Avon Center for Aesthetic Surgery - David A. Novotny, MD


What Is An Arm Lift?
An arm lift is a surgical procedure that reshapes the under portion of the upper arm, from the underarm region to the elbow. Technically called brachioplasty, the procedure is performed to:

  • Reduce excess sagging skin that droops downward when the arm is extended away from the body
  • Tighten and smooth the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm

In addition, any localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region may be reduced through brachioplasty, most commonly in conjunction with liposuction techniques.

The conditions treated with brachioplasty may develop in both men and women, most often due to loss of elasticity in the skin and underlying tissue of the upper arm. This may also result from the natural changes that occur with aging, heredity or a combination of both.

Where Do I Begin?
A consultation with Dr. Novotny is the first step to learn how arm lift surgery can help achieve a smoother, more normal contour of the arm. A consultation is designed to fully educate you about arm lift surgery in a non-pressured environment, and will include:

  • A discussion of your goals and an evaluation of your individual case
  • The options available in arm lift surgery
  • The likely outcomes of arm lift surgery and any risks or potential complications
  • The course of treatment recommended by Dr. Novotny
  • Dr. Novotny will also answer any of your questions


An armlift surgically reshapes the upper ark by reducing excess skinand fat, and tightening the underlying tissue. Incisions are generally placed on the inside of the upper arm and may extend from the underarm (axilla) to just above the elbow. Depending on your specific conditions, incisions may be more limited.
The smoother, tighter contours that result from brachioplasty are apparent almost immediately following the procedure, although initial results will be somewhat obscured by swelling and bruising. Your new, shapely and toned upper arm is dramatically improved both in appearance and feel.


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