Arm lift (Brachioplasty)

Arm Lift procedure is done to remove excess skin that drops from the upper arm. The incision extends from the armpit to the elbow. Liposuction is done and then, if needed,  excess tissue is removed.


In young people with elastic skin and little or no wrinkling at the height of the upper arms (arm-pit level), liposculpturing alone can suffice . This allows the excess fat to be sucked away and we count on the elasticity of the skin to adapt to the new arm volume. The liposculpture can be done under local or general anaesthesia.

When there is also a major skin relaxation and the skin is no longer so elastic, a tight upper arm can only be achieved by removing the flabby skin. This is almost always combined with a liposculpture. Through an incision that starts in the armpit and runs from the inside of the upper arm, the excess skin is removed. This procedure can also be performed under local or general anesthesia, in day clinic. The incision is largely subcutaneously sutured, leaving no tension on the skin. In most cases, this guarantees a pencil line-thin pale scar, which is only visible from close by.

Arm lift surgery is performed under a general anaesthesia and takes approximately 2-3 hours to finish both arms. It can be combined with liposuction at other regions or other surgeries like abdominoplasty as well.

Are there any side effects?

One might face temporary side effects such as bruising, swelling, tightness, light bleeding, numbness and a tingling sensation. Most of these settle by about 2-3 weeks.

How long before I see the results of my arm lift?

Once the swelling subsides, you will notice the results. It may take up to 2-3 months to see full results of the surgery.

When can I resume my daily activities?

You can resume your daily activities from the next day. Desk jobs can be begun about 2-3 days after the surgery. Cardio exercise can be started from 1 week and heavy weight training should be avoided for at least 3-4 weeks.

Will I have a scar?

Scarring is normal in any surgical procedure. The scars are however not visible if you stand straight, but will be visible if you raise your arms above your head. As the time goes by, the scars will fades to a large extent.

An arm lift aims at the surgical correction of loose skin and excessive adipose tissue at the level of the upper arm. This is not always a simple surgical problem, for which different solutions exist, each with its advantages and disadvantages.


The surgical removal of excess skin and adipose tissue is generally well tolerated, the pain relief is usually small and can be treated well with painkillers.

The first days can give the wound a pulling feeling and the arms can be bruised and swollen. The first 3-4 weeks you wear a support stocking over the arm to reduce this swelling. The wound was subcutaneously sutured, and after two weeks the buttons of the sutures were removed. Sports is allowed again after about six weeks.


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