Brandow Clinic Plastic Surgery

Arm Lift In Philadelphia

An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, can achieve slimmer, firmer-looking arms by addressing loose or sagging arm skin. Dr. Brandow performs arm lift surgery in the Philadelphia and South Jersey area.

Who is a candidate?

  • If you have unsightly sagging skin on the upper arms due to aging, genetics or weight loss.

Intended Results

Reduction or elimination of excess skin from the upper arms.

Procedure Description

The procedure is usually done under general anesthesia and should be performed by a certified cosmetic surgeon, such as Dr. Brandow. In order to remove the unwanted skin, an incision is required that runs from near the elbow into the armpit or an incision can be confined within the limits of the armpit for patients with less excess skin to remove. The incision is placed in the most inconspicuous location (inner arm toward the back), but some scarring will always be visible.

Recuperation and Healing

After surgery, the upper arms are either wrapped or placed in an elastic sleeve to reduce swelling. Initial healing usually occurs in 10-14 days. Sutures are usually removed within the first 2-3 weeks. Swelling and bruising gradually disappear over 3-4 weeks. All swelling is gone in 3-6 months. The scars fade in 6-24 months depending on your skin.

Other Options

An additional procedure that may enhance the result is liposuction of the upper arms or axillae.

Insurance Guidelines

This procedure is considered cosmetic and therefore is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment.


The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual.