Center, we value our personal relationships with our patients. Each patient is treated as an individual, and as such, is given a personal consultation prior to any treatment. Dr. Graivier and his staff will meet with you to help you make decisions regarding which procedure(s) or treatment(s) will result in achieving your aesthetic goals. The consultation will conclude with a discussion about the desired treatment, your expectations, the benefits and risks associated with the treatment and post-treatment recovery.

Arm Lift Complementary Procedures

It is a common practice for patients undergoing arm lift surgery to combine several procedures at once that will offer complementary or enhanced results. At The Graivier Center, we will take the time to walk potential patients through all of the risks and benefits of each surgery, whether you choose a single treatment or multiple treatments.

Patients undergoing can elect to combine the following procedures for enhanced results:

Arm Lift Surgery

A full brachioplasty involves an incision made along the inside of the upper arm from the underarm to the elbow. 

The incision for an axillary brachioplasty is in the armpit only.

For the laser-assisted liposuction option, the only incisions are small puncture incisions.

Arm Lift Surgery Recovery 

Following your arm lift surgery, compression garments will be applied to minimize swelling and aid in healing.

Following a full brachioplasty, small drainage tubes will be placed at the incision site. No new punctures or incisions are necessary. These will drain any excess fluid and will be removed usually within five to 10 days following surgery.

You will be given specific instructions from The Graivier Center that may include:

  • How to care for the surgical site and drains, if applicable
  • Medications to apply or take orally to aid in healing and the progression of your recovery
  • Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health
  • Post-op follow-up appointment information