Loose skin and fat in the arms can be a result of either weight loss or aging. Sagging arms can prevent you from fitting into the clothes you want forcing you to buy larger sizes or they can force you to wear long sleeve shirts in warm weather. This can be a source of considerable embarrassment and self-consciousness for some people.

arm liftAn arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty, can help contour your arms through the direct excision of excess skin and fat with or without liposuction. In certain patients, liposuction alone can be performed.

Before & After Photos

There are several techniques to help you obtain the arm contour you desire. During your consultation, Dr. Michaels will carefully listen to your concerns and create a treatment plan that will allow you to achieve your goals. Dr. Michaels is an experienced body contouring surgeon and has completed one of the few fellowships dedicated to this specialized area of plastic surgery.

Quick Facts


2-3 hours




Usually outpatient, may require overnight stay if performed with other procedures

Side effects

Temporary swelling, bruising, tightness and some pain


Pain, bleeding, infection, rare damage to nerves, asymmetry, incomplete improvement, recurrent laxity


1 week back at work. 2 weeks light exercise. 3 weeks more strenuous activity. 8-12 weeks for swelling to resolve.

Duration of results

Proper diet and exercise can prolong results

If you would like to learn more about the armlift procedure, click here or call (301) 468-5991 in Bethesda, Maryland or (703) 957-8610 in Fairfax, Virginia to schedule a consultation.