Arm Lift Brachioplasty


Reaching your weight loss goals is a major milestone, but for many people, it’s not the end of the story. Considerable weight loss can leave behind excess skin in prominent areas such as the arms, leading to hanging tissue often referred to as “bat wings.”

Other times, sagging skin might be the result of aging or genetics. Regardless of the cause, if you’re bothered by the appearance of your upper arms and find yourself hiding them under baggy sweaters or long-sleeved shirts, an arm lift at PURE Plastic Surgery can get rid of loose skin and help you achieve a tighter, more toned appearance.


An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure used to contour and reshape the upper arms, creating an aesthetically pleasing appearance. It works by permanently removing excess skin from the underarm to the elbow. After an arm lift, you can expect to have slimmer, more toned arms that you can show off with confidence.

Brachioplasty is particularly beneficial for patients with loose or hanging arm skin that cannot be addressed with diet or exercise — this type of sagging often occurs due to aging or substantial weight loss and needs to be corrected surgically. An arm lift can put the “finishing touch” on your weight loss journey by helping you achieve a slimmer appearance that more accurately reflects your new body size and shape.


An arm lift at PURE offers aesthetic and functional improvements that can boost your confidence and improve your quality of life. Whether you’re looking to eliminate loose skin after significant weight loss or enhance the contours of aging arms, this procedure is designed to help you reach your goals. Some key benefits of an arm lift include the following:

  • Eliminate loose, hanging arm skin
  • Sculpt more toned and defined arm contours
  • Improve your upper body proportions
  • Reduce itchiness or discomfort caused by excess skin
  • Enhance the results of recent or ongoing weight loss
  • More clothing options & improved self-esteem
  • Combinable with other procedures for comprehensive results

Our compassionate and qualified board-certified plastic surgeons will carefully evaluate your needs and develop a plan that aligns with your desired outcome. Our goal is to help you achieve toned, youthful arms that make you feel confident in your appearance.


If you’ve struggled with excess skin or fat in the upper arms that hasn’t improved with diet or exercise, you might be an ideal candidate for an upper arm lift. At PURE, our surgeons often recommend brachioplasty for patients with the following concerns:

  • Hanging skin that jiggles when you wave (“bat wings”)
  • Loose, sagging skin following significant weight loss
  • Arm skin that has lost its elasticity and tightness
  • If you’re constantly thinking about your arms
  • If your arms are keeping you from wearing clothes you love
  • Skin irritation and rashes caused by folds of arm skin
  • Loose skin that hinders your range of motion

It is ideal to achieve a stable weight before undergoing an arm lift, as weight fluctuations can adversely impact the outcome of your procedure. Maintaining a healthy weight ensures that you’ll be able to enjoy firmer and more toned arms for many years. It’s natural to lose some firmness in the arms with age, but overall, brachioplasty results are considered permanent.


    We understand that sharing your concerns about your arms can be difficult, but you’ll find a safe and supportive environment at PURE. Our team will listen to all of your concerns and answer any questions that you may have concerning your brachioplasty, ensuring it is the right procedure for reaching your goals and that you are comfortable moving forward with surgery.

    To make the most of your consultation, here’s what to expect:

    • Examination: Our team will conduct an exam to evaluate the degree of sagging in the upper arms. This can be done in person or virtually.
    • Goals & Expectations: During your consultation, you will have the opportunity to discuss your needs and expectations. The team will explain what results can realistically be achieved and develop a personalized treatment plan for just you.
    • Procedure Explanation: The team will walk you through the surgical process, including the incision placement, anesthesia options and expected recovery time. They will also outline the potential risks and benefits to ensure you are fully informed.
    • Real-Life Results: You’ll also be given the opportunity to see real-life before and after photos to give you a better idea of the expected results.
    • Next Steps: If you decide to proceed with the arm lift, our team will help you schedule your surgery and provide pre-operative instructions.

    Your consultation can be conducted in person or online from anywhere in the world. To request an in-person consultation, please call our office or complete our contact form. To get started online, submit your information using our virtual consultation tool. You can also use the virtual consultation tool to request an in-house visit once our care coordinators reach out to you.

    View our arm lift before & after gallery.


    Before your surgery, you’ll be given instructions to follow to prepare for your procedure, which may include avoiding certain medications, abstaining from smoking and not eating after midnight. Make sure to follow any instructions carefully as not doing so could delay or cancel your surgery. Your arm lift will be performed on an outpatient basis at our state-of-the-art surgical facility in Miami.

    On the day of your brachioplasty, you’ll be given general anesthesia to keep you comfortable throughout the surgical process. Next, your surgeon will make an incision to remove loose skin and a small amount of excess fat. Incisions are strategically placed on either the back or underside of your arm to minimize visible scarring after surgery.

    After your brachioplasty, you’ll be taken to a recovery room and monitored as the effects of anesthesia wear off. Your care nurse will go over information regarding your healing, wound maintenance, and recovery time. You’ll be able to return home the same day as your procedure but will need a responsible adult to pick you up from our surgical suite.


    You will see an improvement in the shape of your arms immediately after your procedure. However, there will be some swelling that lasts for a few days or weeks and may obscure your final results — this will improve as your body heals to reveal long-lasting, beautifully sculpted arms.

    Although brachioplasty will leave a scar behind, our surgeons take great care to place your incision under the arm to minimize visibility. Most patients are happy to trade a scar for improved arm contours, and with time, the incision line will become less noticeable.

    In addition to providing instructions on caring for your incisions after surgery, our practice offers advanced treatments to enhance the healing process and further reduce the appearance of scars as they mature, such as IPL and Morpheus8 microneedling. IPL therapy uses intense pulsed light to target redness and discoloration and flatten scar tissue, making it less noticeable. Morpheus8 combines microneedling with RF (radiofrequency) energy to trigger the body’s natural regenerative abilities, increasing collagen production to diminish scar visibility.

    Your surgeon will meet with you in the first few days after your surgery to ensure that you’re healing as you should be. Your new arm contours are permanent, but you’ll want to make sure you maintain a healthy diet and keep your weight at a stable level to reap the best outcome.

    “I’m BEYOND extremely satisfied with my experience at Pure [Plastic] Surgery. Dr. Natalia Vidal is the BEST plastic surgeon hands down. Her professionalism with personable bedside manner was and continues to be impeccable! Being an older patient I had concerns but she answered all my questions and listened to my fears with personable intent. The staff made me feel like a person, not a dollar sign. Quick responses to my questions and or concerns…Bravo Pure [Plastic] Surgery! It was worth the travel from Denver Colorado!”

    –Melinda S.


    Your brachioplasty recovery should go smoothly, but as with any surgery, you’ll want to monitor for various side effects that can occur, such as:

    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Bleeding
    • Fever
    • Excessive pain, redness, or swelling
    • Pain in other parts of the body
    • Incisions that don’t heal completely

    You can expect pain and swelling in treated areas for a few weeks after surgery, along with some bruising. These side effects are normal and will subside as your body heals. You’ll be wrapped in a compression garment that may restrict your arm movement but will ease discomfort and optimize your results. Recovery can take up to six weeks, during which time you’ll want to avoid strenuous activities and exercise. Most patients are able to return to work and light activities within a few days.

    At PURE, we want you to have the best experience possible, so our team will provide you with detailed post-op instructions, activity guidelines and incision care techniques to ensure a smooth recovery. If you have any questions or concerns at any point after your surgery, don’t hesitate to contact our office — our team is here to support you every step of the way.


    If you’re ready to say goodbye to sagging contours and hello to beautifully sculpted arms, book a consultation with Miami’s leading board-certified plastic surgeons. Our highly trained surgeons can help you achieve a firmer, more toned appearance so you can feel comfortable in your own skin again. Get started by calling us at 786-245-7622 or using our virtual consultation tool.


    Can Loose Skin Be Eliminated with Diet or Exercise?

    Some workouts, such as push-ups, tricep curls and deltoid raises, can help tone the muscles in the upper arms to reduce the appearance of sagging. However, the excess skin that remains after weight loss can’t be fully eliminated through diet or exercise and usually requires surgical excision with brachioplasty. After surgery, a healthy lifestyle can help you maintain the appearance of your newly toned arms.

    What Risks Are Associated With Brachioplasty?

    Arm lift surgery is generally considered safe, but there are some risks and potential complications to consider. This includes infection, bleeding, unfavorable scarring, changes in skin sensation and poor wound healing. During your consultation, we will discuss the risks in more detail to help you make an informed decision regarding your procedure.

    Will There Be Scarring?

    Like any surgical procedure, an arm lift involves some amount of scarring. However, our surgeons will place your incisions in strategic locations and provide you with detailed post-op instructions to minimize the visibility of your incision lines. The scar length will vary depending on how much excess skin is removed to achieve your goals. Most patients find that the possibility of scarring is a worthwhile trade-off to eliminate excess, sagging skin. With proper care, scars will fade and become less noticeable with time.

    Are the Results of Arm Lift Surgery Permanent?

    The results of your arm lift procedure are long-lasting, and the improvements can be considered permanent. However, aging and lifestyle factors can affect the appearance of your arms and lead to renewed sagging over time. By maintaining a stable body weight, you can enjoy more toned arms for many years.

    Can I Combine My Arm Lift With Other Procedures?

    Yes, it is possible to combine your arm lift with other procedures such as a tummy tuck or breast surgeries. Combining procedures can help address multiple aesthetic concerns at once so you can achieve more comprehensive results. We can assess your needs and discuss combinable procedures during your consultation.



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