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Arm lift surgery, also known as “brachioplasty,” improves the appearance of the upper arms by removing excess tissue. Loose, sagging skin often develops as a result of significant weight loss, or it may be a result of the natural aging process. Stubborn fat accumulations may hang limply, and every movement may cause your upper arms to swing back and forth. Arm Lift Surgery with Dr. Pollack in San Diego can improve the appearance of the arms and eliminate the dreaded “bat wings,” and removes excess skin and fat from the upper arms.


The best candidates for arm lift surgery are individuals in good health overall who have realistic expectations of the procedure. Potential patients often identify with some or all of the following conditions:

  • Excess skin on the upper arms
  • Stubborn fat deposits in the arms
  • At or close to their ideal body weight


Dr. Pollack makes an incision on the underside of the arm that may extend from the armpit to the elbow. The length of this incision will depend on the extent of correction needed as well as individual patient circumstances. After tightening the underlying tissues, Dr. Pollack removes any excess skin and fat and then closes the incisions.


When you meet with Dr. Pollack during your initial consultation, you will discuss your goals and concerns with him in detail, and he will customize the arm lift procedure to meet your needs and desires. He will answer any questions you may have and make sure that you completely understand everything about the procedure.

Recovery, Risks, and Results

After the procedure, your arms will be wrapped in bandages and compression garments. Patients may experience some pain and discomfort for a few days that can be alleviated by prescribed pain medication. Most patients feel well enough to return to work in about a week, but they should avoid exercise, strenuous activity, and heavy lifting for the first few weeks.

As with all procedures, there is a risk of complications with arm lift surgery. Infection, damaged nerves, and blood clots may occur if patients do not follow proper postoperative instructions. To increase the chances of a safe recovery and optimum results, patients should undergo their procedure with an experienced surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).

The results of arm lift surgery are very noticeable, and patients generally experience increased confidence as a result of their more slender, toned arms. Maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise can significantly increase the endurance of your results.

Average Cost

The cost of arm lift surgery depends on a variety of factors, including the condition of the patient and how much excess skin and fat needs to be removed.

If you are interested in attaining more toned, slender arms with arm lift surgery, we encourage you to schedule your consultation at Del Mar Plastic Surgery. Call (858) 450-9100 or fill out our online contact form today. Dr. Pollack is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Dr. Pollack is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the California Society of Plastic Surgeons (CSPS), and he is committed to providing his patients with the utmost care and support.

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Dr. Pollack is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is dedicated to providing patients with safe and effective procedures. He has over 20 years of experience in the field of plastic surgery and looks forward to meeting you. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Pollack, please call our La Jolla practice at 858-450-9100 today.