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Dr. Larry A, Sargent Plastic Surgeon Salt Lake City Utah


What Is An Arm Lift?

An arm lift procedure or Brachioplasty at Sargent Plastic Surgery in Salt Lake City and Bountiful, Utah, is an operation designed to reduce and reshape the upper arms from the armpit to the elbow. A Brachioplasty reduces excess sagging skin and fat to help tighten, smooth and reshape the upper arm.

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Am I A Candidate For An Arm Lift?

If you are unhappy with the size, shape and saggy appearance of your upper arms you could be a candidate for a brachioplasty. This type of procedure is frequently performed after significant weight loss. However, there is scarring that is present on the inner portion of the arm.  

In general, good candidates for this procedure are:

  • At a stable weight and not significantly overweight

  • Unhappy with the appearance of their upper arms due to losing and sagging excess skin and fat

  • Healthy individual, non-smokers

  • Realistic expectations and understand a scar is present on inner arms

The Procedure

This operation is usually performed as an outpatient under IV sedation or general anesthesia. It is carefully marked out in the standing position. The excess skin and fat are removed using an elliptical excision starting in the armpit and extending to the elbow. The scar is designed to be on the inner-posterior aspect of the arm, so it will be the least noticeable unless the arms are extended. The result is a tightened, better shaped upper arm.

Brachioplasty 1 Larry Sargent MD
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All Procedures Shown were done by Dr. Larry A Sargent MD FACS

What Is The Recovery After An Arm Lift?

After the procedure, you will be able to return home with bandages on your upper arms. Compression garments are helpful to keep down bruising and swelling. Moderate discomfort is to be expected. You will need to refrain from physical activity or lifting for several weeks. Most people return to work in 2 weeks and resume normal activity or exercising in 6 weeks.

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Length Of Operation

Usually one to three hours


Usually intravenous sedation or general anesthesia

Length Of Stay

Outpatient, home the same day


  • Mild to moderate discomfort first 2-3 days

  • Mild to moderate swelling and bruising

  • Back to work in 10-14 days

  • No exercising for six weeks

  • Compression garment on arms recommended for several weeks


Visible on underarms extending from armpit to elbow

Risks / Possible Complications

Severe complications are unlikely
Possible risks include the following:

  • Infection

  • Hematoma-collection of blood beneath skin

  • Numbness in arms-usually temporary

  • Slow wound healing

Related Procedures

  • Liposuction

  • Abdominoplasty

  • Mommy Makeover

  • Mastopexy

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