Arm Lift Philadelphia

An arm lift surgery or brachioplasty removes excess skin and fat from the upper arm. Extra skin and stubborn fat on the upper arm can be caused by many factors, including aging, genetics, and weight loss. After significant weight loss, your skin may not retract. If you have lost significant weight, you may still be unhappy with your overall appearance due to excess skin.

Main Line Philadelphia board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ryan Hoffman performs arm lifts to correct the excess skin and fat that is bothering you on the upper arms.

Brachioplasty/ Arm Lift Surgery: Who’s a Good Candidate?

Brachioplasty or an arm lift in Main Line Philadelphia is performed when there is significant excess skin and/or fat of the upper arms. If you area bothered by the hanging skin of the upper arm and do not like the way it looks in or out of clothes then an arm lift may be the right procedure for you.  The excess skin can be caused from weight loss or just a result of genetics.  Best results are achieved if you are at a stable weight prior to surgery prior to arm lift surgery.  The arm lift/ Brachioplasty procedure can improve the appearance of the upper arms by:

  • Tightening the skin of the upper arm
  • Removing excess skin from the upper arm
  • Removing fat from the upper arm.

Patients with just excess fat but not excess skin may be better candidates for liposuction alone. Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that uses small incisions to remove fat from the body.  Liposuction is commonly done with skin removal surgery during an arm lift/ brachioplasty.

Your Arm Lift Procedure in Main Line Philadelphia

Your arm lift/ brachioplasty procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Ryan Hoffman makes incisions along your upper arm. He will pull the skin of the arm taut and trim away any excess. Liposuction is utilized to remove fat and optimize your results. The incisions are then closed after the skin has been pulled thigh. Compressive dressings are then used over the next few weeks to help control the swelling of the arms.

Arm Lift/ Brachioplasty Results and Recovery

It takes about 2 weeks for a full recovery after an arm lift.  The first few days are the most painful and you will be provided with medication to help keep you comfortable. We will review with you have to care for your incisions.  You will be asked to wear special compression garments to help reduce the swelling of your arms. Dr. Hoffman and his staff will tell you what to expect during recovery, including when you can start exercising and when you can return to work after your procedures.

The results of your arm lift include are satisfying and can last about 10 years. You will have a scar along your upper arm or under your arm after an arm lift/ brachioplasty. Many patients prefer this scar over excess skin and it should fade with time.