An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure to reduce excess sagging skin between the underarm and the elbow. This is usually accomplished through an incision on the inside of the arm. The excess fat is removed with liposuction, the underlying supporting tissue is tightened, and then the skin is trimmed and the arm is reshaped. This procedure is done on an outpatient basis. General anesthesia normally is used, and patients return home the same day.

After surgery most patients will need to wear elastic bandages or compression garments to help heal and reshape the upper arm. Minor pain and swelling in the arms can be expected, and complete healing may take a few weeks. The scar may be noticeable but can be easily covered. Liposuction is an alternative procedure.

The best candidates for an arm lift surgery are nonsmoking, healthy adults whose weight is relatively stable.

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