Arm lift

An arm lift aims to reduce the amount of excess skin and fat in the upper arms, in order to create a more aesthetically pleasing arm shape. It also aims to tighten and smooth the underlying supportive tissue providing a more defined shape to the upper arm. This method particularly targets stubborn fat that you cannot remove through exercise and diet alone. If you have a lot of excess fat in the upper arms, your surgeon may also use liposuction to aid the contouring of the arms.

The surgery is normally carried out under a general anaesthetic either as a day case or as an overnight stay. The type of surgery required will depend on the extent of the problem.


What to Expect

The difficulty with loose upper arm skin is that virtually the only treatment involves surgery. Women will very diligently go to the gym to try and tone their upper arms through exercise and weight lifting but invariably this makes little difference.

Once loose skin is present the only way to treat it is through surgical removal. Occasionally in those with heavier arms liposuction can help if the skin tone and quality is good.

Where skin needs to be removed, however, a certain amount of scaring will be necessary in exchange for an improved upper arm contour.

Key details


1.5 to 2 hours surgery


12 to 14 days for full recovery


For ages 18 and above only


Light scarring


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the risks associated with an arm lift?

Some of the risks include infection, swelling, seroma, skin contour irregularities, asymmetry, change in skin sensation, and scarring.

How long will my results last?
Your results will be permanent given that you do not gain or lose a significant amount of weight. Your body will still undergo the normal aging process, which could result in some changes.
How much does an arm lift surgery cost?
With any surgery, the cost involved is dependent on your individual circumstances and what it is you want to achieve as your end result. Get in touch and we will provide you with a custom quote from multiple doctors from Bangkok.
How long will it take until full recovery?
You will need to wear a tight fitting body garment for the first few weeks to support the area. You should not engage in any strenuous activities until your surgeon releases you to do so. Your scars will be permanent but will eventually fade. You should allow 9 – 12 months for your scars to flatten and lighten in colour.