Deciding whether to do an Arm Lift vs Liposuction

Deciding whether to do an Arm Lift vs Liposuction

If you have super flabby arms that are simply out of proportion to the rest of your body, then you may have to turn to surgery for help. An arm lift is typically recommended in these cases, but liposuction is also an option.  The decision to go with an arm lift vs liposuction to sculpt the arms, depends on the relative amount of surplus skin and fat.

Both procedures can be used to shape the arms and give them a normal appearance.

Arm Lift

Brachioplasty or arm lift surgery is typically done to improve the contour of the upper arms, by eliminating excess skin and fat. It is usually done in an outpatient surgical setting under general anesthesia. The procedure lasts 2 to 3 hours, depending on the extent of the work to be done. This also influences the length of the incision, which is usually made in the armpit, and extends down the arm. Unlike liposuction, arm lift surgery leaves a visible scar on the inner arm.


Liposuction can also be used to improve the upper arm, but it is usually recommended for patients with good skin tone. This will enable the skin to tighten up after surgery. Patients with a lot of loose skin may not get good results with liposuction; therefore the surgical arm lift would be more beneficial.

If you have abundant skin in your upper arm, and would like to know whether to have an arm lift vs liposuction, consult with a board certified plastic surgeon. Clients in Orange County, CA, can contact Song Plastic Surgery, Irvine, for a  consultation with Dr. Kyle Song. Dr. Song will help determine which option would be right for you. Call the office today at  (949) 701-4454.

When is Arm Lift Surgery Done Without Liposuction

If you have ever waved hello to someone and your arm waved back at you,  chances are you may need an arm lift. Excess weight loss often leads to loose sagging skin all over the body, including the upper arm. However, arm lift surgery can get those arms tight and taut again. In cases where there is minimal fat to be removed, the surgeon will recommend doing an arm lift without liposuction.

About Arm lift surgery

Arm lift surgery is also known medically as brachioplasty. It is an operation that involves the removal of excess skin as well as fat deposits, from the region of the upper arm.

Brachioplasty is becoming increasingly popular among Americans, and since the year 2000, there has been a sharp rise in the number of procedures performed. Arm lift surgery can tone the arms and improve their shape, but it does leave a scar. For that reason, surgeons generally only recommend the procedure to patients that have a lot of excess skin on the upper arms.

When patients have a substantial amount of loose skin, but not much localized fat deposits, the arm lift can be performed without liposuction. The surgeon will simply remove the skin and reshape the arms. However, if there is a lot of fat present in the upper arms, then the surgeon may have to do liposuction to remove the fat.

Patients should discuss the desired outcomes with their plastic surgeon, before undergoing brachioplasty. During consultations the surgeon will be able to make an accurate assessment of what needs to be done, and determine if the arm lift can be achieved without liposuction.  The results of surgery will last a long time, but the patient should maintain a relatively stable weight, and avoid weight fluctuations.

Procedures for Removing Excess Skin

In these days when obesity is such a big problem in the US, it is always commendable when someone who is overweight makes the decision to make healthier eating choices, and commits to weight loss. However, that decision, and the subsequent shedding of pounds, has the ripple effect of leaving behind skin that needs to be tightened and toned. That’s where excess skin removal procedures like body contouring come in! If you live in Irvine or Orange County then you should visit Song Plastic Surgery to discuss your body contouring options.

What is Body Contouring?

Body contouring is a surgical procedure that is performed to tighten and remove loose skin. Sagging skin often occurs after major weight loss, because the skin stretches during weight gain, and is simply unable to snap back into its original shape after weight loss. Body contouring uses different procedures to reshape and contour the body, as well as to tighten it and enhance proportion.

Body reshaping trims excess fat from a number of areas including the arms, breast, abdomen, thighs, and buttocks.

Flabby arms can be improved by having an arm lift done. An arm lift will reshape the upper region of the arms, where there is sagging as result of excess skin.

Weight loss often changes the shape of breasts, making them sag and look droopy. Depending on the extent of the sagging, breasts can be reshaped by performing breast augmentation or a breast lift.

Excess skin removal is often necessary for the abdominal region after weight loss. This is usually achieved with a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty. The aim of the tummy tuck is to remove excess skin, as well as tighten the abdominal walls.

The thighs are another area that can be extremely bothersome after weight loss, as the excess skin can often hinder mobility. A thigh lift is usually recommended to get rid of loose flabby skin in the thigh region. It involves the removal of skin from the upper portion of the thigh. In cases where there is extensive correction to be done on the thighs and buttocks, then a body lift may be performed.

If the patient also has excess skin on the face and neck area, then this can be removed in the manner often associated with a traditional face lift.

If there are several parts of the body that can benefit from excess skin removal, several surgeries can be performed at the same time. This decision is usually arrived at during consultation between the patient and his/her plastic surgeon. However, when a combination of procedures is being done, greater care must be taken to ensure the patient’s safety.

Longing for Great Looking Arms? Then Get a Miami Arm Lift

If you have loose sagging skin in the region of the upper arm, then you may be a good candidate for brachioplasty, commonly known as an arm lift. Plastic surgeons in Miami perform arm lift surgery to remove excess skin associated with flabby upper arms.

Flabby upper arms are usually a problem after significant weight loss, but also occur due to aging. Men and women that have lost a lot of weight tend to develop heavy upper arms, because the skin stretches to accommodate the extra weight, but does not tighten after the weight loss. Aging often causes the formation of wrinkles along the upper arm, and in addition, there is also a loss of muscle tone.

Brachioplasty involves the removal of soft tissue and skin from the area of the upper arm. As the skin is re-draped on the arm, this restores tone and contour to the region of the upper arm, creating a slimmer appearance.

The incisions for the arm lift are generally made on the inside or back of the arm. The width of the incision will depend on the amount of excess skin that needs to be removed. When it comes to the placement of the incisions there are not many options, so the scar will be visible after the procedure.

Typically, the procedure is performed under general anesthesia at an outpatient surgical facility, and takes about 2 hours.  Post-op discomfort is minimal, but patients may experience some swelling and soreness, which will last for 7 -14 days.

In some cases, Miami plastic surgeons perform liposuction along with an arm lift. When liposuction is done at the same time, additional fat is removed, and this enhances the contour of the arm.

An arm lift can help you if:

  • You have downward drooping excess skin under the upper arm.
  • Your arms are out of shape
  • You have pockets of fat in the upper arm area

To be considered for an arm lift you should also be in good health, and not significantly overweight. Patients that have had an arm lift feel better about their arms, and like the fact that they can now confidently wear short sleeves.

Some people opt to have an arm lift because their upper arms are too big, and this makes their body look out of proportion. When the arms are reshaped, they look a lot more proportional, and it restores harmony to their overall body shape.

If you are interested in an arm lift in Miami, then be sure to contact an experienced board certified plastic surgeon to do the job.