An upper arm lift, also called brachioplasty, is a procedure designed to tighten the skin of the upper arm to give a more toned appearance. Loose and hanging upper arm skin can be an embarrassment especially in sleeveless clothing. The skin of  the upper arm loses its elasticity as part of the normal aging process. Unfortunately, no amount of arm exercises or weight loss will completely reverse this process. In people who have lost a significant amount of weight this process can be seen even earlier in life.

Arm Lift Consultation

Two decisions have to be made in planning for this surgery. The first decision is whether or not liposuction is necessary? As part of his brachioplasty procedure, Dr. Hubbard often performs liposuction first, then removes the excess skin. In patients with upper arm fullness and skin laxity, this allows for more skin removal and greater improvement in contour. The second and most important decision concerns scar length and scar placement. Unlike many cosmetic surgeries, there is no place to hide a scar on your arm. There are many less obvious locations to put the scar and some patients may be well served by a “short scar” arm lift, but in the end, arm lift surgery is a trade of improved contour for a scar.

Arm Lift Surgery & Recovery

Arm lift surgery can be performed under sedation or general anesthesia depending on the degree of skin excess and patient preference. The procedure lasts approximately 2 hours, and afterword patient can return home the same day. If liposuction is performed, a drain is left in place for approximately one week. No stitches will have to be removed, as only absorbable suture material is used.

Swelling and bruising are common after surgery, but resolve quickly within two weeks. Patients are fitted with compressive garments to help reduce swelling and increase the rate of recovery.  Heavily lifting and repetitive arm exercise should be limited in the first month following surgery.

Trading a scar for thin, a toned arm is a personal decision only you can make. This decision is not always an easy one to make. Even if undecided, Dr. Hubbard would be happy to help you determine if your goals and expectations match what an arm lift procedure can provide.

During your consultation Dr. Hubbard will discuss with you your goals and expectations and determine if this is the right procedure for you. To schedule your private consultation with Dr. Hubbard please email our office  or call directly at 214.370.4813.

  • Lori Webb

    Dr. Hubbard is very compassionate about the work he does, he treats you like family not just a patient. I have and will continue recommending him to family and friends. He is very professional and respectful and does awesome work. Best decision I ever made.
  • Crys M

    Dr. Hubbard is amazing! He's such a great plastic surgeon! His bedside manner is top notch! I will always use Dr. Hubbard for any procedure I need! He really takes time to truly listen to the patients needs & wants. I'm love him, I love his staff! Julie, his office manager is a sweetheart!
  • Perika Williams

    My daughter was a patient of Dr. Hubbard and I must say that she loved him!!!!! She had an unfortunate accident and cut her leg open and had to get 13 stitches and it left a very ugly scar that she was very self conscious of. We went to see Dr. Hubbard and he assured us that he could get rid of the scar and he did just that. It was a painless in office process and he made the experience very pleasant for her. She was up and walking around within hours of the procedure. The follow up care was excellent and the staff just wonderful. I would recommend Dr. Hubbard and his staff to anyone looking for a plastic surgeon.....
  • Heather Burdett

    My experience with Dr. Hubbard was awesome!! From the first office visit to the follow-up he has answered every question. Dr. Hubbard has great bed side manner, and his staff was wonderful during the whole process as well. I will use Dr. Hubbard again if I need any other surgeries. I LOVE my results and the great job he did on my surgery.
  • Lori Priest Webb

    Dr. Hubbard is very compassionate about what he does, he is very honest and makes you feel like you are family. I have and will continue recommending him to any friend or family member. He very respectful and sincere. Best decision I ever made was going to see and having Dr. Hubbard do my procedure. Julie is the best office manager I have ever met she keeps things running smoothly and checks to make sure you are doing great.
    October 13, 2014
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    He is great. Kind and professional. Understated. Doesn’t try and “sell” you anything. He is there for you. Spent an hour with me on the first visit. Julie, his office manager, is the best.
  • J Walk

    Breast Augmentation
    Dr. Hubbard has THE BEST bedside manners I have EVER experienced with any dr!!! He genuially cares & is so sincere about every individual patients needs!! His work staff & family are very lucky and blessed to have such a remarkable Dr. In their lives! Can’t wait for him to do my next procedure!! Highly recommend him to anyone!!!!!