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The natural aging process we all go through also causes your skin to lose elasticity. Many individuals find the arms, in particular, lose their firmness as the layers of muscle and supporting fat become thinner. Some call this a “batwing” or “Bingo wings.” An arm lift restores and tightens these areas, giving you a much firmer, youthful look and leaving you more confident to wear sleeveless tops and dresses.

Although an arm lift may be the correct procedure for you, there are other options as well. Be sure to ask about minimally invasive procedures such as Body Tite for the upper arms.



An arm lift can improve your appearance and self-confidence. Still, it won’t necessarily change your looks to match your ideal or cause other people to treat you differently. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with Dr. Fred Coville. The best candidates for an arm lift are men or women looking for improvement, not perfection in the way they look. If you’re physically healthy and realistic in your expectations, you may be a good candidate. However, if you have “wings” associated with aging, then a brachioplasty may be right for you.

This surgery is not suitable if you’ve had a mastectomy where the lymph nodes were removed or from other operations in the armpit lymph nodes. Those with multiple infections of the sweat gland may also be poor candidates for brachioplasty. Dr. Coville will happily discuss your suitability for the procedure during your consultation at of our Linwood or Toms River, NJ offices.

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There are different degrees of ptosis (drooping) deformities of the upper arm. Brachioplasty removes the excess tissue and reduces the circumference of the upper arm. The specific type of surgical correction depends on the amount of extra skin present and the looseness of supporting tissues. Dr. Coville removes excess skin from incisions along your inner arm, where the resulting scars are best hidden.

The most common incision extends from just above the elbow to the armpit, running along the upper arm’s inner aspect. Surgical sculpture involves treating not just the superficial skin but also the deeper attachments that have loosened. In some cases where there’s little extra skin, the incision hides in the armpit only. This technique can re-suspend tissues in some cases, but it won’t assist extensive redundant skin. Liposuction can also contour the fat layer.

Regardless of the surgical incision location, Dr. Coville ensures the resulting scars will be as inconspicuous as possible. The surgery usually takes about 1.5 hours to complete, and drainage tubes following the operation are rarely needed. We will use dissolving stitches to close the incisions, taped for more significant support.


In your consultation, Dr. Coville will evaluate your health and explain which procedure may be best for you based on the condition of your arms and skin tone. Be sure to discuss your expectations frankly with him and our staff. He will be equally frank with you, describing your alternatives and the risks and limitations of each of your options. You must tell us if you smoke and if you take any medications, vitamins, or other drugs. Dr. Coville will also explain the type of anesthesia to be used, where your surgery will occur, and the costs involved.

Our staff at Cornerstone Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine will give you detailed instructions to prepare for your surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain medications. While making preparations, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home afterward. Someone should also be available to help you out for a day or two if needed. We can arrange a health aide to assist you if you would like. For those from out of town or traveling abroad for surgery, we will facilitate all the arrangements to make your recovery as comfortable as possible. Be sure to ask about our New Jersey Seaside Recovery options.


In most cases, an arm lift is a very straightforward procedure. Nevertheless, as with any operation, there are some risks. Anyone considering surgery should be aware of these potential complications before deciding to move forward. The most common hazards include infection, bleeding, and a potentially unsightly scar. Dr. Coville will discuss these details with you during your consultation in Atlantic County and give you as much time as you need to feel comfortable understanding the procedure.


You’ll likely feel tired and sore for a few days following your surgery, but you’ll be moving in 24 to 48 hours. Before your surgery, Dr. Coville will prescribe medication to control any discomfort you may have, so you have them with you when you need them.

Within several days, we will remove the dressings if you have them, and you will need to wear a compression garment. The garment reduces swelling and assists in shrinking and tightening the skin. You should wear it as directed. Elevating your arms with pillows will help you feel more comfortable as you recover.

Most patients can return to work within 1 week, depending on the level of activity required for one’s job. Limiting lifting is essential. Follow our advice on when to begin exercises and to increase activities after surgery. Your scars will be firm and pink or red for at least 6 weeks. They may remain the same size for several months or even appear to widen. After several months, your scars will begin to fade, although they will never disappear completely. Dr. Coville will continue to see you during this period to determine if you require treatment of your scars so they heal as inconspicuously as possible.

For most patients, the results of an arm lift are incredibly satisfying. Your decision to have an arm lift is a highly personal one not everyone may understand. What is important is how you feel about it. If you’ve met your personal goals, then your surgery is a success.

Written By: Dr. Frederick Coville
Frederick A. Coville, M.D., Cornerstone Plastic Surgery’s Owner and Medical Director


Frederick A. Coville, M.D., Cornerstone Plastic Surgery’s Owner and Medical Director, has been an Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon for over 25 years. He firmly believes each of us possesses an inner “Foundational Beauty.”

As a student of beauty all his life, he calls upon his naturally artistic eye and God-given talents as a surgeon to deliver the results you demand. Dr. Fred likes to say, “It’s my job to help you find Your Beautiful!”

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