Arm Lift Surgery (Brachioplast)

Arm Lift

About Arm Lift Surgery

Arm lift (brachioplasty) is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat and skin from the area between the elbow and armpit to create a more firm, contoured appearance. The result improves the look of the upper arms.

Significant weight loss, weight gain, genetics, and the aging process can cause the skin of the upper arm to lose elasticity, becoming loose and sagging, and can cause fat to develop in undesired areas.

Although exercise can improve and strengthen muscle tone in the upper arm, it cannot address hanging skin that has lost elasticity.  Patients opt to undergo an arm lift if the undersides of the upper arms have loose, hanging skin.

Ideal Candidates for an Arm Lift

Ideal candidates for arm lift are patients who are in good overall health, non-smokers, stable weight, and have realistic expectations. Patients who are committed to complying with post-surgery instructions including activity restrictions are those who will have an optimal result.

Arm Lift Surgery

There are different approaches for an arm lift, and Dr. Mahmood tailors the treatment to each individual patients’ body and goals. She will discuss the various surgical approaches, including incision location and length. For some patients, a small incision can be made in the armpit to remove excess skin. For others, a longer incision is made in a discrete area on the underside of the arm. This procedure is often combined with liposuction of the area to remove areas of unwanted fat, and to provide a better contour and result.

Arm lift is typically performed under general anesthesia. After Dr. Mahmood makes the incisions, she will tighten the underlying tissues and secure them with sutures. The skin is then draped over the new contoured tissue, and excess skin is removed. Dissolvable sutures are used to close the incisions and a drain may be placed.  The arm is wrapped in an elastic garment to minimize swelling and protect the incision.

Preparing for Surgery

Patients preparing for an arm lift should  avoid specific medications, including herbal supplements (fish oil, ginkgo biloba, turmeric), anti-inflammatory medications (Advil), and aspirin, which may increase bleeding.

They should also make preparations for someone to escort them home after the procedure and remain with them during the initial recovery period.

Recovery & After Care

After the arm lift surgery, the incisions are covered in elastic bandages. Patients are advised to wear a surgical garment to minimize swelling and to elevate the arms for the first few days after surgery.

At the first post-operative visit, the drainage tube (if used) and bandages will be removed. Patients are advised to continue wearing the compression sleeves for four weeks and to abstain from lifting >3 pounds and vigorous exercise for four weeks.


The result of brachioplasty surgery is arms that look more toned.

Typically, arm lift results are long-lasting. However, the skin will naturally lose some firmness from aging. Maintaining a healthy, stable weight will assist you in preserving an optimal result.

Arm Lift Cost NYC

The cost of arm lift surgery varies on a patient-by-patient basis. Dr. Mahmood is committed to helping her Union Square patients achieve the best possible surgical outcomes, so every case begins with a comprehensive arm lift consultation where Dr. Mahmood examines the patient and outlines surgery costs and considerations.

Contact us today to book your consolation with Dr. Mahmood – a Board Certified, double Ivy League-trained, Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon practicing in Union Square, NY.

Brachioplasty Before & After Photos