Brachioplasty, aka Arm Lift Surgery
woman with toned upper arms after arm lift surgery

If you’ve been unhappy or self conscious about sagging skin in your upper arms, this cosmetic procedure can help.


If you have questions about brachioplasty, we would love to meet with you personally to answer them, however, here’s a little bit of info to help out until we can see you in person!

What is an arm lift surgery?

Arm lift surgery is a surgical procedure that aims to reshape and contour the upper arms by removing excess skin and fat. The surgeon makes incisions on the inner or back part of the arm, strategically placed to minimize visible scarring. The underlying tissue is tightened, excess fat is removed, and the remaining skin is repositioned and tightened to create a more toned and youthful appearance.

Who is a suitable candidate for arm lift surgery?

Candidates for arm lift surgery are individuals who have realistic expectations and are generally in good health. They should have significant loose skin or excess fat deposits on the upper arms that have not responded to exercise or dieting. It is important to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon who can evaluate your specific case and determine if you are a suitable candidate.

The consultation process:

Before undergoing arm lift surgery, an initial consultation with Dr. Secretan is necessary. During this consultation, he will evaluate your medical history, examine your arms, discuss your expectations and goals, and explain the potential risks and benefits of the procedure. If it is decided that you will have the surgery, he will also provide pre-operative instructions, including any necessary preparations before surgery.

The surgical procedure:

Arm lift surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia, meaning you’ll be asleep throughout the procedure. Dr. Secretan will make incisions along the inner or back part of your arm, carefully planned to minimize visible scarring. The length and pattern of incisions depend on the amount of excess skin to be removed. Liposuction may be performed to remove excess fat deposits. The underlying tissue is then reshaped and tightened, and the remaining skin is draped back over the arm and sutured in place.

Recovery and aftercare:

After the surgery, you will be given specific instructions on caring for your incisions, managing discomfort, and promoting healing. You may need to wear compression garments to minimize swelling and provide support to the surgical area. It is crucial to follow Dr. Secretan’s guidelines regarding physical activity, avoiding strenuous exercises, and gradually returning to normal activities. The recovery time can vary, but most people can expect some swelling and bruising for a few weeks.

Potential risks and complications:

As with any surgical procedure, arm lift surgery carries certain risks, including infection, bleeding, adverse reactions to anesthesia, scarring, asymmetry, changes in sensation, and delayed wound healing. It is essential to have a thorough discussion with Dr. Secretan about these risks and understand the potential outcomes before making a decision.

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