Arm lift

Arm Lift (Brachioplasty): Have you ever heard somebody saying “I’ll give my right arm for her/him/that car, etc.” or “it costs and arm and a leg”? Well, nobody takes them literally, of course, but it clearly shows how invaluable arms are. Arms are crucial parts of a human body. They are essential in daily activities from helping you in things as fundamental as eating to romantic ones like hugging or less important ones such as shaking hands or scratching your back—or somebody else’s.

Not only do arms have functional importance but they also are important in physical attractiveness of both men and women. Muscular arms (especially the upper part) are seen as a sign of fitness in, typically, men. On the other hand, thin upper arms are frown upon. There is a third scenario: saggy skin of underarm or in informal language ‘bat wings’. Drooping skin is even more annoying and awful than skinny arms, making the appearance unattractive and embarrassing. For people with excessive fat or loose skin on the back of their upper arms, wearing short sleeve clothes becomes a nightmare.

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What causes saggy arm skin?

Loose skin of the arms is usually caused by aging or mass weight loss. As the skin of the arm does not have enough elasticity, it fails to shrink back to fit the reshaped arms after weight loss.


There is no effective non-surgical way to get rid of bat wings. Doctors are of the opinion that saggy skin is unlikely to be corrected by exercise or medication.

What is an arm lift?

Arm lift or brachioplasty is a type of plastic surgery that removes excess fat and drooping skin on the upper arms so that the skin of the arm fits perfectly.

Candidates for arm lift operation

Consider an arm lift if:

  • You have lost a lot of weight and are left with redundant sagging skin on your arms that resemble bat wings.
  • You have the same problem due to aging.
  • You have excess fat on your upper arms that you want to get rid of immediately.

How is arm lift surgery performed?

An arm lift operation involves making an incision beginning near the armpit and extending up to the elbow depending on the length of the excess fat and drooping skin. Also, depending on the size of the excess fat or skin, the procedure may be a full arm lift or a mini arm lift. In mini arm lift the incision is much smaller than in a full arm lift. Typically, an arm lift is done using a general anesthesia. In some cases, the doctor may employ IV sedation. When you are sedated using sedatives, you are medically conscious during the operation but you are not fully aware of what is going on and you will not remember it after the procedure. Keep in mind that you should let your doctor know all your medical history and health issue prior to the operation so that he/she could choose the best method for anesthesia.


How long does arm lift procedure last?

An arm lift procedure typically takes one to two hours depending on factors such as techniques used and extent of excess fat or skin.

Arm lift Recovery

After the completion of the procedure, the created wound will be put together with sutures and bandaged and then you will be asked to stay in the recovery room for one hour, being able to go home afterwards. Immediately after the operation you are not expected to move your arms upwards. You might experience some swelling and bruising for 1-2 weeks after your surgery which will fade away gradually. In order to reduce the postoperative pain, you are recommended to take oral painkillers for a few days.

Complications and side affects

In rare cases, some patients might develop some complications like swelling, bruising, discomfort, tightness, tingling, numbness, adverse reaction to anesthesia, hematoma, seromas, and loss of sensation. The side affects will typically subside over the course of time.

Arm lift cost

according to 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, an average brachioplasty will cost you $4,257.

The cost of an arm lift, however, varies significantly depending on several factors such as country, doctor, type of operation, etc. 

Arm lift surgery in Iran

Equipped with the latest technologies and extensive experience, Iranian plastic surgeons are highly reputable in their field of work. due to economic factors as well as the high demand for such beauty services in the country, the costs of cosmetic surgeries in Iran are significantly lower than those in other countries. Skilled Iranian plastic surgeons are so prolific that they perform several surgeries daily which makes them dexterous in their job.

By planning a trip to Iran for an arm lift, you will both have your cake and eat it. With almost half the price you would spend for this service in the US or Europe, you can embark on an Iranian tour to both visit the many attractions of the beautiful country and get your arms reshaped and fit.

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