Arm Lift

An arm lift or brachioplasty is a surgical procedure that consists of tightening the skin on the inside of the arm.

The incision is made in one of the axial folds, horizontally or longitudinally, depending on the technique chosen by the surgeon. The excess skin is removed and the suture is placed in the axilla.

Finally, a compression bandage is applied.

Before The Procedure

Before the operation the necessary medical examinations will be made.

Day D - 30

Smoking cessation is strongly recommended as it delays wound healing and may prolong overall postoperative recovery time. Oral contraceptive discontinuation may be required if appropriate risk factors are present.

Day D - 10

Aspirin, herbal teas, vitamins and blood thinners must no longer be taken.

Day D – 2

Please do not drink alcohol 48 hours prior to surgery. Please remove your nail polish as oxygen levels can be measured on your nails.

- 8 Hours

Do not eat or drink anything for 8 hours prior to surgery.

Treatment Details

Surgical Scar Surgical scar A period of 6 to 12 months is required to evaluate the result. The scars are usually inconspicuous, especially as they are hidden in a natural fold.
Duration + 2 hours
Type Of Anesthesia General anesthesia
Risk Adverse reaction to anesthesia.
Fluid accumulation beneath the skin (seroma).
Infection: you may be given antibiotics during and after surgery to prevent infection.
Smoking increases this risk
Side Effect Bruising
Persistent pain
Changes in skin sensation
Allergic reaction
Recovery Time Return to work depends on the nature of the occupational activity, but it may take up to 1 week.

4 to 6 weeks before you can get back to physical activities, such as exercise.

Long-term recovery typically takes 3 months.

The healing processes take place in the following period:
- 4 to 6 weeks Bruising and swelling are usually gone

- 6 to 8 months the shape improves and the tissue healing is completed,
- 12 months healing is completed

Patients are able to return to all normal activities within four to six months.

After The Operation

In all cases, patients should rest as much as possible and avoid movement of the legs. Patients should plan to take seven to ten days off work to recover.

Stitches and bandages are removed 10 days after surgery. The compression garment should be worn day and night for at least 6 weeks.

Returning to work depends on the type of occupational activity, but can be considered for light work from day 8. Sporting activities can be resumed from about week 6.