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The upper arms can become larger and smaller during your lifetime, stretching the skin and tissue. While you can tone and build muscles in the upper arm, it does not affect the firmness of the skin. Hanging skin and tissue on the upper arm is a common issue that requires body plastic surgery to remove. At Maia Plastic Surgery, we offer brachioplasty, or arm lift surgery, to address flabby tissue and skin on the upper arms at our clinic in Tysons Corner, VA.

Weight gain/loss, genetics, lifestyle and aging can all factor into the composition of the upper arm skin and tissue. If your arms were larger in size due to weight gain, muscle or fat, and then you lose size in your arms, the skin may not shrink with the tissue underneath. Skin loses elasticity with age, and it is common to have loose skin or fat that can hang under the upper arms. An arm lift removes the excess skin and fat, and then tightens under the upper arm for a more appealing appearance.

Upper Arm Liposuction

Loose skin and fat on the upper arms are a common complaint. The hanging tissue is often called a “bat wing.” Once skin is stretched and loses its elasticity, it no longer will have the same firm appearance. With brachioplasty, a discreet incision can be made to access the upper arm tissue. Depending on the extent of laxity, fat and excess skin, different techniques can be used to improve the firmness and reduce the circumference of the upper arm. Upper arm liposuction, removal of excess skin and tightening can be performed to eliminate bat wings and create svelte, youthful arms.

If you have loose skin and tissue on your upper arms, a brachioplasty can rejuvenate your arms for a more attractive appearance. To enjoy the freedom of wearing sleeveless clothing without worrying about your “bat wings”, contact us at Maia Plastic Surgery. We can schedule an arm lift surgery consultation with Dr. Maia at our clinic in the greater Washington, DC, metro area.

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Dr. Maia and her staff are incredibly professional and truly empathetic. They’ve done a beautiful job with the treatments that I’ve gotten and I look forward to coming to the office every single time.

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Dr. Maia deserves more than 5-stars! I’m thrilled with my results and I’m less than 3 months post surgery. Dr. Maia is confident and kind, and not at all pushy like other plastic surgeons. I was overly impressed the morning of the procedure. The surgical and hospital staff know her well! They were ready for her and put me at ease while I was getting settled in the OR. I appreciate the team in Dr. Maia’s office for their patience and care. They are just as calm as Dr. Maia.

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Nate R.

Mid 40s male who’s always had nasal breathing issues and a dorsal bump. I finally decided to do something about it with a septoplasty/rhinoplasty combo. I met with a few doctors but Dr. Maia stood out. She instilled confidence, and I’m extremely pleased with the results. The surgery was straight forward, and the swelling was surprisingly light. A week later the cast was off and I was on the short road to recovery. Honestly, if I had known it was this easy I would have done it earlier. Thanks Dr. Maia!


I recently had Dysport injected by NP Kristina, and I could not be happier with the outcome. I can already see some of the results few days post-injections! I love how quickly Dysport softens the wrinkles, without giving you the "frozen look". Just in time for the upcoming holidays! Earlier this year, I did 3 Morpheus-8 treatments to my face and neck, and I am CONSTANTLY being complimented on how good my skin looks. Worth every penny! I also had fillers injected by Dr. Maia and Kristina. Dr. Maia did my under-eye, which I am obsessed about... what a change! Kristina injected my lips, chin, jawline, and cheeks. My face looks more proportional and guess what.... I FINALLY HAVE A CHIN :) Thank you, Dr. Maia, Kristina, and the Team. You're the best. I will surely be back for more.

R. H.

I had tummy tuck and muscle repair with Dr. Maia 3 months ago. I couldn't be happier. I am 44 and I got my 25 year old body back after tummy tuck with Dr. Maia. The initial consult was great. The surgery was fast. The post op care was excellent. Dr. Maia and team assured me that I had great post recovery and everything going okay. I had no complication whatsoever. The incission was very small and low which I love. She is amazing and caring surgeon. He teams are very responsive and wonderful. I am very happy with the result and everything.

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