Arm Lift/Brachioplasty

With the health concerns and social issues surrounding obesity and weight problems in this country, more people are losing dramatic amounts of weight through diet, exercise, and/or bariatric surgery. Regardless of the method, losing a dramatic amount of weight can leave skin sagging and loose. An arm lift (brachioplasty) improves the contour of the upper arm and dramatically improves the appearance and feel of the skin on the arm. Incisions are placed under the inner arm in the natural body contours.

Am I a good candidate for an arm lift?

Patients in the Harrisburg area who have excess skin of the arms may be a good candidate for surgery if their skin quality is good and they are in overall good health. Patients should be at or near their goal weight for a period of 3—6 months. In addition, patients should be non-smokers or willing to quit for surgery. In some cases, liposuction or SmartLipo MPX can be added to remove areas of fat during the arm lift surgery.

What is the recovery like?

Recovery from an arm lift generally requires 7-10 days off work and avoidance of strenuous activity. When patients return to work or other activities, they are restricted from heavy weight lifting and aerobic exercise for 3-5 weeks. Patients have some discomfort post-op which is diminished by the narcotic pain medication. A compression garment is worn for 4 weeks postoperatively to reduce swelling and provide support. Although recovery can be long, patients find the time is worth the outcome.

Dr. de Ramón has a specially trained medical staff to offer personal care throughout the recovery process. Post-op patients are also given his personal cell phone number to contact him in case of problems or questions.

What is the cost of an arm lift?

An arm lift is performed as an outpatient in a surgery center in the Harrisburg, PA area. Fees for an arm lift include physicians fees, facility fees and anesthesia fees (fees can vary if more than the average time is needed in the operating room). The total fees range from $7700-8200.


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