Arms have functional importance in daily physical activities such as assisting you in fundamental works as eating and even less important things such as shaking hands or scratching your back. So, they are crucial parts of the human body. Moreover, the arms have an important role in the beauty of the human body as the saggy skin of the underarm makes the arms ugly-looking and embarrassing. Muscular arms are considered a sign of fitness in men and even women.

There are several factors such as significant weight loss, aging, and fatty tissues that can cause droopy and saggy skin in arms. That is why many men and women choose to have an arm lift improving the appearance of their arms. 

What is Arm Lift ?


An arm lift, also called Brachioplasty, is a cosmetic surgery to remove the excess skin and fat from the underarms, between the armpit and elbow. The skin is then draped back over the newly repositioned contours. In fact, arm lift surgery is to improve the appearance of the under portion of the upper arms.

Arm Lift in Iran


As we explained above, an Arm Lift is a surgical procedure that treats sagging underarms by reducing extra skin, tightening and smoothing tissue, and removing extra fat. In this procedure, your cosmetic surgeon marks your arms where they are going to make incisions. Then he makes tiny incisions between your elbow and armpit in order to remove the excess skin and tissue and lifts the remaining skin. Sometimes, the surgeon may combine this procedure with liposuction to achieve the desired result.


depending on the surgical method and your medical history, your doctor diagnoses if you are given local or general anesthesia. In some cases, the surgeon may apply IV sedation. In that case, you are conscious but not fully aware of what is happening and won’t remember it after that. Arm lift surgery usually takes a maximum of up to 2 hours.

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Arm Lift Types in Iran


There are a few different methods of Brachioplasty procedures, which your surgeon will choose the best one depending on the extent of sagging underarm skin and fat and skin quality. Before the surgery, your surgeon will discuss with you the pros and cons of each arm lift method and he advises the right option based on your anatomy and preferences.

Arm liposuction is a recommended option if you’ve got stubborn fat under your arms and your arm skin has enough elasticity to fit tightly around the tissues after the fat has been removed. Liposuction procedure is performed without getting incisions on your arms.

Using liposuction and one of the incisional techniques simultaneously is very common in a Brachioplasty procedure, which provides the most ideal result for people who have both excess fat pockets and loose skin.

A mini arm lift is a body contouring procedure that creates a sleeker arm. In this procedure, arm tissue is re-sculpted and the saggy or loose skin will be removed by tightening the arm skin. This method is one of the most common procedures most patients seek that. Mini arm lift is recommended if you have just developed some loose skin close to your armpit due to moderate weight loss or the aging process. In a min arm lift, a short incision is done under your arm to remove the excess skin.

Short-Scar Arm Lift is a surgical method utilizes a T-shaped scar to combine the incision of the limited arm lift with a short incision on the upper arm. Through these two incisions, upper arm tissue laxity is corrected and arm skin is lifted toward the armpit. Lower arm tissue is removed to achieve balance with the upper arm tissue excision and short-scar arm lift for is completed.

Extended arm lift, also called extended brachioplasty is a technique that is performed for arm lift patients with moderate to severe skin and tissue laxity or who have lost an extremely large amount of weight in a short time specially after gastric bypass surgery. In this method, the circumference of the arm needs to be altered through a reductive procedure. The incision extends from armpit to elbow to remove an ellipse of excess skin and tissue of the inner and lower arm. It is very important to know that arm lift incision results in a fine scar line placed at the lower edge of the inner arm. So, some surgeons prefer to put the incision of the extended arm lift underneath the arm. This results in a scar seen on the back of the upper arm.

Arm Lift Healing Process


Generally, the healing period for arm lift surgery is relatively short and you can resume your normal life after a couple of weeks. Your surgeon will prescribe you some medicines to prevent pain and infection. you also experience swelling for several weeks which is normal. In order to keep down swelling, the patient should wear a compression sleeve-typed garment.

Arm Lift Healing Process

After the surgery, you should avoid physical activities that require moving your arms and might stretch the incisions in your arms and also lift your arms above shoulder level.

However, you should contact your doctor if you experience one of the following problems:  shortness of breath, chest pain, an irregular heartbeat, redness of the skin, and a fever. 

Things to know about Arm Lift


Like any other surgical procedure in Iran, you will have a consultation appointment before your operation to discuss about some issues. You need to answer some questions such as:

    • If you have any medical conditions or drug allergy?
    • If you had any medical or cosmetic surgery in the past?
    • If you are smoker or addicted to alcohol or take any recreational drug?


Your surgeon will give you some instructions that you should follow them to prevent complications during the surgery including:

    • Discuss your expectations with your cosmetic surgeon
    • Avoid taking aspirin, and inflammatory drugs to prevent excess bleeding
    • Stop smoking to help speed up the healing process


You need to ask these questions from your surgeon before the surgery:

    • When will the bandage/dressing be removed?
    • When will the stitches be removed?
    • When will the follow-up visit be?
    • When can I resume my normal activities and return to work?
    • What medications should I take or not take?

You can be a candidate for an arm lift (Brachioplasty) if you have one of these problems:

    • lost a lot of weight and are left with redundant sagging skin on your arms that resemble bat wings
    • having the same problem due to aging
    • having excess fat deposits on your upper arms that don’t respond to diet and exercise and want to get rid of them immediately


Even if:

    • having a relatively stable weight and are not significantly overweight
    • having good health with no medical condition that impairs healing
    • having a positive outlook and have realistic expectations
    • Being a non-smoker

Like all major surgeries, an arm lift surgery poses a risk of bleeding and infection. However, there are some risks in addition to pain and infection for arm lift surgery including:

    • excessive bleeding
    • damage in nerve, muscle, or blood vessel
    • permanent scarring
    • fatty tissue death


Some patients might experience some rare complications such as swelling, bruising, discomfort, tightness, tingling, numbness, adverse reaction to anesthesia, hematoma, seromas, and loss of sensation.

There are a few different methods of Brachioplasty procedures, which your surgeon will choose the best one depending on the extent of sagging underarm skin and fat and skin quality. Before the surgery, your surgeon will discuss with you the pros and cons of each arm lift method and he advises the right option based on your anatomy and preferences.


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