Arm Lift in Austin, TX

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Get Rid of Excess Skin

Excess skin under your arms can affect your self-confidence and even the clothes you choose to wear. Rejuvenate your appearance with an arm lift performed by the talented Dr. Paul Pearce. This surgery offers emotional and physical benefits to patients with excess fatty tissue in the arms, either after massive weight loss, aging, or due to the inheritance of a family trait that they may find undesirable.

What Is Arm Lift Surgery?

Loose skin from the elbow to the shoulder is a common challenge when losing weight or getting older. At Pearce Plastic Surgery, we offer arm lift surgery, also known as brachioplasty, as an effective solution for people struggling to tighten and tone their arms through traditional diet and exercise. Arm lift surgery effectively removes this excess, hanging skin, often referred to as "bat wings." Dr. Pearce, a premier surgeon in Austin, TX, is experienced in the multiple ways to remove excess fat and loose skin from the arms and improve your contours.

Ideal Candidates

Candidates for arm lift surgery are unhappy with the appearance of the excess skin and fat in their arms. Patients should be in good physical health and not have conditions that may impair good wound healing, such as cigarette smoking, diabetes, uncontrolled high blood pressure, or severe heart disease. If you would like to learn more about how brachioplasty can improve the appearance of your arms, please schedule an appointment at Pearce Plastic Surgery.

If you have lost a large amount of weight, Dr. Pearce recommends maintaining weight stability for a minimum of six months prior to undergoing this surgical procedure. Any further weight loss or sudden rebound weight gain can affect your final results.

How Is A Brachioplasty Performed?

An arm lift is usually performed with the patient under general anesthesia and can take 3 to 5 hours, depending on the extent of tissue that needs to be removed. There are several ways to address excess fat and skin of the arms.

  • Liposuction: Patients with good skin tone and only excess fat may be good candidates for liposuction to help reduce the extra bulk of their arms and improve contours
  • Mini Arm Lift: This arm lift effectively conceals underarm scars while reducing arm bulk through liposuction. This procedure is only for patients exhibiting moderate arm bulk and mild skin laxity.
  • Standard Arm Lift: This arm lift uses an incision on either the inside or back of the arm to remove excess sagging skin from the elbow to the armpit area. It is combined with liposuction for optimal results.
  • Extended Arm Lift: This procedure is intended for patients who have experienced massive weight loss, as the incision can extend from the forearm region to the upper arm and onto the chest wall. This type of arm lift helps remove the most amount of excess skin and can help provide significant improvement in contours for massive weight loss patients.

The incision will be made to be as concealed as possible, although a visible scar is likely. It is vital to care for the incisions by keeping them sanitized, covered, and wrapped with compression garments.


Your post-op recovery begins on the same day of your surgery. Dr. Pearce encourages early mobility, getting you up and walking hours after the procedure. After your surgery, you will wear a compression garment either on the same day or the first-day post-op, depending on the level of swelling.

Your incisions will be covered, and you will need to perform daily dressing changes for the first 7 – 10 days after surgery. The swelling will be prominent during the first week but progressively diminish over several weeks.

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How much does arm lift surgery cost?

Before determining your costs, Dr. Pearce will start with a consultation to understand your concerns and goals. Once complete, we can develop your surgical plan and estimate your costs. Please reach out to us through our contact form to schedule a consultation.

How long do I need to stop working out after arm lift surgery?

Dr. Pearce advises all patients after arm lift surgery to take about 4 – 5 weeks off from the gym, depending on the intensity of their workouts.

When can I go back to work after arm lift surgery?

Depending on the type of job, most patients can return to work in 5 – 7 days. Jobs with a high demand for lifting or physical activity will require a longer period off from work.

Can my arm lift be combined with other surgeries?

Arm lift surgery can be combined with other surgeries such as breast augmentations, breast lifts, liposuction, and other body contouring procedures.

When can I expect my final results?

Final results become apparent after about six months, as the post-surgical swelling gradually fades away during this time.

About Us

After a major weight loss and a few uncomfortable consultations, I decided to look outside the San Antonio area to have a tummy tuck and an arm lift. Dr Pearce was my first consultant after expanding my search. When I walked in his office, I was greeted with the biggest smiles. After meeting Dr Pearce, I knew I found my surgeon!! I’m a year post op and feel amazing! Dr Pearce is a perfectionist!! I’ve recommended him to a couple people!

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