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Arm Lift Surgery

What is an Arm Lift?

Arm lift surgery (brachioplasty) is a cosmetic surgery that can get rid of sagging skin and excess fat tissue on the upper arm. A brachioplasty will tone, reshape, and enhance the appearance of arms that have an undesirable appearance due to dramatic weight loss or aging. The results Dr. Rex Moulton-Barrett provides with an upper arm lift in Alameda and Brentwood cannot be achieved without surgical intervention. Furthermore, the surgery is typically an outpatient procedure.

The minimally invasive procedure and notable results have made it widely popular. An upper arm lift is an easy way to achieve a more youthful appearance without undergoing a highly invasive procedure. Sagging skin is often only removed with surgical interventions. Dr. Moulton-Barrett will help you make an informed decision as to whether or not brachioplasty is right for you. Have the youthful and vibrant appearance you want.

What to Expect During the Arm Lift Procedure?

If the surplus skin on your upper arms keeps you from wearing your favorite clothes or wanting to raise your arms over your head, consider an arm lift to restore a youthful looking contour to your arms. Arm lift is a surgical procedure that can be performed using two techniques. The full upper arm lift involves an incision in the armpit and along the underside of the arm to the elbow. In the mini arm lift, the incision is made in the armpit.

The upper arm lift, also called a brachioplasty, is a technique used to surgically remove excess skin that droops from the upper arm. In most cases, this skin is a result of rapid weight loss or loss of skin elasticity due to the natural aging process. The upper arm lift operation begins with an incision along the arm. The location and length of the incision will vary depending on the amount of skin you wish to have removed, as well as the location of the excess skin flap. In the most extreme cases, the incision may extend from the armpit to the elbow to remove the maximum amount of skin. Your doctor may create either a curved or z-shaped incision during the procedure to minimize the appearance of scarring after healing.

What to Expect During the Recovery for the Arm Lift Procedure?

After your arm lift, you will be bandaged and given a prescription for pain medication to ease your discomfort in the first few days after surgery. In general, patients take two to three weeks off of work and other obligations to recover from surgery. Patients should return to see their plastic surgeon about one week after surgery so sutures and bandages can be removed, and four weeks after surgery so the surgeon can check results. During this time, it is common to experience post-surgical side effects.

Examples of Arm Lift Results:

Before and After of Brachioplasty

To find out more about available treatments and procedures, request a consultation with Dr. Moulton-Barrett at one of his Bay Area offices. Board certified plastic surgeon Rex Moulton-Barrett, M.D., offers advanced care and procedures for Bay Area residents. He has offices in Alameda and Brentwood, CA.

Our Clinics

Alameda Clinic

2070 Clinton Ave
Fourth Floor
Alameda, CA 94501

Phone  (510) 864-1800


Brentwood Clinic

1280 Central Blvd
Suite J-5
Brentwood, CA 94513

Phone  (925) 240-8775




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2070 Clinton Ave, Alameda, CA 94501

(510) 379-7919

1280 Central Blvd, Suite J-5, Brentwood, CA 94513

(925) 350-8752