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Growing older, and even heredity can cause your upper arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance. For these reasons, more and more patients elect arm lift surgery to improve the appearance of their upper arms.

What is an Arm Lift?

An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that reshapes the under portion of the upper arm, from the underarm region to the elbow by removing excess skin.

Exercise may strengthen and improve the underlying muscle tone of the upper arm, but it cannot address excess skin that has lost elasticity or underlying weakened tissues and localized fat deposits. For this reason, an arm lift offers a surgical option to improve arm appearance.

Could I Benefit from Arm Lift Surgery?

Patients for arm lift surgery should be in good general health and avoid habits like smoking or excessive drinking. Ideal candidates desire to improve the look and contour of their arm and may experience the following problems:

  • sagging skin on the underside of the arms
  • Upper arm bulge, or fat volume
  • Undefined and unshapely appearance to the arms

These symptoms may be resistant to both exercise and dieting but can be corrected through an arm lift procedure.

Both men and women can benefit from arm lift surgery and can schedule a consultation with Dr. Birely to further determine their eligibility while learning more about lift surgery.

What You Can Expect From Arm Lift Surgery

Your arm lift surgery will produce a more defined shape to your arms; it helps to reduce undesirable sags of skin from the lower part of the arm as well as fatty areas from the upper arm area. Taking anywhere between 1 to 2 hours, your arm lift surgery will follow certain steps. Dr. Birely, after administering anesthesia or a sedative, will create the appropriate incision. Your incision may appear in one of three places on the arm; an incision may reach along the inner arm, along the back of the arm, or near the armpit. In some cases, with those incisions, liposuction is used to pull out fatty arm tissue. The arm tissue is then contoured and tightened according to your individual needs.

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In Baltimore, How Much Time Does Arm Lift Recovery Take?

Following your surgery, dressings or bandages will be applied to your incisions, and your arms may be wrapped in a compression garment to minimize swelling. Dr. Birely will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself. You may experience some swelling and bruising that will obscure the look of your results.

Most patients are able to return to work three days after surgery. If your work necessitates difficult arm activity, you may be advised to wait a longer period of time. To ensure your healing, it is recommended that you do not lift heavy amounts of weight for approximately three weeks after surgery.

Your results will be more and more noticeable as the healing process persists.

The entirety of your healing, including scar lightening and appearance, may take up to a few months.


Dr. Brent Birely is a board-certified plastic surgeon with offices in Lutherville and Bel Air, serving patients from Baltimore, Towson, Columbia, Westminster, and other Maryland cities. He is a very well regarded leader in cosmetic surgery and patient safety, and specializes in procedures including breast augmentation, tummy tuck, mommy makeover, facelift, and body lifting procedures after weight loss.

*The content/images on this website are not a guarantee of individual results. Individual results may vary. The information provided on this site is for general informational purposes only and does not replace the need for a formal consultation with a plastic and reconstructive surgeon before undergoing a surgical procedure or skin care treatment.

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