Arm Lift

Men and women who notice excess skin and lingering fat around the upper arms may be interested in what an arm lift can do for them. Also known as brachioplasty, an arm lift can tighten and tone the appearance of the upper arms for a fitter and younger look.

Dr. Alexander Nein is a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in body contouring. Dr. Nein’s diverse background includes engineering as well as medical expertise, lending him the aesthetic eye to deliver optimal cosmetic results. In addition to arm lift surgery, Dr. Nein offers a full breadth of cosmetic surgeries for the face and body, helping men and women throughout the Nashville area look and feel their best.

If you’re ready to learn more, please contact us online today, or call 615-327-0201 to schedule your arm lift consultation at our Nashville plastic surgery practice. We have patients travel to us from all parts of Tennessee including Franklin, Clarksville, Murfreesboro and other communities.

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Considering an Arm Lift?

The best arm lift candidates are men or women with significant skin laxity in the upper arms. Candidates can be adults of any age who are in good general health and have realistic expectations about their results. Patients should also reach their goal weight prior to undergoing arm lift surgery, as this procedure is not a weight loss alternative.

Because baggy skin and lingering fatty tissue are common following weight loss, many arm lift patients are men and women who have lost a significant amount of weight. Depending on your existing contours, Dr. Nein may also suggest liposuction in conjunction with an arm lift to treat stubborn bulges of subcutaneous fat in the upper arms. If weight loss has affected other areas of the body as well, additional body contouring such as a thigh or buttocks lift or tummy tuck may be recommended.

The best arm lift results are seen in healthy candidates who wish to address drooping skin under the upper arms due to either age or weight loss. You can see examples of the arm lift results that are possible in our before & after photo gallery.

At A Glance
Procedure Length Varies depending on the approach used for each patient.
Anesthesia General
In/Outpatient Outpatient
Side Effects Swelling and bruising, some discomfort around the incision.
Risks Infection, poor wound healing or adverse scarring. Fluid accumulation can occur. Sutures may irritate the skin. Numbness or other changes in skin sensation are possible.
Recovery Back to work: 1 to 2 weeks. Back to more active exercise: A month or more.
Duration of Results Long-lasting, although weight fluctuations and age can continue to effect the laxity of your skin and the presence of fatty deposits in the upper arms.
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Planning Your Surgery

The first step in preparing for your arm lift surgery is scheduling a consultation with Dr. Nein. During your consultation, you can discuss your goals and expectations for arm lift surgery as well as any concerns you may have.

Dr. Nein will also take this time to evaluate the condition of your upper arms and explain how the procedure may impact your arm contours. He will ask you questions about your general health and may recommend abstaining from certain medications or substances prior to surgery. Depending on your cosmetic goals, he may suggest additional procedures as well.

He will also explain the steps of the surgery itself, including where the incisions will be placed and the process he will use to lift the muscle and tissue of your upper arms. If your surgery is performed in conjunction with liposuction, he will also suggest ideal locations for liposuction incisions.

Your consultation is an ideal opportunity for you to speak one-on-one with Dr. Nein and ask him any questions you may have regarding arm lift surgery. However, if you think of additional questions or concerns at another time, feel free to contact us so that we can assist you throughout all stages of your arm lift process.

Your Recovery & Results

Immediately following surgery, you can expect some amount of bruising and swelling. Discomfort is to be expected, but can usually be easily controlled with oral medications. Dr. Nein may conceal your arms with wraps or compression garments that you should continue to wear as directed.

Bruising and swelling tends to peak after the first 36 to 48 hours and subsides over the next 1 to 2 weeks. Although patients can usually return to work after only 1 to 2 weeks, it’s important to ease slowly back into an exercise or activity routine over the following 1 to 2 months. Dr. Nein will provide detailed post-operative care instructions and will gladly answer any questions as you proceed through recovery.

Once your recovery process is complete, your arms should appear more toned with smoother contours. Without the baggage of noticeable excess skin and fatty tissue, arm lift surgery patients often feel rejuvenated, fitter and younger. Many patients find that their wardrobe options expand after an arm lift as they can once again enjoy T-shirts, tank tops or beach wear without feeling self-conscious about the appearance of their arms. This can help men and women gain an increase in confidence and a more positive body image.