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Arm Lift Surgery (Brachioplasty)

Brachioplasty or Arm Lift Surgery, is a procedure to remove excess skin and fat of the upper arm and sometimes the forearm.

This excess skin and fat is more common in women and tends to be hereditary. This excess skin is sometimes referred to as “bat wings”. Excess skin in this area may also occur after loss of a large amount of weight.

Arm Lift Surgery usually takes about an hour per arm, slightly longer if work in the forearm area is needed.  Many patients like to incorporate multiple procedures and this procedure may be performed in conjunction with liposuction , facelift or blepharoplasty procedures (just to name a few)

Arm lift surgery is usually performed using general anesthesia, but local anesthesia with sedation may also be used.  Dr. Hess and Dr. Sandeen use board certified anesthesiologists.

Recovery time for arm lift surgery will vary by individual. Most of our patients are back to work in about one week and able to resume more strenuous activity within three to four weeks. Arms are usually bandaged in compressive wraps for several weeks following the procedure.

While we strive to minimize complications and maximize patient satisfaction, we would be remiss if we did not remind you that there may be side effects and there are risks. These are discussed more fully during your consultation.

For more information on Arm Lift Surgery (Brachioplasty) or scheduling a consultation please contact us at (520)297-3300 or by e-mail.

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Arm Lift Surgery (Brachioplasty) FAQ

What is an arm lift procedure? 

An arm lift removes excess skin and fat from the upper arms and forearms. This may be present due to heredity or from loss of a large amount of weight.

How long do the results last following an arm lift?

Arm lift results usually last indefinitely, as long as there is no significant weight gain and loss.

Arm lift surgery time:

Depending on the amount of work to be done, this procedure may take from 1-2 hours per arm.

Arm lift recovery:

You will need to wear compressive wraps for several weeks following the procedure

Will I have restrictions following the procedure?

You should avoid rigorous activities for approximately 3 weeks following the procedure.

When will I be back to work?

You will be able to return to work in approximately 1 week provided you are not required to do heavy lifting.

Where is the surgery performed?

Our physicians perform the majority of their procedures at Northwest Medical Center, Northwest Tucson Surgery Center or  Oro Valley Hospital.

American Society of Plastic Surgery Arm Lift web site.


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