Sagging upper arms with loose skin and excess tissue can make you feel self-conscious about wearing short sleeves or tank tops. This may be the result of significant weight loss, aging, or genetic factors. If exercise routines do little to help tone your upper arms, you may be a good candidate for an arm lift or a mini arm lift. Dr. Ourian, a top brachioplasty specialist, has trained extensively with the leaders of cosmetic plastic surgery to provide the best arm lift surgery Los Angeles has to offer.

What is an Arm Lift?

An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a procedure which reduces the excess skin, fat and tissue that can sag downward from the upper arms, commonly called “bat wings.” Dr. Ourian’s signature Beverly Hills arm lift serves to remove excess loose skin, reduce stubborn areas of fat, and tighten the supportive tissues of the upper arms for a slimmer and more toned contour.

Arm Lift

At A Glance

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Surgery Length: 2 Hours

Recovery Time: 1 Week

Anesthesia: General

Who is a Good Candidate for an Arm Lift?

Most candidates for an arm lift in Beverly Hills experience excess, sagging tissue in their upper arms as a result of drastic weight loss, the natural aging process, or simply from genetic factors. Before undergoing an arm lift, you should be generally healthy overall and at a stable, healthy weight. It is also best that you be a nonsmoker. Dr. Ourian will review your health history and determine whether you are a suitable candidate for the procedure during a consultation.

How is an Arm Lift Performed?

There are two basic approaches for an arm lift: a traditional arm lift and a mini arm lift. These differ in the location and length of the incisions. An arm lift is typically performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure, and patients are able to go home on the same day of surgery.

Mini Arm Lift

Patients who have a minimal amount of excess skin on the arm may be a candidate for a mini arm lift.  In a mini arm lift, the incisions may be hidden inside the armpit, in what is known as a “mini arm tuck” or “hidden scar arm lift surgery.” Through these incisions, excess skin is removed, and the supportive tissues are tightened to recontour the upper arms.

Traditional Arm Lift

To perform a traditional arm lift brachioplasty, Dr. Ourian first makes an incision under the arm or on the back of the arm. This incision may extend to just above the elbow, but may be more limited, depending on the amount of tissue that will be removed. Through these incisions, excess skin will be removed, and liposuction may be utilized to remove excess fat in the surrounding areas. The supportive tissues of the upper arms will also be tightened to reshape the area, with the goal of creating a toned upper arm contour. Finally, the incisions are carefully sutured closed.

What is Arm Lift Recovery Like?

After your arm lift, you will likely have dressings, bandages, and compression garments over your arms to help minimize swelling. Drains are typically not necessary.  Due to the anesthesia, you will need a trusted person, such as a friend or family member, to drive you home after the procedure.

During the recovery process, you can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Dr. Ourian will prescribe pain medication to you to help alleviate discomfort as you heal. Follow any directions regarding caring for your incisions as you heal. You will be able to shower 2 days after surgery.  Most patients require one week after their surgery before they return to work or other daily activities. You should refrain from more strenuous activities, like exercise routines, for up to six weeks. Dr. Ourian will monitor your healing during follow-up appointments.

What Procedures Can I Combine with an Arm Lift?

Arm lifts are commonly performed with other body contouring or body lift procedures. Patients typically combine an arm lift with other body lift procedures to address loose or excess skin that is a result of massive weight loss. Some of these procedures may include a tummy tuck or thigh lift.

In addition, patients may choose to remove stubborn pockets of fat from other areas of their bodies at the same time as their arm lift procedure. This can be accomplished through liposuction. Liposuction is commonly performed on the thighs, abdomen, back, or neck.

How Much Does an Arm Lift Cost in Beverly Hills?

The cost of arm lift in Los Angeles varies depending on the geographic location in which your surgery was performed, the surgeon’s expertise, the extent of the surgery, and other factors. During a thorough consultation, Dr. Ourian’s patient concierge will be able to give you a more specific estimate for the final cost of your brachioplasty Los Angeles procedure. 


Frequently asked questions

Is there an arm lift alternative, such as liposuction of the arms?
Depending on the amount of excess skin causing sagging or drooping on the upper arms, liposuction may not be adequate to achieve your goal results. Patients excess fat and little to no excess skin are deemed suitable candidates for liposuction, while those who have excess skin generally require an arm lift. Dr. Ourian will discuss a customized treatment plan for your procedure during a thorough a consultation at his Beverly Hills office.
Will I have scars after an arm lift?
The incisions made during an arm lift surgery do result in scarring. However, this is typically easy to conceal, as it is under the arm, and there are steps you can take to help ensure the most inconspicuous scarring possible. By following Dr. Ourian’s instructions carefully through the recovery process, you can enjoy the results of your Beverly hills arm lift with minimal scarring.
When can I exercise after an arm lift?
Most Los Angeles brachioplasty patients can return to normal activities and work about a week after their surgery, assuming that their job is not physically demanding. However, you should wait at least two weeks before resuming a light, lower-body exercise routine, which can include walking or riding a stationary bike, for example. Other exercises such as weightlifting or yoga, which involve the upper body, should be further postponed until Dr. Ourian has affirmed that you are sufficiently healed. This may take several weeks.