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Brachioplasty in Philadelphia, PA

How do you deal with that skin below your arm that just hangs there? You know, the kind that continues to wave at your friends long after you’ve stopped waving your hand. It’s annoying, it’s unsightly and for many, it’s embarrassing. You may want to consider brachioplasty at Providence Facial Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Mark Ginsburg is a board-certified plastic surgeon, serving the residents of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas.

What is Brachioplasty?

Brachioplasty is more commonly known as arm lift surgery. It’s designed for patients who have loose skin or excess fat in their upper arms and for whom liposuction is not the best option. That loose, saggy skin is often referred to as “batwings”.

In that area of the body, excess fat can sometimes be removed by exercises that tighten up the muscles. Unfortunately, the sagging, droopy skin is indicative of lost skin elasticity and exercise will not improve the situation.

“Batwings” and arm flabbiness can develop due to bad genetics, hormonal changes or massive weight loss. The good news is brachioplasty surgery can give you smoother, tighter skin and help improve the shape and contour of your arms.

How is Brachioplasty Performed?

Brachioplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia. An incision is made from the elbow to the armpit, typically on the underside of the arm to make the resulting scar as inconspicuous as possible.

Dr. Ginsburg uses the incision to access the fat and excess skin for removal. The procedure can last from one to three hours, depending on the extent of removal necessary and whether any additional upper body surgery is performed at the same time.

How Much Does Brachioplasty Cost in Philadelphia?

The average cost of an arm lift is $5,000 – $5,500. Brachioplasty is typically considered an elective cosmetic procedure and insurance companies do not provide coverage. During your initial complimentary consultation, total costs for the treatment and options available to you for financing will be thoroughly discussed. You can also visit our financing page for additional information.

What Else Should I Know About Brachioplasty?

The average recovery time for a brachioplasty procedure is 1 week. Following the surgery, your arm may be wrapped in an elastic sleeve to reduce the amount of swelling. Self-dissolving sutures are generally used, and bruising and swelling dissipates gradually and naturally over three to four weeks.

Activity may be limited initially, and Dr. Ginsburg will have full information regarding post-operative care before you leave.


For more information about any of our services or to learn more about brachioplasty to see if it’s a good option for you, contact us to set up a personal complimentary consultation with Dr. Ginsburg. Our offices proudly serve the residents living in the greater Philadelphia area.