Arm Lift


Getting into shape can be difficult, especially the older you get. Your skin loses elastin, fat seems to become more and more difficult to cut, and your energy isn’t where it used to be. The primary areas of this include the stomach, the legs, and the arms. At our practice in Newport Beach, an arm lift is a popular procedure for men and women interested in reducing loose skin and stubborn fat from the upper arm area. For more information on arm lift surgery, please read the paragraphs below.

Woman in smiling -- arm lift -- Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Michael Sundine

What is Arm Lift?

Arm lift surgery will help you if you have droopy upper arms by eliminating fat pockets and redundant skin. Arm lift surgery, also called Brachioplasty, delivers excellent results and allows Dr. Sundine to give you the toned, beautiful upper arms you long for.

Droopy upper arms can be caused by loss of skin elasticity due to aging or weight fluctuations. Often, if you have lost a lot of weight, you will need arm lift surgery.

Arm Lift -- Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Michael Sundine

What Are The Benefits

Of Arm Lift?

Brachioplasty reduces sagging skin and tightens and smooths supportive tissue under the arm area. This improves comfort and prevents inflammation and rashes due to excess folds of skin which can sometimes lead to infection. Other benefits from an Arm Lift in Newport Beach include:

  • Better arm proportions
  • Better workout results
  • Changes in tone and shape
  • Improved contours
  • More clothing options (following an arm lift, you may notice that your shirt size has gone down)
  • Removal of excess fat and skin
  • Restored self-confidence
  • Scars are hidden (with an arm lift, the scars are hidden either in the inner arm, at the armpit, or the back of the arm)

Who is a Candidate

For Arm Lift?

Arm lift surgery is pursued by individuals who are unhappy with excess fat or droopy arm skin, including those who have skin laxity due to aging, patients who have lost massive amounts of weight, and new mothers who have lost weight after pregnancy. Arm lift surgery patients must be healthy and not severely overweight. If you are planning on losing weight in the near future or having a bariatric procedure, you are advised to postpone arm lift surgery.

Woman on rocks -- arm lift -- Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Michael Sundine

What’s The First Step?

If you are in the Orange County area and would like to find out if an Arm Lift is right for you, the first thing you will need to do is contact Michael J. Sundine, M.D. When you come in for your consultation, you will meet with Dr. Sundine and show him what your arms look like and how you would like to change them. He will examine your arms and ask you questions regarding your medical and health history. After he has the information he needs, Dr. Sundine will create a surgical plan just for you. If you agree with him, you will speak with our Patient Coordinator and schedule your surgical date.

What to Expect on the Day of Arm Lift

Arm lift surgery is performed at our fully accredited outpatient surgical center under general anesthesia. The surgery may last from one to three hours depending on how much fat and skin are being removed. Dr. Sundine begins arm lift surgery by creating incisions that extend from the underarm to just above the elbow. If you have mildly redundant skin and not much fat, you may only require small incisions in the lower part of the armpit. (This procedure is also known as minimal incision arm lift surgery.) After creating the incisions, Dr. Sundine uses liposuction to break up and remove excess fat. The excess skin is then trimmed and the rest is tightened and sutured in place.

Dr. Sundine getting ready for surgery

Arm Lift


After arm lift surgery, you will experience mild post-operative swelling and bruising, which subsides within two weeks. Any post-operative discomfort is relieved with pain medication, and bandages and sutures are removed within the first week. After this time you may return to work and your other daily routines.

Dr. Sundine will provide you with aftercare instructions. The final results are usually visible within six weeks. During recuperation, Dr. Sundine will closely monitor you.

How Much Does a Arm Lift Cost in Newport Beach?


The cost of a Newport Beach arm lift varies on a number of factors. During your consultation, Dr. Sundine will meet with you in his Orange County office to discuss his recommendations and all associated costs. There are financing options available that can make the payment process easier for our patients.

Why Choose Dr. Sundine?

With an almost 30-year surgical career, Dr. Michael J. Sundine is Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and specializes in facial plastic surgery. He is over a 12x winner of the “Physician of Excellence” award by the Orange County Medical Association as well as an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Sundine is a plastic surgeon who tailors each procedure to provide his patients because the needs of his patients are very important to Dr. Sundine and he strives to deliver results that not only look natural but will also make your quality of life better.

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Droopy arms don’t have to be a life-long issue. By eliminating fat pockets and redundant skin, our Newport Beach arm lift can help give you the arms you’ve dreamed of. Patients seeking plastic surgery in Newport Beach often visit the practice of renowned surgeon Dr. Michael Sundine. Dr. Sundine is a gifted body contouring and breast surgeon, offering procedures such as liposuction, tummy tuck, and breast augmentation in Orange County. With more than 23 years of experience, he is also well-known for his skills as a facial plastic surgeon. If you’re interested in setting up a consultation with him to discuss arm lift surgery, please contact us today at 949-706-3100.

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