An upper arm lift, or brachioplasty, reshapes the upper arm to tighten loose skin and remove fat that often creates a “bat wing” appearance under the arm. Removing the excess skin caused by weight loss or natural aging can tighten loose skin that extends from the underarm area to the elbow; liposuction is sometimes used in combination to achieve the best results. Every year, thousands of people undergo successful upper-arm-lift surgery and are pleased with the results.


When to Consider An Upper Arm Lift:

  • If your weight is normal, but you feel your shape is marred by underarm laxity.

  • If you have lost a massive amount of weight and are left with excess upper-arm skin and fat that may resemble bat wings.

  • If you are willing to accept a scar in exchange for shapelier arms.



After losing a significant amount of weight and embarking on a program of vigorous exercise, you may find that you still have loose, hanging underarm skin that resembles bat wings. Although you can improve your upper-arm appearance with exercise, this redundant underarm skin remains a problem that does not improve with exercise.


The following are some common reasons why you may want to consider an upper arm lift:

  • You have lost the weight you desire, but are left with redundant underarm skin.

  • You are an adult with significant upper arm skin laxity due to aging.

  • Your weight is relatively stable and you are not significantly overweight.

  • You are a healthy individual with no medical conditions that could impair healing or increase surgery risks.

  • You are a non-smoker.

  • You are committed to a healthy diet and lifestyle.


If you are in good general health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure.



Generally, here is what to expect:

  • Your surgeon will create markings on your elbows, arms and armpits. The location, length and direction of these incision lines will be dictated by the type of brachioplasty you will undergo.

  • You will receive a general anaesthesia.

  • Your surgeon will make the necessary incisions to remove excess skin and fat.

  • The incisions may be completely concealed within the armpits or extended down the inside of the arms in the most inconspicuous locations possible.

  • Your surgeon may use liposuction as an adjunct to remove excess fat.

  • After the incisions have been made, your surgeon will remove the excess skin and fat and bring the incisions together to provide a firmer and smoother arm contour.

  • Finally, the skin is smoothed over the new contour of your arm.

  • Your surgeon will close the incisions carefully to minimize scarring. Your sutures may be placed beneath the skin, where they will be gradually absorbed by your body or you may have a combination of both.

  • A sterile dressing and a compression garment will be applied and drains may be placed.




Immediately after your upper arm lift

You may be placed in a compression garment or wrap immediately following surgery. Wear this exactly as directed. Remove it only as directed for cleansing incisions or showering.

  • Gently get out of bed as soon as possible after your surgery. Sit with your legs hanging over the edge of the bed or chair for a few minutes before standing. Begin to walk as much as possible as soon as you can, but do not exert yourself. Avoid strenuous activities that involve arm movement, such as raising your arms over your head or lifting. A balance of rest and reduced activity will speed up your recovery.

  • You will have a mild to moderate amount of pain and discomfort. This should be easily controlled with oral medications.

  • The discomfort and pain should begin to decrease within 48 hours after surgery.

  • Expect bruising and swelling. These symptoms will peak within the first 36 to 48 hours after surgery and will gradually subside over the next ten to fourteen days. To minimize swelling, sleep with your arms elevated with pillows for two weeks after the surgery.


Recovery time frame following an upper arm lift

You will need a few weeks to recover and heal from an arm lift procedure. It will be at least three weeks before you can return to work (depending on how strenuous your job is) and about one month before you can drive.

  • You MUST wear your compression for a minimum of 3 months and as directed by your surgeon after this period.

  • During the first week, avoid activities that raise your blood pressure, which could cause bleeding at the operative site.

  • Do not subject your incisions to excessive force, abrasion or motion during the time of healing.

  • Walking is the safest exercise, especially during the first week.

  • Avoid exercises that directly stress the area of your surgery for a full four weeks.

  • After a month, you can start cardiovascular activities, such as riding a stationary bicycle or brisk walking – though confirm this with your surgeon.

  • Avoid heavy lifting, contact sports and jogging for at least six weeks.

  • By six weeks after your arm lift procedure, you should be able to resume your normal level of activity, though this is dependent on your surgeon’s advice.



All prices are for men and women. All prices are fixed in Thai Baht.

Included in prices:

  • Hospital stay in a single, private room

  • Surgery

  • Plastic + reconstructive surgeon

  • Anaesthetist

  • Nursing fees

  • Private hospital fees

  • Bandages, dressings and prescribed medications for 7 days

  • Pre and post operative consultations with a leading surgeon