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Arm Lift Surgery


Arm lift surgery, also known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the upper arms.

The procedure is designed to improve the appearance of sagging, loose skin that can develop on the arms as a result of aging, weight loss, or genetics.

An arm lift can create a smoother, more toned appearance in the upper arms, and may also improve the individual's self-confidence. The procedure can be performed alone or in combination with liposuction to further contour the arms.

Good candidates for arm lift surgery are individuals who are in good overall health, have excess skin and fat in the upper arms, and are at a stable weight. They should also have realistic expectations for the results of the procedure and be willing to follow post-op instructions for optimal recovery.

However, it's important to have a consultation with a qualified surgeon to determine whether the procedure is necessary or not. The doctor evaluates the candidate's medical history, current health status, and cosmetic goals during this visit.


Preparation for Arm Lift Surgery


Before undergoing arm lift surgery, the surgeon provides the patient with detailed instructions to prepare for the procedure.


  • The doctor performs a consultation to ensure that the candidates are healthy enough to undergo surgery. This may include a physical exam, blood tests, and other diagnostic tests like electrodiagram.
  • They may ask the patient to stop taking certain medications, such as blood thinners or aspirin, for a period of time before the surgery to reduce the risk of bleeding.
  • If the candidate is a smoker, they need to stop smoking for several weeks before and after the surgery, as it can impair the recovery process.
  • A healthy diet is important for optimal healing. The surgeon may recommend that the patient eat a well-balanced diet with plenty of protein and vitamins to help their body heal after the surgery.
  • The candidates should wear loose-fitting clothing on the day of the surgery, as tight clothing can irritate the incision areas.


How is Arm Lift Surgery Performed ?


Arm lift surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. The specific technique used depends on the extent of the excess skin and fat in the upper arms and the patient's individual needs.

The surgeon makes an incision on the underside of the upper arm, usually from the elbow to the armpit. The length of the incision depends on the amount of excess skin to be removed.

The doctor removes excess fat and skin from the upper arm. If necessary, liposuction may also be used to further contour the arm. They may also tighten the underlying muscles and tissue to create a more toned appearance.

The incisions are closed with sutures or surgical staples. The surgeon may also place small drains to remove excess fluid from the area. The operation areas are dressed with bandages and a compression garment to help reduce swelling and support the healing process.

The procedure usually takes 2-3 hours to complete, depending on the extent of the surgery. Patients generally be able to go home on the same day as the surgery, although some may need to stay overnight in the hospital.


Arm Lift Surgery Aftercare


After a brachioplasty, patients may experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising in the upper arms. The surgeon provides specific post-operative instructions to help manage these symptoms and promote optimal healing. Here are some common tips that patients may need to follow after the surgery.


  • Patients may be prescribed painkillers to manage discomfort during the first few days after the surgery.
  • Candidates for arm lift need to wear a compression garment on the treated area to reduce swelling and support recovery.
  • Patients should avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for several weeks after the surgery to allow the arms to heal properly. They should not drive also for a while.


The individuals may expect some scarring on the underside of the upper arms, but these fade over time. The surgeon may suggest some techniques to help reduce their appearance.

Patients may be able to go back to their work and normal activities after 1-2 weeks, depending on the extent of the surgery and the individual's recovery period. It's important to follow all post-operative instructions provided by the surgeon to ensure the best results.

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