Plastic Surgery | Body | Upper arm lift

Upper arm lift

It is not only in the face that ageing becomes apparent through the loss of skin elasticity and connective tissue, the body also ages with it and the skin and connective tissue become inelastic and give way to gravity.
Weight fluctuations and severe weight loss can further exacerbate the problem. The upper arms belong to those parts of the body where these processes are clearly visible. The skin begins to “hang” and usually neither physical activity nor a disciplined diet helps to improve the problem.
In order to achieve a cosmetic improvement, a surgical upper arm lift is recommended. Occasionally it makes sense to perform additional liposuction.


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What is an arm lift?

During upper arm lifting, excess skin and tissue is removed through a spindle-shaped incision on the underside of the upper arm. The wound edges are adapted and tightly sutured, resulting in slimmer and tighter upper arms. Occasionally, the procedure can also be combined with liposuction.

Am I a good candidate for an arm lift?

If you are disturbed by sagging and hanging skin and a significant excess of tissue in the upper arm area, which does not improve despite disciplined nutrition and sport, an upper arm lift could lead to the desired result.

What can I expect after an arm lift?

The upper arm lift enables you to achieve both functionally and aesthetically firmer, well-proportioned upper arms.

What happens during consultation hours?

In a detailed consultation we will decide together whether an upper arm lift is suitable for you or whether alternative treatment options are a better therapy. Our experience enables us to advise you in detail about the different possibilities of an upper arm lift, but also about alternative possibilities such as liposuction or non-surgical fat reduction with truSculpt (radio frequency), and to offer you the ideal therapy for your needs.

Of course, we will take photos and ask for your detailed medical history in order to identify possible contraindications for the procedure at an early stage. It is a real concern of ours to support you with all your questions, worries and wishes. We take our time for this.

What's the surgery like?

An upper arm lift is usually performed by two of us. This enables us to keep the operation time and thus the anaesthesia for the patient short. The operation takes 1-2 hours for an upper arm lift and takes place under general anaesthesia in our certified operating theatre or under inpatient conditions in the hospital. Whether outpatient or inpatient depends on the extent of the findings and the operation and will be discussed with you in detail beforehand.
Drainages are inserted to drain blood and wound secretion, which can be removed after 1-2 days. In the operating theatre you will be dressed in compression garments, which you should wear for 6 weeks.

What about the follow-up treatment?

As with any surgical procedure, you will feel slight pain in the first few days. We will give you painkillers for this and will be happy to answer any other questions you may have. During the first few days, you will feel a feeling of tension due to the tightening and should therefore only move your arms carefully.

The first check-up takes place the day after the operation. Afterwards we usually see each other again after 2-3 weeks for suture removal in our consultation hour and after 6 weeks and 3, 6 and 12 months for further checks. You can expect the final result after about 3-6 months after the swelling has subsided.

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What are the risks?

Every operation involves surgical and anesthesia-related risks. There is an increased risk of surgical complications, especially for patients who smoke or suffer from obesity or diabetes.

Risks associated with any surgical procedure

  • secondary bleeding
  • infection
  • Unpleasant or excessive scarring
  • thrombosis

Risks of thigh lifting

  • wound healing disorders
  • Seroma (accumulation of wound fluid)
  • bead formation
  • asymmetry

Would you like to learn more?

If you are interested in an upper arm lift, we will be happy to assist you as an objective consultant. It is important for us to give you a comprehensive picture of the procedure. We will discuss the possibilities and risks of the procedure with you in a non-binding consultation. This discussion provides you with a serious basis on which to make a fundamental decision for or against a procedure.

Get in touch with us.

Arrange a non-binding appointment online here.

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