Restore Balance & Proportion

Arm Lift

With age or with excessive weight loss, upper arm skin can become loose and flabby. An arm lift (brachioplasty), which may be used in combination with liposuction, can remove the excess skin and fat deposits, leaving the upper arms with a more pleasing look. Brachioplasty usually involves reducing the skin through an incision that extends along the inner part of the upper arm, and sometimes crossing into the arm pit and on to the side of the chest.


Arm lift surgery can be performed on a variety of patients from those who need just a little tightening to those who have experienced massive weight loss. They often have excess skin and fat in their upper arms and complain that their arms look like wings.


Following surgery, dressings will be applied to the incisions and your arms will be wrapped in a compression garment to minimize swelling. Some patients may experience tingling of the hands or a feeling of tightness due to the swelling. These symptoms resolve with time.

Learn More About Arm Lift Surgery

If you’d like to learn more about this surgery, please watch our educational video below. Just select the procedure from the dropdown video menu below. You can also learn more from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is also a good source of information about arm lift surgery. Dr. Carney is a member of both medical societies.

If you feel that you would like to speak with Dr. Carney personally about arm lift surgery, please request a consultation or contact us with your question. Dr. Carney recommends seeing you in person and offers a comprehensive consultation for a fee of $50. This fee will act as a credit towards any procedure of your choice at the Carney Center, and will hold your appointment time with Dr. Carney. The evaluation is your best source of information! Call today to schedule your consultation, or request a consultation via our online form.

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