Upper Arm Lift in San Diego, CA

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About Arm Lift Surgery

Flabby, hanging arms is a common concern among women and men who have experienced reduced skin laxity due to aging or weight loss. If loose skin is an issue, diet and exercise alone will not be able to tighten and tone the arm fully. For this reason, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson provides personalized arm reshaping procedures at his practice, San Diego Cosmetic Clinic. An arm lift, also called brachioplasty, is characterized by the removal of excess skin from the elbow to the upper arm. Dr. Laverson, who works steadily during your procedure to achieve your best results, is very skilled with fat removal and skin excision techniques. If you're interested in learning more about brachioplasty or other arm reshaping techniques, call our San Diego, CA office and schedule your one-on-one consultation. This surgery can provide results that last years.

What Are The Benefits Of An Arm Lift?

  • Gives you real results when diet and exercise have failed
  • Tightens sagging skin
  • Removes excess skin and fat
  • Smooths wrinkled, "crepey" skin
  • Shapes and tones the arms
  • Achieves an overall more youthful look
  • Provides more mobility
  • Improves comfort by reducing irritation and rubbing
  • Lets you be more active
  • Allows you to wear more clothing choices
  • Results are long-lasting
  • Increases self-confidence, boosts self-image


In addition to brachioplasty, which involves the removal of excess skin along the upper arm, San Diego Cosmetic Clinic offers arm reduction with the use of liposuction. This is done to minimize the amount of fat in the arms, creating a smaller and trimmer look. If your arms have excess fat, but you still possess good skin elasticity, this minimally invasive procedure can improve their appearance. However, this is not a recommended alternative for patients who have already experienced skin laxity. This is because liposuction performed alone can make your arms look worse by creating even more sagging skin. If you think you could be a candidate for arm reduction surgery without skin removal, contact our San Diego, CA office.

Ideal Candidates

An upper arm lift is a cosmetic surgery that improves the contour of your arms by removing excess skin along the upper arm. If you're self-conscious about the look of your "bat wings" and want to get arms that are taut and trim, then you could be a good candidate for this procedure. To qualify, you must be in good overall health to ensure that your skin will recover properly. Some of the most common issues that patients seeking arm lift surgery experience are loose skin throughout the upper arms and reduced elasticity of the skin either due to age or excessive stretching. It's preferred for patients to be at or near their goal weight before receiving this surgery so their results are easier to maintain and last for years to come.

Surgical Technique

Your arm lift surgery will be performed in our AAAASF-accredited on-site operating room. For the procedure, you will be put under general anesthesia. An upper arm lift may be combined with other surgeries, such as tummy tucks, mommy makeovers, and thigh lifts, as long as Dr. Laverson determines it to be safe. During your surgery, the excess skin will be excised starting at the elbow and going all the way up to the armpit, depending on your degree of loose skin. This incision will be placed in as inconspicuously as possible, although it will most likely leave a visible scar. In some cases, liposuction will be done to eliminate stubborn fatty deposits. Although a scar will be visible, Dr. Laverson's steady and meticulous approach to closing your incisions will dramatically reduce its appearance. He will close your incisions without tension. You will have to care for the incisions by keeping them clean, bandaged, and wrapped with customized compression sleeves.

What to Expect

A typical recovery period following arm lift surgery should take about two weeks with lots of rest. It's important that you allow your body time to heal and refrain from putting any tension on your arms. Because you use your arms for almost everything, most patients should ease their way back to their normal activities. A suture removal appointment will be set approximately ten days following surgery. Customized compression sleeves will be provided and must be worn until you receive permission from Dr. Laverson to cease wearing them. Following this, he will supply you with specialized skin tape to soften your scar. We recommend patients to use this for 2 – 3 months. For at least a month (4 – 5 weeks), all exercise must be eliminated apart from taking short walks. If you develop uncontrolled bleeding, excessive swelling, fluid buildup (hematoma), signs of infection, numbness in the hands or arms, or unusual scarring, please contact San Diego Cosmetic Clinic for guidance.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does arm lift surgery cost?
Your costs for arm reshaping surgery will depend on the technique being used. Some patients may receive an arm lift with fat removal and skin excision while others may get an arm reduction with liposuction only. Before your costs can be calculated, Dr. Laverson will evaluate the condition of your excess skin and skin laxity, learn all about your goals, and create a personalized treatment to give you the results you want. Our San Diego, CA office accepts a variety of payment methods, including low-interest medical financing.

Can I combine an arm lift with other surgeries?
Arm lift surgery can often be paired with other surgeries, especially in the case of a mommy makeover treatment plan. Typically, patients who have lost a tremendous amount of weight may receive multiple procedures at once for overall surgical body contouring, such as a thigh lift and tummy tuck. At your initial consultation with Dr. Laverson, your goals will be thoroughly discussed, and a unique treatment plan will be crafted to achieve the look you want.

Will there be scars?
Brachioplasty is a surgery that requires incisions to excise loose skin. When incisions are created, sutures are used to stitch the skin back together. However, Dr. Laverson employs advanced techniques to ensure that any scarring is as minimal as possible. He tries to place incisions in indiscernible locations so they can be easily hidden. To help your scars heal well and fade cleanly into the skin, you will be given post-op incision care tips.

What results can I expect from an arm lift?
Results yielded from both arm lift surgery and arm reduction with liposuction are long-lasting as long as you adhere to a healthy lifestyle following your procedure. In order to avoid potentially compromising your results, you should avoid dramatic weight loss or gain. Adding strength training into your normal exercise regimen will be a good way to further improve the shape of your arms and add tone. Once you are cleared by Dr. Laverson, you may begin building up these muscles to enhance your appearance following surgery.

Are there nonsurgical treatments to improve my arms?
Although there are many great noninvasive skin tightening treatments on the cosmetic market today, they can only provide minimal improvements when compared to a more invasive procedure. To remove moderate to severe sagging skin, an arm lift is your best choice. In addition to removing loose skin, Dr. Laverson also employs liposuction to address small pockets of fat and smooth the tissue and remaining skin. If you're interested in learning about nonsurgical options, Dr. Laverson can explain these during your consultation. From there, he can help you form a comprehensive treatment plan that suits your needs and goals.

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Even though excess fat or skin on the arms is causing you trouble now, it doesn't have to stay this way. With a surge of innovative techniques being developed in the cosmetic industry every day, it's possible to achieve the slim and contoured look you desire with reduced scarring. Arm lift surgery performed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson yields lasting results that men and women can enjoy for years to come. If you'd like to learn more about this procedure and the results you could receive, contact our San Diego, CA office, San Diego Cosmetic Clinic, and schedule your consultation.

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