Are you unhappy with excess fat and skin hanging from your upper arms?

Have you lost a significant amount of weight, and no matter how much time you spend in the gym you just can’t achieve toned and defined arms? Do you avoid wearing short-sleeved tops and dresses in order to hide your arms? If so, you just might be a candidate for an arm lift with Munster board certified Plastic Surgeon Doctor Jason Petrungaro.

What is an Arm Lift?

arm-lift-nw-indiana-chicagoAn arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty, is a body contouring procedure that removes excess skin and fat that hangs from the upper arms, from the armpit down to the elbow. It helps restore a defined contour to the upper arms and will reduce pockets of fat, as the procedure is typically done in conjunction with liposuction of the upper arms. An arm lift does not treat any part of the lower arm.

Aging, heredity, and weight fluctuations are the most common causes of sagging upper arms.

Who is a candidate for arm lift surgery?

Anyone who is displeased with the appearance of their upper arms due to loose, hanging skin and fat may be a candidate for an arm lift.

In general, arm lift candidates include:

  • Adults with a significant amount of loose skin and fat of the upper arms that is not responding to diet or exercise
  • Adults of any age whose weight is relatively stable and who are not significantly overweight
  • Healthy individuals without medical conditions that impair healing or increase risk of surgery
  • Non-smokers


In addition to the above items, good candidates for arm lift surgery have a positive outlook and realistic expectations regarding their surgical results.

Arm Lift Procedure


*Your results will vary.

An arm lift is typically done under general anesthesia. The majority of patients will go home the same day. The procedure itself will take between 2-3 hours to complete. Prior to entering the operating room, Doctor Petrungaro will place marks on your arms using a skin pen in order to outline the skin and fat to be removed.

There are various arm lift techniques described. Doctor Petrungaro utilizes a technique that places the incisions on the inside of the upper arms. Incision length and pattern are customized to each individual patient depending on the amount and location of excess skin and fat to be removed. As mentioned earlier, the incision will typically extend from the armpit to just above the inside of the elbow. For those patients with fat deposits in the back of the arms, Doctor Petrungaro will first perform liposuction of this area to accentuate a slender arm profile.

Once the skin is elevated off the inside of the upper arms, it is surgically excised and the underlying tissues are tightened and reshaped as needed with internal stitches. At this point a small drain is typically placed in the surgical wound of each arm in order to allow any fluid buildup to exit the wounds in the postoperative period. The drains are removed in the office in about 1 week. The skin is then closed using absorbable stitches that are deep to the skin. At the conclusion of the procedure, your arms will be wrapped with gauze and ACE wraps from your armpits to your hands to help reduce postoperative swelling.

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Arm Lift Results

*Your results will vary.

You will see immediate changes in the profile of your upper arms, and they will continue to improve as swelling decreases in the first few months.

Your new shape will continue to improve and your surgical scars will fade during the year following your surgery. It is important to adopt and maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle to insure that your results will last and that you love your new look for years to come. An arm lift is an extremely gratifying Plastic Surgery procedure, and nearly all patients are ecstatic with their results after surgery.

Why choose arm lift surgeon Doctor Jason Petrungaro?


Doctor Petrungaro is a board certified Plastic Surgeon who has successfully completed many years of surgical training in all aspects of body contouring surgery. He is well versed in the established traditional methods as well as the latest and most innovative techniques in arm lift surgery. He listens to his patients and respects their goals and wishes, and will always go the extra mile to deliver the most beautiful results possible.

If you are searching for a Plastic Surgeon who can provide you with powerful results from your arm lift coupled with the highest standards of patient safety and care, Northwest Indiana and Chicago board certified Plastic Surgeon Doctor Jason Petrungaro will be happy to consult with you regarding this life-changing procedure. Visit with Doctor Petrungaro in our Munster, IN office for an hour — you will leave knowing you have found the perfect partner in your quest to achieve slender, well-toned arms!

If you are interested in an arm lift and have questions or concerns, please feel free to call Doctor Jason Petrungaro at (219) 836-1163 or click to schedule a consultation online.

Client Testimonials

So glad I made this decision!
My arm lift has changed my life. I feel better about myself everyday and am free to wear all my cute summer shirts now. Thank you Doc & Amy!! You two are a great team and helped me feel at ease with the whole procedure! Very very happy with my results!
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Dr. Petrungaro was GREAT! He was professional and compassionate. He always took the time to answer all my questions and explain everything in detail. I was very confident with him as my surgeon, which gave me a sense of ease and comfort when it came time to do the surgery. I would highly recommend Dr. Petrungaro for any of your plastic surgery needs.

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