Arm Lift

Fluctuations in weight, growing older, and heredity reasons can all cause your upper arms to develop a drooping and flabby appearance. In time, the underside of your upper arms may start to sag or appear loose and full due to excess skin and fat. Unfortunately, this condition cannot be corrected through a vigorous exercise regime but requires surgical intervention. 

At Clinica Jóia, we offer you the option to rejuvenate your arms by means of an arm lift or a brachioplasty. This cosmetic surgical procedure is designed to tighten and smooth out the arms by removing excess skin, localised pockets of fat and targeting the underlying supportive tissue, so that your arms may be attractively and youthfully contoured once again. 

Due to the nature of the procedure, a consultation is required for personalised quotes

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Typical Uses

You should consider an arm lift if you are looking to treat:

Whilst an arm lift holds a variety of advantages, opting for this procedures is a highly personal decision. You should only do it for yourself and never to fulfil someone else’s desires or to attempt to fit any sort of ideal image.

What It Entails

During an arm lift, our plastic surgeon will work to treat very flabby arms and localised pockets of fat. After being sedated for your ensured comfort, an incision is made on the inside of the arm or the back of the arm, depending on the surgeon’s preference. According to the extent of the surgery, this incision may extend from the underarm (axilla) to just above the elbow, allowing the surgeon to start focusing on reshaping the arm using internal sutures. 

Here, any excess fat is removed directly from the incision or else treated using liposuction, and the remaining skin is trimmed accordingly. Once the desired result has been achieved, the incisions are closed up once more to reveal a newly contoured and well-toned arm.

How It Works

1.During the consultation

If you are interested in getting an arm lift, you should start by booking a consultation with our plastic surgeon. During the consultation, you will be able to express what you hope to gain from this surgery and, after reviewing your medical history, our doctor will be able to determine whether you are eligible to undergo this type of procedure. If you are a viable candidate, our doctor will outline the best course of treatment to ensure that you achieve optimal results. Prior to the surgery, you may be asked to get a medical evaluation, take certain medications or adjust your current medications, refrain from smoking and avoid ingesting drugs that may increase bleeding.

2.During the procedure

During the surgical procedure, medications are first administered for your ensured comfort. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anaesthesia, and your doctor will recommend the best choice for you prior to the surgery. Following sedation, the doctor will proceed by making the required incisions, typically on the inside of the arm or the back of the arm - depending on the surgeon’s preference - and may extend to just above the elbow.

At this point, excess fat may be directly removed or treated using liposuction, and the underlying supportive tissue is tightened and reshaped using internal sutures. Finally, the skin is stretched over your freshly contoured arm and the incisions closed up using absorbable sutures or stitches. Overall, the procedure takes approximately three to four hours to complete, leaving you with beautifully shaped and toned arms.

3.After the treatment

Post-surgery, bandages or dressing may be used to cover your incisions, and, to minimise swelling following surgery, your arms will typically be wrapped using an elastic bandage or a compression garment. Additionally, a small and thin tube may be provisionally positioned under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid.

As the swelling and bruising start to subside - and scarring starts to fade - your arm will start to look smoother and more tightly contoured, giving you more youthful looking arms to show off.

How It Works

1.During the consultation

If you are interested in getting an arm lift, you should start by booking a consultation with our plastic surgeon. During the consultation, you will be able to express what you hope to gain from this surgery and, after reviewing your medical history, our doctor will be able to determine whether you are eligible to undergo this type of procedure. If you are a viable candidate, our doctor will outline the best course of treatment to ensure that you achieve optimal results. Prior to the surgery, you may be asked to get a medical evaluation, take certain medications or adjust your current medications, refrain from smoking and avoid ingesting drugs that may increase bleeding.

2.During the procedure

During the surgical procedure, medications are first administered for your ensured comfort. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anaesthesia, and your doctor will recommend the best choice for you prior to the surgery. Following sedation, the doctor will proceed by making the required incisions, typically on the inside of the arm or the back of the arm - depending on the surgeon’s preference - and may extend to just above the elbow. At this point, excess fat may be directly removed or treated using liposuction, and the underlying supportive tissue is tightened and reshaped using internal sutures. Finally, the skin is stretched over your freshly contoured arm and the incisions closed up using absorbable sutures or stitches. Overall, the procedure takes approximately three to four hours to complete, leaving you with beautifully shaped and toned arms.

3. After the treatment

Post-surgery, bandages or dressing may be used to cover your incisions, and, to minimise swelling following surgery, your arms will typically be wrapped using an elastic bandage or a compression garment. Additionally, a small and thin tube may be provisionally positioned under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid. As the swelling and bruising start to subside - and scarring starts to fade - your arm will start to look smoother and more tightly contoured, giving you more youthful looking arms to show off.

Frequently Asked Questions

As with any procedure, side effects may occur, and the risks and potential complications will be discussed in detail during the initial consultation. Possible risks may include:

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Bleeding
  • Damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels and muscles
  • Fatty tissue under the skin might die (fat necrosis)
  • Fluid accumulation (seroma)
  • Infection
  • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
  • Pain, which may persist
  • Poor wound healing
  • Possible need for revisional surgery
  • Sutures may not absorb, but spontaneously surface through the skin, causing irritation, drainage and redness
  • Unfavourable scarring

Good candidates for an arm lift are typically :

  • Adults with notable skin laxity in the upper arm
  • Adults enjoying a relatively stable weight and who are not highly overweight
  • Healthy individuals that do not suffer from medical conditions that could impair healing or increase risk of surgery
  • Non-smokers
  • Individuals who have a positive outlook and realistic expectations

As long as you maintain a stable weight and general fitness habits the results of arm lift surgery will be long-lasting. It is important to keep in mind that the body will keep ageing, and losing some firmness is natural. Nevertheless, most of your improvement should be relatively permanent.

Follow-Up Procedures

Post Surgery, you will be reviewed closely in the initial weeks in order to make sure that you are healing well. The Medical Team will give you instructions related to wound care and general healing. Any stitches which may require removal will be removed accordingly and close monitoring of progress will be in place.
 
You will be discharged by the Surgeon when expected end result is achieved.
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