Arm Lift / Brachioplasty
Men and women who have excess fat and skin that literally hangs off their upper arms can get relief with a brachioplasty or upper arm lift. This surgical procedure is ideal for reducing arm size when liposuction is not a viable option. Your skin elasticity and the amount of excess arm fat are the major factors when determining which surgical procedure is best for reducing your upper arms. If you have good skin elasticity, lack stretch marks, and have no significant history of major weight loss and gain, then liposuction may be an acceptable option.
Treatment Areas
Results Will Last
The aging process continues but with the large amount of skin and fat removed, the results should last a long time.
Recovery Time
7-10 days
Recovery Process
Most patients take one week off from work and can resume normal exercise in four to six weeks. Patients are required to wear a compression garment for two weeks.

Why have arm lift surgery?

  • Regular exercises to tone the muscles are not improving your upper arm skin
  • You have excess skin or “bat wings” under your arms
  • You want to feel more confident in short-sleeved clothing


A long incision is made that extends from your arm pit to near your elbow on the inside portion of the upper arm. Dr. Sullivan then surgically removes the excess fat and skin. The location of the scars is predictable, as they are normally placed under the arm to be as inconspicuous as possible. The thickness and color of the scars are less predictable. The scars will fade over a 12-month period of time.

The biggest concern for many patients considering brachioplasty is the permanent scars. For the majority of patients, however, losing their flabby arms or “bat wings” makes the scars a lot more tolerable. All individual pre- and post-operative needs will be discussed with our team of nurses during your comprehensive pre-operative appointment.

Post-Op Results

Patients are required to wear a compression garment for two weeks. The sutures begin to dissolve in the third week of your post-operative recovery.

Most patients take one week off from work and can resume normal exercise in four to six weeks. It may take several months for the swelling to fully dissipate. As it does, your new contours will appear. The results should continue as long as you maintain your weight and practice a healthy lifestyle that includes eating well and regular physical activity.

The Sullivan Difference

We know that you want to look and feel your best. Our goal is to understand your motivation and priorities and then educate, advise, and guide you to the optimal solution. Our personalized approach begins with a consultation with Dr. Christine Sullivan, a renowned plastic surgeon with more than 30 years of experience, who takes the time to listen to your concerns and works with you to determine the best approach to get the results you desire. From initial consultation through recovery, our staff is always ready to answer your questions and address your concerns.

The specific risk and possible complications as they relate to Brachioplasty will be discussed at your initial consultation.
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Arm Lift / Brachioplasty
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