Arm Lift

Common Name:
Arm Lift
Medical Name:
Estimated Cost:
€ 2,000 – 3,000
Type of Anesthesia:
General or Local
Length of Procedure: 1 to 2 hours
Down Time: 1 to 7 days
Recovery Time: 1 week to 2 months
Discomfort Level: Moderate


What is an Arm Lift?

An arm lift, or brachioplasty, reduces excess fat on the arms and tightens the skin for a more contoured appearance. You may be an arm lift  candidate if you have a significant amount of fat and saggy skin on your upper arms. The excess fat and skin tissue can be the result of various causes, including:

  • Aging
  • Massive weight loss
  • Certain medical conditions

While exercise might help improve the tone of the underlying muscles, no amount of arm exercise will make the fatty deposits and redundant skin tissues disappear. Arm lift surgery is necessary in order to remove the excess skin and fat.

Every patient’s anatomy varies, and surgical outcome expectations should be set. Your surgical plan will be customized to meet your needs and will be established during your consultation appointment.

The Arm Lift Procedure

The arm lift procedure is performed with the patient under general or local anaesthesia and takes about one to three hours to complete. During arm lift surgery, Dr. Wim Danau makes an incision from the armpit to the elbow and removes the fat. Then he sculpts the area to create a more youthful look. The scar from the incision is very discreet, and Dr. Danau will work to make it as light as possible. Dr. Danau has extensive experience performing this procedure, and he has helped numerous men and women with flabby upper arms attain a more sculpted and youthful upper arm appearance.


Following your surgery you will be placed in a compression garment and it is important to maintain all follow-up appointments. Following the arm lift procedure, the patient will experience soreness, bruising and swelling. Dr. Danau will prescribe pain medications to relieve the pain. The swelling will begin to subside after a few days and should be completely resolved by two weeks following surgery, at which time the patient can return to work. Vigorous exercise should be avoided for one month.


All surgical procedures carry risks, and arm lift is no exception. Some of the risks of this procedure include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Anaesthesia complications
  • Swelling of the hands
  • Scarring
  • Loss of sensitivity

To prevent complications, it is important to be fully informed about all risks and to follow all postoperative care instructions provided by Dr. Danau. Be sure to ask about risks and complications at your initial consultation with Dr. Danau.


Arm lift is a commonly requested procedure that can help patients refine the appearance of their arms, adding a youthful look to their upper body. Some of the benefits of arm lift include:

  • Youthful, toned upper arm appearance
  • Confidence to wear arm-exposing attire
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Removal of stubborn fatty deposits
  • Elimination of excess, baggy skin

Many patients seeking arm lift have excess skin tissue in other body areas as well. To achieve a harmonious look, Dr. Wim Danau might recommend that these patients combine brachioplasty with other body contouring procedures, such as a lower body lift and thigh lift. Individuals who are seeking arm lift after massive weight loss sometimes decide to undergo brachioplasty as part of the comprehensive post-bariatric body contouring treatment. This treatment consists of several procedures carefully customized to help each post-weight loss surgery patient achieve his or her best possible appearance.

Contact Our Practice Today

If you would like to learn more about arm lift or any other procedure performed by Dr. Wim Danau, please contact his offices by clicking here.  Ask Dr. Danau whether these procedures are for you and whether they can be performed in conjunction with arm lift to achieve a harmonious overall appearance.

More information is available on the website of the American Society For Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

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