University of Virginia Plastic Surgery
1300 Jefferson Park Avenue 4th Floor
Charlottesville, VA 22908
Phone: (434) 924-1234
Location Hours: Monday–Friday | 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Arm Lift

Weight loss and exercise may slim and tone the arms, but do little to tighten lax skin. When skin on the upper arms has lost its elasticity due the natural aging process or significant weight changes, an arm lift at UVA Plastic Surgery in Charlottesville and Fishersville is likely the best solution for patients from Richmond, Roanoke, and surrounding areas. Our experienced plastic surgeons use the latest evidence-based techniques for optimal healing and results.

Who is a candidate for arm lift surgery?

Adults who are in good health, are at or near a healthy weight, and want to tighten loose skin on the upper arms make good candidates for an arm lift. This procedure may be performed along with other procedures, such as a thigh lift and an extended tummy tuck, as part of a comprehensive body contouring plan after significant weight loss.

How is arm lift surgery performed?

Our plastic surgeons typically perform arm lift surgery as outpatient surgery using local anesthetic with IV sedation or general anesthetic. Incisions are placed along the inner arms running from the armpit to the elbow, where the resulting scars will not be obvious. After removing excess skin, the surgeon closes the incisions with meticulous care.

What can I expect after an arm lift?

It is common to initially experience a feeling of tightness in the upper arms due to swelling. The hands may swell and tingle as well. These symptoms typically fade within a few weeks of surgery.

How long does it take to recover from an arm lift?

Patients are usually ready to return to non-strenuous jobs within 1 to 2 weeks.

Are you ready to find out more?

To meet with one of the world-class plastic surgeons at UVA Plastic Surgery in Charlottesville or Fishersville, request a consultation using our online form or call (434) 924-1234 for an appointment.