Skin loosening often occurs in the area of the arm due to advanced age or weight loss. Arm lift is the appropriate procedure to deal with the above cases.


  1. Traditional arm lift:
    The surgeon removes a large amount of skin and fat tissue from the axilla to the elbow.
  2. Mini arm lift
    Liposuction is performed and at the same time a small amount of excess skin near the axilla is removed. This technique concerns cases with small amount of skin laxity and excess fat.
  3. Liposuction:
    Liposuction works best for patients with good skin elasticity and little or no excess skin.
  4. Cryolipolysis:
    A non-surgical option often used in cases where a small amount of fat needs to be reduced.
  5. Tightening with High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)
    A non-surgical option often used in cases where a small amount of fat needs to be reduced while at the same time the skin displays the first signs of aging.


  • Stop smoking 6 weeks before surgery and 1 week after .
  • Decrease alcohol consumption
  • Stop aspirin 7 days prior to surgery
  • Go through pre-operative examinations

Type of anesthesia

The above procedure is usually done under general anesthesia.


The patient usually stays in the hospital for one night.

Surgical technique

Usually, in classical arm lift, excess skin is removed from the axillary area to the elbow. The incision extends along the inner surface of the arm from the axilla to the elbow. The length of the incision will depend on the degree of excess skin. This surgery gives an excellent result in the shape of the arm, leaving a scar that will take about twelve months to the final result.
In mini arm lift, the incision is limited to the axilla.
Depending on the case, the procedure lasts 2-2.5 hours

Post-operative instructions

  • Any bruising is absorbed in the next 10 days
  • Physical exercise is allowed after 3 weeks
  • A compressive garment is necessary in the first 3 weeks

Post-operative Complications

  • Poor healing
  • Hematoma
  • Inflammation
  • Skin necrosis
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Asymmetry

Concluding, you should not underestimate the dangers of an arm lift, but just realize that it is a relatively simple surgery that may have complications.

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