Arm Lift

When we have extra skin on the arms, with the passing of time or with being overweight or with a great weight loss, patients come to us saying that, when they move their arms back and forward, the skin hangs down too much and that they dont wear any clothes without sleeves because they dont like their arms. The patients have distinct different names for their arms. Some say that are like bat wings, others call them ¨bingo wings¨. Also , many patients say that no matter how much weightlifting they do, they cannot remove this excess droopy sklin. They say that they wont wear sleeveless clothes. They dont like how their arms movewhen walking or gesticulating, they also have a lot of wrinkles and dont like anyone to see their arms.

The treatment consists in removing the excess skin and fat from the arms, with an incision that goes inside the arm, from the armpit to the elbow or more if necessary. It is well hidden being on the underside of the arm, so is not seen when walking and reduces with time. The result is a more toned arm, less wrinkles, less droopy, younger aspect.

The arm lift can be associated with other surgeries, such as breast reduction or abdominoplasty, for example. Consult your plastic surgeon to see if its possible to do both surgeries on the same day. For some patients, due to the amount of fat and skin to be removed, its better to leave time between each surgery, for safety reasons. In this case, we will study the plan of action to follow so that you achieve the results you are looking for, with safety first.


Elimination of excess skin and fat of the arms.

Type of Anesthesia

General Anesthesia.

Side effects

Scars, tightness of the skin, bruises.

Duration of the result

Permanent, with stable weight after surgery.

Duration of the intervention

From 1-2 hours


Normally outpatient.


Return to work in 7-10 days. Intense activity: 2-3 weeks

Descolgamiento de la piel del brazo Descolgamiento de la piel del brazo
Lifting de brazos Lifting de brazos

Frequent questions about arm lifts

Everyone is suitable for this kind of surgery. If your state of health permits a surgical intervention and you are looking to improve your arms, also of age, this can be done.

Any surgical intervention has risks. Our surgeons will explain to each patient in their case, but at this moment with the technology and techniques applied, the arm lift is a routine surgery with very few incidents of complications. The realisation of a surgery with official titled plastic surgeons with decades of experience and hundreds of surgeries completed, the realisation of the surgery being carried out in a first level prívate hospital. The use of medication to avoid infections for example, means that the only complications are usually; slight bruising, parcial numbness to certain areas of the skin, the uncomfortableness of the support girth that needs to be worn after surgery or swelling. You can always ask your plastic surgeon any questions at any time and our surgeons will be happy to resolve any doubts that may arise.

It your job involves intense activity, we recommend at least 15 days rest and if you have a less strenuous job, 7 days would be sufficient.

You can exercise or lift weight one month after surgery. If you can, we recommend that you dont do any weight lifting at the gym, which implies the movement of your arm muscles.

After two weeks post surgery, you can wax or shave.

Its not necessary to use a special corset after arm surgery.

You will be uncomfortable after the surgery. You will have aching sensations, slight pulling feeling and some pressure. You will take medication for the pain, so that, it will be more annoying the uncomfortableness when trying to sleep, the antibiotics etc than the pain.

The scars from an arm lift in general, are good. The incision is done on the part of the arm less visible. With the use of laser Urgotouch once the wound is stitched, the quality of the scars will be much better.

Primera Consulta

Your first consultation

Your first consultation, is free and non compromisal, you will speak with our doctors. They will do a short study of your general health, you can explain what kind of result you are looking for, which areas you would like to improve. They will explain the surgical technique, the risks, the benefits and the costs. This consultation can be in person or by video phonecall. You will never feel obliged, nor pressured to fulfill the surgery after this informative consultation. Our team of surgeons will be happy to respond any question asked.

Dia de la cirugia

The day of surgery

The arm lift is a surgery performed under general anesthetic, and is generally done as an outpatient, no hospital stay necessary. You will be given your room upon arrival and then be taken to the operating theatre, where our doctors will see you and answer any last minute questions. You will meet the rest of the operating team, nurses, helpers etc. A video and photographs will be taken, so as to have the before surgery images. They will also mark the areas to be treated. They will explain again where the incisions will take place. The incisions will be done on the areas to be treated. They will filter, on each area, a liquid of general anesthetic and adrenalin so as to form a least amount of bruising possible. Through an in-out movement with a cannula connected to a liposuctor, the fat is extracted in small amounts. Once done, they will calculate the amount of skin to be removed and will follow through.After this, the wounds will be closed with stitches that do not need to be removed, they are covered with steri strips and a dressing. If yours is an outpatient surgery, once finished you will be discharged. If you need to stay in the hospital, you will be taken to your room for the next 24 hours.

En tu casa

At home

You will be accompanied by our team at all times during your recuperation. You will take antibiotics and pain killers, if you claim to have them. Its normal that you may have some bruising, which will disappear bit by bit, with the recommendations that we will give. You should walk about at home and drink lots of water and eat healthily. Our surgeons will let you know when you can return to work. Also, when you can begin to exercise or drive. Its best that you dont drink alcohol nor smoke during a few weeks post surgery, as tobacco slows the healing process. The bruises and swelling, will ease and after a few weeks you will see the results.


Check ups

All of the revisions until given the all clear are included in the quote given. The patients have their first revisión 48-72 hrs after having left the hospital. The next visit is one week after surgery, then at 2 weeks, one month, 3 months and six months, plus any other time needed until given the all clear. All of the check ups and cures are done by our plastic surgeons. Dedicating all of the time necessary to make you feel looked after and guided at all times. You will be given a telephone number to be able to contact us at any time whenever you need us, also in English. In the case that the patient is from a foreign country, the frequency of the check ups, are exactly the same, but obviously needed to be done telematically.

¿Why Valverde & Arpino?

All plastic surgery is destined to improve how the patient sees themselves. The patients will feel better, after seeing the improvement. It will lift their self-esteem. Their self-confidence also. If you feel better about yourself, others will notice this and you will enter a positive spiral to want to look after yoursel more, to be healthier. All this results in a greater mental health. After many years and thousands of patients, we can say, that this will also happen with you.

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