Surgery Explained

Arm lift procedures vary somewhat based on how much skin removal and reconstruction is required to achieve the desired result.

Your surgeon will first mark the area of excess skin.

Then after the anaesthetic is administered, incisions are made on the inner arm, usually in a T-shaped or zigzag pattern depending on the technique and location of the loose skin that will be removed.

For those who also have large amount of redundant skin extending on either sides of the upper torso an extended brachioplasty may be performed where the scar is extended from the elbow to the armpit and then along the outer side of the chest.

In some cases, an upper arm lift may be combined with liposuction for best results. The fat is suctioned away from the area first, and then the excess skin is removed and the incision is closed in two layers for extra support.

Occasionally a drain is used to lead excess fluids from the site of incision, allowing the skin better to adhere to the underlying tissue.

Risks and complications

Risks are inherent to any surgical procedure. The most common risks associated with an arm reduction surgery include:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Numbness
  • Scarring
  • Asymmetry
  • Unsatisfactory result
  • Pulmonary embolism (i.e. blood clot in the lungs) - however this is very rare
  • Need to repeat procedure.


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