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Upper Arm Lift

If you feel that you have too much excess skin on the back of your upper arms, and the skin is sagging due to aging, weight loss or a genetic predisposition, consider having an upper arm lift at Sinno Plastic Surgery. Dr. Fady Sinno is an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who helps women and men from Columbia and Baltimore, MD have firmer, more contoured upper arms.

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We can help you achieve the look you want. Request your consultation online with Dr. Fady Sinno or call us at (410) 884-4200 or (410) 751-2348 (Westminster). Dr. Sinno has offices near Baltimore, Annapolis, and Frederick.

Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)
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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
  • Brachioplasty (Arm Lift) case 77
    Brachioplasty (Arm Lift) case 77

    Case #77

    45 year old post-bariatric surgery patient. Bilateral Upper Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) was performed. View Case 

  • Brachioplasty (Arm Lift) case 76
    Brachioplasty (Arm Lift) case 76

    Case #76

    This is a 57 year old active woman who desired arm contouring. Bilateral Brachioplasty (Arm Lift) with Liposuction was done. The post-op... View Case 

About Upper Arm Lift

An upper arm lift is an operation that tightens the soft tissues of the upper arm by removing the loose skin and excess fat. The best candidate for the procedure is someone in good health who has excessive skin sagging or laxity in the upper arms. This is very common after massive weight loss.

Dr. Sinno

Dr. Sinno

Fady Sinno, MD, FACS, has over 20 years of plastic surgery experience. Dr. Sinno is admired for his commitment to natural results, comfort and safety.

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What to Expect

At the Sinno Center for Plastic Surgery, we usually perform the procedure using general anesthesia. In order to remove the unwanted skin, an incision is required that runs from near the elbow, along the back of the arm, into the armpit.

We are careful to place the incision in the most inconspicuous location—toward the back of the inner arm. In some patients, the incision can be concealed completely in the armpit. The arm lift procedure is frequently combined with liposuction to provide additional contouring.



After your procedure, you should expect to experience some swelling and bruising. Your upper arms are either wrapped or placed in an elastic sleeve to reduce swelling. The dressings put on at the time of surgery usually stay in place for several days.

Dr. Sinno will change them at your post-op office visit. Once Dr. Sinno removes the dressings, you may wash or shower. Water and cleanliness will help you, not harm you.

Initial healing usually occurs within 10-14 days. Sutures (stitches) are usually absorbable or removed within 2 weeks. Swelling and bruising gradually disappear over 3 to 4 weeks. All swelling is gone in 3 to 6 months.


Initially, your surgical scars will appear red or dark pink. They will start out looking very narrow, but may widen over time. This is something that cannot be predicted or controlled. Your surgical scars will fade in 6 to 24 months, depending on your skin tone and color.

Bear in mind that healing is not always even from side to side. This mild asymmetry is usually not cosmetically significant. If the asymmetry is significant, additional surgery to help reduce scarring may be considered.

On rare occasions, surgical interference with the body's lymph drainage system may require use of a compression "stocking" for the upper arm after surgery. This problem, if it occurs, is minor and does not last long.


Use your arms carefully and gently until after you get clearance for full activities, usually in 3 to 4 weeks.

You can probably drive as soon as you are comfortable doing so. Let you body "tell" you when you are ready. If you have questions, don't hesitate to ask our staff.


The tightening of the arms is permanent, as long as no major weight gains occur. The scars make take 2 years to fade but they never disappear completely. The results are long lasting if you don't gain excessive weight. For abdominal tightening, Dr. Sinno may suggest a tummy tuck as well as arm lift.

Next Steps

Are you ready to find out more about upper arm lift surgery? Request your consultation online with Dr. Fady Sinno or call us at (410) 884-4200 or (410) 751-2348 (Westminster). His offices are conveniently located near Baltimore, Annapolis, and Frederick.

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    Phone: (410) 884-4200

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