Arm Lift

Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

Brachioplasty, commonly known as an arm lift, is a procedure wherein Dr. Armijo removes excess skin and fat from the underarms. An arm lift is often performed on post-weight loss patients who have lost a good amount of weight in a short amount of time.


During the arm lift procedure, the incision is made beneath the arm and may extend from the elbow to the armpit, varying on how much skin needs to be removed. The skin is then cut away from the rest of the arm and pulled taut around the extremity. Dr. Armijo may also pair this procedure with minor liposuction to further improve the contour of the arms. A brachioplasty procedure is very likely to leave a scar that will be noticeable. Most doctors can adjust where they make their incision so that it runs either underneath or inside the arms. These are less visible in normal resting poses and can improve over time as the scar fades. However, most patients need to be fully aware that they are essentially trading “skin for scars” with this procedure.


The initial recovery time for this procedure is relatively short, as the patient may return to light activity within a week or two. However, exercise must remain off limits for four to six weeks. The results will be immediate and will show apparent improvement over the next few weeks as swelling subsides. The scars will continue to heal and fade over the next six months to a year.