What happens during arm lift surgery?

I tried to fix my upper arm issues on my own through normal means but that's just been frustrating and disappointing. I'm a bit of a chicken because - knock wood - to date I've never broken anything, had any kind of surgery (not even wisdom teeth), never had to be hospitalized so I don't know what to expect from this. I've realized that my desire to have an arm lift is outweighing my fear of the procedure and all it involves so I'd really love to have it explained to me by a professional. Then I'll know what I'm up against and can take it further from there with confidence and assurance because of that.


F, 41, Tennessee

The excess skin and fat are removed and stitched back together.  In general, it is not a hard surgery to tolerate.  You can get a better idea of what to expect if you go in for an in-person consultation with a PS who specializes in this surgery.  Best of luck!

Dr. Jonathan Heistein has 2 Arm Lift before & afters:

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Arm lift surgery generally involves removing the excess fat and skin from the upper arm.  The first step in the procedure is often liposuction to remove the excess fat and mobilize the surrounding tissue.  Then, excess hanging skin is cut and removed.  In a "long scar" arm lift, which is the most common arm lift procedure, a scar is made down the inner part of your upper arm, usually from the armpit to just above the elbow.  The incision often extends into the armpit or just above to hide it.  Long scar arm lifts are great options for patients who have significant hanging fat and skin, which often results after major weight loss.  The downside is that there is a scar that may be visible.  So long scar arm lifts are great for patients who say they want to look better in clothes.  A short scar arm lift can be performed on patients with only limited skin and fat excess.  The scar goes transversely across the bottom of the armpit.  The scar is much less visible, but the results of the lift are not as dramatic.

Dr. Gary Breslow has 1 Arm lift before & after:

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