arm lift

The majority of patients seeking an Arm Lift are individuals who have lost a lot of weight following bariatric surgery such as gastric bypass or gastric banding. While patients reap significant health benefits and improved self-esteem from the weight loss, the dramatic loss of weight can cause sagging skin to hang from the arms and other parts of the body. Other patients who seek Arm Lift surgery have sagging skin in the arm area from loss of elasticity that accompanies the aging process or from the effects of chronic tanning.


An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove loose skin and excess fat deposits in the upper arm. Weight loss can cause the upper arm skin to become loose and flabby. Plastic surgeons may recommend brachioplasty to patients who need to tighten the loose skin. If the area may need liposuction prior to the skin reduction, the plastic surgeon will advise as needed.  Liposuction alone is not a possible solution for loose skin.


Scars are the greatest drawback of an arm lift. They extend from the armpit to the elbow, along the inside of the arm. The trade off of loose skin for a scar is worth the trade to many with large amounts of loose skin.  Others with small amounts of loose skin may forgo the procedure.


Arm Lift: During and After Surgery

Anesthesia: General or sedation.
Location of operation: Office or hospital.
Length of surgery: 1-2 hours
Length of stay: Outpatient (home same day).
Discomfort: Mild to moderate. Anticipate 2-5 days of prescription pain medication.
Swelling: Improves over 14 days.
Bruising: Is rare
Bandages: Will be removed in 1-7 days.
Stitches: Will be absorbable.
Back to work: 3-7 days.
Exercise: May be resumed in 2 weeks.
Final result: Will be seen after the scars have matured, which will be about six months.


Tips and Traps of Arm Lift

Arm lift is for loose skin. If your arms have excess fat, then liposuction will need to be a first step, although your surgeon will advice the best path to your goals.


Finding a Surgeon and Pricing

Many qualified surgeon perform the surgery from Philippians to Mexico, with similar results but varying rates.  Arm lift in Mexico can range from $2500 to $4000, this can include travel and overnight stay with come clinics others will just leave the travel arrangement to you.


Here are few surgeons in Mexico:


Providence Plastic Surgery Clinic

Perfection Medical Spa & Plastic

DR. Manuel Gutierrez Romero

Remember always do your research and no plastic surgery goes without risk.