Brachiaplasty (Arm Lift) Basics

An Arm Lift, otherwise known as a Brachiaplasty, is a procedure to remove loose and sagging skin of the arm. Skin can start sagging for many reasons including fluctuating weight, growing old, and hereditary factors. Upper arm skin may droop and sag and cannot be fixed with diet and exercise. Dr. Stiller can perform an arm lift in conjuncture with other procedures to help you become the you, you want to be.

Brachiaplasty Benefits

  • Tightened and firm skin around the arm
  • Reduction of excess fat and skin
  • Contouring of the upper arms
  • Enhanced self-confidence

Best Candidates For A Brachiaplasty

The ideal candidate for an Arm Lift is a healthy, physically fit individual who has concerns or reservations about showing their arms in short sleeves or tank tops. Typically, Dr. Stiller will recommend and perform liposuction during the arm lift procedure in order to reduce the total volume of the arm. Brachiaplasty is designed to re-contour the arm to your body shape and tighten the skin; it is not a substitute for weight loss. An Arm Lift can enhance one’s appearance but it may not match your ideal look. Discuss your goals thoroughly with Dr. Stiller prior to deciding on any procedure.

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Get To Know Your Doctor

This is your time to get to know Dr. Stiller and the staff at Stiller. Be sure to convey your goals and expectations for the surgical procedure.

Dr. Stiller will evaluate your medical health and explain the surgical techniques available to you. All of your questions related to the procedure will be answered as thoroughly as possible. Dr. Stiller will perform an examination of your trouble area at the consultation.

Dr. Stiller will go over the risks and potential complications and he will explain the preoperative and post-operative process.


All procedures carry some uncertainty and risks.


As with any surgery, bleeding is a risk. This may form a blood collection called a hematoma and may require drainage. It is important to discuss any history of excessive bleeding or family history of bleeding.

Wound Separation
Other Surgical Issues

1. Getting Ready For Surgery

During your consultation, an explanation of preoperative and postoperative plan will be reviewed.

You will be given a list of medication to avoid taking two weeks prior to the operation. A Stiller staff member will contact you a few days before the surgery and notify you what time you are expected to arrive for your procedure and discuss any last minute details.

At this time, you will be given an opportunity to ask any further questions. Continuing a healthy diet and exercise is very important prior to surgery. Smoking must be stopped two weeks prior to surgery.

2. Surgery Day

Do not eat or drink eight hours before your surgery. You should wear a button-down or zipper front shirt and sneakers. Do not wear sandals or slippers.

You will meet with a member of our staff to prepare for surgery. Dr. Stiller will see you prior to your surgery to answer any final questions and meet family or friends. You will meet with our anesthesia provider to discuss anesthesia. For family or friends that accompany you, we have a lounge area to comfortably pass the time.

You will need someone to drive you home after the operation and stay with you the first 24 hours after the surgery is completed.

Brachiaplasty Procedures can be performed with deep sedation or general anesthesia.

3. The Surgery

Typically, an Arm Lift takes between two and four hours. Frequently, the procedure will include Dr. Stiller performing Liposuction of additional areas to contour the arm. The amount of correction required will determine the length and number of incisions. Many patients require incisions only in the armpits, while others require incisions extending the full length of the upper arm. Upon completion of the procedure, dressings will be applied and you will be placed in post-operative garments.

4. After The Surgery

Following surgery, you will likely have drainage from your incisions. Any discomfort you feel should be controlled with oral pain medications prescribed by Dr. Stiller.
You can expect to feel tired and sore for a few days following the Arm Lift. Bruising and swelling is common and may take a few weeks to resolve.

You will see results immediately. Swelling can take a number of months to completely resolve. But if you have been realistic with your expectations, you should be very pleased with your surgery upon first look. You may find you fit into clothes differently and be more at ease with your shape. An arm lift does not substitute for diet and exercise. If you maintain your weight and continue to exercise, your results should be longer lasting.

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