Arm Lift

Remove sagging skin from the upper arms for a firmer, more toned appearance

An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes sagging skin from the upper arm. Dr. Kitto performs arm lift procedures on patients who are looking to eliminate droopy and loose skin, and alleviate the discomfort around the arms caused by weight loss, genetics, or aging.

Healthy individuals with upper arm skin laxity are good candidates for an arm lift surgery. They should also have stable body weight and good elasticity in the skin, preferably several months prior to surgery.

An arm lift procedure typically takes about two hours if not performed with other body contouring procedures. Dr. Kitto will make an incision underneath the arm or from the armpit to the elbow, remove excess fat, and then excise lax skin that gives the arm its sagging appearance. The skin will then be redraped and the incisions are sutured.

You will receive a compression garment to be worn for a certain amount of time to decrease swelling, accelerate recovery times, and ensure that the operated areas settle in the desired position long after the procedure is complete. You may experience some discomfort, but should be able to return to your normal routine within one to two weeks.

If you would like more information about armlet surgery with Dr. Kitto, or wish to schedule a consultation, call us at 804-294-1777 today.


This lovely lady who is in her 30’s had lost over 100 lbs after gastric bypass surgery. She was unhappy with the excess skin hanging from her arms and always had to wear long sleeve shirts. Despite her young age the skin was not able to shrink. She underwent Arm Lift surgery (Brachioplasty) which removed the excess skin and residual stubborn fat pockets from her arms. The pictures are before her surgery and 6 weeks after surgery.