Arm Lift Information


In general, good candidates for an arm lift are:

  • Healthy and do not have medical conditions that impair healing

  • Nonsmokers

  • Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations


In preparing for an arm lift, you may be asked to:

  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation

  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications

  • Stop smoking well in advance of surgery

  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements because they can increase bleeding and bruising

  • Arrange for a friend or family member to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you the first night following surgery


Scars tend to be wide. Dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions following the procedure. Small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess fluid or blood that may collect.

Although infrequent, the risks and complications of arm lifts include:

  • Poor scarring

  • Fluid accumulation

  • Fat necrosis (loss of tissue)

  • Pain, which may persist

Unlikely Complications