Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

Technically known as brachioplasty, the arm lift is a plastic surgery procedure which can produce a lifted and firmer appearance to the upper arm area by removing loose skin and excess fat. The arm lift can improve the appearance of sagging upper arms which may have occurred from weight loss or age.

Dr. Andrew Kleinman is a board-certified plastic surgeon based in Westchester County with extensive brachioplasty experience. He is committed to helping you achieve your desired look and will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs. As with all surgery, anyone considering an arm lift must be in good health and have realistic expectations for the outcome of their surgery. For patients whose arms have only excess fat and no loose skin, liposuction alone may be an option.


Your arm lift surgery may be performed with local anesthesia and sedation or with general anesthesia. An average of one to two hours is typically needed to complete the surgery. The incision is usually made on the inside of the arm, though its length will depend on the amount of excess skin being removed. In some cases, the incision may run all the way from the armpit to the elbow. Once the incision is made, excess skin is excised and liposuction is used to remove excess fat


Recovery after Brachioplasty will involve some bruising and swelling which typically subside within two to four weeks. In addition, some mild to moderate discomfort may occur during the first two to five days after surgery which can be countered with medication. Stitches are usually removed within one week. Most arm lift patients are back at work within three to seven days.