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Many reasons cause the skin flabby and weaken its elasticity, such as losing an extreme amount of weight, aging, or genetics.
One of the affected parts of this problem is the arm skin. Fortunately, there is a cosmetic procedure that can improve arm appearance.
An Arm Lift or called a Brachioplasty is a surgical procedure that aims to treat a saggy armpit and tighten the upper arm to make them look more defined and toned.

It is a safe process that gives satisfactory results away from risks. However, it is essential to choose a dependable surgeon to perform any plastic surgery so you can ensure to get the desired results.

Arm Lift Risks

Arm Lift Risks

Although Brachioplasty is a safe procedure, you must understand all the risks associated with it before undergoing the process.

Some of these risks:

  • Permanent scars. 
  • Asymmetry in the shape of the arms.
  • Temporary numbness.
  • Swelling of the treated area.
  • Nerve or muscle damage.

In addition to the ordinary risks of all surgeries,

such as:

  • Bleeding.
  • Infection.
  • Stroke.
  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia.

Be sure to follow all the surgeon’s instructions to exceed the risks safely. In case you feel any unfamiliar complications, call your surgeon immediately.

At HayatMed, we provide you aftercare services. The medical crew will continue following up with you after the surgery to ensure that you skip all the risks and achieve the desired result. Click here to get more information about our services. 

Preparation before the Procedure

You will meet your surgeon to discuss important points related to the process.

During the consultation, the surgeon will:

  • Check your medical history by asking many questions like your medical problems, previous surgeries, and used medication.
  • May ask you to stop using some medicines like aspirin or take certain ones to avoid blood clots.
  • Make a physical examination to determine the targeted areas and the appropriate procedure for you.
  • Explain the expected results, side effects, and risks associated with the tummy tuck process.
  • Explain all instructions to follow them before and after the process.

On the other hand, you should tell the surgeon all your expectations and what the result you aspire. 

Furthermore, be sure that you get all the answers to your questions before leaving the surgeon’s clinic. 

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Arm Lift Procedure

This procedure varies from person to another. Your surgeon will choose for you the best type of the arm lift procedure, depending on your needs and the desired results.
There are five main types of Brachioplasty procedures:

1.Standard Brachioplasty

Standard Brachioplasty, or known as an Upper Arm Lift, is the most common type of Brachioplasty procedure. It is used to remove excess skin that droops from the armpit towards the wrist bone besides excess tissues.

This procedure is best for people who have lost a significant amount of weight.
During this process, the surgeon will make an incision extending from your armpit to your elbow, then he/she will remove excess fat and skin and stitch the incision.

2.Limited Brachioplasty

Limited Brachioplasty, or known as a Mini Arm Lift, is the appropriate procedure for people who have flabby skin near the armpit and a limited amount of fat.

So, they need a minor skin reduction in the inner part of the upper arms. 
This type is ideal for people who have lost a moderate amount of weight because of diet and exercise, or those who experienced sagging skin because of the aging process.

During a mini arm lift, the surgeon will make an incision in the armpit wrinkle to remove the excess fat and pull up the skin toward the armpit area. Then he/she will close the incision, which will be only visible in the armpit.

The made incision in this process will be smaller compared with the shaped incision in the upper arm lift procedure.

3.Extended Brachioplasty

Extended Brachioplasty or Extended Arm Lift is the best process to alter the surroundings of the arm for people who have lost an extreme amount of weight.

During this process, the surgeon will make an incision extending from the inner surface and back of the arm area. With this incision,

he/she will remove the maximum amount of excess skin and fatty tissue located under the arm area along and the side of the chest wall. Then close the incision with sutures.

This procedure will leave a visible scar on the back of the inner arm area.


L-Brachioplasty, or referred to as L Arm Lift, is a suitable procedure for people who have a saggy armpit and heavy laxity in the arm and the lateral chest tissue.

During this procedure, the surgeon will make an incision extending from the inner surface and back of the arm area, in addition to an L shaped incision from the armpit to the chest at a right angle.

With these incisions, he/she will remove the maximum amount of excess skin and fatty tissue located under the arm area along and the side of the chest wall.

To complete the procedure, the surgeon will stitch the incisions with sutures.
This process can solve the problems which can’t be treated with the extended procedure.

5.Short Scar Brachioplasty

Short Scar Brachioplasty, or known as T Arm Lift, is a procedure for the people who suffer from moderate tissue laxity of the upper arm.

During this process, the surgeon will make two incisions. One of them will be as T shape to combine the diamond or crescent-shaped incision done on the mini procedure, while the other small one will be on the upper arm.

With these incisions, the surgeon will correct the upper arm tissue laxity and lift the arm skin toward the armpit, then he /she will close the incisions.

After finishing the surgery, the surgeon will cover the incisions in bandages, which will be removed after two days.
Brachioplasty surgery takes from two to three hours, and it may be performed under local or general anesthesia according to which method your surgeon chooses.

In some cases, surgeons may use arm liposuction to remove excess fat for dramatic results.

At HayatMed, we have highly skilled surgeons in the cosmetic treatment field. In addition to the experienced medical crew and the hospital, which equipped with advanced technologies. 

Arm Lift Surgery Recovery

Arm Lift Surgery Recovery

After the process, you will remain in the recovery room for a couple of hours under observation by the medical crew. 

You can go home back on the same day if you undergo this procedure under local anesthesia, and you do not experience any unfamiliar complications.

While if the used anesthesia was general, the surgeon will ask you to stay for one night at the hospital.
In case you need to stay at the hospital, it would be best if you had someone to accompany you or HayatMed will offer someone to stay with you. 

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You may have thin tubes to discharge the excess fluids and blood for a few days after the Brachioplasty procedure. The medical crew will explain how to empty it at home.

It is normal to experience swelling in the arm area, which will fade gradually during the first month after the surgery.
You may feel pain. No worries; the doctor will prescribe painkillers and antibiotics.

Be sure to follow the postoperative instructions, such as:

  • Wear a sleeve compression for about a month to avoid swellings.
  • Avoid lifting your arms.
  • stay away from lifting heavy things.
  • Avoid strenuous physical activities.
  • Reduce smoking as possible.

You may go back to work after one week. However, you need to ask your surgeon when you can back to your daily routine.


After Brachioplasty, you need about a month for the swelling and the other complications to fade. Then you will have a better arm appearance.

In general, the Brachioplasty result is permanent. However, maintaining a stable weight and doing an exercise can help to keep your results for a longer time. 

Arm Lift Cost

Before undergoing Brachioplasty surgery, the surgeon will determine the best type of process for you and all the fees related to it.

The Brachioplasty cost will be different based on the complexity of the procedure, your surgeon’s skills, and the geographic hospital location.

In Turkey, the average arm lift cost ranges between $1,900 to $2,300
In the plastic surgery field, there are plenty of clinics all over the world that provides cosmetic surgery services. Do not attract only to the low price offers without making sure of the specialist’s experience and skills.

With HayatMed, we guarantee you to achieve the best results at an affordable cost. 

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