Contoured Arms for 2020

Arm liftIn Austin and Scottsdale, our two offices of Austin Cosmetic Surgery, we wear lots of sleeveless blouses and sundresses. But if you’ve lost a good deal of weight or simply have Father Time to thank, the underside of your upper arms may make you think twice about donning those fashions.

Sagging, loose skin is on display every time you move your arms! It can be enough to make a person avoid wearing certain sleeveless offerings, instead staying covered up.

But an arm lift with the Drs. Carlotti can bring back contour and tautness to your upper arms. January is a good time to have this surgery, too, as your contoured arms will be ready for the warmer weather and sleeveless fashions of spring and summer.

Who should get an arm lift?

If your loose, flappy upper arms bother you, it’s probably time for an arm lift. Generally, you could have the procedure if you have loose, excess, or sagging skin on your upper arms that doesn’t respond to exercise. Or, if you’ve lost lots of weight, yet the excess skin on your upper arms didn’t go away with the weight, an arm lift can help.

The procedure

The goal of an arm lift is to eliminate the excess skin and fat from the upper arms, creating a more contoured appearance. For a very minimal approach, we can place an incision in the armpit. But usually, the incision is made on either the bottom of your arm or the backside. It runs usually from the elbow to the armpit. We then remove excess fat, tighten the underlying muscles, and remove excess skin. When the procedure is complete, you’ll go home with compression garments around your upper arms to help them adapt to their new smaller, tighter contour.

We do always want our patients at Austin Cosmetic Surgery to know exactly what their surgery and aftermath will entail. For arm lifts, the one downside is the scar. Because of the long incision, there is no way around the scar that comes with it. The scar will fade dramatically with time, but it will still be there. Of course, most women would exchange their flappy upper arm skin for a thin scar.


Most arm lift patients return to work or normal activities after one week. Exercise and activity, particularly involving your arms, can resume within a month. Scars will fade over the next 18 months.

If you’re tired of your flappy upper arms, call the team at Austin Cosmetic Surgery at our Lakeway office, (512) 688-8000, or our Scottsdale office, (480) 947-7700, to schedule a consultation.

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