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Arm lift

After a strong fluctuation in weight or simply with age, excess skin can accumulate unsightly on the arms. Unfortunately, it is not possible to “smooth” or tighten the skin on the arms and achieve firm skin with the help of sports, creams or a change in diet. In this case, a brachioplasty can improve the contour of the arms. An Arm Lift procedure, or brachioplasty, aims to tackle these conditions via liposuction and skin excision to leave a tight and smooth skin appearance. It will give you a more sculpted, aesthetically pleasing arm.

Procedural facts

Anaesthesia:General anaesthesia or local anaesthesia with sedation.
Length:2 to 3 hours.
Treatment:Ambulatory. If necessary, one night in the clinic. Return to work: Depends on the activity.
Return to work:Depends on the activity.
Sport:After 8 weeks.
Aftercare:Wear a compression sleeve for 4 weeks. No sports or sauna for 8 weeks. Treatment of the scar with a special ointment and silicone patches 4 weeks after the operation.
Risks:Bruising, swelling, bruising, accumulation of fluid, infections, sensory disturbances, wound healing. Damage to nerves and blood vessels is rare.
Costs:We would be happy to provide you with a non-binding offer. Please fill out the contact form or call us.

General information

As you get older, the skin on your upper arms may become increasingly loose. Significant weight loss can also lead to sagging arm skin, which can be surgically corrected by removing excess skin and fat from the arms. The scar will be located on the inside of the arm and will therefore not be visible for most of the daily arm movements.

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Treatment procedure
At the Bellefontaine Clinic

Before the procedure

During the first consultation, we make sure that an arm lift is the right choice for you. To this end, we clarify questions about general health, measure body weight, height, fat percentage, thickness of the subcutaneous fat layer and the presence of stretch marks on the arms. The areas to be treated are drawn and presented to you in front of a mirror. We inform you about the surgery, discuss the additional examinations required for the operation, explain the forms of anaesthesia that can be applied and give an overview of the various stages of the healing process. Depending on the situation, a liposuction can also be performed in addition to the operation. The armpit must be shaved 12 hours before the operation. In order not to endanger the wound healing process, it is strongly recommended not to smoke for about 14 days before and after the operation.

During the procedure

Just before the operation, we draw in a standing position, the exact areas of skin and fat that will be removed. A photo documentation is also carried out beforehand. The scar will be located on the inside of the arm and will therefore not be visible for most of the daily movements of the arm. The arm lift lasts about 2-3 hours under general anaesthesia or local anaesthesia with sedation. The duration depends on the amount of skin and fat to be removed. In some cases, additional liposuction is recommended.

After the procedure

You will wear a compression sleeve on your arms for 4 weeks. For the first 3 weeks, you should not strain the arm movements which could increase the tension in the scars on the arms. Sport is only allowed after 8 weeks. Good scar care with specific creams, silicone patches and massages is also recommended after 4 weeks. To ensure a stable aesthetic result, it is important not to expect major weight changes after surgery.

Risks and side effects

An arm lift can lead to bruising, swelling and fluid accumulation (seroma). Sensory and healing disorders are also possible. Damage to nerves and blood vessels is rare.


Do you have any questions or would you like to make an appointment? You can write us your request via our contact form or call us on +41 21 601 33 33. We look forward to your visit!

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