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Arm Lift


The arm lift is a body contouring procedure designed to remove excess skin from the upper arms for a more toned and sculpted appearance. At Pasadena Cosmetic Surgery, our team has helped many Los Angeles area patients reshape their arms with this highly effective and rewarding procedure. Our goal is to reduce the circumference of the arm and tighten loose skin for a more youthful look. Dr. Martin O’Toole combines more than 20 years of skill and experience with a keen artistic eye to deliver arm lift results that look very natural.

Arm Lift Plastic Surgery

Los Angeles & Pasadena California

Purpose of an Arm Lift

Arm lift surgery, or brachioplasty, addresses excess fat and sagging skin around the biceps and triceps. Sagging skin is a result of lost skin elasticity, a naturally occurring side effect of getting older. Flabby arm skin is also common in men and women who’ve lost a significant amount of weight on their own or after bariatric surgery.

Many of our arm lift patients seek a cosmetic change so they can feel comfortable in tank tops, swimsuits, and sleeveless dresses once again.

Your Arm Lift Procedure

The techniques used for your arm lift will depend on the type of correction needed. In a procedure that typically takes from one to three hours, Dr. O’Toole begins by administering anesthesia. He will then create the incisions, usually stretching from the armpit and down the length of the inside of your arm.

If necessary, liposuction is performed to remove additional fat using the PAL technique. Dr. O’Toole will gently trim the loose skin until a natural, tightened contour is reached. Sutures are then placed at the incision sites. For patients with localized fat who do not need skin removal, SmartLipo is recommended instead of an arm lift.

During recovery, you can expect to wear a compression bandage for a few days. Sutures are removed in a week, and you should be able to resume light work activities at this time. Lifting and other activities that stress the arm muscles will be restricted for several weeks. You will need to return to our office several times during the recovery process so that Dr. Martin O’Toole can make sure you are healing properly.

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Please contact Pasadena Cosmetic Surgery today to schedule your complimentary initial consultation. Dr. Martin O’Toole serves patients in Los Angeles, Arcadia, Covina, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood, California.

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