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A brachioplasty procedure is able to:

  • Smooth and tighten the underlying supportive tissue that provides the definition and shape of the upper arm
  • Lessen excess sagging skin that hangs downward
  • Reduce localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region

Your Consultation

During your initial brachioplasty consultation with Dr. Patel, he will discuss and evaluate your areas of concern. He will determine if you are a good candidate for surgery based on your overall health and medical history and explain any potential risks and complications. Together, you will devise a customized plan for correction.

Understanding Your Arm Lift Surgery

Not all patients require an extensive skin excision, and the decision of what type of procedure to perform is based on the amount of fat and skin found in the upper arm. Sometimes liposuction and Renuvion can be used for ideal candidates or liposuction and Renuvion can be performed in conjunction with a brachioplasty.

Full Upper Arm Lift

A full upper arm lift is a technique used to surgically remove excess skin drooping from the upper arm. It involves an underarm incision and another incision along the underside of the arm to the elbow. This technique is typically appropriate for patients with skin elasticity issues due to the natural aging process. Dr. Patel also commonly performs this procedure for patients who have experienced rapid weight loss, including bariatric surgery.

Mini Arm Lift

The mini arm lift also requires an underarm incision, but on a much smaller scale. Patients who have lost a moderate amount of weight by adjusting diet and exercise usually benefit from this procedure, as well as those who have accrued excess skin through the aging process.


The recovery period will differ for each patient, but after your arm lift, you should:

  • Avoid lifting your arms above shoulder level for three to four weeks
  • Avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for at least six weeks
  • Take pain medication prescribed by Dr. Patel

Some mild pain and discomfort, swelling, and bruising should be expected following surgery, but most patients are able to return to work after one week. Dr. Patel will closely monitor your recovery at your follow-up appointments to look out for any potential complications.

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