What is an Arm Lift?arm lift tampa

Skin laxity of the upper arms can occur for many reasons, including significant weight loss and the natural process of aging. This condition is medically referred to as a Brachioplasty. An arm lift surgery performed by our experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Shienbaum, is a surgical procedure that reduces excess sagging skin by tightening and smoothing the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm and reducing any localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region for a trimmer and more flattering silhouette.

Who is a Good Candidate for an Arm Lift?

Patients with underarm laxity and who have lost a large amount of weight can often benefit from this procedure. This extra skin usually occurs as a result of the stretching of the skin. Good candidates will be nonsmokers who are committed to a healthy diet and lifestyle. A consultation with Dr. Shienbaum can help to determine if this procedure is right for you.

At Brandon Plastic Surgery the types of Arm-lifts that are offered include:

Traditional Arm-lift: For the traditional form of this procedure, Dr. Shienbaum will remove a large amount of skin and fatty tissue from the armpit extending to the elbow. This is the most effective option for patients with significant amounts of excess skin and fat on the whole upper arm.

Hidden Arm-lift (limited incision Brachioplasty): In order to avoid large incisions, this procedure is sometimes used with liposuction. A hidden arm-lift involves a surgical incision that can be made in the crease of the underarm. This procedure can be an effective option for patients with a moderate amount excess of fat.

Vaser Ultrasonic Liposuction: For more control and contouring, Vaser liposuction can be used to reshape the arm for some patients. It requires a small incision and short recovery time. Liposuction methods to slim the arm typically work best for patients who retain a certain level of good skin elasticity and minimal excess skin.

ArmTite: This new minimally-invasive, outpatient, ground-breaking procedure combines both Vaser Ultrasonic and BodyTite Radiofrequency heat and energy to sculpt tighter arms. ArmTite is a minimally-invasive surgery performed using local anesthesia. The BodyTite system utilizes radiofrequency-assisted liposuction, which eases the removal of fat while tightening loose skin for a better contour and shape to arm.


Compression garments and wraps will need to be worn to help minimize swelling. Swelling, redness, and bruising may occur. Following your arm lift procedure, you will need to rest and recover. Dr. Shienbaum will explain to you what to expect during recovery, and when you can return to exercise and work after your procedure.

Schedule Your Arm Lift Consultation

Making the decision to have an arm lift, like most surgeries, is an important personal decision. However, learning more about the procedure, results, and recovery from an experienced plastic surgeon can help you make that decision.

If you are interested in this procedure, we encourage you to call Brandon Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shienbaum. Our office is located in the Tampa Bay Area within a convenient distance from Brandon, Riverview, Lakeland and Tampa.