An Arm Lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure to reshape the under portion of your arm, from the upper arm to the elbow. Also known as Brachioplasty, excess skin and fat are removed from between the armpit and elbow.


You may want to consider an Arm Lift surgery if you notice your upper arm skin is sagging or drooping due to ageing or excessive weight loss.

During your consultation, you will discuss your medical history with the doctor. Be completely open with the doctor about your concerns, habits and expectations. The doctor may take photos of your arm, measure them, and talk with you about the best possible treatment for arm lift to achieve your goal. You will also learn about preparing for the surgery and planning for your recovery.

Your doctor might, delay your surgery if you are pregnant or you have certain conditions like diabetes or heart issues. The surgery will not be recommended if you are overweight.

There are certain guidelines that the doctor will advise you to follow before the surgery, like maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regularly, stop smoking at least three weeks before the surgery, strictly avoid anti-inflammatory drugs or medicines having aspirin so that the risk of excess bleeding is reduced.

Arm Lift Surgery is an outpatient procedure, performed under general or light sedation and local anaesthesia. The length of the procedure is approximately 1 to 3 hours.

After the anesthesia, your plastic surgeon will make incisions on the undersides of your arms. The length and pattern of the incisions depends on how much skin will be removed. Post the incisions, the surgeon will tighten your underlying tissues and secure them with stitches. He or she might also use a suction technique to remove fat (liposuction). Your skin will then be draped over the new contours and excess skin will be removed. Stitches or surgical tape will be used to close the incisions.

The smoother, tighter contours that result from brachioplasty are apparent almost immediately following your procedure.

After the surgery, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions, and arm may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling and support your arm as it heals following surgery. Small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect which will be removed in 2 to 5 days.

Your arm will feel sore and tender immediately after surgery. You will have to take bed rest for a couple of days after surgery.

In order to have successful long-lasting results it is important to follow the below:

- Avoid lifting heavy objects for few weeks.
- Avoid physical and athletic activities that might stretch the incisions for few weeks.
- Take pain medication as per prescription.
- A complete exercise pattern will be provided, which must be followed within six weeks.
- Contact your doctor immediately if you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, an irregular heartbeat or redness of the skin and a fever.

It is important to attend follow-up appointments with your doctor to keep track of your progress.

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