What Are The Risks Of Arm Lift Surgery?

By: Dr. J. Timothy Katzen


It’s never fun to think about the possible risks and complications of cosmetic plastic surgery. However, it is crucial to understand potential issues that may arise, learn the signs and symptoms to watch for and know what steps to take should you experience a problem. When performed by a highly qualified, experienced, and plastic surgeon, the risk of complications during or after a cosmetic procedure, such as an arm lift, is relativley low. Still, certain complications can occur from time to time. Award-winning plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy Katzen and the renowned team at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills are dedicated to providing the highest level of surgical expertise and patient care to ensure stunning results and minimize arm lift surgery risks in Beverly Hills.

Why do I have loose arm skin?

Loose, sagging arm skin can develop for several reasons. Often, loose arm skin is a side effect of extreme weight loss or aging. For some men and women, wrinkles or laxity in the arms is mild. At the same time, other patients have a significant amount of hanging arm skin. This loose arm skin is referred to as batwings. Whether your concerns are mild or severe, cosmetic surgery in Beverly Hills can help you finally achieve a more natural, beautiful arm shape through the arm lift procedure.

What is brachioplasty?

Commonly known as arm lift or arm reduction surgery, brachioplasty is a body contouring procedure primarily involving skin and fat removal to trim, smooth, and tighten the upper arms. Arm lift/reduction surgery is particularly beneficial for men and women who have lost a great deal of weight and are left with loose, hanging skin. This loose arm skin makes it difficult to wear individual styles of clothing or exercise comfortably. Additionally, excess arm skin can cause chafing, rash, recurrent infection, and several other frustrating and painful symptoms.

How is arm lift surgery performed?

Brachioplasty in Beverly Hills, is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia with a anesthesiologist. Dr. Katzen will make an incision from the elbow to the armpit. Loose, excess arm skin will be removed, and the remaining skin will be pulled tightly and secured with sutures for a more natural, sleek, gorgeous look. In some cases, arm liposuction – or fat removal surgery – may be performed in conjunction with an arm lift to eliminate stubborn bulges of fat and further enhance the patient’s final results. Immediately after the arm lift/reduction procedure, patients will be placed in compression to reduce swelling and promote healing. Patients will be monitored in the recovery room for a short period before being released into the care of a trusted friend or loved one to continue their recovery at home.

Is arm lift surgery safe?

Patients who choose to undergo any surgical procedure should understand that there is some level of risk. However, when performed by a highly experienced and skilled plastic surgeon, the rate of arm lift surgery complications is exceedingly low. It is still beneficial to understand the potential risks of brachioplasty. However, it is essential to understand what signs or symptoms may indicate that you are developing a postsurgical complication. Fortunately, most of these potential complications are usually completely correctable when addressed early and do not pose a long-term risk to the patient. Some of the possible risks of arm lift surgery include:

  • Risks associated with anesthesia
  • General postsurgical complications (blood clot, DVT,)
  • Asymmetric arms
  • Poor incision healing/unsightly scarring
  • Chronic arm pain or sensitivity
  • Numbness, tingling, or loss of sensation in the arms
  • Hematoma or seroma

To minimize the risk of surgical complications during and after brachioplasty, patients should make sure to select an experienced surgeon, follow all of their postoperative guidelines closely, wear arm compression garments as directed, and allow their arms an ample amount of time to rest and recover. For patients who have had a previous brachioplasty and are not fully satisfied with their cosmetic result or the appearance of their arm scars. Dr. Katzen can often perform revision arm surgery to help achieve a more pleasing outcome.

Ensure a safe, successful procedure and stunning results with Beverly Hills arm lift surgery by Dr. Timothy Katzen

Although surgical complications are possible, patients can ensure their best possible chance for a successful procedure, healthy recovery, and ideal outcome by selecting an experienced and skilled plastic surgeon to perform their brachioplasty. Suppose you are ready to take the final step in your weight loss transformation or get the smooth, sleek arms you have always wanted. In that case, we invite you to call the caring team at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills today. Schedule your private in-office or virtual consultation with internationally renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy Katzen to learn more about the life-changing benefits of arm lift surgery in Beverly Hills, CA.

Call TODAY to schedule a consultation. For your convenience, Dr. Katzen has offices in Beverly Hills, CA, Las Vegas, NV, and Dubai. Physical or virtual consultations can be arranged. Virtual consultation options include FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, and WhatsApp. Call TODAY at (310) 859 - 7770 to schedule your FREE consultation to achieve the arms of your dreams.


* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.