Arm Lift

Whether you’re dealing with sagging, loose skin on your arms due to genetics, age, skin elasticity changes, or significant weight loss, an arm lift at Dr. Andrews Plastic Surgery may be able to benefit you. This procedure can tighten and reshape the tissues to give you the sculpted arms you’ve always wanted.

What is An Arm Lift?

An arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty, is a surgical cosmetic procedure used to reduce excess sagging or droopy skin on the arms, tighten and smooth the supportive tissues, and reduce fat pockets in the upper arm area.

Who is a Good Candidate For An Arm Lift?

Many people are good candidates for an arm lift. If you’re dealing with unwanted pockets of fat in your upper arms, sagging or drooping skin (often called “bat wings”) hanging from your arms when you raise them, or changes in skin elasticity in that area, an arm lift may be right for you.

Other qualifications necessary to be a candidate for an arm lift include:

  • Being a nonsmoker
  • At a stable weight
  • In generally good health
  • Not having certain medical conditions that could increase the risk of complications
  • Having realistic expectations

The Arm Lift Procedure

The arm lift procedure will start off with the administration of general anesthesia to ensure your comfort. From there, Dr. Andrews will make an incision on the inside or back of the arm. How big the incision is depends on how extensive the surgery is. He will then remove excess skin and fat, and sutures will be used to tighten and reshape the supportive tissues. The incisions are then closed, and you will begin your recovery journey. The whole procedure takes about three hours in total. Although, it may take longer if you combine your arm lift with other procedures.


As you begin your recovery, Dr. Andrews will give you post-op instructions on how to take care of your incisions and the steps to take to ensure proper healing. This will include things like elevating your arms on pillows, getting plenty of rest, and avoiding strenuous activities and heavy lifting.

Dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions, and your arms will be wrapped in a compression garment to help with swelling. You may need to wear this garment for several weeks. You’ll also be prescribed pain medications for your comfort.

You’ll see some improvement in the look of your arms immediately, but as the swelling goes down in the weeks and months after your arm lift, you’ll see more noticeable results.

board-certified plastic surgeon


Dr. Kahlil Andrews is a board-certified plastic surgeon from Los Angeles specializing in plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

At his location in Coralville, Iowa, Dr. Andrews’ academic and technical achievements are only exceeded by his commitment to patient care. Whether they are seeking reconstructive breast surgery, outpatient injectable treatment, or a full-blown mommy makeover, Dr. Andrews gives his full attention and focus on achieving excellent patient outcomes.



I went to see Dr. Andrews recently. The entire staff was welcoming and friendly. Dr. Andrews took the time to explain to me my options and answered all my questions. I can’t wait to have my procedure. – Aleigha De Leon

I was treated better and with more respect than in any medical setting, I have previously experienced. They were compassionate, knowledgeable, and informative. I strongly recommend Dr. Andrews and his very capable team! – Sophia Joseph


Schedule a Consultation

Loose, sagging skin on the arms can affect your confidence and self-esteem. With an arm lift, you can say goodbye to “bat wings” and hello to firmer, contoured arms. Take the first step and schedule a consultation with Dr. Andrews today. He will build a customized arm lift treatment plan to help you reach your aesthetic goals.

To schedule a consultation at our Coralville, IA office, call us at (319) 800-6877 or use our online scheduling form.

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