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Arm Lift Surgery in Dubai

Arm lift medically known as Brachioplasty – is a surgical procedure that enhances the appearance of upper arms by removing sagging skin and improving their contours. An arm lift, when performed by a qualified surgeon, can significantly improve the appearance of arms. A sculpted upper arm will nicely complement your silhouette and your outfit as well. Today’s technology has made arm lift a safe and effective cosmetic procedure with minimal risk of scarring. 

Who is a good candidate?

You are a good candidate for arm lift surgery in Dubai if:

  • You have excess skin hanging from your arms.
  • You have excess fat deposits on your arms.
  • Your weight should be relatively stable and close to your ideal weight for best results.
  • You are committed to a healthy diet and lifestyle.
  • Understanding the realistic outcomes is crucial; consult with your surgeon to understand what ‘realistic’ means for your specific situation.

What are the goals of Arm Lift surgery?

Arm lift aims at making your upper arms more attractive, tighter, and thinner by:

  • Reducing excess skin.
  • Improving the appearance of the upper arms
  • Removing localized fat deposits.
  • Tightening the underlying supportive tissues.


  • The procedure aims to reduce excess skin and fat, resulting in a more toned appearance. The degree of improvement varies and should be discussed with a surgeon.
  • It gives you a better silhouette.
  • While many patients experience improved self-esteem, individual psychological outcomes can vary. Consider discussing expectations with a counselor or psychologist.
  • Many patients find they have more clothing options and feel more comfortable in various styles after an arm lift. However, individual experiences with clothing may vary.
  • Scars are typically placed in less visible areas but may still be noticeable.
  • The results are long-lasting.

What are the Arm Lift Surgery Techniques?

The purpose of arm lift surgery in dubai is to improve the silhouette of the upper arms and it is done through different techniques which include:

  • Liposuction is suitable for individuals with excessive fat deposits on the upper arms; however, it may not be sufficient for those with significant skin laxity. It is divided into two types:
  • Minimal incision arm lift – suitable for individuals who have a small amount of excess skin near the armpits.
  • A full arm lift, or traditional brachioplasty, involves more extensive incisions and is suitable for significant skin removal. Discuss with your surgeon the extent of scarring and recovery.

Pre-op Preparation

Some common tips for arm lift preparation include:

  • Stop taking any blood thinners like aspirin, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications.
  • Avoid taking certain vitamins and supplements (the plastic surgeon will advise which ones).
  • Consult with your surgeon about dietary recommendations, including a high-protein diet, to support healing.
  • Specific dietary guidelines should be provided by the surgeon or a nutritionist to ensure they are safe and effective for your health and surgery type.

How is the Arm Lift Procedure Performed?

  • An arm lift may be performed with local or general anesthesia.
  • The size and location of incisions depend on the extent of the surgery and may vary from small to more extensive. The incision patterns are tailored to individual anatomical needs and desired outcomes, as well as the extent of correction required. Patients should discuss incision options and implications with their surgeon. For a mini arm lift, or limited incision brachioplasty, involves a smaller incision, typically hidden in the underarm. The extent of the incision varies based on individual needs. Whereas, in full arm lift surgery, an incision runs from the elbow to the armpit and onto the side of the chest.
  • After making the incision, the extra fat is removed with liposuction and the extra skin is trimmed and tightened.
  • Finally, the incisions are stitched – mostly with absorbable stitches.

Post-op Care

Our plastic surgeons will give you instructions on how to take care of yourself after surgery depending on your individual case. Some common postoperative care tips include:

  • Take prescribed medications to relieve pain and discomfort.
  • The duration of activity restriction can vary. Typically, strenuous activities are avoided for several weeks. Follow your surgeon’s specific advice.
  • Elevate your arm on pillows – this will help in reducing the pain and swelling.
  • Provide more specific guidance on incision care, such as keeping the area clean, dry, and monitoring for signs of infection. Detailed instructions should be provided by the surgeon.
  • Wear the compression garment for the recommended period of time.
  • Follow specific instructions on wound care and bathing, which may vary.


  • The recovery period for an arm lift is relatively short. 
  • The duration of wearing a compression garment varies, often recommended for several weeks to support healing and reduce swelling.
  • Specify that pain management will be tailored to the individual’s needs and may include prescription pain relievers or over-the-counter medication, as advised by the surgeon. Swelling and bruising timelines can vary; while they often improve significantly within 2 to 3 weeks, complete resolution may take longer. Follow your surgeon’s guidance on recovery.
  • Stitch type and removal timing vary; non-dissolvable stitches, if used, are usually removed after a week or more, not 3 to 5 days.


Immediate results may be obscured by swelling; final results are seen after recovery. However, swelling may hinder actual outcomes, so you have to wait for proper recovery to view tighter & smoother contours. Scars are a normal outcome of surgery; their appearance can vary and may fade over time but will not disappear completely. Emphasize that while surgeons aim for the best possible outcome, individual results vary due to factors like skin quality, age, and adherence to post-operative care. Setting realistic expectations is crucial. While results can be long-lasting, maintaining a stable weight through diet and exercise is crucial to preserve the outcomes. Significant weight fluctuations can affect results. To get a successful surgery, you have to follow the guidelines provided by your surgeon.

Before & After

Results vary, but the goal is to achieve more contoured arms. ‘Minimally invasive’ should be clarified as arm lift procedures range in invasiveness. While the removal of excess skin and fat is generally permanent, aging and weight changes can affect the long-term results. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is key to preserving the effects. Acknowledge the variability in outcomes and stress the importance of reviewing before and after photos of previous patients with similar conditions to understand potential results.

Important Questions to Ask Before Arm Lift

It is quite normal to ask some questions about the latest arm lift surgery to determine the feasibility of the procedure and the complications you may be exposed to. You should ask your plastic surgeon:

  • If you are a good candidate for this surgery?
  • What techniques are used for arm lift surgery?
  • Discuss alternative or complementary procedures, such as liposuction alone or non-surgical skin tightening, depending on the amount of excess skin and fat.
  • Duration can vary based on the technique used and individual factors. Typically, arm lift surgery takes several hours.
  • What are the risks and complications associated with this surgery?
  • Discuss the typical recovery timeline, including time off work, resumption of normal activities, and full healing period. Recovery varies based on the extent of the surgery and individual healing rates.
  • What are the anesthesia options?

How much does Arm lift surgery cost?

The starting cost of Arm Lift surgery is approximately AED 25,000. However, the price can vary from one person to another depending on the individual case. Therefore, Encourage patients to seek a detailed cost breakdown during the consultation, including surgeon’s fees, facility costs, anesthesia, post-operative garments, and any follow-up care. 

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Prof Dr. Robert Hierner
Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgeon
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If you are looking to get the best arm lift surgery in Dubai, book an appointment at Dubai Cosmetic Surgery Clinic. Ensure to confirm the consultation details, as policies may vary. Typically, you can discuss treatment options, procedure details, and costs during the consultation.

  • During the consultation, explore all treatment options, including the type of arm lift and any additional procedures that might enhance the overall aesthetic result.
  • Ensure the consultation covers all aspects of the procedure, including technique, anesthesia, recovery, potential risks, and expected outcomes. A thorough understanding is essential before proceeding.
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