Brachioplasty Surgery

Arm lift (brachioplasty )

Many reasons cause the skin to be 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.

What is a Brachioplasty?

An Arm Lift surgery or a Brachioplasty is a surgical procedure aiming 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, choosing a dependable surgeon to perform any plastic surgery is essential to get the desired results.


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 avoid all the risks and achieve the desired result.

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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 I 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 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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The Surgery Process

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

1. Standard Brachioplasty

Standard Brachioplasty, known as an Upper Arm Lift surgery, is the most common type of this surgery. 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 a Mini Arm Lift surgery, is the appropriate procedure for people with 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 experienced sagging skin because of the aging process.

During a mini arm lift surgery, 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.

This process’s made incision will be smaller than the shaped incision in the upper arm lift surgery.

3. Extended Brachioplasty

The extended type is the best process to alter the arm’s surroundings for people who have lost an extreme amount of weight.

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

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

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

4. L -Brachioplasty

L-Brachioplasty 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 and the chest wall side.

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 Brachioplasty


Short Brachioplasty Scar is a procedure for 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 in a 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 bandages’ incisions, which will be removed after two days. The 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 are equipped with advanced technologies. 

brachioplasty before and after


Tips for Brachioplasty 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 anesthesia used was general, the surgeon will ask you to stay for one night at the hospital.
If you need to stay at the hospital, it would be best to have someone 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 surgery.

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 post-operative 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, it would be best to ask your surgeon when you can back to your daily routine.


After the surgery, 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 result is permanent. However, maintaining a stable weight and doing exercise can help keep your results longer. 

How much is the cost for Brachioplasty?

Before undergoing Brachioplasty surgery, the surgeon will determine the best type of process for you and its fees. The cost of Brachioplasty will be different based on the procedure’s complexity, your surgeon’s skills, and the geographic hospital location.

In Turkey, the average arm lift cost ranges between $1,900 to $2,800
In the plastic surgery field, there are plenty of clinics worldwide that provide cosmetic surgery services. Do not attract only to the low price offers without ensuring the specialist’s experience and skills.

With HayatMed, we guarantee you to achieve the best results at an affordable cost. Click here to get more information about the exact cost or go back to other body procedures.

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