As we age, or after losing a significant amount of weight, the upper arms often begin to sag. An Arm Lift or Brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that lifts, tightens and re-contours the arms by removing excess skin and fat deposits. Arm Lifts do not affect muscle tone, and normal physical activity can be resumed once a patient has fully recovered.

Arm lift surgery has several benefits, and is often performed as part of an after weight-loss or post-bariatric surgical plan. The result is a smooth, lean appearance that typically can’t be achieved with exercise alone. At The South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery, we have a team of leading Ft. Lauderdale surgeons who specialize in post-bariatric cosmetic surgery. And, can perform additional procedures in conjunction with an Arm Lift to achieve the best possible results.

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  • Remove excess skin and fat from arms, giving a more lean and toned appearance.
  • Drastically reshape and contour the arms.
  • Restore elasticity and improve the appearance of dimples or saggy skin.
  • Combine surgery with liposuction of the upper arm and other body contouring procedures to enhance results.

The cost of arm lift surgery depends on several factors, including the complexity of the procedure and the amount of fat and tissue that will be removed.

The South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery is committed to helping our patients find the most convenient payment method for their procedure. We work with three third-party financing companies to offer flexible payment plans with instant approval based upon your credit score.
Through our network of experienced physicians and vendors and our agreements with competitive lenders, we’re confident that we can find a payment option that suits your lifestyle.


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Before & After Brachioplasty

Actual Patients Shown Before And After Surgery. Your Results May Vary.

Procedure done by Dr. Pinnella

    The Brachioplasty Process


    During your initial visit, expect to provide your complete medical history, including all your medications, allergies, and previous surgeries. You’ll also undergo an extensive physical exam and blood tests before your surgeon takes photographs to aid in planning and performing your arm lift. Finally, you’ll receive important instructions to prepare for treatment as well as a realistic explanation of the results you can expect to achieve.


    An arm lift is performed by removing excess skin and tissue, then tightening and re-contouring the arms. Your surgeon will make an incision along the inside of your arm from above the elbow to the underarm or just under the arm. The remaining surface is sculpted and sutured. Your surgeon will determine the appropriate procedure during your preoperative consultation.


    After surgery, you will experience some discomfort once your anesthesia wears off. Our goal is to keep you as comfortable as possible. So, your surgeon will provide you with medication to mitigate any pain and soreness. Most patients recover within a week.

    Post Surgery

    Your arms may be sore and swollen for the first few days. Reaching overhead and gestures requiring you to extend your arms may be uncomfortable for a while. You can resume normal activities after a few days. But you’ll need to wait 4-6 weeks to resume rigorous or athletic activities.

    You will notice a difference in the contour and shape of your arms almost immediately. Results will continue to improve as swelling diminishes.

    An incision is made along the inside of the arm from above the elbow to the underarm or just under the arm if a small amount of skin is being removed. Excess skin and tissue are removed and the remaining surface is sculpted around the arm and sutured.

    Your initial visit with your surgeon will help you prepare for your procedure and get an idea of what to expect during recovery. Your surgeon will also perform a complete physical examination, take blood tests, and take photos of your treatment area during the consultation. Feel free to talk to your doctor about the exact look you are hoping to achieve and any questions you have about your procedure.

    Operating time is generally two to three hours, depending on the scope of your specific situation.

    Our professional M.D. Anesthesiologist administers general anesthesia for all surgical procedures.

    Yes. However, it will be necessary to have someone transport you home and monitor you for at least 24 hours.

    You will be able to resume normal activities within four to five days. You can typically engage in athletic and rigorous activities after four weeks.

    Patient pictures are showing Before and After results are actual patients – Individual results vary. Client Testimonials are based on personal experience and are the opinion of individual clients. Any claims made on this website are intended to provide information about procedures provided here. Realistic Individual results will be discussed with you based on your information with an initial consult with a doctor or health care professional provided for your free consultation. The information provided is NOT intended as medical advice and is for your general knowledge only.