Arm Lift (liposuction)

Discover the transformative power of an arm lift with Dr. Sony Truong. This procedure sculpts and tones your upper arms, freeing you from the discomfort of excess skin and stubborn fat.

Arm Lift (liposuction)

Embrace a new level of confidence with arm lift surgery by Dr. Sony Truong. This procedure, also known as liposuction, effectively removes excess fat and skin from the upper arms, resulting in a more toned and youthful appearance.

Benefits of Arm Lift

Arm Lift, also known as Brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that aims to improve the appearance of saggy skin in the upper arms. It offers several benefits, including but not limited to:

  • Removal of Excess Skin and Fat: The procedure specifically targets and removes excess fat and skin between the elbow and the armpit. Often, liposuction is used in conjunction with an arm lift to achieve these results, providing a more appealing and youthful arm shape.
  • Better Proportions: An arm lift can help balance body proportions by creating a more harmonious relationship between the arms and the rest of the body. This can enhance overall body image and satisfaction with one's physical appearance.
  • Minimal Scarring: For most patients, any scarring resulting from arm lift surgery is generally easy to hide. Non-smokers and those who follow their surgeon's post-op instructions typically experience better healing and less noticeable scars.

What Can Arm Lift Address?

Arm Lift, or Brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that can address several issues, including:

  • Excess Skin and Fat: Arm lift surgery is primarily designed to remove excess skin and fat from the upper arms, particularly in cases where it has not responded to diet and exercise. This is often a concern for individuals who have experienced significant weight loss or are dealing with aging effects.
  • Sagging Arms: Over time, skin loses elasticity due to aging or drastic weight changes. This can cause the upper arms to sag, which an arm lift can effectively address by tightening the skin and underlying tissues.
  • Lack of Toning: Despite regular exercise, some people may struggle to achieve toned upper arms. An arm lift can provide a solution by giving the arms a more sculpted appearance.
  • Discomfort from Loose Skin: Excess skin can sometimes lead to discomfort or skin irritation. By removing this skin, an arm lift can improve physical comfort.

Ideal Candidates for Arm Lift

  • Individuals who are within 30% of their ideal weight.
  • Non-smokers.
  • Adults who have excess skin and/or fat in the upper arm area.
  • Those without medical conditions that could impede healing.
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations.
  • Those committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle post-procedure.
  • People looking for body contouring rather than weight loss.
  • Individuals who experience discomfort due to saggy upper arms.

  • Consultation

    During your consultation, Dr. Truong will conduct a thorough evaluation of your health and discuss your aesthetic goals. He'll explain the arm lift procedure in detail, ensuring you're well-informed and comfortable throughout the entire process.

    Treatment Options

    Non-surgical treatments like CoolSculpting can also address excess arm fat. Dr. Truong will discuss these alternatives during your consultation, helping you make an informed decision.

    What happens during Arm Lift?

    An arm lift involves making an incision on the underside of the upper arm, removing excess fat and skin, and tightening the remaining skin. You'll be under anesthesia during the procedure and may feel mild discomfort afterwards. Expect immediate improvements in arm contour, with final results visible once swelling subsides.


    Recovery generally involves rest, wearing compression garments, and taking prescribed medication for pain management. You'll need to avoid strenuous activities for several weeks. Over time, you'll notice the full results of your newly contoured arms.

    Post-Operative Care

    After surgery, it's crucial to wear compression garments to reduce swelling and support the new arm contours. Rest, avoid strenuous activity, and attend regular follow-up appointments with Dr. Truong to ensure a smooth recovery.

    Addressing Mild To Moderate Issues

    An Arm Lift or Brachioplasty can be beneficial in addressing mild to moderate issues that you may have with your upper arms. Here's how:

    • Excess Skin Removal: If you have mild to moderate excess skin due to aging, weight loss, or genetics, an arm lift can help. The procedure involves removing this excess skin, which can tighten and smooth the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm.
    • Liposuction: In some cases, liposuction might be used alongside an arm lift. This is especially beneficial if you have mild to moderate excess fat in the upper arms. Liposuction can remove this fat, improving the contour of the arm.
    • Limited Incision Arm Lift: For individuals with less severe sagging skin, a limited incision arm lift might be recommended. This procedure involves smaller incisions and can effectively address mild to moderate skin laxity.
    • Short Scar Brachioplasty: If you have minimal to moderate skin laxity and good skin tone, a short scar brachioplasty can be a good option. This procedure targets the proximal arm and results in less visible scarring than a traditional arm lift.

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    Arm Lift FAQs

    How long does recovery from an arm lift take?

    Recovery times can vary based on the individual and the extent of the surgery, but most people can return to non-strenuous work within 2 weeks. Full recovery and resumption of all activities, including exercise, typically occur within 4-6 weeks.

    Will there be scarring from an arm lift?

    Yes, there will be some scarring following an arm lift. However, surgeons typically place these incisions in less noticeable areas, such as the inside or back of the arm. Over time, these scars tend to fade to some degree.

    How can I maintain the results of my arm lift?

    Maintaining a stable weight and keeping a regular exercise routine can help maintain the results of your arm lift. Smoking and excessive sun exposure can also affect your results and should be avoided.

    What are the potential risks of an arm lift procedure?

    Like all surgeries, an arm lift comes with potential risks, including infection, poor wound healing, hematoma, nerve damage, and unfavorable scarring. It's important to discuss these risks with your surgeon before the procedure.

    How long do the results of an arm lift last?

    The results of an arm lift are generally long-lasting, especially when accompanied by a stable weight and regular physical activity. However, it's important to note that the natural aging process can still cause some changes over time.

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