Arm Lift Surgery

Why Choose the Brachioplasty Intervention?

Brachinoplasty is performed to treat the relaxation and fall of the skin seen in the arms. This relaxation can occur due to weight loss usually over 15-20 kg due to age or end due to decreased skin tightening after liposuction in the area.

The Surgical Intervention In Short

In the brachinoplasty, the loose skin is removed in the arm area through a section that is hidden in the armpit area. In cases where there is great relaxation, the incision may extend along the inner surface of the arm from the armpit to the elbow. The length of the incision will depend on the degree of excess skin. This surgery gives an excellent result in the shape of the arm, leaving a scar that will take about twelve (12) months to weaken.

Surgical incisions

The incision will usually have an L-shape, starting from the axillary region and continuing along the inside of the arm, but may also be restricted to the axillary region only.


The scars during the first weeks will be quite pink, and then they will dull in white. This time varies from patient to patient, but generally the quality of scars in most patients will be extremely good.


A complete medical history should be taken before each surgery. As a precautionary measure, doctors without prescription or herbal products / drugs should not be taken before surgery and for 3 days afterwards. Also, strict non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as salospir, ibuprofen (Nurofen), diclofenac and any other anticoagulant or antiplatelet therapy should always be avoided, always with the treating physician. It would also be very helpful to bring a list of any prescription medicines you receive for your preoperative control.


If you are a smoker / smoker, try to quit smoking for six weeks before and at least a week after surgery, as this will dramatically reduce the chance of post-operative complications.


Recovery from the brachinoplasty surgery

Duration of Surgical Intervention

Depending on the areas to be restored, surgery lasts from two to two and a half (2 to 2.5) hours, and although it is usually conducted under general anesthesia, it can also be done with local sedation combined with mood swings.

Nursing Duration

The patient’s stay in the hospital is usually for one night.

Wound dressing and sutures

The area is usually overlapped by special stickers (steri strips) that will remain for two weeks, during which all wounds usually heal. You will need to wear a rubber sleeve that covers the top of the arm (corset-type boots) overnight for the first week, and then only during the day for two to three weeks.

Postoperative Guidelines and Recovery

On the first day you have to relax and rest either in the hospital or at home. From the second to the fifth day you can get up and move freely, but you may feel some inconvenience. From the fifth to the fourteenth day most of the swelling and bruising will recede. From now on, you will begin to feel much better and after ten days, you will be able to start a mild exercise gradually increasing the intensity.

From the fourth week onwards you will almost return to your normal pace.

Postoperative Tracking

Your wound will be checked on the second and fifth postoperative day and again next week, month, quarter, semester, and year after your intervention by Konstantinos Benetatos. There will be no extra charge for any monitoring associated with your surgery.

Final outcome

Although the results of the surgery will be immediately apparent, you will still see further improvement in the area in the first three months.

Time of Abstinence from Work and Social Activities

People differ in recovery time and this depends on the area being treated, however, the recovery interval given to patients is from ten to fourteen (10-14) days. Most patients feel comfortable from the first week and have a feeling of mild anxiety rather than pain.

Time of Abstinence from Exercise

Patients usually feel able to walk a good distance within three days, and swim mildly in three weeks while vigorous exercise (aerobic exercise, etc.) should be avoided for three weeks. Finally sports requiring physical contact should be avoided for eight weeks.


Patients should avoid driving until they are completely relieved of pain and restraint so they are perfectly able to make a sudden movement, such as direct braking, without hindrance and without pain. This is suggested for patients to secure their coverage by their insurance company. It may take up to three weeks to fully recover.

Possible Complications of the Brachioplasty Surgery

Brachinoplasty is a routine surgery that is crowned with absolute success for the overwhelming majority of patients. However, as with any surgery, it is very important to understand that there is a possibility of complications. Any complications that may arise are listed below:

Low degree of asymmetry

Although the same procedure will be performed on both sides, the effects of the intervention may be slightly different on both sides.


The quality of scars varies among patients.

Disturbance of sensory area

There may be a hypoaesthesia in the area that usually subsides after the first few weeks.

Bruising - Hematoma

Their appearance is usually very light, however in some cases it may be heavier.

General Risks of Brachioplasty

Ρespiratory tract infections and thrombosis in the foot or lung (DVT or PE). Although it is rare to appear, it is important to avoid it by not smoking, not being overweight and as long as possible after the surgery.

If you feel any symptom that may be of concern to you, please do not hesitate to contact us.