Factors like aging and weight fluctuations can cause sagging and skin underneath the arms. If you’re bothered by “wings” of fat and skin, it can lead you to avoid certain types of clothing and work hard at the gym to reduce its appearance. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to produce results with a typical diet and exercise. An arm lift procedure can get rid of stubborn fat and stretched skin for trimmer, more toned upper arms.

Arm Lift Surgery in East Lansing

An arm lift is a surgical body contouring procedure that removes stretched, sagging skin and pockets of fat from underneath the upper arms. The upper arms are one area where some people tend to carry excess fat and skin, especially after they’ve lost significant weight. Sometimes called “bat wings,” these areas don’t respond to diet and exercise, causing the appearance of excess weight even if you’re within a normal range.

Arm Lift Candidates

You can greatly benefit from an arm lift if you’re bothered by the appearance of fat bulges and stretched skin in the upper arms such that you try to hide it with long sleeves. Although there are a variety of body contouring devices available, a surgical procedure can produce the most transformative, long-term results. During a consultation with Dr. Colony, you’ll discuss your medical history and determine if the arm lift is right for you. In order to be considered a good candidate, you should be at a healthy and stable weight and have realistic expectations for surgery. An arm lift can be easily combined with other body contouring procedures like the body lift, thigh lift, tummy tuck, or liposuction.

What Happens During Arm Lift Surgery?

An arm lift is a surgical procedure requiring general anesthesia. To begin, incisions are made in the inner upper arm, the underside of the upper arm, or underneath the armpit based on the amount of correction needed. Once incisions are made, excess skin can be removed, and the upper arms can be reshaped. Liposuction can also be used to remove fat and contour the area. Once complete, Dr. Colony will close the incisions with special sutures.

Arm Lift Recovery in East Lansing

Recovery times typically vary on a case-by-case basis after an arm lift. Most patients can expect to be back to work and resume many of their normal activities within a week or so. Pain and swelling of the arms are common and can be managed through the use of ice packs and by taking pain medications as directed. It’s important to wear your compression garments as much as possible to reduce swelling and help the skin adhere to the new contours. In East Lansing, Dr. Colony will provide detailed aftercare instructions and guide you through the recovery process. Within 1-2 months, you’ll see a noticeable improvement in the look and tone of your arms. You can maintain your results for the long term with a dedicated diet and exercise routine.


Can underarm fat be removed?

Underarm fat can be effectively removed with an arm lift. It may be done through surgical removal and/or liposuction, depending on your needs and goals.

Patient Testimonials

Was very cautious, and thought long and hard about whether I should or shouldn't. Awesome decision. Should have done it a long time ago. A great accomplishment that couldn't have been done without the help of Dr. Colony and his awesome team. If you're living a minute with any self-doubt or low self-esteem about a certain body part, put your Nikes on and JUST DO IT!

Dr. Colony is the best!! His work is excellent and I highly recommend him to any individual who is seeking cosmetic surgery. I send my friends to him and they are so happy with him.

Dr. Colony was so kind to me when I asked him all my questions about wanting surgery. He did not rush and made me feel like I mattered. He is very knowledgeable. I can hardly wait to get my surgery done by him.

A Consultation at Michigan Plastic Surgery™

If you are considering an arm lift in East Lansing, contact Michigan Plastic Surgery™. At Michigan Plastic Surgery™, Dr. Lee Colony is dedicated to helping his patients achieve the look they desire. With over 20 years of experience in the field, is an expert surgeon who is pleased to offer a wide range of cosmetic services.

For more information and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Colony for an arm lift, contact Michigan Plastic Surgery™ today.

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Meet Dr. Lee H. Colony, M.D., F.A.C.S., a renowned Board Certified plastic surgeon known for his expertise in aesthetic plastic surgery. As a respected national speaker and educator, his dedication to patient safety and involvement in esteemed medical societies highlight his exceptional skills.