Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

In Melbourne, FL

Sagging skin or excess fat in the upper arms is a common problem that makes people appear older than they really are, and make it difficult to feel confident in clothing. For residents of Melbourne, Viera, Brevard County, or neighboring communities in the Central Florida region, the specialists at Dermatology + Plastic Surgery, led by double board-certified plastic surgeon Rebecca Novo, MD, and board-certified dermatologist Anita Saluja, MD, offer cosmetic solutions such as brachioplasty surgery to restore tone and definition to the upper arm.

WHAT IS Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)?

Brachioplasty is the medical name for an arm lift, which refers to a surgical procedure that tones and defines the upper arm by trimming away sagging skin and excess fatty deposits.


The skin of the upper arms notoriously loses elasticity as a consequence of gravity, weight fluctuations, aging or hereditary conditions. Fatty tissue also accumulates in the area and creates a lax, flaccid deposit that hangs from the upper arms like wings when you extend your arm. Very often, this condition may not be sufficiently improved by diet and exercise alone. Brachioplasty is a safe, effective, and popular procedure among men and women to eliminate flaccid skin and fatty tissue in the upper arm, creating a toned and defined contour.

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM Brachioplasty (Arm Lift) ?

Any healthy adult who wants to rejuvenate the appearance of their upper arms and has maintained a stable, healthy weight for a year or more may benefit from brachioplasty. If you are still actively losing weight, it is best to wait until you reach your ideal weight, because additional weight loss may detract from the results of the arm lift procedure. Brachioplasty is ideal for adult men and women who maintain a stable weight because these patients are more likely to enjoy longer lasting results.

HOW DOES Brachioplasty (Arm Lift) TONE THE UPPER ARM?

Brachioplasty surgery is a safe and simple procedure that is frequently performed on an outpatient basis; however, it is a surgical procedure that requires anesthesia and is performed through a hairline incision along the inside of the upper arm. Excess fat is removed with liposuction and or excision, and the remaining skin is contoured firmly around the muscles.

Brachioplasty (Arm Lift) RECOVERY

Initially, after the procedure, you may feel some soreness, and your skin may feel tight. These symptoms naturally diminish in a day or two, and you may return to light activity after several days. Your arms will be dressed in a compression garment after surgery is complete. After 72 hours, your dressings will be removed, and you may take your first shower. You will continue to wear a compression sleeve to reduce swelling and assist the healing process. We recommend that you wear the sleeve for four weeks and advise that you gradually resume non-strenuous activities after four or five days. We recommend that you hold off on strenuous exercise for four weeks. Our staff is happy to provide support and answer any questions you may have during your recovery period.

DOES Brachioplasty (Arm Lift) LEAVE VISIBLE SCARS?

Brachioplasty leaves a very fine hairline scar that is discreetly camouflaged on the inside of the upper arm, making it barely visible during most normal activity and when your arms rest naturally at your sides.


Prices will vary depending on the extent of your procedure and any other procedures that you may choose to combine with the arm lift. Because most health insurance does not cover brachioplasty, our office provides a flexible financing plan and payment options for the convenience of all of our patients.

Brachioplasty can rejuvenate your upper arms, giving you a more defined and youthful contour. Residents of Melbourne, Viera, Brevard County, and the surrounding communities of Central Florida are now seeing great results from brachioplasty and other plastic surgery procedures at Dermatology + Plastic Surgery, led by double board-certified plastic surgeon Rebecca Novo, MD, and board-certified dermatologist Anita Saluja, MD. Contact our office today for a consultation to learn more about brachioplasty and other procedures to rejuvenate your appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can underarm fat be removed?

Depending on how much there is it can be removed with a brachioplasty procedure or arm liposuction with a skin tightening device called jplasma.

How do you lose arm fat fast?

Diet and exercise would be the recommendation.

How long after Brachioplasty Can I exercise?

We would recommend 6 weeks for a full recovery to resume all exercise.

How do you shower after an arm lift?

You should wait at least 24 hours to take a shower after your arm lift so that the incision has plenty of time to heal.

When does swelling go down after arm lift?

Swelling will gradually decrease from 1-6 months after the procedure.

How long does it take to recover from an arm lift?

Full 6 weeks is the recovery to resume all exercise.

How much does a Brachioplasty surgery cost?

Prices range from surgeon to surgeon an estimate can range between $8,000-10,000.

How long do stitches stay in after brachioplasty?

About a week after your brachioplasty, your stitches will be removed.

Do arm lift scars fade?

Scars can fade over time or with laser treatments.

What is arm lift surgery?

An arm lift surgery removes excess fat and skin from the underside of the arm to create a tighter, smoother contour.

Does arm lift leave a scar?

Yes, any procedure requiring incisions leave a scar.

How long do you have to wear arm compression after arm lift?

An arm compression may be left on by your doctor for up to 6 weeks or longer to help reduce swelling and support healing.

What can I expect after an arm lift?

After your arm lift, the incisions will be covered in bandages and a compression wrap.

How do I prepare for an arm lift?

To prepare for your arm lift, avoid smoking, alcohol, and any illicit drugs such as aspirin and anti-inflammatories since both of these can increase bleeding. Your doctor may also request that you adjust your current medications and/or have a medical evaluation.

What are the risks associated with an arm lift?

Potential risks include pain, asymmetry, scarring, changes in skin sensation, irritation from sutures, infection, and bleeding.

How long will my results last?

Results from your arm lift should be permanent with a stable weight. Skin laxity from normal aging cannot be prevented.



   “Dr. Novo is phenomenal.  Her staff is  super friendly! I am very happy with the surgical procedure I had done, and would definitely recommend her.”

   “Dr Novo is an absolute gem, as well as her whole team! I felt extremely welcomed and comfortable from the moment I walked in for a consultation and the level of care they provided throughout the whole time was excellent! She is so knowledgeable and well spoken, I always felt like she took all of my concerns and interests to heart. Her assistant Aggie is also a complete angel and I really enjoyed working with her. Thank you Dr Novo and the rest of your team for making this such an easy and great experience. Also want to mention I am beyond thrilled with the results!”

   “Dr Novo and staff are so incredibly kind and encouraging. I felt completely confident that I was in great hands to finally have the flat stomach I wanted so much! My results have been unbelievable! Currently, I am only 7 weeks out and I feel great. My scar is already minimal. I am so happy I chose Dr Novo!”

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