David B. Reath, MD
Knoxville, TN (865) 450-9253

Arm Lift

Breaking News! Dr. Reath and one of his patients are all over the national news, including USA Today, discussing arm lift surgery. Here is the video.

Here is Dr. Reath’s blog where he gives a behind-the scene recount of how it all happened.

Armed And Fabulous: How Our Patient Made National News

Each year as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) releases the procedure statistics from the previous year, they look for some procedures where there has been a change in what’s being done, and perhaps a story to go with it. This year one of the operations we are talking about is the Arm lift, … Read more »

About Arm Lifts

Arm lift surgery, also know as a brachioplasty, is becoming a more common procedure in our practice. We are seeing a remarkable increase in the amount of people that have achieved significant weight reduction either by diet and exercise or by having gastric bypass surgery. However, as the pounds come off, there can be a large amount of loose, excess skin left behind.  Unfortunately, exercise does not get rid of excess skin. In fact, patients find that as their weight drops the skin under their arms becomes looser and looks even worse! This is where an arm lift comes in.

There are a couple of important things to realize about arm lift surgery. The most important thing is that arm lift surgery is always a trade-off. Whenever you remove skin from the body, there is always a scar where the incisions were made. Although it will fade over time, you are trading a more improved contour of the arm with a scar that runs lengthwise under the arm area. People with a large amount of excess skin or “bat-wings” can really benefit from the surgery. But if you just have a little saggy area under the arms, you are probably better off not having an arm lift.

Some people ask if they can have liposuction under the arms. Liposuction is usually not an option and it makes sense when you really think about it. When you remove fat from under the arms and the skin is not elastic, you just have more loose skin.

It is important to understand that an arm lift is not considered a weight reduction procedure and is best suited for men and women that are in relatively good shape. It is not recommended for you if you still have many pounds to lose because your arms will continue to change.

Before & After Photos

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
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    Before & After Arm Lift- Having always struggled with her weight, this 23-year-old told us that her upper arms had always been out of proportion to the rest of her body. Then, she lost 50 pounds, which further exacerbated the situation. Her right arm was much worse than her left arm. Dr. Reath performed a brachioplasty and she was so happy to have that excess skin and fat go away!

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    Before & After Brachioplasty (Arm Lift): She is 5’10” and weighs 240 pounds. Here is a 23-year-old who recently lost over 175 pounds through diet and exercise! With this weight loss, she had a significant amount of excess skin under her arms that bothered her when she was working out. Dr. Reath performed a brachioplasty and she is pictured here before and six months after her surgery.

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    Before & After Brachioplasty surgery: She is 5’3” and now weighs 138. Here is a woman who recently lost about 130 pounds after having gastric bypass surgery. She was very concerned with the appearance of her arms as a result of this massive weight loss. Because of the amount of excess skin that needed to be removed, Dr. Reath performed a bilateral brachioplasty. There is a remarkable improvement in the shape of her arms after her procedure and her incisions will lighten over the course of time.

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    Before & After Arm Lifts- Before and After Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)-  She is 5'6" and weighs 145 pounds. Here is a 32-year-old woman who came to us with concerns about her arms after she had lost over 140 pounds. Dr. Reath performed a brachioplasty and she is pictured here 6 months later very pleased with the new contour to her arms.

Safety First

Here is a Body Mass Index calculator for you to get a general idea if you may be a good candidate for an arm lift at your present weight. You should have a BMI less than 30 to safely consider an arm lift.

Body Mass Index (BMI)

Calculator for Adults

BMI is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. BMI provides a fairly reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.

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Your BMI is

  • Underweight (Below 18.5)
  • Normal (18.5 - 24.9)
  • Overweight (25.0 - 29.9)
  • Obese (30.0 and above)

Your weight ( pounds) is in the category for adults of your height ( feet, inches)

To learn more, visit the CDC's Healthy Weight website

Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) Pricing

The cost of an arm lift with Dr. Reath’s includes both surgical and anesthesia fees, our exclusive recovery kit, and all follow-up visits.

Procedure Cost Cash Price
Arm Lift (Both Arms) $7,924 $7,578

Cash Discount: Great news! We offer a 5% discount for our patients who would like to pay with cash or check instead of using a credit card or financing.

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Board-certified plastic surgeon David B. Reath, MD is renowned for his surgical skills and his commitment to public education. Practicing in Knoxville, Tennessee since 1986, his personal approach with patients is what truly sets him apart.

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Another Interesting Arm Lift Video

Dr. Reath is interviewed by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons discussing arm lift surgery and how to know if it is right for you in this video.

Recovering from Arm Lift Surgery

An arm lift is done as under general anesthesia (you will be put to sleep). It is generally done on an outpatient basis unless you are having an arm lift in conjunction with other procedures. Most arm lift patients usually take about a week off from work but it can be longer if your job is more physically demanding.

Our staff has just written an amazing free eBook based on suggestions from some of our patients. The Plastic Surgery Planner is 40 pages of best practices with everything you need to know about planning for your plastic surgery and recovery. It’s a must-read for anyone planning to have a arm lift. It’s a free download!

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Great Resources for Your Research

  • For more information about plastic surgery after major weight reduction, Visit our Body Lift Page.
  • So you can be better prepared for your consultation, we have prepared a list of important plastic surgery questions you will want to ask your doctor before you have your surgery. If your consultation is with Dr. Reath, please feel free to print this out and he will be happy to go over everything with you during your visit. Top Ten Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon
  • Even though the majority of cosmetic surgery patients are pleased with their results, the decision to have a procedure is a big one. It is normal to have questions, and it’s important to answer them honestly. In the end, you want to be completely comfortable with your decision.So, are you clear about your motivations for surgery? Are your expectations realistic? Test yourself by answering these important questions. How to Know if You Are Ready for Plastic Surgery.

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