Arm Lift

Sagging skin on the upper arms can make you self-conscious. When this area doesn't respond to diet or exercise, you may wonder where to turn.

An arm lift removes excess skin and reshapes your arms, revealing a toned, more proportionate appearance.

John F. Zavell, MD, FACS in Toledo, OH, can combine liposuction with excision techniques to sculpt beautiful arms.

The Power of an Arm Lift

An arm lift, or brachioplasty, can slim and tone the arms after the aging process or weight loss has given them a sagging appearance.
Dr. John F. Zavell's patient before an arm lift
Dr. John F. Zavell's patient after an arm lift
Dr. John Zavell is proud to offer this plastic surgery to patients throughout Sandusky, Findlay, and beyond, all from the comfort of his Toledo plastic surgery office.

Who Is a Candidate for Brachioplasty?

You may benefit from this procedure if your upper arms droop or sag when you raise your arms. Dr. Zavell can help you determine if an arm lift is appropriate for your cosmetic goals during a consultation at our Toledo office. To be a good candidate for an arm lift, you must:

Not Smoke

Tobacco products hinder the body's ability to heal, making recovering after surgery slower and more difficult. If you are currently using tobacco products, we recommend that you quit in the months leading up to your surgery and for the months during your recovery. Ideally, you should try to quit altogether.

Be at a Stable Weight

After your procedure, any significant weight gain or weight loss can negate the effects of your treatment. You should be at a stable weight that you can maintain before receiving this body contouring surgery.

Be in Good Overall Health

Patients should be healthy enough to undergo surgery. Dr. Zavell will review your medical history and ask about any medication you are currently taking before scheduling your surgery to ensure it is a safe option for you.

Have Realistic Expectations

An arm lift is an amazing way to sculpt the upper arms and make your body more proportionate, but the results won't last forever as the natural aging process will make your skin lose elasticity. Patients must have a clear understanding of the potential results of this surgery before scheduling their appointment.

Our Consultations Are Thorough Get Started & Request Yours Today

Dr. Zavell and his team perform in-depth consultations to help every patient feel informed, safe, and comfortable from day one. Your brachioplasty consultation will include:

  • A meeting with our patient care coordinator to discuss your goals for treatment
  • Informative videos so you can explore your cosmetic options
  • A meeting with a nurse to discuss your medical history and make sure there are no contraindications to treatment
  • A meeting with Dr. Zavell so he can answer your questions and perform a thorough examination
  • A personalized treatment plan developed by Dr. Zavell

Dr. Zavell and our entire staff are dedicated to providing a comfortable, friendly, and compassionate atmosphere every day. To meet with our team, request a brachioplasty consultation using our form or call our Toledo office at:

(740) 628-0185

"Dr. Zavell was wonderful."


Laura Batanian

Toledo, OH


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The best decision I ever made!! Dr Zavell and Sara were amazing. They guided me through the process and recovery. I highly recommend Dr Zavell.

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Tasha Anspach

Toledo, OH


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Wonderful experience all around. Amazing staff and cozy and welcoming office. Dr Zavell was wonderful during the entire process. He was very informative and helpful before, during, and after the procedure.

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The Arm Lift Timeline

Your brachioplasty can be performed in a trusted local hospital or surgical facility.
Your brachioplasty can be performed in a trusted local hospital or surgical facility.


Our team will administer general anesthesia to keep you comfortable throughout your surgery.


Dr. Zavell will make an incision along the back of the arm or the underarm. Incisions can vary in length but may extend from the armpit to the elbow.


Your plastic surgeon will remove any excess skin, eliminate fat deposits with liposuction, tighten the underlying tissues, and reposition the skin over the new contour of your arm.


Your plastic surgeon will close the incisions with sutures and send you to the recovery room.

Results and Recovery

Keep in mind it can take up to three months to see the full effects of treatment. Our team will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions to aid in your recovery. These will include:

Get Plenty of Rest

It can take about two to three weeks to recover after an arm lift procedure. During this time, avoid all strenuous activity and exercise until you are approved by your surgeon. You can return to a desk job in about a week. You can return to a more strenuous job in about two weeks.

Manage Side Effects

Discomfort, swelling, and bruising are normal after an arm lift procedure. You can manage any side effects with prescribed pain medication and cool or warm compresses.

Care for Your Incisions

Arm lift surgery requires incisions, which results in scarring. You can minimize the appearance of your scars by taking care of the incision sites after your surgery. As you heal, be sure to avoid direct sunlight, apply sunscreen, use a moisturizer, and use a silicone scar gel.

"Dr. Zavell did my upper arms and I couldn't be happier. Dr. Zavell and his staff were great from start to finish. They explained my procedure and answered all my questions, which put me at ease. They are knowledgeable and very efficient. I highly recommend." Ann Weiler
Dr. John F. Zavell

John F. Zavell, MD, FACS

Dr. John Zavell is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals since 1993. He is a member of: 

  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons 
  • The American Society of Aesthetic Surgeons
  • The American College of Surgeons

He has mastered advanced techniques and uses the latest technology to provide patients of all ages with the most natural-looking, life-changing results. To schedule a consultation at Dr. Zavell's plastic surgery practice, request an appointment online or call us at (740) 628-0185

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"The decision to undergo cosmetic surgery is a very personal one and our mission is to honor that choice by jointly cultivating a treatment plan that will deliver results personally crafted for you." Dr. Zavell

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