The following Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) questions are asked by real people like you. The answers are provided by board-certified doctors or qualified medical providers who meet our exacting standards.

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.

the arms have an important role in beauty of human body as saggy skin of underarm makes the arms ugly-looking and embarrassing. Muscular arms are considered as a sign of fitness in men and even women.

There are several factors such as significant weight loss, aging and fatty tissues 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.

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.

Yes, depending on the surgical method and your medical history, your doctor diagnoses if you are given local or general anaesthesia.

Depending on the surgical method and your medical history, your doctor diagnoses if you are given local or general anaesthesia. 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 maximum up to 2 hours.

    • 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?

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.

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 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

the arms have an important role in beauty of human body as saggy skin of underarm makes the arms ugly-looking and embarrassing. Muscular arms are considered as a sign of fitness in men and even women.

There are several factors such as significant weight loss, aging and fatty tissues 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.

An Arm Lift is a surgical procedure which treats sagging underarms by reducing extra skin, tightening and smoothing tissue, and removing extra fat. In this procedure, your cosmetic surgeon marking 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.

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.

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 it is normal. In order to keep down swelling, the patient should wear a compression sleeve-typed garment.

After the surgery, you should avoid of physical activities that require moving your arms and might stretch the incisions in your arms and also lifting 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, and redness of the skin, and a fever.

you should wait at least a month or two until you resume all of your regular activity.

You will have a scar, but your incision line will continue to be finer as you heal. Refrain from direct sunlight for the first year after surgery. Your scar may be bright pink at first, but it should fade over time and return to your normal skin colour.

Of course, you can. During your consultation can provide expert opinion of your doctor on which surgical procedures you would benefit from during an upper-body lift. Some of the other procedures that arm lift surgery candidates can do at the same time include liposuction, tummy tuck, or breast lift.

Along with bandages, you may have to wear a compression garment. This will help keep any swelling down. Because of the anaesthesia and post-operative pain medication, it’s important to have someone drive you home.

Someone should help take care of you during the first few days of your arm surgery recovery process. They can go grocery shopping and help with meal prep. They may also need to check your drain, if you have one.

You will be instructed to drink plenty of fluids right after your surgery. Staying well hydrated will help to speed up recovery time. It’s equally important to eat a healthy and balanced diet.

During your arm lift recovery, it’s common to have some discomfort. You may experience soreness, swelling, and some bruising. This should lessen after the first few days.

Plan for 1 to 2 weeks of recovery time for an arm lift procedure. It may take the tissues in your arms a few weeks to fully heal.

You’ll want to use pillows to keep the arms elevated. This helps to increase circulation and reduce swelling. Your doctor may prescribe pain medication if needed.

Wear comfortable loose clothing which is easy to take on and off. Choose a zip or button up shirt rather than a pullover.

It’s important to keep an eye on the surgery site for any changes. Any increased redness, drainage, or swelling should be reported to your doctor as soon as possible.

Arm lift recovery time is usually 1 to 2 weeks. For a quicker recovery, it’s important to follow your post-operative instructions. Get plenty of rest and avoid any strenuous activity that may include bearing weight or lifting over your head.

It’s normal for your arm and hand strength to feel weak at first. They will get stronger over time as you heal. Keep arm movement and activity limited during the recovery phase.

You’ll also need to pause your exercise routine. Your doctor will recommend when you can begin physical activity in your arms again.

It will most likely be a month or two before you can resume all regular activities. Start out slow with a daily walk. Then ease back into your normal fitness routine.

Once you get the green light from your doctor you can start strength training. This will help continue muscle growth and toning for your arms.

Yes, it is. An arm lift is a popular cosmetic surgery to combine with other procedures. When appropriate, patients choose to do this to avoid another anaesthesia procedure and recovery time.

An upper body lift is a popular combined procedure. It involves contouring your breasts, arms, and abdomen all at once. Many doctors will recommend breast surgery with a tummy tuck and liposuction.

When combining procedures, you’ll only have to go under anaesthesia one time. Depending on the number of procedures done you may need a longer recovery time.

Your surgeon will be able to inform you of recovery times for each procedure as well as which procedures can get done at the same time.

You will have some pain and discomfort after this surgery. However, it is not considered a particularly painful procedure. The pain usually only lasts for a few days and of course you will be given appropriate pain killers to control this. One per cent of all operations lead to major complications.

This is a surgical procedure and as such potentially serious complications such as a blood clot or embolus or an unexpected response to drugs or anaesthetics can occur.

Beside the complications that can develop after any surgery, there are problems that are special for your surgery. These include: the scar is long and may be slow to heal, it is not unusual to have scabbing along the scar for several weeks, and fluid (either blood or serum) can collect under the skin flap.

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