Arm Lift Surgery or Liposuction? What are the Differences between Them?

Arm Lift Surgery or Liposuction? What are the Differences between Them?

An arm lift surgery and liposuction are two efficient options for patients who want their arms to be toned and muscled. However, there are some differences between these two operations. Either one can be performed alone or combined depending on the patient’s needs.

The main difference between an arm lift surgery (brachioplasty) and liposuction is their focuses. An arm lift surgery concentrates on sagging skin, while liposuction concentrates on excess fat.

Arm Lift Surgery (Brachioplasty)

An arm lift or brachioplasty is performed on patients who have lost a considerable amount of weight and have excess skin on their upper arms. The procedure involves removing that loose skin through an incision that starts under the armpit and extends into the elbow. An arm lift is a great option for older, overweight, or thinner patients who have recently lost a significant amount of weight and wish to have firmer arms.


Liposuction is a great method that removes unwanted fat that has not responded to diet or exercise. Many patients consider liposuction first since it is a relatively low-risk procedure and doesn’t cause scarring in the area. However, liposuction may not be suitable for everyone. Liposuction alone is limited for younger patients who have a large amount of fat in the upper arm area but have firm skin that won’t become saggy after the surgery.

Although liposuction alone may not be enough to solve the excess sagging skin problem in many people, it is quite practical when performed along with arm lift.

You will obtain thinner and tighter arms with arm lift surgery, but you should know that some scars will remain afterward. A specialist surgeon will hide it by placing it on the inner aspects of the arm. Your incisions will be noticeable in the first months after the surgery, but they will gradually disappear over time and only small scars will remain after one year. In liposuction alone, there is usually only one tiny scar placed above the elbow that is almost invisible once it heals.

These are the main differences between arm lift and liposuction. If you want to find the right treatment for you, you can contact us for a free consultancy. We are waiting for you at our clinic to offer you the most suitable options with a detailed evaluation.

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