What it is:

Removal of excess skin and fat from the arms

*People with excess skin or fat on their arms

*2 hours



Average is 4 to 7 days; many people undergo the procedure on a Thursday or Friday and return to work or school the following Monday

  • Return immediately to non-strenuous activities which do not raise your heart rate or blood pressure, and won’t result in breaking into a sweat
  • Resume strenuous activities in 2 weeks, although activities involving extreme or rapid arm motion should be avoided for at least 4 weeks


  • If drainage tubes are inserted, they are usually removed 1 to 2 weeks after surgery
  • You will need to wear a compression garment for 4 to 6 weeks after surgery
  • You may shower 48 hours after surgery
  • There are no stitches to remove
  • The scar from an armlift may become thick and bright pink, and may be visible when wearing short sleeves

* Times may vary since each case is unique

** Check with your health care provider about your specific restrictions