Is it Worth it to Have an Upper Arm Lift?
When you’re considering any elective medical procedure, you need to know the risks, and weigh them against the benefits. The choice of whether or not to have elective surgery is very personal, and every person will make their choice differently. Here, we’ll discuss the major risks and benefits of having an upper arm lift. If you want to learn more about what the procedure and the recovery are like, please visit Upper Arm Lift: the Procedure and Recovery.
Please note that this page is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for qualified, individualized medical advice. You should discuss your potential elective surgery with your own doctor(s), including your primary care physician and the surgeon who will perform your surgery if you decide to proceed.
Any surgery has risks, and they should be carefully weighed before you decide to proceed. There is a chance of infection, which may require antibiotics and may also lead to a less aesthetically-pleasing result. There is also a chance of excessive bleeding during the surgery, which occasionally requires a blood transfusion. Some people react badly to anesthesia. There is a small risk of death due to any surgery. Although it’s important to be informed, these risks are small in most healthy people; talk with your surgeon to determine your personal risk.
There is also the risk that you won’t be happy with your upper arm lift result. The surgeon may remove too much or not enough skin, and may tighten the remaining skin of your upper arms too much or not enough. You can reduce this risk by choosing a surgeon who listens to you carefully and tries to understand your goals. Additionally, your upper arm lift may not last forever. As you continue to age, the skin of your upper arms may wrinkle and sag again. You will likely still have less sagging in your upper arms than if you hadn’t had the procedure, but you won’t necessarily always look exactly the way that you did right after your upper arm lift. Additionally, if you gain a significant amount of weight and then lose it again, excess skin will appear on your upper arms again. It’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to maintain your upper arm lift result.
For those who are experiencing sagging due to aging, an upper arm lift can restore a more youthful appearance to the upper arms. For those who’ve achieved a significant weight loss (through bariatric surgery or other methods) and are experiencing sagging and an excess of skin as a result, an upper arm lift can bring a toned and firm appearance to the arms. In either case, the procedure can increase confidence and self-esteem, allowing a person to wear whatever they want, such as sleeveless shirts, without feeling unattractive, and to experience life more fully.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average surgeon’s fee for an upper arm lift is $3,729. This varies between surgeons and in different regions, so check with the surgeon you’re considering to find out the exact price. Additional costs, including the anesthesia, operating room fees, medications, and possibly additional items, may not be included in this fee. For more detail, please see our Upper Arm Lift Costs page.