Saber Plastic Surgery

Arm Lift

Arm Lift

A brachioplasty, commonly known as an arm lift, is a plastic surgery that removes excess and sagging skin between the armpit and elbow for a more youthful, toned appearance. While the loss of skin elasticity is a natural part of aging, those who have undergone significant weight loss might also experience excessive drooping in their upper arms. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sepideh Saber offers a distinctively female perspective that her patients of all genders appreciate and trust. There are two different types of arm lift procedures, depending on the amount of correction needed.

The mini arm lift is reserved for those who do not have a large amount of skin that needs to be removed. A smaller incision is made along the axillary crease to minimize the scar along the armpit fold. A mini lift can include conservative liposuction and removes excess skin for a slimmer and more toned appearance of the upper arm.

The traditional full arm lift is a powerful procedure that can remove a large amount of excess and loose skin and fat. It removes the so-called “bat wings” that a patient may be left with after significant weight loss and thereby results in a dramatic contour improvement of the upper arm. The arm lift can be combined with liposuction to remove additional fat prior to the excision of excess skin for a tight, trim, and toned appearance of the upper arm. However, it requires a larger incision that starts at the armpit area and extends to the inner aspect of the elbow. While the incision is placed to be hidden with the arms down, the scars will be visible with the arms extended. This procedure is therefore reserved for patients who will accept a visible scar in exchange for the desired contour.


Arm Lift

Brachioplasty has become increasingly popular since the early teens. An arm lift can provide several benefits, including the following:

  • Minimizes sagging of the skin
  • Tightens the upper arms for a more defined appearance
  • Increases comfort during daily activities and results in a boost of self-confidence


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Is a Arm Lift Right for You?

Individuals interested in an arm lift should be in generally good health, not significantly overweight, and have realistic expectations as to the results the procedure can provide. Candidates should also keep in mind that, while an arm lift can provide a toned look through tightening the skin, the procedure cannot change the skin’s inherent elasticity.

What is the Process for an Arm Lift?


The path to tighter, more toned looking arms begins with a consultation with Dr. Saber where she will go over your medical history and familiarize herself with your desired outcome. During this time, she will provide her recommended course of action to achieve the results you want. She will also address any questions or concerns you may have regarding the procedure.

The Procedure

The surgery begins with general anesthesia administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist. Incisions are performed as described above, and they are generally placed strategically to minimize visible scarring. The exact location and incision size may differ in specific cases. Excess skin and fat are then removed and the remaining tissues are tightened and lifted before closure.

What is the Recovery Process Like?

You may have a temporary drain placed in your arm to assist with removing any excess fluids. You will also need to wear a compression sleeve for the first few weeks following the procedure to keep swelling under control. Patients need to avoid lifting their arms past the shoulders for up to four weeks and avoid any strenuous activities that might stress the incisions following the procedure.

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