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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Over 2000 satisfied patients

I had surgery in February with Doctor Faisal and I cannot recommend him highly enough. I went from 64kg to 95kg with gestational diabetes during two back to back pregnancies at age 40, and ended up with massive abdominal separation. Doctor Faisal was able to perform an extremely extensive abdominal muscle and hernia repair, combined with lipo and a cosmetic tummy tuck that has completely transformed not only my appearance but my confidence and physical strength also. My body now looks better than it did before I had children. I conducted extensive research for over 3 years on best plastic surgeon Dubai before I chose Doctor Faisal based on his qualification, experience, confidence in his ability to perform this surgery without the use of a mesh as well as his extremely reassuring manner. The recovery went smoothly and my scar is healing beautifully. Its low, neat, and I didn't experience any healing complications. To anyone that is on the fence, or hesitating about moving forwards with such a procedure, I definitely say- go for it! I wish I'd done it 3 years ago and gotten back into a bikini sooner. Thanks Doctor Faisal, I will miss you!

Andi Quinn

Mother and wife

- I had my surgery just over a year ago, and I can honestly say that I would not have gone ahead with such a life-changing surgery if it wasn't for Dr Faisal and his amazing team. From my very first visit, I knew that if I did go ahead with the surgery it would be with him. Instantly he made me feel at ease and knew that he would take care of me through the entire process. The numerous visits, messages, emails and phone calls were all answered without hesitation and the entire team provided a fully comprehensive service. Dr Faisal, I cannot thank you enough. Thank you for helping me make this monumental decision and making my life better for it, I wouldn't have been able to feel the way I do about myself right now without you! I'm trying my best to not write an essay here, but I know these mere words do not do justice fr all that you and your team have done for me! Hopefully I will come by for a visit the next time I'm in Dubai! Sakira... Fellow LFC Supporter!

Sakira Begum


After extensive research and consultations for Plastic surgeons in Dubai, and a failed attempt a couple of years back, I finally encountered the amazing Dr.Faisal Salim, and I couldn’t be happier of my choice. It was a tough decision, to whom I would entrust this very important event in my life. Most of the information provided by the plastic surgeons I’ve met in Dubai, is more or less the same, but Dr.Faisal stood out from everyone else right away from my first consultation. He is extremely caring, empathic and extremely knowledgeable in his field. He was ready to answer all my questions, some of them even before I asked! He reassured me and made me feel at ease. I knew right away after my first consultation that he was the one. We met several times after that, to discuss in further details my decision to go ahead with the surgery, and he was always outstanding, as the first time we met. He asked what were my expectations and what I wanted the outcome to be, my worries and fears, and then he explained what was realistically possible and what could be achieved. his expertise is just outstanding. Any doubt I had thought the entire process, he was always there, even when abroad. This means the world to someone who’s worried, scared or just stressed out. He was always very honest, approachable and caring. The aftercare was as outstanding as the pre operative care, and the results? I can’t be happier then I am now :) A shout out to his entire team at euromed clinic as well, the nurses and especially his co-ordinator Yasmina, she is just outstanding! a level of care and professionalism that one doesn’t encounter very often, till the late hours on the night before my surgery, she was sending messages, reassuring me was always available throughout the entire process. If you’re in that phase, were you still are not sure who to entrust your surgery too, After you meet with Dr.Faisal Salim, you should look nor worry anymore, he is the one. I can’t recommend him enough after what he’s done for me. Thank you Dr.Faisal!

Jordan Cran

Cabin Crew

My whole experience with Dr. Faisal and his team was outstanding. I had several consultations with different doctors before finally meeting Dr. Faisal. His personality and expertise totally convinced me to go ahead with my operation without any doubts. He took extensive time during the several consultations, where we discussed the reasonable expectations. Dr. Faisal managed to create the exact result I have wished for where other doctors told me differently and I couldn’t be happier. He has definitely exceeded my expectations. My healing process was extremely smooth without any complications and pain. Dr. Faisal is very compassionate, emphatic and caring. He takes a lot of time for each appointment and the aftercare was superb. I could not recommend him enough. The whole team at Euromed is extremely friendly. Yasmina has been an amazing patient coordinator and I thank her for her kindness and flexibility.

Beate Sweis


My whole experience with Dr. Faisal was more than outstanding! It took me a while to decide on a specific surgeon, and I had already seen many before I decided to proceed with Dr. Faisal. From the first appointment, his honesty, care and straightforwardness immediately put me at ease. I had felt I will be in good hands, and that was a prerequisite for me to go for it. We had several appointments before the surgery, and he explained everything so clearly with realistic expectations. On the day of the surgery, he was quite caring, calm and compassionate. Post the surgery, took all the time to look after me, and answer all my questions. He patiently endured my fussiness, impatience and always assured me. I was quite happy with the results, and his availability for the post-surgery follow-ups. I had a big surgery, which Dr. Faisal handles perfectly so I can’t recommend him enough. To add, Dr. Faisal has the most amazing coordinator (Yasmine), always been there, answered all my questions with care and support

Mira Ahmed

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I met Dr Faisal last year whilst on a quest to find a surgeon to complete a full tummy tuck, gynecomastia and lypo. I instantly felt at ease when meeting Dr Faisal and after a discussion he pointed out what was and wasn’t needed, he suggested a plan and showed me what I could expect by his previous surgeries. I had made my mind up and decided to choose him to move forward with. We met a few more times and he was very clear what I should do prior to surgery and made himself available with his mobile number for any further questions I might have. the morning of the surgery he seemed very focused and tried to help me relax and put me at ease, I felt good and trusted him fully. i was happy with the after care and was surprised with the speed of the healing process, he was regularly checking in and told me how it all went, over the next few weeks we met for appointments and dressing changes. It’s been 5 months now and I’m so happy with the results, I feel way more confident and I feel the results are even better than I expected. Great surgeon, would definitely recommend him!

Toni Jardella


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