Arm Lift

Arm Lift in Houston and The Woodlands

Brachioplasty surgery, also known as an arm lift, removes excess skin and fat from the arms after severe weight loss or after the skin has simply lost its elasticity.  Stubborn pockets of fat or trouble areas in the arms, which are often genetic, can also be removed by the same process.  Often, after the skin has lost its elasticity, it will not bounce back, and the only remedy is to excise it.


There are several different forms of an arm lift, and which technique is used will be tailored to meet your individual needs and goals.  Dr. Linville performs nearly all arm lifts with liposuction, which helps contour the arms but also helps protect the sensory nerves that can be damaged during this procedure, and actually helps decrease operative time.

  • Full brachioplasty – the classic arm lift, with an incision from the armpit to the elbow, which removes the skin and fat and tightens the skin.
  • Extended brachioplasty – usually this type of arm lift extends past the elbow, and also into the axilla
  • Short Scar brachioplasty – Sometimes stubborn fat pockets or extra skin affect the upper arm more than the entire length of the arm, and it is possible to get achieve the desired results with use of a shorter scar than the entire length of the arm.
  • Brachioplasty with axillary extension – occasionally the extra skin will extend into the axilla (armpit) and the excision of skin will need to extend into the armpit and sometimes even down the chest wall in order to achieve maximum effect.

Incision Location

Incisions for brachioplasty surgery are placed on the inner arm, usually between the biceps muscle and triceps muscle so that it’s hidden.  Dr. Linville will occasionally move this incision even more towards the back of the arm, or posteriorly, so that it’s hidden when the arm is resting against the body.
Short-scar techniques will be used when at all possible to minimize scarring on the arms.


It is important to limit upper arm activity for at least two weeks while the incisions heal.  Compressive garments will be used to help keep down swelling and edema.  Overall, incisions take 4-6 weeks to complete the healing process, so full activity is not allowed until that time.

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