Love Your Arms: Facts About Arm Lift Surgery | Encino, CA

It’s not unusual that many people—especially women—experience declining muscle mass as they grow older and develop pockets of loose skin under their upper arms.

If you are unhappy with the look of your upper arms, talk to Dr. Stephen Bresnick in Los Angeles, CA, about arm lift surgery, also known as brachioplasty. He will be happy to discuss the benefits of his expertly performed arm lift procedure, where excess skin and fat are removed between the armpit and elbow. Together, you can determine whether you’re a good candidate for the procedure.

What Is Arm Lift Surgery?

While exercise and a healthy diet can improve muscle tone and reduce fat, the excess skin on your upper arms can be removed with arm lift surgery.

Dr. Bresnick surgically and skillfully removes the excess sagging skin and tissue during this procedure, creating smoother, tighter, and firmer-looking arms. Not only will it remove the bagginess under the arms that can make it hard to wear sleeveless shirts, but this surgery will help you regain the smoother skin surface on your upper arms by pulling the skin tight.

Arm lift removes fatty tissue and excess skin from under and around the arms, creating a more toned appearance. The arm lift does create a scar which runs between the elbow and armpit area along the inner arm surface where there may be a natural groove between the biceps and triceps muscles.    Patients should decide if the scar would be a better trade-off than the loose skin and larger arm appearance.  Many patients feel that it is worth it.


When To Consider an Upper Arm Lift

If your weight is normal, but you are frustrated by severe underarm laxity then an arm lift could be for you. Before finding out more, let’s consider some of the main advantages (pros) and disadvantages (cons) of having arm lift surgery:


  • Form-fitting clothing can be part of your wardrobe again
  • Your self-confidence and self-image may receive a boost
  • Your arms will be tighter


  • You will have a scar along the insides of your arms from the armpit to the elbow.
  • The healing process takes time and may limit your exercise routine for a number of months.

Am I a Good Candidate for Arm Lift Surgery?

Regardless of age, there are areas of a person’s body that don’t seem to respond to exercise. Even though following a healthy diet and being physically active are both good habits to maintain, these may not prevent your arms from excess skin and fat.

You may be a good candidate for arm lift surgery if:

  • You have substantial upper arm skin laxity.
  • Your weight is relatively stable.
  • You are within 10-15 pounds of your goal weight.
  • You are healthy without medical conditions that could impair healing or pose a surgery risk.
  • You are a nonsmoker.
  • You are committed to following a healthy diet and lifestyle.

What Happens During Arm Lift Surgery?

A light general anesthetic is used in arm lift surgery.  An incision will be made in the inner portion of your arm and the excess fat and skin will be removed.  Should it be required, liposuction may also be used to remove excess fat before the remaining loose skin is removed.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Stephen Bresnick in Encino, CA

Dr. Bresnick in Encino, CA, is one of the most sought-after and extensively trained plastic surgeons in the Los Angeles area. He will be happy to meet you for an in-depth consultation about your interest in having an arm lift and taut, smooth arms to show off this summer. Call us at (818) 981-3333 or contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Contact Us