Arm Contouring  at UTMB Health

Arm Contouring

Arm contouring, also called brachiaplasty or an arm lift, is a surgical procedure that reshapes the under portion of the upper arm, from the underarm region to the elbow.

Arm Contouring / Arm Lift

There are many causes of sagging skin in the upper arms, from aging to genetics to weight loss. Having arm contouring (or an arm lift) is an opportunity to achieve more toned, defined arms. This reduces excess sagging skin that droops downward, tightens and smooths the underlying supportive tissue that defines the upper arm‘s shape, and reduces localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region. Individuals desiring a decrease in size of their upper arms and may also want to consider combining with arm liposuction as well.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why would I need/want this service?

​You might be a good candidate for an arm lift if you have significant laxity in your upper arm and desire a smoother, more streamlined appearance. Candidates should be physically healthy, maintain a stable weight, and should not smoke. ​

What to expect if I get this done?

​The results of an arm lift surgery will be almost immediately apparent, as you will have smoother, tighter contours in the arms. Swelling and bruising will initially be present, but will subside to reveal your final results. You will have a scar where the incision was made, but this should fade to become less noticeable over time. ​

What should I expect before my procedure?

A consultation with one of our surgeons will be the best way to determine if you are a candidate for an arm lift and what steps you will need to take prior to surgery. You will get to review before and after pictures of other patients with similar body types to get an idea of what your result may look like. The surgery is performed under local or general anesthesia and typically takes up to three hours.

What should I expect after my surgery?

Your arms will be covered in dressings or bandages and may also be wrapped in an elastic bandage or compression garment to minimize swelling. A slim tube may be placed under the skin to provide drainage temporarily. You will receive instructions to follow at home and prescriptions for medication, and schedule a follow-up appointment with your surgeon. You should expect to keep your support garments on per your surgeon’s instruction, and limit activity. You should be ready to return to some activities within two weeks, and all normal activities within six weeks. Be sure to follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully.

Will I have scars following an arm lift?

In a traditional arm lift, you will have a scar between the armpit and the elbow on the back or inside of the arm. However, in healthy patients, these scars should gradually fade over time. It’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions to have the best results as you heal.

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Arm Contouring at UTMB Health

Why Choose UTMB?


The UTMB Health team at Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics is here to help you fulfill your dreams. Our board-certified/board-eligible surgeons have extensive training and experience in each of their respective specialties. Our dermatologists are leaders in their field, employing the newest and best techniques and tools. Together, the team can address any concerns you may have with your appearance and work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan based upon your unique physical features, skin, age, and personal goals.

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(832) 505-0777