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Arm Lift


Sometimes the structure of the skin is disrupted and regional lubrication is increased or there is sagging in the skin due to rapid weight loss or aging. You can strengthen your arms with arm-stretching exercises, but unfortunately, you cannot remove these existing elasticity and fat deposits and even excess skin. At this point, arm lift, also known as Brachioplasty is a cosmetic surgery performed to remove sagging, relaxation, and excess fat in the arms. The laser liposuction method is generally used while stretching.


How Performed the Arm Lift/Brachioplasty 

There are two ways to stretch; arm-stretching surgery and laser liposuction. If there is no sagging and only lubrication is, laser liposuction is sufficient. However, if there are wings on upper arms and saggy, arm-stretching surgery is preferred. In laser liposuction methods, the fat in the arms is melted and the arm is stretched. An arm stretching surgery, a small scar is opened and excess fat and sagging are removed.


Arm Lift with Laser Liposuction Method 

This method, which is most preferred by patients and doctors, is performed by a local surgeon by a plastic surgeon. This surgery, performed with smart lipo and slim lipo devices, performs successful results in removing oils on the arm. The patient is discharged the next day. Brachioplasty surgery lasts about 1-2 hours.


Arm Stretching Surgery 

Firstly, the doctor has marked the area to be treated in your arm. A long ellipse-shaped skin and fatty tissue are removed from the inside and back of the arm. The cut is sewn in two layers with an aesthetic stitch inside and outside, a special corset or bandage is attached to the arms.

However, since stretching the arm will create a scar on the back of the arm, it is a recommended method for suitable patients with advanced deformation and sagging. You can strengthen your arms with arm-stretching exercises, but unfortunately, you cannot remove these existing elasticity and fat deposits and even excess skin.


Who is a Good Candidate for Arm Lift/Brachioplasty? 

If you have too sagging in your upper arm, your arm skin is relaxed, your upper arm is fatter than the lower and even though you do exercise, still have these problems, you can do arm lift. Healthy, nonsmoking patient's arms would be good candidates for this procedure.


Good candidates for an arm lift which includes:

  • Adults with significant upper arm skin excess and laxity
  • Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase the risk of surgery
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations.
  • Adults of any age whose weight is relatively stable and who are not significantly overweight

Patients who have lost a considerable amount of weight should aim to maintain a stable weight for at least six months before consideration of Brachioplasty or any other body contouring procedures.



To achieve the best results about your health, desires, and lifestyle a person seeking this type of cosmetic surgery should have the following information ready during their arm lift consultation:

  • Surgical goals, your expectations
  • Medicines you use and drug allergies
  • Medical conditions
  • Previous surgeries


Before Arm Lift Surgery/Brachioplasty

  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding



You will have a very comfortable period after arm-stretching surgery. Swelling and bruising on your arms and a very slight feeling of numbness in these areas will be observed to pass within approximately 2 weeks.

It is generally recommended to keep the arms high in the first period after the operation. The patient can start his daily work within 2-3 days.


Procedure Risks

Arm lift surgery has some risks like all surgeries have too. comes with some risks. In addition to pain and infection, you might also have:

  • Excessive bleeding,
  • Permanent scarring,


Fluid buildup,

  • Nerve, muscle, or blood vessel damage,
  • Fatty tissue death.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What results can I expect?

The results of arm lift surgery will be long-lasting, provided that you maintain a stable weight and general fitness. As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness in your arms, but most of your improvement from surgery should be relatively permanent.


  • What medical conditions would make having an arm lift risky?

Brachioplasty should never be performed on someone who smokes. And, as for all elective plastic surgery procedures, all tobacco products (including vaping and nicotine gum and patches) should be stopped four to six weeks before surgery. Patients with a history of connective tissue disorders (such as Ehlers Danlos) may not be good candidates as the procedure involves extensive incisions, and these patients traditionally have a history of poor tissue quality as well as difficulties healing. Similarly, patients on long-term oral steroids for medical conditions would not be good candidates for Brachioplasty.


  • What medical conditions would make having an arm lift risky?

Patients who are included at-risk group for arm lift;

  • Patients who use smoke, all tobacco products (including vaping and nicotine gum and patches), if you use, you have to stop 4  weeks before the operation,
  • Patients who have connective tissue disorder, because of incisions,
  • Patients who use oral steroids.


Will I have scarring after arm lift operation and if so, will the scar heal?

Yes, there will be a little scar, because of the technique which is limited to patients whose loose skin. This scar can be withheld with shirts or other clothes. 

In addition to this, healthy people who don’t smoke, the scars would heal faster and fade over time. Also, you should protect your arm scars from the sun, it helps the scars smaller.


  • What Should You Expect Right After the Procedure?

Along with bandages, you may have to wear a compression garment. This will help keep any swelling down. Because of the anesthesia 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.


  • How Painful Is the Recovery Period?

During your arm lift recovery, it's common to have some discomfort. This should lessen after the first few days.

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


  • When can I start doing exercise after arm lift surgery?

You' have to stop your exercise routine for a while. Your doctor will recommend when you can begin the physical activity in your arms again. It will most likely be a month or two before you can resume all regular activities.


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