Arm Lift (Mini-Arm Lift, Brachioplasty)

An Arm Lift is a surgical procedure that tightens skin and removes excess fat and skin from the upper arm. Dr. Janiga has found this procedure to be effective for men and women who are self-conscious about excess fat and sagging upper arm skin.


Timothy A. Janiga, MD, FACS -- Arm Lift (Mini Arm Lift, Brachioplasty)

Arm Lift FAQ’s


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What is an Arm Lift?

An Arm Lift is an aesthetic surgical procedure that tightens and removes excess fat and skin from the upper arm. Dr. Janiga, in Reno, has found this procedure to be effective for men and women who are self-conscious about excess fat and sagging upper arm skin. Excess skin on the upper arm often develops over time, or after weight-loss from dieting, exercise, or post-bariatric surgery.

How is the Upper Arm Lift performed?

Dr. Janiga performs arm lift surgery in an outpatient surgery center under general anesthesia. It involves an incision along the inner side of the upper arm that allows for removal of excess skin and fatty tissues. Liposuction is often incorporated into the procedure. Dr. Janiga can modify the extent of the incision depending on the amount of excess skin that is present.

How long does the Arm Lift take?

This procedure takes one hour with another hour of recovery time before going home.

How much recovery time will I need after an Arm lift?

Swelling and bruising may last up to four weeks. You can expect to return to work within five to seven days. Full results are expected within 9-12 months. Dr. Janiga recommends a compression garment on the upper arm for six weeks post-operatively.

Will there be scarring after my arm lift procedure?

An upper arm lift is a surgical procedure which utilizes an incision based on your specific needs and physical expectations. Dr. Janiga chooses placement of this incision in such a way so as to diminish the visibility of any arm lift scars. He will discuss with you your specific expected results during your consultation so that you will know what to expect before you begin.

What are the typical results of an arm lift?

Dr. Janiga’s patients can expect a slimmer, tighter, and more contoured upper arm. At your consultation Dr. Janiga will examine you and be able to give you an individualized operative plan and discuss your expected outcomes. Dr. Janiga can show you before and after pictures of this procedure during your consultation in Reno.

Do you perform Arm Lifts or Mini-Arm Lift Procedures in your Reno/Tahoe office?

Yes. We evaluate and treat patients who desire an Arm Lift Procedure or Mini-Arm Lift. Initial consultation length varies, but is usually not more than 15-30 minutes. The actual procedure will take longer and will be discussed in detail when your procedure is scheduled.

For more information, or to set up a consultation with Dr. Timothy Janiga for your Arm Lift Procedure in our Reno Plastic Surgery offices, please send us an email or call 775-398-4600.


Timothy A. Janiga, MD, FACS

With highly respected credentials, academic achievements and almost a decade of experience to his credit, Dr. Janiga looks amazing on paper. Incredibly, he is even more impressive in person. Emotionally invested in every patient, Dr. Janiga treats his patients like family instead of mere cases, and takes the success of each procedure personally.

He is drawn to the detailed nature of plastic surgery and the tremendous sense of accomplishment that comes from the immediate physical and psychological changes that take place for his patients.