Arm lift


Arms are a very visible part of the body, and an area of the body that people can feel very conscious about. Time at the gym is often spent sculpting them and any changes in size, shape or skin quality can affect an individual's self- confidence. 

Changes in weight and increasing age are often associated with these changes.

Large fluctuations in weight can cause major changes in the size and shape of the arms. Increasing weight can increase the volume of the arms as an increase in fat gives a more cylindrical appearance. Conversely, a loss in weight can deplete the arms of fat and result in large amounts of redundant skin or 'bingo wings'.

As we age the elasticity of the skin decreases and the tissue becomes thinner. This can give  a more wrinkly appearance to the arm

What you can expect from the operation is related to the individual's arms in the pre-operative state

If the arms are very large and fatty  then the amount of aesthetic improvement will be limited

If however the patient has undergone a weight loss programme and there is predominantly loose skin then the results will be more dramatic

The same applies to older patients whose skin has become more saggy and wrinkly with age. An arm lift will produce a more smooth and contoured appearance which follows the underlying musculature

What is an Arm Lift?

An arm lift or 'brachioplasty' is a surgical procedure that is designed to reshape the arm. The procedure consists of surgical excision of tissue combined with liposuction.

The arm lift operation is performed under a general anesthetic and

It consists of an elliptical excision of skin on the inner aspect of the arm sometimes extending into the armpit, depending on the volume needed to be excised. The liposuction will complement the excision by helping to contour the arms and also reduce the possible complications associated with the procedure

The scar is hidden discreetly on the inner aspect of the upper arm. It will fade over time, but more importantly, is not visible in everyday activity.

Dissolvable sutures will be used to close the wound and glue applied

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What About Recovery Time and Postop Care?

The operation lasts 2 hours and the patient is discharged home the same day.

When you awake you will find a long compression dressing that typically goes down to the forearm. Depending on the amount of tissue resected, there may also be drainage bottles to help eliminate excess fluid.

Before the patient is discharged the nurses will make sure they are comfortable in managing these, which is never a problem.

There is very little pain associated with the procedure, however, painkillers will be prescribed for one week in addition to antibiotics.

The dressings will restrict movement in the arms but are necessary as they help reduce the swelling associated with the procedure. Keeping one's arm elevated as much as possible for the first week can further assist in minimising this.

The first dressing check is typically around 3 days. The drains will be removed and the dressing reduced. If all is well the patient may be referred to a manual lymphatic masseur to assist in reducing any swelling.

Patients are typically back at work and resuming household activities after 7 days

Driving can be resumed at 14 days after arm lift surgery

Dr. Faisal typically asks patients to refrain from the gym for 4-6 weeks following the procedure 

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What Steps Do I Need to Take to Prepare for the Operation?

Taking arnica tablets 1 week leading up to the operation can help to significantlt=y reduce the bruising

Abstain from eating unhealthy food and drinking alcoholic beverages 2-3 days leading up to your procedure. 

Also, avoid any heavy exercise a few days before the operation

If you are taking any blood-thinning medications such as aspirin, clopidogrel or warfarin, it is advisable to stop taking these one week before the procedure. Dr. Faisal may ask you to liaise with a haematologist if stopping these medications may be an issue

Following the procedure, there will be a period of a few days where the patient will have more limited use of their arms. It is advisable to have a little help around the house for a couple of days to aid in the activities of daily living. Having a friend go to the shops or help with the housework will greatly aid your recovery.

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Am I a Suitable Candidate?

The best candidates for the procedure are patients who are:


  • Older than 18 years
  • Have no major medical problems such as diabetes
  • Have a BMI of less than 32
  • Do not smoke
  • Have had a stable weight for over one year
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Patient Reviews

Charlotte Wilson
Charlotte Wilson
I had breast augmentation surgery with Dr Faisal and I honestly couldn’t recommend him enough. The whole process from consultation to aftercare appointments was professional, caring and to the highest standard. He listened to what I wanted and the results are incredible. I would have any future treatments done by Dr Faisal and would send anyone I know to him also.
Thejaswini Paripally
Thejaswini Paripally
Been looking for doctors over years now both in Dubai and India. Never felt fully comfortable with anyone to go forward with the procedure, then I came across Dr. Faizal, found him while I was doing research online and read a lot of positive reviews. Went down for a consultation, a really gem of a person. Immediately felt comfortable, he explained me everything in detail, assured me and got exactly what I wanted and the price was reasonable as well. The hospital the surgery was held at had the best services and staff as well. They took care of everything and made me feel safe and comfortable throughout the procedure. Came back home the same day, I'm at 6 weeks post op now, and the healing is wonderful and now I feel much more confident, all thanks to him. If anyone is looking for a breast augmentation, I would definitely suggest to go for a consultation with him and decide for themselves.
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Vicky Bates
Vicky Bates
Having done a lot of research and looked around Dubai for the best possible option for us, we found Dr Faisal, and I'm so glad we did! The non judgemental and honest advice throughout as well as his pre and post op care is incredible and has been there every step of the way for me. Thank you so much Dr Faisal for everything :).
Ola AlHassan
Ola AlHassan
I came to Dr.Faisal not sure of anything. I wasn’t happy with my body as I had a lot of excess skin due to massive weight loss. I was scared of the idea of a surgery, so came in hoping for an alternative. Here I am months - 3 months post my surgery, wearing a pair of jeans that would have never fit me before. I had a lower body lift surgery done, and I must say my results are amazing. My body has changed so much, and I am very very happy with the way I look now. Dr.Faisal is a great doctor. He will make sure you are aware of everything before and after the procedure and is always there for his patients. My favorite trait about him is that he is always available. Being a patient who has low pain tolerance, and someone who worries a lot, I would always call him. I would have a lot to ask before and after the surgery- and he was always there. It didn’t matter what day or time it was, he made sure to help with every little thing and I am very grateful for him. Thank you doctor, I can now sit without having layers of my stomach falling down, I can now wear my clothes much more confidently and can finally say I love my body.
Lauren Shaw
Lauren Shaw
I can’t recommend Dr Faisal enough, he gets me the results I want every time. He answers all of my questions in depth and explains how and why he does things and makes me feel comfortable. I wouldn’t go to anyone else!
Kirsten Shaw
Kirsten Shaw
Two words to describe my experience with Dr. Faisal: life changing. I had a breast reduction and it has changed my life! The procedure itself was painful for the first 2 hours and much to my surprise I was ready to go home only 4 hours after waking up and ready to return to work only 3 days later. My back, neck and shoulders feel great, my posture is better and I couldn't be happier! I recommend Dr. Faisal and the surgery 100%, my only regret is not finding him 10 years sooner! Thank you Doc!!
Faith Murray
Faith Murray
Dr Faisal is a skilled surgeon who is extremely meticulous and I would highly recommend him. He has a pleasant and calm demeanor which puts you at ease. He looks at the whole person and what they want to achieve and relays realistically what can be done which helps set the right level of expectation from the outset. He shows compassion throughout the process which makes you feel like you are in good hands. Overall Dr Faisal exceeded my expectations and I am so pleased with my results!
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