After substantial weight loss, weight gain or simply from the effects of aging, skin on the upper arms can become loose and flabby. Arm lifts, also known as brachioplasty, remove that excess skin and fat. Patients who have significant amounts of fat may want to consider combining the procedure with liposuction. Plastic surgeon Dr. Dana Khuthaila performs arm lifts for her New York City area patients that create smoother, tighter contours, as well as dramatically improving skin quality in both appearance and texture.
"22 Year Old Unhappy with Profile of the Nose - I always felt that my profile was missing something but I didn't know what I wanted to correct. I realized after taking countless profile selfies that the tip of my nose was lacking perky-ness (If that any makes sense). I've thought about having a rhinoplasty to correct it but I didn't want to break my nose in the process being that all I wanted was structure to the tip. Dr.Khuthaila recommended we try a non surgical temporary treatment and we proceed from there. I was amazed with how quickly and instantly the results were! My nose has the perfect uplift I was looking for and she saved me from going under the knife when it truly was not necessary. The result is exactly what I wanted and I cannot thank her enough for all her help and support. <3 "- S. / RealSelf / Apr 06, 2017
"I will recommend Dr Dana to everyone! My surgery involves reconstruction and her work was amazing. After much research, I chose her based on the reviews I gathered online and I couldn't be more happier. I developed minimal scarring with no complications from the her reconstruction work. I had contracture from prior surgery and she corrected it."- B.P. / Yelp / Mar 07, 2018
"It's such a shame Dr. Khuthalia doesn't have a lot of reviews on yelp. Her reviews are mostly on realself, but people look on yelp more. Let me start off by saying you are greeted with warmth as soon as you walk in. The office is beautiful and Dr. Khuthalia is just amazing. She makes you feel comfortable as you are explaining or showing what you want as a result. I originally planned to get my BA done in California bc I found an amazing doctor out there, but I also found Dr. Khuthalia & I'm so happy I did. About 2 weeks after my consultation I believe I was set on her and I put my deposit in for the surgery. After that we decided on my size and I thought I was set. A couple weeks later I was feeling I chose an implant too small so 2 weeks I had another pre-op app. And I chose a size bigger. THEN, (I couldn't stop looking at BA's on the internet and kept doing more research and I saw a different type of implant that I wanted to switch to. I made an app. 4 days before my operation & changed my implants AGAIN kind of last minute. I'm thankful she was able to see me and help me on my choice as to how I wished them to be. I am currently 2 days post-op & still in pain, but my new babies are lookin pretty nice. You will not regret choosing her as your doctor. Love her and her staff!"- N.L. / Yelp / Dec 17, 2017
"My experience with Dr. Dana was beautiful. In addition to her experience and confidence, Dr. Dana is excellent in dealing with patients anxiety. Seriously, I was feeling relaxed while she is injecting me. I am a nervous person when it comes to needles and my pain threshold is very low, however I had my procedure with no pain and I am very happy from the natural look ??"- H.A. / Google / Nov 06, 2017
"I had undergone a coolsculting treatments few years ago that caused me unfortunate medical condition - I had undergone a coolsculting treatments few years ago that caused me unfortunate medical condition that caused the area treated to keep the fat cells in the form of pokets on both sides , i serched online and found Dr Dana and explained to her that no matter what i did at the Gym those areas wouldn't go away and all reviews onlines indicated that i should have a lipo done . Dr Dana walked me..."- B. / RealSelf / Oct 11, 2017
During arm lift surgery, an incision is made along the inner arm, from the armpit down towards the elbow. Once this incision has been made, liposuction may be used to remove excess fat, and any loose skin will be trimmed away. Depending on the extent of the surgery, a draining tube may be placed to help control bleeding. In patients with excessive drooping, where there is looseness within the internal tissue structures, a tightening technique will be used internally. These surgical efforts will result in a smaller circumference of the upper arm.
Brachioplasty is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and typically takes around 2 hours to complete. It is considered an outpatient procedure. If this surgery is combined with another body contouring procedure, then the patient may be required to stay overnight in the hospital. Following surgery, the arm should be kept elevated to help control swelling and promote circulation. Patients will experience a slow return of normal function. Arm and hand strength, specifically, will be weak for the first several weeks as the internal tissues heal.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2-3 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 6 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Arm Lift FAQs
Liposuction or Lift?
Patients that have excess fat inside their arms may be candidates for liposuction, but arm lift patients typically do not have excess fat as their primary problem. These individuals have excessive sagging and loose, hanging skin. The only way to correct this problem is through a brachioplasty procedure. Patients who have relatively good skin tone but also have excess fat in the arms can sometimes achieve their desired results with an exercise and diet regime that incorporates the use of weights.
What About Scarring?
It’s important that patients understand scarring is a part of this procedure. It is recommended that patients avoid sun exposure during the first year to protect the incisions from any additional discoloration. Most patients believe the scars are a small trade-off for a new, shapelier arm. We will discuss scar care to help assist in the healing process.
It is common for arm lift patients to combine this surgery with another procedure. Some common techniques often combined during what is known as an “upper body lift” include liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and breast surgery (breast lift). During your consultation, each surgery will be discussed and recommendations will be made on whether these procedures should be done at the same time.
How Toned Will I Look?
An arm lift is performed to remove hanging skin and fat. The only way to build muscle is through strength training. Following surgery, once the arms are fully healed, patients can resume exercise and weight training. This is a great way to add shape to the arms by toning and strengthening them.