Arm Lift

Age, genetics and significant weight loss can send once-shapely upper arms into hiding under long sleeves, or cause embarrassment when you do have to go sleeveless. You can tone your arm muscles but you can’t exercise away the loose, droopy skin that makes a batwing. An arm lift, or brachioplasty, removes sagging skin, tightens the underlying tissue and eliminates excess fat.*

With more than 20 years in practice, Dr. David Dellinger holds board certifications in plastic/reconstructive and general surgery, and has extensive experience performing body contouring plastic surgery procedures, including upper arm lifts. At Elysian Plastic Surgery, Dr. Dellinger works with men and women in the Austin area and throughout Texas who are interested in improving their appearance with body contouring surgery.

Contact us online or call our Austin office at 512-229-1978 to learn more your options for arm lift surgery.

Why Choose Elysian Plastic Surgery?

  • Dr. Dellinger has performed thousands of cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgeries over his more than 20-year career.
  • At Elysian Plastic Surgery, we are dedicated to providing the highest level of care by investing in cutting-edge technology to offer the newest and most effective treatments.
  • Dr. Dellinger regularly attends local and national medical education conferences and is a frequent lecturer.

Best Candidates for an Arm Lift

An arm lift can be right for healthy men and women who have sagging or loose skin on the underside of their upper arms. You should also have realistic expectations and be at a healthy, stable weight.

During your consultation, Dr. Dellinger will examine your arms and recommend the best type of treatment. The best option for you may not be an arm lift. If you don’t have much extra skin, Dr. Dellinger may suggest liposuction alone to eliminate excess fat. If you have a mild to moderate amount of loose skin and some underlying fat, you may be a good candidate for minimally invasive BodyTite treatments. You should see less scarring from liposuction or BodyTite than a surgical arm lift.*

An arm lift can be performed with other body contouring procedures, especially if you are interested in post-bariatric plastic surgery, for more comprehensive results.

What to Expect

Dellinger will perform your arm lift under IV sedation or general anesthesia with a long incision running from your armpit to just above your elbow on the inner arm or the back of the arm. A shorter incision in the underarm area may be used depending on your needs. Extra fat can then be removed directly or with liposuction. Dr. Dellinger also tightens and shapes the underlying tissue and removes extra skin.*

After your arm lift, your incisions will be covered with dressings and elastic bandages or compression garments to hold your tissues together, reduce swelling and encourage healing.*

Your Arm Lift Recovery & Results

You should be able to go home the same day as your arm lift but you should rest and take it easy for a few days. You may have some bruising, swelling and discomfort initially. The bruising and swelling should subside over the next 2 weeks. You may be able to return to work after a week and resume your daily activities, though you shouldn’t lift anything heavy until your incisions have fully healed.*

You should see change in the contours of your arms right after surgery, though residual swelling may affect your results for a few weeks. Your arm lift results should be long-lasting if you avoid drastic weight fluctuations and lead a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise. Your arm contours will continue being affected by age-related changes, however.*

To schedule your arm lift consultation, please call our Austin plastic surgery practice at 512-229-1978 or request a consultation online.

*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.