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Arm Lift Surgery in Houston, TX

Toned, shapely arms are an attractive focal point of sleeveless tops and dresses and other figure-revealing styles. Unfortunately, the upper arm is generally one of the most challenging areas on your body to tone as you age. Aging, weight fluctuations, and even genetics all contribute to noticeable skin laxity on the upper arm, which can be detrimental to confidence.

Christopher K. Patronella - MD, FACS, FICS

Arm Lift Surgery

Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Patronella, performs arm lift surgery, also known as brachioplasty, for his patients. For this surgery, excess skin and tissue will be removed and the upper arm will be sculpted to reveal a tighter, smoother, and more youthful contour. This procedure allows your underlying muscles to shine through, and it enhances your self-esteem. No longer will you feel like you need to hide your arms under sleeves.

Arm Lift Candidates

Candidates for arm lift surgery suffer from sagging and drooping skin, excess tissue, and localized fat on the upper arms that have become apparent after aging, weight loss, or pregnancy. Candidates should be physically healthy, at a stable weight, and non-smoking individuals who have realistic expectations of their results.

Arm Lift Procedure

Dr. Patronella performs arm lift surgery under general anesthesia to ensure a painless procedure. Discreet incisions are made, typically running from the armpit to the elbow. This incision may be shorter or longer depending on the amount of skin laxity and correction needed; the procedure is hand-tailored to fit your needs. From here, excess tissue and skin are removed before the skin is redraped to highlight your newly contoured look. If you have localized pockets of fat, then liposuction can be combined with your arm lift to reduce them and further sculpt the upper arms. Incisions are then closed.

Model with arms up


Arm bruising, swelling, and soreness are common after arm lift surgery and will be present for several days. Oral pain medication can remedy any discomfort, and compression garments worn over the upper arms will help to control this discomfort as well as swelling. Patients can return to work within one to two weeks, depending on the nature of the job; however, strenuous lifting and vigorous exercises are restricted for four weeks post-op to ensure proper healing.


Following arm lift surgery, your arms will be smoother, firmer, and more toned as your underlying muscles take center stage. Results are apparent almost immediately and will increase as the swelling and bruising subside. When paired with a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a stable weight, the results of arm lift surgery are known to be long-lasting. That said, this procedure will not stop future aging, and additional skin laxity may develop. Arm lift surgery will provide you with less irritation and an enhanced arm contour. Feel confident to wear the clothes you want to show off your results.

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