Brachioplasty (Arm Lift/Reduction)

Brachioplasty is a procedure that removes excessive skin and fat from the upper part of the arm to improve contour. Soft tissue laxity that may occur with weight loss or natural aging can be removed, and typically involves an incision from armpit to elbow. As with many other body contour surgeries, patients are exchanging contour for scars. 

Though rare, post-operative complications from any procedure are possible. These may include bleeding (hematoma), blood clots (PE or DVT), infection, seroma, asymmetry, contour abnormalities, delayed healing, and/or unsatisfactory scarring. Altered sensations (numbness, tingling, and/or hypersensitivity) are to be expected while you are healing, and can persist for several weeks or months. Our health care team follows you closely to recognize and treat any complications, should they arise. 

Consultation for this procedure includes a full exam of the proposed surgical area(s), review of patient goals, education on the procedure(s), and explanation of potential risks, complications, and benefits. 

Additional details: 

Anesthesia: General Anesthetic 

Length: Approximately 1.5-3 hours 


Prior to booking, you should ensure you have a responsible adult available to care for and assist you, including 24/7 support for the first 3-5 days. This includes making meals, mobility assistance, incision care, caring for your animals/children, cleaning, etc. We also recommend having someone available to drive you to your post-op appointment(s). You must be prepared to pay a 15% deposit to secure your surgical date, and the remaining balance four weeks prior to your procedure. 

Brachioplasty patients may be asked to stay at the adjoining hotel (Parkside) for one night post-surgery. Your surgeon will discuss this with you, if applicable. Fees associated with this stay are in addition to the surgical procedure quote and would be the responsibility of the patient.  


Patients and their caregivers will be instructed on dressings, pain management, and positioning by our clinic nurses. You will be discharged with a supportive garment or dressing in place. You will be seen in office for postoperative care with our nurses, typically about 1-2 weeks after surgery, and subsequently as needed. Moderate bruising, swelling, and discomfort are to be expected. Some patients may require drains. 

You must refrain from strenuous physical activity and heavy lifting (including lifting and carrying your children) for about six weeks after surgery. Most patients return to physical jobs and start to reincorporate physical activity around 4-6 weeks and gradually work up to their preoperative activity level. Supportive garments must be worn for at least six weeks. 

As with any surgery, results cannot be guaranteed. The goal of cosmetic plastic surgery is improvement, and perfection is not attainable. Final results depend on many factors and healing can vary from patient to patient. It is important to remember to have patience during convalescence to allow your body time to recuperate and settle. 

Long-Term Follow-Up: 

Patients will be seen in office by the surgeon approximately 6-9 months after surgery for assessment and postoperative photographs. 


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