Arm Lift Surgery Pittsburgh

An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that reduces excess sagging skin that droops downward, tightens and smooths the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm and also reduces localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region. An arm lift surgery is part of a cosmetic surgery procedure called body contouring which is designed to remove excess saggy skin and fat from the arm and reshapes the under portion of the upper arm, from the underarm region to the elbow. The arm lift is a standard surgical procedure mainly performed for aesthetic reasons.

Fluctuations in weight, growing older, and heredity can cause your upper arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance. This is a condition that cannot be corrected through exercise. Arm lift surgery may be right for you if the underside of your upper arms are sagging or appear loose and full due to excess skin and fat. Excess body fat has different effects on the body, part of which is to cause the skin to sag or have an irritating look due to the presence of stretch marks.

Generally, arm lift surgery is meant for any individual depending on the appearance of the skin. In most cases, situations like this are often found in adults who have excess skin and fat in their body.

Arm lift surgery candidates can include:

  • Adults with significant upper arm skin laxity
  • Adults of any age whose weight is relatively stable and who are not significantly overweight
  • Healthy individuals without medical conditions that impair healing or increase risk of surgery
  • Non-smokers Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations


For many people, the joy and achievement of losing a significant amount of weight can be overshadowed by the excess skin that is left behind. Once the skin has been stretched beyond capacity due to weight gain, natural growth or pregnancy, stretch marks can appear and if the weight is then lost again, the skin may struggle to shrink back into place instead hanging in loose folds from certain areas of the body. Arm lift surgery is performed to remove this excess skin to leave the arm area tight and smooth, and giving you the body confidence you deserve.

Upper arm lifts are usually performed under a general anesthetic. Crescent or “smile”-shaped segments of skin and fat from underneath the skin are removed from the upper arm, and the remaining skin and tissue are lifted to achieve a tighter and smoother effect. This operation requires the surgeon to make long cuts through the skin and, therefore, the patient will be left with long scars after the surgery. Scars may run from the armpit to the elbow. The result is smooth arms that show the results of your weight loss and give you the confidence to wear summer clothing, swimwear and underwear proudly. The benefit of arm lift surgery ranges from firmer and smoother skin to a more finely textured skin.  Arm surgery improves the appearance of the skin and makes an adult feel more youthful. Also, it helps improve the body contour when seen through tight fitting clothes. For more information contact our plastic surgery office in Pittsburgh.