Don’t Let Flappy Upper Arms Get In Your Way

The skin is the body’s largest organ and it is exposed every day to damage from the environment and the unending pull of gravity. The result? Every inch of our skin sags and loosens as we age.

This is especially evident on your upper arms, thanks to the sleeveless blouses and other warm weather fashions we wear here in Georgia. Sagging, loose skin, whether simply a result of typical aging or due to major weight loss, 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. And that’s no way to go through summertime!

But an arm lift with Dr. Snodgrass or Dr. Robinson can firm up those loose upper arms, bringing back contour and firmness that you’ll be proud to show off in a sundress.

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 some patients with limited sagging, we may be able to make a couple incisions in the armpit area. 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.


Most arm lift patients return to work after one week, and can resume normal exercise and activity within a month. As you would expect, you’ll need to avoid lifting anything heavy for most of your recovery. Scars will fade over the next 18 months to where they will not be overly noticeable.

If you’re tired of your flappy upper arms, call us at Snodgrass & Robinson Plastic Surgery Specialists, (706) 378-0200.

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