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Arm Lift / Brachioplasty

A Guide About Arm Lift Procedure

Arm Lift

Arm Lift / Brachioplasty

Aging combined with genetics can sometimes cause someone to feel uncomfortable in his or her own skin as they play a major role when it comes to developing sagging skin. Losing a substantial amount of weight can also cause someone to have extra skin especially on the underarms.

Some of the reasons that may lead a person to want to change the appearance of his or her underarms include;

  • Sagging skin on the upper arms
  • Extra fat and skin on the upper arms
  • The need to have toned and defined upper arms
  • Lack of muscle definition on the upper arms

Brachioplasty, also known as arm lift surgery in Dubai, can help in solving these issues through surgical rejuvenation of the upper arms. Brachioplasty is a surgical procedure to remove skin and fat from the upper arm, reducing skin redundancy that makes clothing fit improperly or makes you feel uncomfortable in short sleeves or sleeveless tops. Occasionally, the surgery is also called arm reduction in Dubai due to the fact that excess fat is removed, resulting in a leaner more defined looking arm.The procedure reshapes the underlying portion of the upper arms from the elbow to the underarm region, and as a result reduces the circumference. The technique aims to give more firm, toned and well-defined upper arms.

Arm lift Technique

Brachioplasty surgery can markedly improve the appearance of your arm. The combined effects of aging, gravity, fluctuations in weight, and a loss of skin elasticity all contribute to a loss of tone in the arms as we age. The type of arm lift will depend on your specific needs and amount of laxity. By assessing the excess skin and excess fat (if any is present), the expert surgeon determines which procedure is best for you. The incisions required are determined by the severity of your condition. Minimal skin excess may be treated with an incision in the armpit alone. More severe laxity is treated with an incision from the armpit to the elbow. For people who have significant amounts of fat, a liposuction technique is

An Arm lift procedure aims to:
  • Tighten the underlying supportive tissue which define the shape of the upper arm
  • Reduce excess sagging skin, also known as bat wings
  • Reduce localized pockets of fat which are in the upper arm region

Our Commitment To You

Our highly trained and experienced staff will guide you smoothly and comfortably along the entire process of having brachioplasty surgery in Dubai, which will allow you to make the best decision. At Al Shunnar Plastic Surgery, our experts have more than 20 years of experience in plastic and cosmetic procedures and have helped more than 10,000 patients safely achieve their dream of beauty and confidence. We will identify the most suitable expert for you, who will listen to you, understand, and identify your individual and detailed requirements in a tailor-made consultation. He/she will also advise you on what you should expect from the arm lift surgery and ultimately develop the most suitable treatment plan with you.

The Arm lift Process

The Consultation

The first step of having arm lift or arm reduction surgery in Dubai is to have a detailed consultation and examination in the clinic with our Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, to determine a tailor-made plan for each candidate.

The Surgery

The second step is to schedule the arm lift surgery with the highly qualified and experienced Plastic Surgeon who is an expert in Arm lift and anti-aging procedures. Prior to the surgery, each patient is screened to ensure that it is safe to proceed with the surgery. This includes a pre-aesthetic consultation, blood testing and to ensure the patient is a fit candidate for the arm lift procedure.

The procedure typically takes 2 to 3 hours under general or local anaesthesia with sedation.  During the surgery general anesthesia or intravenous sedation is administered. Once it has taken effect, incisions are generally placed on the armpit or on the inside of the arm as marked before surgery. An incision may extend from the underarm to just above the elbow or just at the armpit. The length of the incision and pattern depends on the location and amount of excess skin to be removed. Excess fat may be treated with liposuction.

The underlying supportive tissue is then tightened and reshaped with internal sutures. Lastly the skin is smoothed over the new contour of the arm. The incisions are closed with either absorbable sutures or stitches which will be removed within one to two weeks after the arm lift. The results are visible almost immediately after the arm lift procedure despite the swelling and bruising.

The expert Plastic Surgeon accompanies the patient throughout the entire process of recovery and healing, through scheduled follow-ups.

The Recovery

Dressings and bandages may be applied to the incisions and you might wear a compression garment, or your arms may be wrapped in an elastic bandage so as to minimize swelling following the surgery. Drainage tubes may be placed under the skin temporarily so as to drain excess fluid.

You will be given instructions on how to take care of the surgical site as well as any medication you might be given. This is to make the recovery safe and fast.

Normal activities should most likely be resumed after about 3 weeks and the patient can return to work or normal daily activities within 1-2 weeks following the arm lift procedure. The overall results of the procedure are long lasting as long as you maintain a good diet and a healthy lifestyle.

Over a period of about 4 weeks, the patient would typically have several post-operation visits to the clinic to monitor the healing process.


Although an arm lift procedure is straightforward, it is important that the right level of intervention or treatment is determined and that the procedure, whether surgical or non-surgical be performed by a qualified and Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon. A potential candidate has to fit into certain criteria to be eligible for the procedure and should:

  • Be adults who have significant upper arm skin laxity
  • Have relatively stable weight
  • Not have any medical conditions that would impair healing or increase risk of surgery
  • Have realistic expectations regarding the expected results.
  • Be in good health both physically and psychologically.

What To Expect From An Arm Lift

The main benefit of an arm lift surgery is more toned and defined upper arms. Since everyone is different, the expected results of an arm lift might vary from person to person, but benefits typically include:

  • More toned upper arms
  • Increase in self-confidence
  • Arms proportionate to the rest of the body
  • Reduction in the arms circumference

Next Steps

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Meet one of our experts at Al Shunnar Plastic Surgery for a personal consultation, to develop a tailor-made plan for you to have arm lift in Dubai. Contact us or book an appointment and our patient care coordinators will identify the most suitable expert for you.

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