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Arm Lift

Arm lift is an advanced procedure utilized by our team of leading San Francisco plastic surgeons, to eliminate sagging skin in the upper arm area and create aesthetically pleasing arms that are proportional to the body. Droopy arms are often a result of weight loss, which can lead to ptosis (sagging). Flabby arms can also be caused by the natural aging process and lead to a low self-esteem, as well as wardrobe issues. Excess arm skin may also cause physical discomfort and skin irritation by rubbing on the inside of the upper body and/or breasts. This is why many Bay Area patients choose to undergo an arm lift surgery.

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Who is a candidate for Arm Lift in San Francisco?

The best candidates for the arm lift procedure are individuals who have recently lost weight and wish to tighten stretched out skin. Patients seeking arm lift surgery typically need to be in good health and non-smokers. Pregnant women and/or individuals suffering from major conditions, including heart disease, are generally not eligible for this type of surgery. To determine your candidacy, it is best to schedule a one-on-one consultation with one of our top surgeons.

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How is arm lift performed?

Arm lift is a sophisticated cosmetic procedure used to remove excess fat and skin. The surgery time is generally one to two hours and it is performed under general anesthesia. An incision is made on the inside or the back of the arm and the incision size is determined according to each patient’s specific treatment plan and aesthetic goals. Some of our arm lift San Jose / San Mateo patients may only require minimal incisions, while others may need an incision that runs from the elbow to the armpit. Once the incision is made, our surgeons may use the liposuction technique to remove fat. Excess skin is then trimmed, tightened and sutured in place. Arm lift surgery is an outpatient procedure, performed at our team's state-of-the-art surgical suite locate in the Bay Area.


Following arm lift surgery, patients may experience swelling, bruising, as well as mild discomfort and may need to rest at home for seven to ten days. Although most patients return to work at this time, strenuous activity is not recommended for up to three weeks. The results are often apparent immediately after surgery and the final outcome is seen within three months. During the recovery period, patients are monitored on a regular basis by our experienced medical team.

Other Options

Arm lift procedure is often combined with other cosmetic enhancements. Some of the procedures Dr. Beck and his team might perform in conjunction with arm lift include a body lift and/or breast lift. For a complete body contouring treatment, Dr. Beck and his team, premier San Mateo cosmetic surgeon, offers thigh lift, butt lift, as well as post-bariatric body lift.

A word about financing…

Arm lift surgery can be made very affordable through our partners at CareCredit. Visit them at www.carecredit.com. Jasmine would be happy to answer any of your questions or assist you with the necessary paperwork.

Insurance Notes:

Arm lift surgery is usually considered an aesthetic procedure and as such is not covered by insurance. Jasmine would be happy to assist you with any pre-certification if your insurance covers the procedure.

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