MidAmerica Plastic Surgery: Ryan Diederich, MD
4955 South State Route 159 #1
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
(618) 288-7855
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Friday: 8 a.m.–12 p.m.

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4955 South State Route 159 #1
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
(618) 307-6233
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Arm Lift

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What Is an Arm Lift?

An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, improves the appearance of the arms by removing excess skin and fat. Arm lift surgery helps women and men from Maryville, Edwardsville, and the St. Louis area tighten and reshape their arms resulting in a smoother and more toned appearance. Heredity, natural aging, and changes in weight can cause the skin in your arms to droop. Exercise can strengthen muscle but cannot address excess skin, fat, and loss of elasticity. If your arms appear saggy or loose, an arm lift in Glen Carbon from MidAmerica Plastic Surgery may be right for you.


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Before & After Brachioplasty Case 54 View #1 View in Glen Carbon, IL
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Case #54

This 59-year-old patient came to Dr. Diederich with a desire to undergo a Brachioplasty procedure. Brachioplasty also known as an upper arm lift is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat and loose skin on your underarms. Dr. Diederich paired this procedure with liposuction to enhance the patient's results.  Read More
Before & After Brachioplasty Case 82 View #2 View in Glen Carbon, IL
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Case #82

This 22-year-old patient had significant weight loss that left her with skin laxity under her arms. After speaking with Dr. Diederich, she elected to undergo a Brachioplasty procedure. 
Before & After Brachioplasty Case 368 Left Side View in Glen Carbon, IL
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Case #368

After losing 60 lbs. through dieting, this patient came to Dr. Diederich to address the skin laxity on her arms. Dr. Diederich performed a bilateral brachioplasty (arm lift) procedure to give the patient tighter, more toned arms. 
Before & After Brachioplasty Case 199 Front Right View in Glen Carbon, IL
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Case #199

After losing 70 lbs. this patient came to see Dr. Diederich to address the loose skin under her arms. Dr. Diederich paired a Brachioplasty procedure with liposuction to enhance her result. 
Before & After Brachioplasty Case 348 Left Side View in Glen Carbon, IL
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Case #348

This 52-year-old patient wanted to address the loose, sagging skin under her arms. After speaking with Dr. Diederich, she elected to undergo a Brachioplasty procedure to achieve a more toned look.
Before & After Brachioplasty Case 392 Front View in Glen Carbon, IL
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Case #392

To address the loose, flabby skin on her arms, this patient came to Dr. Diederich for an arm lift procedure, medically referred to as a brachioplasty. 

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Who May Benefit From an Arm Lift?

An arm lift is performed to:

  • Remove excess sagging skin and fat that hangs from the arm
  • Smooth and tighten tissue in the arm
  • Define and shape the upper arm
  • Remove pockets of fat from the upper arm

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An Arm Lift Might Be Right for You If:

  • You have excess skin laxity
  • You are physically healthy
  • Your weight is stable
  • You do not smoke

Before the Arm Lift Surgery

  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation, as needed.
  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications, as recommended.
  • Stop smoking well in advance of your surgery.
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding (if OK with your primary care physician. If you cannot stop, please let us know).

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The Day of Arm Lift Surgery

  • Can be completed as an outpatient procedure or with a hospital stay depending on your particular needs.
  • Nothing to eat or drink the day of surgery.
  • You will need someone to drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours.

After Arm Lift Surgery

Recovery is patient dependent.

Seek medical attention immediately if you have any of the following:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pains, or unusual heartbeats

Complications From Arm Lift Surgery

As with any procedure, there are risks. Fortunately, with brachioplasty, these risks are minimal. These include but are not limited to:

  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Bleeding (hematoma)
  • Infection
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Poor wound healing
  • Skin loss
  • Blood clots
  • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
  • Skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling
  • Asymmetry
  • Major wound separation
  • Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
  • Damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, and lungs
  • Pain, which may persist
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • Sutures may spontaneously surface through the skin, become visible or produce irritation that require removal
  • Possibility of revision surgery

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ryan Diederich

Dr. Diederich is a Southern Illinois native realizing his dream of giving back to the community. He helps patients feel and look their best with his surgical skills and compassionate care.

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Now What?

Dr. Ryan Diederich is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in a range of aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures at MidAmerica Plastic Surgery in Glen Carbon, IL. If you’re looking for a plastic surgeon east of St. Louis, you can schedule a consultation online, or call us at (618) 288-7855 to schedule an appointment. A $200 consultation fee will be collected to reserve your appointment.

For more information see the American Society of Plastic Surgery topic “Arm Lift”

*This article is intended as a guideline only. This is not intended as medical advice. There are no guarantees written or implied from the information presented here. Only a consultation can provide an appropriate evaluation and discussion regarding any procedure. Refer to your physician for medical decision making and advice.