Are You Uncomfortable Wearing Short-Sleeved Clothing Because of Your Upper Arms?

Address Excess Skin & Fat with an Upper Arm Lift at LPS!

With age, upper arm skin can become loose and flabby. Patients who have had massive weight loss are often left with loose, hanging skin. This has been referred to as “bat wings.” People with this deformity may feel self-conscious about the way that their upper arms look and may feel uncomfortable in short sleeves. At times, this excess skin may rub together causing skin irritation and rashes. The good news is, Longwood Plastic Surgery is here to help!

How Does An Upper Arm Lift Work?

An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove loose skin and excess fat deposits in the upper arm. There are several different types of incisions that may be used for an upper arm lift and your plastic surgeon will discuss which incision would be right for you. Your surgeon will always choose the least invasive treatment option available to achieve your desired results with minimal pain, scarring, or downtime.

Brachioplasty is typically done in our fully accredited in-office surgical suite on an outpatient basis. Patients with certain medical concerns may have their procedure done in the hospital with an overnight stay. During the 1-3 hour surgery, your surgeon will meticulously work to remove the excess skin and fat that’s causing you grief. In most cases, general anesthesia is used to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure.

Consultations Available Now

Take the first step. Get your questions answered and find out which treatment option is best for you by meeting with one of our knowledgeable medical staff at Longwood Plastic Surgery for an in-person consultation.

Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our experienced team members will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation.

Am I a Good Candidate for an Upper Arm Lift?

If you’re bothered by excess skin and fat on the upper arms, a brachioplasty may be worth considering. The ideal candidate for an upper arm lift is a non-smoking adult who is in otherwise good general health both physically and mentally. You should have realistic expectations about the results you’ll be able to achieve as well as scar management.

In some cases, your plastic surgeon may suggest that liposuction be used alone or in conjunction with an arm lift to remove excess fat in the upper arms. At the time of your initial consultation, they’ll speak with you about all of your options in-depth so you can make an informed decision about what’s right for you.

What Results Will I See?*

Initial results from your upper arm lift can be seen immediately. Loose, crepey skin will have been tightened or removed allowing for a slimmer, more contoured appearance. Post-operative swelling can hide the final outcome of your procedure for several weeks to several months. In most cases, you’ll likely be able to enjoy your results within 2-weeks with gradual improvement as swelling fully subsides.

Although scars will never fully go away, there are ways you can minimize them. Your surgeon will work with you to create a scar management plan that you can do at home. Most men and women find their surgical scar well worth the long-lasting results of their arm lift procedure.

What is the Recovery Like?*

Upper arm lift surgery is generally done on an outpatient basis allowing you to go home the same day. Your surgeon uses advanced methods for opening and closing incisions to ensure minimal pain, scarring, and downtime. They will provide you with a customized recovery plan based on your specific procedure. It’s important to closely follow your surgeon’s instructions to facilitate a smooth and easy recovery.

Depending on the extent of your procedure, you may or may not have a drain in place for up to a week following this procedure. Most patients feel comfortable getting back to some normal activities in 5-10 days. However, there is a 2-week recovery time that requires no heavy lifting or vigorous activity. You will be in a compression garment for several weeks in order to decrease any potential swelling.

Take the First Step – Request A Consultation

If you would like to schedule an in-person consultation, please fill out the form on this page or call (617)383-6250 and one of our knowledgeable medical staff members at Longwood Plastic Surgery will reach out to you promptly.

Longwood Plastic Surgery serves Brookline, MA and the greater Boston area.

*Individual Results May Vary


“Dr. Morris–I just wanted to thank you for the great job you did on my surgery. It was exactly what I wanted and they actually look better than I thought they would…I am lucky someone recommended your name to me and I will do the same.” * -AB


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*Individual Results May Vary