Arm lift, is also known as brachioplasty, it is a type of cosmetic surgery that reshapes the under
portion of the upper arm, from the underarm region to the elbow. Good candidates are those
individuals who may have sagging upper arms due to the effects of aging and weight loss.
During the surgical procedures, medications are administered. It includes either intravenous sedation
or general anesthesia. Incisions are placed on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm
extending from the axilla (underarm) to the elbow, depending on the location and amount of excess
skin to be removed as well as the surgeon’s preference. Then, tissues are tightened and reshaped with
sutures resulting in a smoother and shapely upper arm. The incisions will then be closed with
absorbable or non- absorbable stitches.
The procedure usually takes 1-2 hours
Care after surgery:
Following your surgery, you may feel some mild discomfort and the surgeon will prescribe pain
medications to alleviate pain. Dressings will be applied to your incisions, and your arms may be
wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling. A small, thin tube may
be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect. Swelling
peaks two to three days after your arm lift typically disappear within two weeks. Elevating your arm
with pillows can help reduce swelling and increase comfort during recovery.
Dressings are typically applied to the incision. Many of the stitches will dissolve, but those that are not
self-absorbing are usually removed within a week. Your surgeon may prescribe a compression
garment to allow the skin to adhere to underlying tissues.
You can shower one week after the procedure, and most people can go back to work two to three
weeks after the procedure. Your surgeon will likely tell you to avoid any strenuous exercise for one
month, and to avoid heavy lifting for at least six weeks. Individual instructions vary.
We guarantee quality service and satisfying results of the operation but in cases of surgical
corrections, patient can assure a free of charge revision.
Risks and complications:
With every medical procedure there is a possibility of complications, which can cause a longer
recovery period. Arm lift risks include: Infection, hematoma, anesthesia risks, loss of sensation,
scarring, swelling of the hands, Seromas (fluid filled masses along the incision line).
Types of anesthesia use:
The procedure uses general anesthesia or sedation
It depends on your preferences as well as your surgeon’s. Arm lift can be performed on an out patient
basis, in the hospital, or in an ambulatory surgical suite.
Preparation prior to surgery:
Assessment of the medical history (any allergies, serious medical condition and all
medications taken both prescribed and non-prescribed), physical examination, and laboratory
tests will be performed during consultation.
Blood and urine samples will be collected for routine preoperative laboratory tests.
Smoking must be avoided for about 3-4 weeks prior to surgery, as nicotine interferes with
circulation and will greatly affect healing process.
You will likely to be asked to stop drinking alcohol, a week before the surgery and throughout
your recovery period.
Avoid taking any medications such as hormones, anticoagulants, anabolic steroids and
supplements at least 4-6 weeks to prevent complicating medical factors prior to surgery.
Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase