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Arm Lift

It is the result of an arm lift performed by Cağhan Baytekin, MD. For reference purposes only, results may vary.

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Average Cost $ 1500
Treatment General anesthesia
Recovery Time 2 Weeks

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Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) is a surgical procedure performed to eliminate deformation problems that occur especially in the upper region of the arm, usually caused by lubrication and skin sagging.

The skin and subcutaneous tissue layer in the back and inner parts of the upper arm is looser than the other parts of the body.

The skin and subcutaneous tissue layer in this area deforms faster and loosens due to factors such as genetic reasons, frequent weight loss, age gain, and rapid weight loss after operations such as stomach reduction surgery.

While tightening can be achieved in the area with exercise and different applications at the initial stage, the intervention should be done with “Arm Lift” surgery in the later and more severe cases.

Arm lift surgery is performed in a hospital environment, under general anesthesia, in an average of 1 to 3 hours.
Before arm lift surgery, the density of the fat tissue in the arm area and the degree of skin sagging are determined. Arm stretching surgery is performed with 2 different incision methods.

If the excess skin lies on the transverse line, then the operation is performed with an incision made under the armpit, in this way, the scars of the arm lift surgery remain under the armpit and do not cause aesthetic problems.
If the excess skin lies on the longitudinal line, then the excess skin is removed with a longitudinal incision. In this case, it is inevitable that a scar will appear after arm lift surgery.

During arm lift surgery, if not only excess skin will be removed, but also the density of adipose tissue will be reduced, then with the liposuction method, first the fat is drained and then the excess skin is removed.
Arm lift surgery begins with an elliptical incision in the sagging area on the inside and back of the arm. After removing the excess skin and excess fat tissue, the arm incision is sutured from the inside in two lines.

After arm lift surgery, a drain is usually placed to collect blood and body fluids that may occur inside. The drain is removed after 24-48 hours.

After arm lift surgery, the person is usually discharged the next day after staying in the hospital for one night. In some cases, this period may take up to 2 days depending on the size of the surgery.

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 It is especially important that the person has reached his ideal weight before arm lift surgery. This is a must before all excess skin surgeries. In addition, after the measurements of the person, heavy d The diets should be terminated and the person should maintain their current weight.
Smoking should also be stopped before arm lift surgery. It is important not to smoke 4 weeks before the surgery and until 2 weeks after the surgery. Smoking negatively affects the healing process.
Blood thinners, the use of Vitamin E and vitamins, foods and beverages that have a negative effect on blood coagulation should also be discontinued at least two weeks before the arm lift surgery and should not be used after the surgery until the date prescribed by your doctor.

Arm lift surgery is an operation that can be performed on anyone over the age of 18, under the age of 65, with a good general health condition, male and female.

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People over the age of 65 can have arm lift surgery only if there is no problem in their general health. Arm Lift surgery is not performed for pregnant and lactating people.

People with sagging problems in the upper arm area, also called bat arm,

People with excess skin in the arm area, usually after excessive weight loss,

People who cannot experience fat loss and tightening in the arm area despite exercise and diet,

People with sagging in the upper arm region due to genetic factors are suitable candidates for arm lift surgery.

Before you opt for an arm lift surgery, here are some important issues to keep in mind:

Although it will fade significantly with time, you will have a scar on the inside of your upper arm, running from your armpit to your elbow.

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Don't forget to think about the financial cost. Cosmetic surgery does not usually qualify for rebates from Medicare or private health insurance.

Smokers are at increased risk of complications from any surgery. If you are certain about undergoing an arm lift surgery, you should try to quit smoking.

Brachioplasty is usually performed under a general anaesthetic and may take up to three hours. Generally speaking, the operation involves:

  • The medical practitioner makes a cut on the inner surface of your upper arm from the armpit to the elbow. (Occasionally, the cut is made on the back of the arm.)

  • Extra fat is removed with liposuction, which involves the insertion of a thin tube (cannula) into the fat deposit. The fat is vacuumed out with a suction pump or large syringe.

  • Underlying muscle is tightened with stitches to smooth and define the shape of the upper arm.

  • The extra skin is cut away.

  • The cuts are closed with stitches.

Immediately after having an arm lift surgery, you can expect:


  • a drainage tube in the wound to help prevent fluid build-up

  • bruising and swelling

  • possible numbness

  • pain and discomfort

  • dressings or bandages on your upper arms

  • compression garments to help keep swelling down.

Arm lift surgery prices vary according to the volume of the operation, whether the operation will be combined or singular, the location characteristics such as the province and district where the operation will be performed, the hotel service of the hospital and hospital, operating room expenses and similar factors.

On average, arm lift surgery is performed in the price range of 1000 dolar - 2000 dolar.

It takes about six weeks for the body to fully heal after arm lift surgery. Your body will start to feel better 2-3 weeks after the surgery. In general, most patients get up and walk around in the first week of recovery.

Once patients start driving and feel their energy returning, they can usually return to work and other normal routines about two weeks after surgery.

Six weeks after surgery, the full results of the treatment should be noticeable. After this period, the healing process is considered complete.

Pros of Arm Lift Surgery

  • If the arm’s skin has become saggy and droopy, it is advisable for the patient to undergo an arm lift procedure rather than liposuction as an arm lift helps in tightening of the skin.

  • A benefit of arm lift is that it yields fast and substantial results.

  • The procedure removes excess skin from the arms and giving you the desired look of the arms.

  • As there is removal of the skin around the arms, the arms feel lighter and more firmer giving a  youthful look to the body.

  • Accumulation of fat due to various reasons such as heredity problem, lack of exercise, unsuccessful diet results can be treated with the cosmetic procedure.

  • The arm lift procedure gives the body a toned appearance which may have a positive impact on the state of mind of the patient.

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Cons of Arm Lift Surgery


  • Visible scars will be seen along the insides of your arms, extending from the armpit to the elbow. With technological advancements in the procedures these scars can be reduced.

  • Swelling is a side effect of the surgery. This can be minimised by using supportive wraps after the surgery.

  • Postoperative care becomes very important for the patient as there might be risks of development of blood clots, if the patient does not walk on a frequent basis.

  • The surgery can be posed with various risks such as scarring, bruising etc, which the patient can avoid by following the preoperative and postoperative instructions advised by the doctors.

Like any surgery, arm lift surgery carries some risks. Complications that may develop in the early and future periods after arm lift surgery are as follows;

Although very rare, bleeding, infection, hematoma, seroma and wound dehiscence can be seen in the days following surgery.

Your doctor will take the necessary measures to prevent these symptoms. While bleeding and hematoma are prevented with drain placement, you will be asked to use antibiotics after arm lift surgery to prevent infection.

Although wound dehiscence is very rare, it can be encountered from time to time, especially in people who continue to smoke.

To prevent this situation, shaping your life as requested by your doctor will minimize the risk of complications.

There are also some risks that can be seen in the future after arm lift surgery. Surgery scar does not heal as expected, redness, swelling, and itching at the scar area…

It is expected that the scars after arm lift surgery will heal within 1-2 years.

Today, it is possible to perform plastic surgery operations in all seasons. Therefore, we can perform arm lift surgery in every month and every season of the year.

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On the other hand, most patients prefer the winter season to have arm lift surgery. One reason is that long-sleeved sweaters and sweaters worn in winter hide your upper arms as they heal after arm lift surgery.

Although surgical scarring is minimal, some patients may feel hesitant during recovery. Therefore, winter is the best time of year to consider having an arm lift.

Non-surgical arm lift can be done with the help of some devices that work with plasma or radiofrequency energy.

These devices use either pressurized argon gas or plasma to direct radiofrequency energy into a hollow cannula.

Moved in a similar way to a liposuction cannula, the device accesses small sections of the subcutaneous collagen matrix.

This heat causes the collagen to contract strongly within fractions of a second, reducing the fiber length by 40-50%, resulting in tightening in the area where it is applied.

Skin tone continues to improve over a year as new collagen develops within the tissue. Studies show that the treatment can produce up to 36% measured skin surface area contraction.

Written on 03/11/2017


Last Update: 24/10/2023

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