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What Can Arm Lift Surgery Address?

Sagging Arm Skin

Just like any other part of the body, the arms can be affected by sagging tissue. As collagen and elastin production begins to slow in the body, the skin on the arms becomes less structurally sound. This leads to the sagging appearance that many people refer to as “bat wings.” Your surgeon can correct this skin laxity by excising extra tissue throughout the upper arm.

Excess Arm Fat

Excess fat in the arm can cause a variety of aesthetic issues. Aside from making the arm appear larger and less contoured, excess fat can exacerbate drooping skin by creating excess weight. During an arm lift procedure, your surgeon can use liposuction to remove fat and create a better contour from the armpit to the elbow.

Lack of Physical Comfort

It can be physically uncomfortable to have loose skin and excess pockets of fat on the arm region. Excess skin can cause chafing or rashes in the arm area and can make people feel self conscious when they wear short sleeve shirts. After an arm lift surgery, you can expect to feel more comfort as the circumference of your arm is significantly reduced.

Arm Lift Techniques

Depending on your specific needs and condition, one of these three techniques will be determined during your consultation:

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Individual results may vary



Directly after your procedure, your wounds will likely be dressed with bandages that will help keep the incision site clean. A compression garment may also be wrapped around your arms to reduce swelling. Your surgeon may have inserted a drainage tube into the surgical site. This will help reduce the buildup of blood and fluid around the incision. You should have someone close to you during the first 24 hours. Most patients need a few weeks to recover, but you should be able to return to work within one or two weeks and can resume driving after 14 days.


Scarring will depend on the techniques used during your surgery. While the minimal incision technique does the best job at hiding arm lift scars, it is important to keep in mind that all scarring will fade with time. Keeping the fresh scars out of direct sunlight is a good way to ensure that they heal quickly.


The cost of your arm lift surgery will depend on numerous factors such as the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia fees, techniques that were used, hospital fees, etc. Your surgeon will provide you with an accurate estimate during your consultation.


Most patients experience minor to moderate pain and swelling immediately following this procedure. The pain typically peaks between 36 and 48 hours after the procedure, but it will gradually subside within a week or so. Any pain and discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter or prescription medication provided by your surgeon.

Dr. Andreasen is the premier plastic surgeon in the Inland Empire of SoCal

Troy J. Andreasen, M.D.

3333 Concours St Bldg #3
Ontario CA 91764
Phone: 909-291-4900

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