Procedure for Arm Lift



Arm lift or brachioplasty is a cosmetic procedure done by a plastic surgeon to reduce excess flab in the upper arm and sculpt toned arms. Excess skin sagging /flabby arms may be the aftermath of bariatric surgery where the patient loses massive amount of weight. It could also be genetic or the result of age related loosening of muscle and skin.

This procedure involves:

  • Trimming the excess skin
  • Tightening the supportive tissue in the arm,
  • Removing localized fat pockets
  • Liposuction where there is excess fat tissue
  • Smoothening the skin to create firm and toned arms.

The procedure can be done under local anesthesia with sedation or under general anesthesia. A cut is made on the inner side of the arm to ensure that the scar if any remains invisible. In cases with minimal arm sag, a small cut is made beginning from the underarm extending upto the inner side of the arm.

In cases where extensive repair needs to be done, a larger cut needs to be made which may extend to the front of the chest wall.

Internal stitches are made for tightening the supportive tissue inside the arm. Skin stitches tighten and smooth the outer arm into its new contour.

What is the average length of stay for Arm lift treatment?

The time of hospitalization varies from 1 to 3 days depending upon how extensive the procedure was; the type of anesthesia and post operative state of the patient.

Arm Lift Indications

Following are a few conditions in which Arm Lift is advised:

  • Patients maintaining stable weight
  • Non smokers
  • Non diabetic
  • Those with significant loose skin and ‘bat wings’ under the arm
  • Medically stable persons

Arm Lift Risks and Complications

These are a few of the possible complications which can be noted in an Arm Lift:

  • Immediate post operative-risk of anaesthesia, pain and infection, bruising and swelling and damage to the nerve or blood vessels during the procedure
  • Late complications - poor wound healing
  • Unsightly scarring
  • Deep tissue damage and stitches coming out through the wound
  • Decreases sensations in the arm

Post Discharge Care/Rehabilitation Information

Active work can be resumed in 2 weeks. Avoid lifting heavy weights for at least 6 weeks post-surgery

Diet and life style adjustment after Arm Lift Surgery are:

  • Avoid smoking
  • Avoid weight gain or excess weight loss
  • High protein diet helps wound healing


Q. When can I go back to work?
A. Most people can resume normal activities by 3 weeks of the procedure.

Q. Why should I keep my weight stable after surgery?
A. Excess weight gain or loss will lead to recurrence of the condition because of excess fat deposits if you gain weight or skin sagging on losing weight.

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