What is Brachioplasty?

The brachioplasty procedure is usually recommended for patients who have sagging skin on the upper arms due to weight loss, genetics, or aging. Also referred to as an arm lift, brachioplasty is one of the many post-bariatric cosmetic surgery procedures we offer at The Plastic Surgery Center of Nashville. Brachioplasty is often combined with liposuction or a body lift.

Real Patient Results

  • Arm Lift - Case 1

    53 yo patient present after losing 115lbs with diet and exercise. Desires arm contouring. Post op: Patient underwent brachioplasty.

  • Arm Lift - Case 2

    40 yo woman desires removal of excess skin from arms after gastric bypass surgery with weight loss of 120lbs. Post op: Patient underwent brachioplasty.

  • Arm Lift - Case 3

    21 year old female patient desires tightening of upper arm skin status post 115lb weight loss. Post op: Patient underwent brachioplasty.

  • Arm Lift - Case 4

    37 year old female patient desires tighter arms after 120lb weight loss. Post op: Patient underwent bilateral brachioplasties.

  • Arm Lift - Case 5

    Patient lost approximately 100lbs after Gastric Bypass surgery. Patient underwent bilateral brachioplasty.

Brachioplasty Surgery

During brachioplasty, an incision is made that typically runs from the elbow to the armpit. Excess skin, fat, and tissue is then removed. Although some scarring will always be visible, the surgeon will place the scar in the most inconspicuous location, which is on the inner arm toward the back.

An additional procedure that may be recommended by your surgeon is liposuction of the upper arms and armpits. For some patients with good skin quality, liposuction alone may meet their needs. This procedure can be used to decrease the bulk of excess fat along the lower border of the upper arm.

After Brachioplasty Surgery

After a brachioplasty, the upper arms are wrapped or placed into a compression sleeve to help reduce the postoperative swelling.


The duration of your recovery will depend on the extent of the surgery and other factors. We will go over the details of your post-surgical recovery during your consultation. In general, as an isolated procedure, you may be able to return to work in one week. Patients should avoid strenuous activities and elevations in heart rate or blood pressure for at least two weeks. This is a procedure often combined with other procedures and your plan for recovery will be tailored to your needs.

Potential Risks

Like any other surgical procedure, a brachioplasty presents several potential risks. Apart from scarring and delayed healing, another potential risk is seroma, an accumulation of fluid in the body that causes swelling and discomfort. During your consultation at The Plastic Surgery Center of Nashville, we will discuss the potential risks of a brachioplasty and discuss treatment options, should anything occur.

If you’d like to learn more about brachioplasty, contact our Nashville, Tennessee plastic surgery office.