Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)


Brachioplasty, also known as an arm lift, is an option for patients who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their upper arms. As we age, our skin can begin to sag, resulting in a drooping appearance. These effects can also emerge after significant weight loss. An arm lift is a potential solution that results in a more firm, youthful appearance of the upper arms, diminishing the “drooping” effect and producing a more sculpted look. In consultation with Dr. Aya-ay, patients can determine whether brachioplasty is the procedure best suited to their needs.

What is Brachioplasty?

Brachioplasty is a procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the upper arm area. Dr. Aya-ay incorporates liposuction of the upper arm in this technique. This surgical cosmetic procedure is often used after a patient has lost a significant amount of weight and has excess sagging skin on the arms. It also can be used to combat the effects of aging, as aging and genetics can certainly play a major part in the loss of skin elasticity and the development of sagging skin.

During the procedure, the skin is tightened on the arms to reveal a more aesthetic and toned upper arm shape. A scar will remain on the inner part of the upper arms, which will improve with scar cream and time. The length of the scar depends on the degree of laxity.

Melanie L. Aya-ay, M.D.


Dr. Melanie Aya-ay is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Tampa Bay with over 15 years of plastic surgery experience specializing in cosmetic surgery, reconstructive breast surgery and minimally invasive techniques for facial and body rejuvenation.  She is known for her skill and excellence in revision surgery, specifically for difficult breast surgery revisions.  Dr. Aya-ay is an Allergan Medical Institute (AMI) National Trainer for Facial Aesthetics and AMI National Speaker for Plastic and Regenerative Medicine.  She is honored to be the first female surgeon to hold this dual faculty position with Allergan.

Dr. Aya-ay is the CEO and owner of Melanie L. Aya-ay, MD Plastic Surgery as well as Vivia MedSpa, an elite luxury medical spa in North Tampa.  Her practice and her team have been built on the values of honesty, integrity, education, safety, and providing comprehensive aesthetic care with natural results.  Your consultation with Dr. Aya-ay will be an educational experience so that you can be assured that you are making the choices that are best for you. Our staff will provide all the assistance needed to help you navigate through the process for a successful Plastic Surgery experience.


Brachioplasty Procedure

A brachioplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia. Standard tumescent liposuction techniques are performed. The surgeon will then excise the excess fat and skin. After skin, tissue, and fat are removed, the surgeon will stitch the arm together for a new, tightened appearance.

Brachioplasty Recovery and Aftercare

Patients will need to wear a compression garment to combat swelling of the upper arm area. A drainage tube may also be used to drain any excess fluid that can build up after surgery. Additional instructions will be given by Dr. Aya-ay that explain how to treat the incision area, side effects to look out for, follow-up appointments, and medications.

Patients can generally return to work within two weeks of the surgical cosmetic procedure. Normal activity levels can usually be performed within six weeks. Dr. Aya-ay and her staff will review the postoperative instructions with you at your consultation and again at your preoperative visit to ensure that you are comfortable with your postoperative care.

Beautiful, Natural Results


Dr. Aya-Ay is dedicated to providing beautiful, natural-looking results for her patients. To view before and after photos of real patients, please visit our gallery.


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To learn more about brachioplasty or other potential options, schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Aya-ay at our Tampa practice today. A consultation is a chance to collaborate to decide what procedure or treatment would be best suited for you and your needs.

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