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Arm Lift Surgery in Beverly Hills

Loose skin and excess fat on the upper arms often develop with aging or weight gain, leaving undesirable “bat wings” that hang from the arms. Some areas of the body can feel impossible to tone with diet and exercise, and the arms are no exception. The upper arms often remain flabby even if you are healthy and close to your goal weight.

Arm lift surgery (brachioplasty) removes excess tissue from the elbow to the armpit on the arms to restore more slender, toned upper arms.

What Can an Arm Lift Do?

  • Eliminate Sagging Arm Skin

    As collagen and elastin production slow with aging, the skin on our arms loses its structure and begins to sag. Excess skin can be unflattering and nearly impossible to conceal. It is especially discouraging after massive weight loss to see excess skin drooping from your arms.

    Arm lift surgery removes loose skin to restore smaller, tighter arm contours.

  • Reduce Excess Arm Fat

    The upper arms are often one of the first places to accumulate excess fat with aging and weight gain, and they can be difficult to spot treat with diet and exercise.

    Arm lift surgery reduces localized pockets of fat using liposuction and excision techniques to restore more slender upper arms.

  • Reveal Toned Arms

    It is rare to be able to tone sagging tissue with diet and exercise, and toned arm muscles may be hidden beneath the excess tissue.

    Arm lift surgery removes tissues from the arms to allow muscle definition to show through. As the underlying tissues are smoothed and tightened, the arm shape becomes more toned and defined.

  • Improve Physical Comfort

    Excess sagging arm skin that droops downward can cause physical discomfort like chaffing. It can also discourage you from wearing certain clothing styles and participating in certain outdoor activities.

    Arm lift surgery reduces the excess tissue, which can restore your comfort and boost your confidence level.

How Is Arm Lift Surgery Done?

During your consultation with Dr. Chiu, he will evaluate the condition of your arms and your concerns to determine the best technique for your needs.


Dr. Chiu will recommend the appropriate form of anesthesia during your consultation.

General anesthesia is typically administered before arm lift surgery to eliminate any pain during the surgery.

Arm Lift Incisions

Arm lift surgery can be performed through various incision patterns. The incision for your arm lift will be decided based on the amount of laxity and location of your excess tissue.

The incision generally runs from the armpit to the elbow but may be shorter if less area needs to be addressed. This incision may be placed either along the inside of the arm or the back of the arm.


In cases where patients have significant excess fat in the upper arms, liposculpture will be performed.

Liposculpture is a body contouring technique that removes small, localized fat deposits to enhance the appearance of muscle definition.

Dr. Chiu will determine if this technique is right for you during your consultation.

Skin Tightening

Once the underlying tissues are tightened and reshaped, the skin will be tightened over the new upper arm contours. Excess skin will be removed.

What Can I Expect After an Arm Lift?

  • Immediately After

    Immediately after arm lift surgery, skin adhesives may be used to close the incisions. If stitches are used, they will need to be removed within one to two weeks following your procedure. Drains are often placed to remove fluid produced during the healing process and are typically removed in a few days. This allows for proper adherence and healing of the tissues in their new position.

    You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home and care for you for at least the first night. You should expect to feel fatigued and sore. Temporary bruising, swelling, and discomfort will develop in the treatment area.

    Keep the arms elevated as much as possible, and begin taking short, light walks as soon as you are able to in order to promote circulation.

  • 1 Week

    Strenuous activity and lifting should still be avoided. You should continue to keep your arms elevated to increase circulation and reduce swelling.

  • 2 to 3 Weeks

    Most patients return to their normal activities after 10 to 14 days, while others still need an extra week of rest. It is important to continue to rest and refrain from any activity that could disrupt the healing process.

  • 4 to 6 Weeks

    Any swelling and bruising are likely to be gone at this point. Most patients feel fully recovered and can return to work. Strenuous activity can be resumed with Dr. Chiu’s approval.

Why Choose Dr. Chiu?

Dr. Chiu is an exceptional surgeon with an exhaustive amount of experience in a range of body contouring procedures. With his thorough understanding of plastic surgery aesthetics, he makes sure to take a unique approach to each surgery based on the needs of the patient. Regarded in the industry among colleagues, patients, peers, and international media as one of the best plastic surgeons in the world, Dr. Chiu can provide you with the results you are looking for.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does arm lift surgery cost?

The cost of arm lift surgery varies depending on the techniques used and the extent of correction. Anesthesia fees, surgeon’s fees, facility costs, and other expenses will also be included in the price of your arm lift.

During your consultation with Dr. Chiu, he will be able to provide you with the exact cost of your arm lift procedure. We will also go over our plastic surgery financing options with you in consultation.

Am I the right candidate for arm lift surgery?

You may be the ideal candidate for arm lift surgery if you have lost skin elasticity as a result of massive weight loss or aging.
You may also be the right candidate for arm lift surgery if:

You are physically and mentally healthy

You have realistic expectations and goals

You do not smoke or are willing to quit for several weeks

You are at a stable weight

Is an arm lift painful?

You will be asleep during the procedure, so you will not feel any pain while your arm lift is being performed. Some pain and discomfort will develop after the procedure that can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. Most patients do not develop significant pain during arm lift recovery.

Where will my arm lift scars be located?

The extent of scarring after arm lift surgery will depend on the technique used and the length of the incision. Dr. Chiu will discuss the best arm lift incision for you during your consultation.

Do arm lift scars fade?

Keeping scars out of direct sunlight will help them heal quickly, and all scarring will fade with time.

When will I see my arm lift results?

Results will be apparent almost immediately following your surgery and will continue to improve as bruising and swelling resolve. Results may take several months to fully develop.

Are the results from arm lift surgery permanent?

Your results after arm lift surgery are designed to be long lasting. Since an arm lift cannot halt the development of excess skin and fat after surgery, you can prolong the results by maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine.

Can I have an arm lift with my Mommy Makeover?

Patients undergoing a Mommy Makeover surgery to restore their body after pregnancy may choose to undergo arm lift surgery as well. A Mommy Makeover may also include the following procedures:

Tummy tuck surgery to tone and sculpt the midsection

Breast augmentation surgery to enhance breast size and shape

Breast lift surgery to restore sagging breasts to a perky, youthful shape and position

Liposuction surgery eliminate stubborn fat from different areas on the body

Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) to improve the size and shape of the buttocks

Is an arm lift performed as part of plastic surgery after gastric bypass or weight loss surgery?

Patients may undergo arm lift surgery as part of their body contouring after weight loss, which may also include thigh lift surgery, a buttock lift, a lower body lift, and various other body sculpting procedures to remove excess skin and tissue.

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