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An arm lift is designed to remove unwanted fat and trim away excess skin, revealing fit and sculpted arms.

The Toned Arms You Deserve.

Sagging skin on the upper arms can make you feel self-conscious about your entire appearance. Additionally, this area of the body gets increasingly difficult to tone with age. If your arms jiggle when you wave and you’re embarrassed to wear sleeveless tops, an arm lift with Dr. Larson can help you achieve the toned look you deserve.

Are You A Candidate?

You may be an ideal candidate for an arm lift if you:

Are at a stable weight

Many of our clients request an arm lift after losing weight – especially following bariatric surgery. However, your weight loss should be stable before you have the procedure, as additional fluctuations may affect your results.

Have good skin elasticity.

Patients who experience the best arm lift outcomes still have good skin elasticity. This ensures that their tissue can withstand some stretching for the procedure.

Are in good general health.

The ideal arm lift candidates are non-smokers, generally healthy and have realistic expectations for their results.

How to customize your arm lift procedure

There are three main arm lift procedures: the upper, the extended, and the mini. During your initial consultation, Dr. Larson will assess your arms and skin quality to help you determine which approach is in your best interest.


The upper arm lift involves an incision from the armpit to the elbow, though it can be shorter if you have less volume to remove. This procedure is ideal for patients who have lost weight after bariatric surgery or are dealing with a moderate amount of skin elasticity.


The extended arm lift is reserved for patients with very lax skin.

With this approach, Dr. Larson will create an incision from the arm pit to the elbow and extending to the chest to allow for maximum tissue removal.


If you have a minor amount of skin to remove, you may be a candidate for the mini arm lift. With this approach, Dr. Larson will create a small incision that can be hidden completely within the armpit. It’s ideal for patients who are suffering from light sagging due to the natural aging process.

What to expect the day of your surgery

Your arm lift will be done under general anesthesia and should take about one to two hours, depending on the technique you’ve chosen.

To begin, Dr. Larson will create the incisions discussed during your consultation, placing them carefully to ensure discreet scarring. Through those openings, he will remove small pockets of fat and trim away excess tissue to reveal firm arms.

Once the procedure is complete, you will be free to return home to recover. You can expect some discomfort, which can be managed with pain medication. You should take a couple of weeks off work to ensure an optimal healing process and wait a full six weeks before resuming strenuous activity.

Dr. Ethan Larson Plastic Surgeon
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