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Brachioplasty surgery, also known as arm lift surgery is a cosmetic procedure usually performed to provide the upper arms area with a more aesthetically pleasing contour. The term brachioplasty can also refer to any type of surgical arm contouring.

Some patients may have excess droopy skin and others may be dissatisfied with the contour and proportions of their upper arms. Sagging upper arms can be caused by hereditary reasons, the natural aging process or extreme fluctuations in weight, with the latter being the most common reason.

While this procedure is usually sought by patients after they lost a great deal of weight, it can also be performed on individuals with a stable weight – some patients can experience problems with weight loss in a specific area, in this case the arms. In some cases dietary changes and exercise programs simply don’t work – this is a scenario where an arm lift surgery becomes necessary.

Brachioplasty surgery and arm lift surgery – What can it achieve?

● An arm lift procedure can reduce droopy excess sagging skin
● Brachioplasty surgery can tighten and smooth out the arms supportive tissue, giving it a more appealing shape
● Arm lift surgery can also help with fatty tissue build-ups in the upper arm region

Arm Lift Candidates

Brachioplasty surgery, also known as arm lift surgery is recommended for any patient dissatisfied with the look or shape of their upper arms.

Am I Suitable for Arm Lift?

An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty surgery is not recommended for morbidly obese individuals or patients suffering from any serious illness. Pregnant or breast feeding women should wait before having this procedure. Other contraindications include heavy smokers, a medical history of blood clotting and suffering from an active infection in the body.

Preparing for Arm Lift

It’s important that patients quit smoking for a month before and after the procedure. Blood thinners, herbal teas, omega 3 capsules and oral supplements need to be avoided for at least 2 weeks before the brachioplasty surgery is set to begin. Patients need to have a stable weight before going in for surgery.

How is Arm Lift Performed?

The patient is administered general anaesthesia before the procedure can begin. Sometimes intravenous sedation is enough to perform the operation.

There are three main types of incisions for brachioplasty surgery. The incision type and length depends on the amount of excess droopy skin that needs to be removed and the amount of fatty tissue in the area. The main incision types are:

● An inner arm incision
● Back of the arm incision
● Minimal incision

Once the appropriate incision is created, the surgeon will begin to tighten the supportive tissue from beneath the skin and reshape it with internal sutures. Excess fatty tissue may also be removed at this point, either through a direct excision or liposuction.

Excess skin tissue is removed and then the incision is closed with sutures. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of incision. Arm lift scars can be extensive or minimal but it depends on the patient’s condition. Generally speaking, arm lift scars are more hidden when using the inner arm incision technique.

Arm Lift Summary


Local or General anesthetic

Hospital Stay

Patient is required to stay 1 night in the hospital

Back to Sports

4 to 6 weeks

Duration of Operation

1 to 3 hours

Back to Work

1 week

Arm Lift Recovery

The average arm lift recovery period lasts around 2-3 weeks. Bandages, dressings or compression garments will be applied on the incision site. Most patients can return to work after around a week. Exercise, sports or physically draining activities need to be avoided for at least 4 weeks, giving the body ample time to heal. Arm movement at the shoulder should be avoided in the first 4 weeks, as it can have a negative effect on the healing process.

Arm Lift Risks and Complications

Arm lift surgery risks and complications can include:

● Infections
● Unappealing scars
● Bleeding
● Seromas
● Arm lift surgery revision
● Asymmetry
● Extensive bleeding

Arm Lift Side Effects

Arm lift operation side effects can include:

● Swelling
● Bruising
● Temporary loss of sensation
● Pain

Arm Lift Success Rates

Arm lift surgery reviews set the average success rate at 93%.

Before and After Arm Lift

Patients need to maintain a stable weight before and after brachioplasty surgery. Even though the skin and fatty tissue has been removed, it can grow back if the patient gains weight.

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Arm Lift Cost

Average Arm Lift costs are € 1,882, based on Arm Lift prices from 23 clinics. Cheapest Arm Lift cost is € 1,200 where Arm Lift prices can go up to € 2,570.

Arm Lift prices vary greatly depending on the clinic and the location. For example, Arm Lift in Turkey is a popular option where Arm Lift costs as low as € 1,800. You can also find Arm Lift clinics in Poland starting from € 1,352. Arm Lift in Hungary is another popular option where prices start from € 1,200.

Please note that the Arm Lift prices listed on FlyMedi are the average price for Arm Lift procedures. Clinics may ask you to provide them with specific information about your medical condition in order to provide you a detailed cost estimate for Arm Lift procedures. To receive a personalized Arm Lift quote, please click HERE.

Arm Lift FAQ

How long before I can resume exercise or sports?

Patients can return to sports in around 4 to 6 weeks, depending on the extent of the arm lift surgery.

Is arm lift surgery painful?

All plastic surgery procedures produce some discomfort. Arm lift surgery is not painful, especially since patients are given painkillers.

How long before the scar is fully healed?

The scar will heal in around 2-3 weeks.