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Arm Lift

Excess fat and loose skin on the upper arms from aging or weight loss can cause an uncomfortable, embarrassing arm flap. With an arm lift, or brachioplasty, the skin can be tightened and extra fat can be excised from the triceps (the back region of the upper arms). Men and women who are self-conscious of their sagging upper arms can benefit from an arm lift procedure.

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What Can an Arm Lift Achieve?

Restructured Arm Tissues

By reshaping the arm tissues beneath the skin, the arms can appear more defined and balanced.

Reduced Fat

Excess fat is removed from the upper arms to reduce their circumference and restore a thinner appearance.

Eliminated Loose Skin

Sagging skin is removed from the axilla (underarms) down to the elbows, achieving tighter, smoother arm skin.

What Does the Arm Lift Procedure Entail?


This procedure is performed in our outpatient surgery center under general anesthetic. Anesthesia is administered to ensure comfort and safety during the process.

Incisions and Fat Removal

Incisions are made on the back or inner side of the upper arms, and the extent of the incision can be modified depending on your personal desired results. Fat is removed either manually or through liposuction, and then your underlying supportive arm tissue is repositioned and tightened. Lax skin is trimmed away, and the remaining skin is pulled taut to reveal smoother, thinner arms.


Many patients enjoy tighter, slimmer, more contoured upper arms. Results may vary from patient to patient.

Addressing Your Concerns


Bruising and swelling are common side effects and may last up to three weeks. You will be provided post-operative care instructions to guide you through the healing process. Most patients resume work and light exercise in one to two weeks.


A thin line may be visible on your upper arms that extends from your elbow to your armpit. Over time, this line should fade away and become less noticeable.


Pricing for an arm lift can vary greatly and depends on the surgeon’s experience, the techniques utilized, where you have your procedure performed, anesthesia, hospital or facility costs, medical testing, recovery bandaging, prescriptions, and other contributing factors. Dr. Bonaldi can determine an accurate cost estimate for you after a consultation to discuss your goals and preferences.


Patients may experience mild discomfort while they recuperate. Oral medication can be taken to reduce pain.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is an arm lift right for me?

    Patients who are at a stable weight, are in good health, and have ideal, realistic goals in mind for their results can benefit from arm lift surgery. Schedule a consultation today to discuss this procedure and your outcome with Dr. Bonaldi.

  • How long do I have to wait to go home?

    Arm lift surgery takes approximately one hour to complete, and patients rest for another hour or so to wake up before they can be taken home.

  • What results can I expect?

    Arm lift surgery removes excess fat and loose, hanging skin to provide upper arms that are tighter with more defined contours. The arms are also generally smoother and thinner.

  • Are there any risks involved with an arm lift?

    As with any surgery, potential risks are involved. The risks can include asymmetry, change in sensation, infection, scarring, seroma, and skin rippling. You can discuss your concerns and questions with Dr. Bonaldi during your consultation for more information.

  • How long does the outcome of arm lift surgery last?

    Your skin and fat are permanently gone as long as you maintain a stable weight. The aging process will continue and can change your results over time.

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Bonaldi Aesthetics
Plastic Surgery & Med Spa
6630 South McCarran Blvd. Suite B20
Reno, Nevada 89509
(775) 828-7400

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