Who is a Good Candidate?

Both men and women who have significant upper arm skin laxity that causes self-consciousness or difficulty fitting into clothing can benefit from an arm lift. Candidates should be at a stable weight, be nonsmokers, and be committed to a healthy lifestyle to maintain results. A consultation with Dr. Homas can determine if this procedure is right for you.

The Procedure

The incision pattern used during an arm lift will depend on the amount and location of excess skin that needs to be removed. However, incisions are generally placed on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm, and may extend from the underarm to the elbow. Through this incision, excess fat and skin will be removed. There are three main arm lift techniques. These include:

Standard Arm Lift: The standard arm lift involves creating an incision from the armpit to the elbow to remove excess skin and fat.

Limited-incision Arm Lift: For those with minimal upper arm laxity, a limited-incision arm lift may be possible, in which incisions are limited to the underarm areas.

Extended Arm Lift: This technique is similar to the standard arm lift procedure, only the incision is extended from the arm down the body to include loose skin and fat on the side of the chest wall. This procedure is often done for those who have experienced massive weight loss.


Following arm lift surgery, you will need to wear a compression garment or wrap over the treatment area. This garment will help to diminish swelling, as well as support your arms as they heal. Mild to moderate discomfort is to be expected, which can be treated with pain medication. Bruising and swelling may also occur, which should subside over the next 10-14 days. Patients should avoid exercise for six weeks, and contact sports for at least 12 weeks. Following Dr. Homas’ specific post-op instructions can help to ensure a safe and quick recovery.

If you are interested in learning more about the arm lift procedure in the San Antonio area, contact New Image Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation!