What is an Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)?

There are certain physical characteristics that cannot be corrected through exercise - the loose skin that may have appeared under your arms is one of them. For some of our patients, the effects of gravity, combined with a gradual loss of elasticity, creates excess skin underneath their arms.

Whether scheduled as a stand-alone procedure to bring the appearance of your arms into harmony with your overall body, or as one of a series of procedures selected to restore a sense of vitality and youth, Dr. Ridgway’s meticulous attention to detail will restore a more natural shape to your upper arms. 

An arm lift is a surgical procedure that:

  • Reduces excess sagging skin that droops downward

  • Tightens and smoothes the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm

  • Reduces localized pockets of fat in your upper arms

In general, candidates for an arm lift include:

  • Adults with significant upper arm skin laxity

  • Adults of any age whose weight is relatively stable and who are not significantly overweight

  • Healthy individuals without medical conditions that impair healing or increase risk of surgery

  • Non-smokers

  • Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations

The goal is to create results that look good and are at the same time physically comfortable for active, healthy people.
— Dr. Emily Ridgway



2-3 hours






Back at work in 2 weeks
Resume light exercise at 2 weeks
Resume strenuous activity at 6 weeks
8-12 weeks for swelling to resolve


Can be permanent if diet and exercise are maintained.