What is it?
An arm lift consists of removing fat and excess skin from a patient’s arms. An arm lift will also tighten and smooth arm skin to define the contours of your arm and reduce any residual pockets of fat. As people age, their skin naturally loosens and begins to sag downward due to gravity. An arm lift is a good option for anyone who has sagging, loose or excess skin on their upper arms. Drooping arm skin due to aging cannot always be fixed by exercise alone. For patient’s who have experienced substantial weight loss (more than 100 pounds), an arm lift is often paired with an upper body or torso lift to reduce overall loose and sagging skin. Arm lift patient’s will experience swelling and bruising at the incision site and an incision scar. It is important to maintain a healthy diet and and stable weight after surgery to ensure the best, long-lasting results. Almost immediately, the surgical results will be evident and you will see a tighter, smoother arm contour.
Average cost: $4,000 (surgery alone)

In addition to the cost of the torso lift procedure, surgery costs may also include anesthesia fees, hospital costs, medical exam costs, post-surgery compression garment fees, and prescription medication costs.

The procedure:
Step one – The initial consultation and physical exam to customize your procedure.
Step two – General anesthesia or intravenous sedation.
Step three – Depending on the pattern and location of the loose skin, the incisions will vary.
Generally there are three incision patterns:
– Inner arm incision (armpit to elbow)
– Back of arm incision (below armpit along back of the arm to elbow)
– Minimal incision (across the armpit)
Step four – Internal sutures are used to fix, tighten and reshape the underlying supportive
tissue in place.
Step five – Incisions are sutured shut and removed within one to two weeks of the procedure.
Compression garments may be applied to contain swelling and shape.