Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

Do you have excess subcutaneous fat and excess skin laxity around the arms region?

Does it refuse to disappear, no matter how much you diet and exercise?

If you wish to change the contours of your arms, then an Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) may be appropriate for you.

Schedule Your Arm Lift Consultation With Dr. Vu Today By Calling 503.601.2910 or Toll Free 866.297.8522.

This is a procedure covered by CosmetAssure. Learn how Dr. Vu protects you from any potential financial burden from complications by visiting our Complications Assurance page.


Arm Lift Surgery– A Quick Glance

Who Is An Arm Lift Surgery Candidate?

If you have unsightly sagging skin on the upper arms due to aging, genetics, or weight loss.

Arm Lift Surgery Intended Results

Reduction or elimination of excess skin from the upper arms.

Arm Lift Surgery Procedure Description

The procedure is usually done under general anesthesia. In order to remove the unwanted skin, an incision is required that runs from near the elbow into the armpit.

The incision is placed in the most inconspicuous location (inner arm toward the back), but some scarring will always be visible.

Arm Lift Surgery Recuperation And Healing

After surgery, the upper arms are either wrapped or placed in an elastic sleeve to reduce swelling. Initial healing usually occurs in 10-14 days. Sutures are usually removed within the first 2-3 weeks.

Swelling and bruising gradually disappear over 3-4 weeks. All swelling is gone in 3-6 months.

The scars fade in 6-24 months, depending on your skin.

Arm Lift Surgery Other Options

An additional procedure that may enhance the result is Liposuction of the upper arms.


The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual.

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Arm Lift Surgery Potential Risks

No surgeries are performed without risks. Dr. Vu’s goal is to perform the planned procedure, take extra precaution during surgery, and most important of all is to be safe and yet achieve utmost optimal outcomes. Following are some of the potential risks that are commonly discussed about regarding brachioplasty surgery.

A. Scars

The scars usually extend from the inner aspect of the elbow up into the axilla (armpit). Dr. Vu will place them in the most inconspicuous line possible, but you will always see them to some extent. No matter how carefully we make repairs, using the best plastic surgery techniques, you will always have scars.

B. Uneven skin contours

Following your upper arm lift, the skin contours may be slightly uneven and areas of slight depression or wrinkling can occur. As healing progresses, most of these problems (if present) usually improve dramatically.

C. Asymmetry

Minimal asymmetry of upper arm lift scars occurs frequently as healing is not always even from side to side. The mild asymmetry is usually not cosmetically significant. If the asymmetry is significant, revisional surgery of the scars may be considered.

D. Nerve injury

Normal surgery can damage sensory nerves. Although this does not occur frequently, you may have areas of numbness adjacent to the scars. If so, the numbness usually improves with time.

E. Arm swelling

Normal postoperative swelling always occurs and will take several months to disappear completely. Surgical interference with the lymph drainage system rarely happens. If any interference should occur, it should prove minor and transient.

Dr. Vu recommnends postoperative compression garment to be worn postoperatively to help with control the arm swelling as well as provide comfort and support.

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Arm Lift Surgery Postoperative Care

Special attentions are placed during your postoperative period. Dr. Vu’s goal is to make sure that you are comfortable after you leave the surgery center, and have proper instructions how to take care of yourself in order for you to have a pleasant surgical experience.

A. Showering and bathing

You may shower once proper bandages removed. Sponge bath is encourage the first postoperative week.

B. Dressings

The dressings placed at the time of surgery usually stay in place for several days. Dr. Vu will change them at the office.

C. Activities

Use your arms carefully and gently until the staff gives you clearance for full Activities. Usually Dr. Vu recommends not having your arms to be raised above shoulder level during the first three weeks postoperatively. Subsequently with return back to unrestricted activities should be reached by sixth weeks postoperatively.

D. Driving

You can probably drive as soon as you are comfortable. Let your body “tell” you when you are ready. If you have questions, ask the staff.

E. Scars

Initially, the scars will appear red or dark pink, and they will slowly fade over a period of months to a year or more. The scars will start out very narrow, but may widen over time. Neither you nor Dr. Vu can control their eventual width.

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Schedule Your Arm Lift Consultation With Dr. Vu Today By Calling 503.601.2910 or Toll Free 866.297.8522.

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