How to Get Rid of Upper Arm Sagging

Flabby arms an happen to anyone and it’s not fair!  Hence, the emergence of a relatively new cosmetic procedure known as brachioplasty.  It aims to eliminate that unwanted saggy skin. So wave goodbye to flabby arms for good and take comfort in the fact that you’re arms won’t jiggle as you wave.

What is it?

Brachioplasty is a form of cosmetic surgery with the primary focus of eliminating loose skin and excess fat in the upper arm region.  Also known as an upper-arm lift, the procedure entails a reshaping of the upper arm from the underarm to the elbow, ultimately lifting and tightening loose skin.  The procedure revolves around the surgeon making an incision that runs from the crease in your armpit to your elbow.  Once the incision is made the surgeon may do a number of things, such as tightening the arms, lifting the skin, removing any excess fat, and tightening arm ligaments.  It is an outpatient procedure that generally takes two hours and requires general anesthesia.

Following surgery, the skin will be sutured and the upper arms will need to be wrapped in an elastic sleeve in order to ensure a healthy recovery and to keep swelling at a minimum.  Undoubtedly, patients will have limited use of their arms immediately following the surgery and must take extreme caution over the next couple of weeks when it comes to lifting things and extending the arms.  If your stitches are not absorbable, then you’ll have to return to your surgeon within the two weeks of initial recovery in order to have them removed.  Depending on your surgeon, he  may request you follow a regimen of light exercise and stretching in an effort to prevent any loss of range or motion of the arms.  Otherwise, any other type of strenuous activity of exercise is discouraged for two weeks following the procedure.

Who needs it?

Brachioplasty is ideal for those who have sagging on the upper arms due to aging, genetics, or weight loss.  The best and most common candidates for surgery are those that have lost an extreme amount of weight, such as those who have had recently undergone weight loss surgery.  Naturally, skin stretches to accommodate an increase in weight. So when a drastic amount of weight is diminished, the skin sags because it is already stretched out.

An upper-arm lift is primarily meant to correct loose, sagging skin, which means if the skin on your upper arms is fairly tight but you have an excess of fat in that area, brachioplasty may not be the best procedure.  In that case, liposuction would be the preferred method of cosmetic surgery, which is also good news for you because you won’t have to deal with any scars.


Brachioplasty will be most beneficial to those who have extremely loose and flabby skin on their upper arms.  If you’ve grown self-conscious about that extra flab, then an upper-arm lift can produce great results, as it contours your arms for a more youthful and healthy appearance.

The dramatic results that brachioplasty can produce are impressive, considering that you’ll be able to return home the same day as the procedure and you’ll be able to return to work in about 3 to 7 days (unless your job requires you to load and unload heavy cargo).


The biggest drawback to the procedure is that it comes with a fairly noticeable scar that runs from your armpit to your elbow, or in extreme cases, past your elbow.  While the scar should be located in the least conspicuous part of the arm (inner arm toward the back), the sheer length of it will ensure some visibility.  Therefore, if you’re skin is only slightly saggy under the arms, it might not be worth it to undergo brachioplasty.  Furthermore, the scars can take up to 24 months to fade (depending on the quality of your skin) and swelling will usually last for up to 3 to 6 months.

The bottom line

An upper-arm lift is meant to tighten lax skin on the arms, with a secondary focus on removing excess fat.  Therefore, if your prime target is removing excess fat from your upper arms, it would be best to undergo liposuction.  Still, in many cases, brachioplasty is well worth the scar it brings, as it can raise confidence for those that have felt oppressed by their flabby arms.

The information in the article is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your healthcare provider. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care with an appropriate healthcare provider.

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