Arm Lift in Chicago and Vernon Hills, IL

 Redefine the shape of your arms and experience long lasting results.


Introduction to Arm Lift

Arm Lift

Over time, we lose definition and tone in our arms and the supporting tissue can also become prone to shape loss. An arm lift (also called brachioplasty) is a surgical procedure that reshapes the arm by excising excess skin that droops downward. In most cases, the area that improves extends from the elbow to the armpit.

However, in a limited armlift, the incision is confined to the armpit and is often combined with liposuction to improve the shape of the arms. On the other hand, in an extended armlift, the incision can be extended past the armpit to the flank to excise the excess skin in that region.

Am I a candidate?

Treatment Type

Cosmetic Surgery

Treatment Time

1 to 3 hours


General Anesthesia

Back to Work

1 to 2 weeks, with restrictions such as lifting, extending your arms, and repetitive motions that can lengthen the healing time

Total Recovery Time

Up to 6 weeks depending on healing time

Duration of Results

Long lasting

# of Treatments


Treatment overview

Aging, heredity, fluctuations in weight and loss of muscle tone contribute to patients feeling that their arms lose shape and contour over time. By excising the excess skin, you can redefine the shape of your arms and do away with a dropping or sagging appearance.


Used to Treat

There are a number of reasons you might have excess fat, poor elasticity of the skin or weakened connective tissue on your arms. These include:

Low muscle volume

Significant upper arm skin laxity

Age related change of shape

Fluctuations in weight



Benefits of an Arm Lift

Patients undergoing an Arm Lift procedure can expect:

  • Tightness of the appearance and feel of the upper arm
  • Reduction in localized fat deposits of the upper arm
  • Reduction of excess skin and the sense of having sagging of the lower upper arm
  • Wearing sleeveless shirts again!

How it Works

The Consultation

At RL Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa, each initial patient consultation is different. Depending on your needs, desired treatments, areas of concern, and simply who you are as a patient, we will schedule you with an actual treatment provider to discuss your goals, budget, and more. During this appointment, we will go through before & after photos, your medical history, and any questions you might have. Only then can we make a recommendation for which procedures or treatments may be right for you and why. We will be sure to educate you on how the treatments work, including what to expect during and afterward.

We charge $100 for surgical consultations that last about 40 minutes. At the end of your consultation, you will leave our office in Vernon Hills with a thorough, personalized treatment plan. And when you’re ready, we’ll schedule your surgery for a day and time that works for your schedule.

The Procedure

In an armlift procedure, an incision is made on the inner or bottom portion of your arm from the elbow to armpit to excise the excess, drooping skin. The incision is placed so that the scar is not visible when the arm is down and by your side. In a limited armlift, the incision is confined to the armpit to excise loose skin in the upper part of the arm. In an extended armlift, the incision is carried past the armpit to contour the flanks or side of the chest. These procedures are often combined with liposuction to remove fat and better contour the arm.

In our state of the art surgery center, you will meet with your care team including surgeon, anesthesiologist, and nurses. Markings will be made to show you the approximate location of the final scar. When your procedure begins, you will be administered medications that sedate or anesthetize you while the surgery occurs. The surgeon will make an incision to remove excess fat and/or skin and perform liposuction as needed. The incision is closed using special surgical sutures in multiple layers to yield the best scar possible. This is an outpatient procedure, which means you will go home the same day of the surgery.

The Recovery

Immediately following the procedure, your incisions will be covered with bandages and special garments to deter excess swelling and for optimal healing. Although each patient is given individual instructions for recovery care, we require ample rest and minimal use of the arms in order to promote healing and comfort. Your surgeon will expect to see you within 24-48 hours following the surgery in order to ensure your healing is on track for the best results.

Before & After

Results of an Arm Lift

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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs about Arm Lift

Arm Lift near you

Book Your Arm Lift

An improved silhouette is just one click or phone call away. Contact us online or by phone at (847) 367-8815 to book your consultation to learn more about arm lifts and the personalized surgery process at RL Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa.

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Happy patients


Dr Lu and his staff are wonderful! I’ve gone through two surgeries and have not been disappointed. I can’t say I’m looking forward to the next surgery, but I know I’m in good hands and will be well taken care of. There isn’t any other team I would place my trust in.

Katie is a gem and the best addition to that team. I have so many questions and she is always there ready to deal with my anxiety with a calm voice of reason and a smile. I feel like she has truly listened to me and genuinely cares about me.

-Nicole Hatfield

Dr. Lu and his staff were professional, efficient and very friendly throughout the entire process. They addressed any concern I had and answered all my questions. I never felt rushed with any appointment and they made me feel like I was a priority.

On the day of the surgery, any nerves I had were reassured by the professionalism and experience Dr. Lu and his staff demonstrated. It was great getting a text from Dr. Lu the next day to see how I was doing, and knowing I could text him any time with concerns or questions.

I would highly recommend Dr. Lu for any cosmetic surgery, he’s the best in the area. I had gone to a plastic surgeon a couple years ago in Schaumburg and I had a totally different experience. The staff there seemed ‘bothered’ with questions I asked and the doctor made some troubling comments when I had expressed some concerns about my results. So when I met Dr. Lu, I knew I was making the right choice to have him do my surgery.

-Dru Hay

Dr Lu and his associates are wonderful and always explain everything in detail. They took time to answer all my questions and my surgery results look better than I anticipated.
-Nina Whittaker

Very friendly team, they are all very professional, it is a very clean facility. Dr.Leonard Lu does wonderful work. I am very happy with my results.

-Cynthia Brechel

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