About Arm Lift Surgery
The Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Reston, VA is pleased to offer arm lift surgery to area men and women. Our plastic surgeons are dedicated to providing each of our patients with individualized service and look forward to helping them achieve their cosmetic goals. We understand it can be frustrating working out for hours every week in the gym and not be able to slim down or tone hard-to-reach areas like the upper arms. With arm lift surgery, excess skin is removed and tightened to create a more defined look. This procedure often combines liposuction as well to reduce stubborn fat pockets.
While weight loss can cause sagging skin to appear on the arms, some of the loose skin can also be caused from genetics. This makes it very difficult to tone the upper arm to an individual’s desire. When diet and exercise fail to tone the upper arm, an arm lift can create outstanding results. Ideal candidates for an arm lift exhibit:
- Loose arm skin that is present after weight loss or aging
- Excess arm fat that may result in loose skin after liposuction alone
For patients with excess skin and large fatty deposits, a staged procedure is sometimes recommended. This consists of a first surgery which is liposuction of the entire arm, and then a healing period of several months to allow the swelling to reside. After the first surgery the arm is more deflated with excess skin. The second surgery is then performed to remove the excess skin and give an ultimately tighter result than a single operation could achieve.
Arm Lift Reviews
"Better Than I Could’ve Imagined! - After over 100 lb weight loss, I was left with a lot of loose skin that bothered me during exercise and kept me from really noticing all the weight loss. I was referred to Austin-Weston and deciding to have my surgery (arm lift and lower body lift) with Dr. Knotts was the best thing I’ve done for myself. He was thorough and patient throughout the process and I couldn’t be happier with the res..."- K. / RealSelf / Jan 07, 2019
"Lower Body Lift and Arm Lift - Best Decision Ever! - Dr. Knotts performed my lower body lift and arm lift in Oct. 2018 after a 100 lb weight loss 2 years earlier. I couldn't be happier with the results and give Austin-Weston and Dr. Knotts my highest recommendation. He provided the absolute best care throughout the process and was very thorough and patient. I'm returning this spring so that Dr. Knotts can perform a thigh lift. If you're..."- R. / RealSelf / Jan 07, 2019
"Breast Reduction/Lift/Under Arm Lipo - SO worth it - Reston, VI - Dr. Weston & his team are FANTASTIC. I'm almost 4 weeks post op of my breast reduction/lift/under arm lipo and while I still have tape on I can already tell I'm thrilled with the results. I was very nervous about the underarm lipo because I had heard it was painful (it is, sorry there's no way around it) but Dr. Weston talked it over with me and said we should do it for the best result,..."- A. / RealSelf / Jan 17, 2017
"Breast Reduction/Lift/Under Arm Lipo - SO worth it - Reston, VI - Dr. Weston & his team are FANTASTIC. I'm almost 4 weeks post op of my breast reduction/lift/under arm lipo and while I still have tape on I can already tell I'm thrilled with the results. I was very nervous about the underarm lipo because I had heard it was painful (it is, sorry there's no way around it) but Dr. Weston talked it over with me and said we should do it for the best result,..."- A. / RateMDs / Jan 17, 2017
What to Expect
Arm lift surgery is typically done under general anesthesia, and the typical incision goes from the elbow to the armpit area. This allows extra skin of the upper arm to be removed and a scar to be placed from armpit to elbow. The scar can be longer or shorter depending on the amount of excess skin and any other procedures you may also desire at the same time. Arm lift scars are commonly tapered into a breast lift or breast reduction to help remove stubborn armpit fat at the same time.
This surgery takes about two hours and there is usually no need for an overnight stay unless the patient desires it or if the patient is having multiple other procedures. Patients should be prepared for temporary swelling and bruising after the surgery. To promote healthy healing and blood circulation, the arms should be kept elevated. Patients can usually return to normal activities in about 3 – 4 weeks. Final results are seen at 3 – 4 months.
For best results, an arm lift may require liposuction of the fat deposits within the upper arm to make the final look slim and trim. During your consultation, one of our baord-certified plastic surgeons will discuss the best course of action given your skin health and condition. Keep in mind that most of the stretch marks will also be taken with the skin, but if weight is regained, it could damage the treated area. An arm lift gives patients the opportunity to have more defined arms for years to come. As long as your weight is kept stable, your arm should age along with the rest of your body to maintain a shapely result.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $7,400
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
Get Tighter Arms Today
Brachioplasty, also known as an arm lift, is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments following weight loss for both men and women. For all of your hard work, you deserve upper body definition. Achieve slender, leaner arms that you can be proud to show off in sleeveless shirts or summertime attire. Call today for an arm lift consultation at our Reston, VA office.