What Is an Arm Lift?

An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a cosmetic surgery to reshape, resculpt, and refine the appearance of the upper arms. Ideal for individuals with sagging skin due to weight loss or aging, an arm lift removes excess skin and fat, creating a toned and contoured look. Arm lift surgery in Raleigh & Cary, NC with Dr. Anu Antony is always a customized, individually crafted surgery. It is carefully planned to remove loose skin and excess fat between the underarm and elbow. Unfortunately, exercise and dieting cannot resolve the lack of skin elasticity or more extensive fatty deposits.

Are You a Candidate for an Arm Lift?

Ideal candidates for an arm lift (brachioplasty) in the Raleigh & Cary, NC area with Dr. Anu Antony are individuals with significant loose, sagging skin and excess fat in the upper arms, typically resulting from substantial weight fluctuations or related to aging. Suitable candidates should be at or near their ideal body weight, be non-smokers, and have no medical conditions that could impair healing.

It is vital to have realistic expectations regarding arm lift surgery. While the surgery significantly improves arm contour and boosts confidence, it also leaves a surgical scar hidden in the underside of the upper arms. Candidates should also be committed to maintaining a stable weight and healthy lifestyle to maintain the transformation.

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What Can an Arm Lift Treat?

  • Excess Skin: This procedure removes loose, sagging skin that may result from weight loss or loss of skin elasticity due to aging.
  • Stubborn Fat Deposits: Targets and removes stubborn fat in the upper arm region.
  • Enhanced Confidence: Boosts self-esteem and body image by improving the appearance of the upper arms, allowing you to wear sleeveless garments, knowing you look your best.
  • Contour Definition: Enhances the overall shape and tone of the arms, creating a more defined and aesthetically pleasing arm contour.
  • Improved Comfort: Reduces the friction caused by excess skin and fat, increasing comfort in garments during physical activities.
  • Skin Laxity: Tightens and firms the underlying supportive tissues that define the shape of the arm.

What Is the Arm Lift Procedure?


Dr. Anu Antony begins with a thorough evaluation, during which we discuss your aesthetic goals for your arms and what you envision as an outcome. This consultation helps determine the best surgical approach to achieving your vision.


Arm lift surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia, which ensures comfort and pain-free throughout the procedure.


Depending on the amount of excess skin, incisions are generally made on the inside or back of the arm and may extend from the underarm to just above the elbow. Dr. Antony places these incisions strategically to minimize visible scarring.


Excess fat may be removed via liposuction, and underlying supportive tissue is tightened and reshaped with internal sutures. Excess skin is then trimmed away, creating a smoother arm contour.


The incisions are closed with sutures, and the skin is smoothed over the new arm contour. Dr. Antony may use absorbable or external sutures, which are removed after a few weeks.

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What is the Recovery Time After an Arm Lift?

  • Post-Operative Care: Immediately after the surgery, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions, and elastic bandages or compression garments are used to help minimize swelling.
  • Recovery Time: Recovery varies by individual, but most patients can return to non-strenuous activities within a week. Resuming vigorous exercise or lifting heavy items will require several weeks.
  • Long-Term Care: Dr. Antony provides detailed aftercare instructions and schedules follow-up appointments to ensure proper healing and optimal results.

Why Choose Dr. Anu Antony for Your Arm Lift?

Choosing Dr. Anu Antony for your arm lift surgery in Raleigh & Cary, NC means selecting a surgeon committed to achieving aesthetic excellence. Her expertise in skin tightening and body contouring ensures that results are effective but also lovely and natural-looking. Dr. Antony’s focus on minimal scarring and meticulous post-operative care helps you achieve the best possible outcomes with minimal downtime.

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