The ins and outs of Arm Lift Surgery

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Arm Lift Surgery

What can I expect from arm lift surgery?

Before any surgery, you will be invited to a consultation where you can discuss with your practitioner what you are unhappy with and what you would like to achieve. The procedure itself is conducted under general anaesthetic, so you will not be concious or feel anything. Incisions will be made on the inside or the back of the arm, extending from the underarm to just above the elbow. Excess skin is removed and your arm will be stitched into a more toned shape.

What happens after arm lift surgery?

Operated areas will feel tight and swollen, peaking at two to three days. Throughout your recovery period, you may experience the following things:

  • Bleeding: small amounts of bleeding or fluid is very common but should not be more than a slow staining on your dressing.
  • Pain: Moderate pain is always anticipated after the procedure. You will be prescribed with pain medication for the first few days after which you will be able to take over the counter pain relief such as ibuprofen.
  • Bruising and swelling: There may be bruising and swelling which usually subsides with two to three weeks. You will be given a garment to wear for the first six weeks which aids in reducing swelling.


How long does it take to recover from an arm lift?

Stitches from the operation will need to be removed one or two weeks after surgery. You'll have dressing and bandages with a compression garment to minimise swelling. Occasionally a small tube may be placed under the skin to allow any excess fluid and blood to drain.

Smoother and tighter skin is visible almost immediately after the procedure, with final results apparent after the swelling and bruising has healed.

Are results from arm lift surgery permanent?

The results from arm lift surgery are long lasting, provided you maintain a stable weight and fitness. Ageing causes a loss of firmness but generally arm lift surgery will provide permanent improvement.

Will arm lift surgery give me scars?

As an incision is made under the arm, you will be left with a scar. However, these will fade with time back to your natural skin tone and can be improved with treatments. These incisions are hidden on the inside of the arm so they are less visible.

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