Arm Lift Specialist

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon located in Austin, TX

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Arm Lift

Hereditary muscle tone, age, and significant weight fluctuations can all cause sagging underarms, which many try to reverse with exercise. While training improves the strength and quality of the muscle, it can’t improve skin elasticity. However, arm lift surgery can reduce the amount of excess skin. At Pearce Plastic Surgery, plastic surgeon Paul Pearce, MD, offers arm lift surgery to patients living in and around Austin, Texas. To schedule a consultation, call the office or book online today.

Arm Lift Q & A

What does an arm lift do?

An arm lift or brachioplasty creates a more defined upper arm shape by reducing the excess skin and fat between the armpit and elbow. The procedure takes two to three hours, depending on the area of loose skin that needs treatment.

Dr. Pearce assesses how much excess arm skin you have and outlines your treatment options with you.

When is arm lift surgery a suitable treatment?

Many people who choose arm lift surgery already follow a healthy diet and weight training regimen, but find they’re unable to achieve their body goals with these methods alone. Other reasons people turn to arm lift surgery include:

  • Massive weight loss
  • Hereditary characteristics
  • Loss of firmness through aging


Dr. Pearce conducts an initial consultation to discuss all aspects of arm lift surgery and to make sure it’s the right treatment for you.

What is the recovery process for an arm lift?

Patients recover at different rates, but all follow a similar process, which includes:


  • 1-2 hours post-surgery recovery room time
  • Pain medication and muscle relaxants for three days post-surgery
  • Resuming day-to-day activities after 10-14 days
  • Back to regular exercising after 4-6 weeks


Arm lift surgery is an invasive surgical procedure, and your body needs time to heal. Dr. Pearce uses follow-up appointments to make sure you recuperate and are happy with your results.

How do you prepare for arm lift surgery?

There are several ways you may have to prepare for the procedure. These include:

Stop smoking

Smoking slows the healing process. Stop smoking for 4-6 weeks before surgery and for six weeks afterward.

Stop certain medications

Anti-inflammatory medicines, herbal medicines, and aspirin can all increase bleeding; stop taking these at least one week before surgery.

Receive a medical evaluation

Dr. Pearce may refer you for a medical assessment to make sure it’s safe to go ahead with the procedure.

Review medical history

Dr. Pearce needs to know about any medication you’re taking or have taken recently and any current or past medical conditions and surgeries.

Discuss your expectations

It’s important Dr. Pearce understands what you hope to achieve from the surgery and that you understand the benefits and risks of the procedure.

Consequently, Dr. Pearce takes the time to prepare you and answer your questions before and after the procedure.

Schedule an arm lift consultation at Pearce Plastic Surgery by calling the office or booking online today.

Pearce Plastic Surgery
✆ Phone (appointments): 512-960-3920
✆ Phone (general inquiries): 512-960-3920
Address: 1600 W 38th Street, Suite 300
Austin , TX 78731