Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)
Available In Pittsburgh, PA or Columbus, OH  

Brachioplasty, or arm lift, tightens sagging skin and creates a smooth, more defined contour of the arm and underarm area.

Brachioplasty is appropriate for women and men with varying degrees of sagging skin as it can provide subtle skin tightening and toning or it can provide more dramatic results, depending on the amount of loose or sagging skin removed.


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Treatment Information

The type of arm lift performed depends upon the amount of sagging skin and fat that needs to be removed from the arm to achieve the desired result. The following are types of arm lift surgery performed at The Skin Center Medical Spa:

Hidden Incision Arm Lift

The hidden incision arm lift is best for people with a mild amount of sagging skin and a small amount of fat in the upper arm area. Concealing the small incision in the underarm is welcomed by most people because it allows them to wear short sleeves without feeling self-conscious about a long, visible scar extending from armpit to elbow.

Benefits of the Hidden Incision:

  • No Visible Scar in a Resting, Normal Position
  • Removal of Underarm Sweat Glands
  • Reduces Appearance of “Bra Bulge” (Upper Back Fat)
  • Mild Lift to the Breasts
  • Tones Upper Arms

Because a crescent-shaped area of skin is removed from the armpit, the upper back and the lateral breast area receive the benefit of a slight lift as well; reducing the appearance of the “bra bulge” or upper back fat. Additionally, most, if not all, of the underarm sweat glands are removed. To further enhance the skin tightening and improve the contour of the arm, SmartLipo® laser skin tightening is performed as well.

Vertical Arm Lift

For people with a larger amount of hanging skin, typically seen with dramatic weight loss, and larger deposits of underarm fat, a vertical arm lift may be recommended. With vertical brachioplasty an incision is made in the underside of the arm, extending from the armpit to the elbow. The excess skin and fat is removed, SmartLipo® laser skin tightening is performed to enhance the skin tightening and subtly contour the upper arm.

Benefits of Vertical Arm Lift:

  • Dramatic Results
  • Reshapes Arm from Armpit to Elbow
  • Firms and Tones Upper Arm

While vertical arm lift surgery provides dramatic results, the incision is not as well concealed. Because the incision is placed on the inner arm it is not visible in most positions. However, most people are thrilled with the final result and are not bothered by the incision which usually fades to a pencil thin line.

Results from both the vertical arm lift surgery and hidden scar arm lift are immediate; continued improvement is seen over time as the incision heals and swelling diminishes.

In Pittsburgh, brachioplasty is performed in our state-licensed, nationally-accredited (AAAHC) surgical center by board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dominic Brandy, MD. In Columbus, the surgery is performed in either our nationally-accredited (AAAHC) surgery center or at the Riverside Outpatient Surgery Center by board-certified plastic surgeon, Fernando Colon, MD.


Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the recovery period for arm lift surgery?
The recovery period depends on whether the procedure is performed exclusively or in conjunction with SMARTLipo™ laser liposuction. Generally, certain activities such as exercising and swimming are restricted for up to two weeks following the surgery, and you may be asked to wear a compression garment to aid in the healing process.
Are the results from brachioplasty long lasting?
Yes. The results are long lasting as long as a normal weight is maintained. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise program is recommended for long lasting results.
Are there risks associated with Cosmetic Surgery procedures?
Men and women of all ages choose cosmetic surgery for a number of reasons and the process of deciding to have elective cosmetic plastic surgery is highly individualized and very personal. This decision can offer lasting improvement not only to an individual''s physical appearance, but also to his or her self-confidence and self-esteem. However, choosing to have any type of elective surgery, including cosmetic surgery is not without risk and potential complications.


Alternative Treatments

SMARTLipo Laser Liposuction
SMARTLipo\u2122 laser liposuction is a minimally-invasive fat removal and skin tightening treatment that is performed with local anesthesia, and depending on the area treated, can be performed in less than an hour.

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