Brachioplasty, also known as an arm lift, is a surgical procedure that can help you obtain slimmer and more defined upper arms. It is a useful solution for those who have arms with excess skin that sags, weakened muscles, and stubborn deposits of fat that are difficult to remove.

The Brachioplasty Procedure

The Brachioplasty is an invasive procedure that requires your doctor to make incisions in the upper arm region. The length of the incisions depends on the problem in the arms. Once he has gained access to the underlying tissue, he will remove any excess tissue in the area. Once the necessary amount of tissue is removed, he will then tighten the muscles. Once that is completed, your doctor will place stitches that can be removed within a week or two.

Before the Procedure

Before you decide to undergo the procedure, it is highly important that you do your research and find a medical professional who has a history of providing exceptional results while performing this surgery.

You can meet with your doctor during a consultation to talk about your needs and expectations. Your doctor will discuss what is possible and review your medical history to determine if you will make a good candidate for the procedure. Your doctor will carefully examine your arms to determine the best course of surgical action.

Your doctor will give you a set of instructions that you will need to adhere to before the surgery. If you are a smoker, you will need to stop smoking a few weeks before and after your surgery. You won’t be able to use over-the-counter pain medication before the surgery and for the duration of your recovery.

Your doctor will ask you to stay away from medicines that can cause blood thinning and increase the risks of internal bleeding and bruising. These are important instructions that you will need to follow to avoid complications during and after the surgery.

After the Procedure

Once the surgery is completed, you can expect to experience a period of downtime where you will need to take it easy and relax. You will need to apply bandages over the stitches for some time depending on your doctor’s orders. You may be required to wear a special sleeve or bandage for a while after your surgery. You will need to limit the use of your arms for the next few days in order to ensure proper healing.

Within six weeks or so, you can resume your normal physical activities. Your doctor will determine when you can take up certain physical activities based on your condition.


You can get toned and contoured arms with Brachioplasty. The results of the procedure are long lasting and significant. You will experience natural aging on your arms as the years go by, but the toned results you achieved through the surgery can last if you maintain your weight and live a healthy lifestyle.

You will notice an immediate improvement after the surgery is completed. As you heal, the improvements will look even more significant. Your arms will feel tighter and look more defined.

The Benefits of Brachioplasty

If you’ve been struggling to lose the stubborn fat that resides in your upper arms, a Brachioplasty is the ideal option for you. You can expect to have aesthetically pleasing arms that you won’t feel ashamed to show off in public. You’ll even feel more comfortable wearing styles of clothing that you previously avoided.

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A Brachioplasty can help you finally obtain the beautifully defined arms you have always dreamed of having. If you’re interested in learning more about the surgery, contact our office to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. John D. Rachel.