Arm & Thigh Lift


Arm & Thigh Lift treatment Overview: Treatment, Ideal candidates, Benefits, Procedure, Cost, Complications, and Aftercare

Over the years, the skin loses its elasticity and tends to stretch. If one experiences significant weight shifts or weight loss, it often leaves loose, flabby skin around the arms and thighs. The arms are one of the areas that become flabby and loose, and they become more evident when one wears short sleeve clothes in warmer weather. These large, heavy, disproportionate arms also become a source of embarrassment for many people. The thighs are another body area that may have excess skin and loss of skin elasticity after significant weight loss or due to aging. With the increasing popularity of bariatric surgery for weight loss, many people seek skin tightening surgery for their arms and thighs. For people with relatively firm skin and significant fat deposits, liposuction can give satisfactory results, but in most of these patients, some excision and tightening become necessary. 

At Inform Clinics, Hyderabad, an arm lift or thigh lift surgery can help restore these areas to give one a more youthful and firmer appearance. 

The tightening of arms is called Arm lift or Brachioplasty. The arm lift surgery results in a more contoured and firm appearance of the arms. The arm lift operation is designed to remove excess skin and fat from the arms. Similarly, in a thigh lift, the excess skin from the thighs is removed. Inner thighs are most prone to laxity and descent of the skin and excess tissue. An inner thigh lift is a commonly performed body contouring procedure.  Outer thigh laxity is seen in massive weight loss patients. Tightening is done during a complete thigh lift or as a part of belt lipectomy or mid-body lift procedure. The surgery is performed in several variations depending upon the skin redundancy. The length of incision and scar depends on how much of the skin needs to be removed.

The benefits of these surgeries include a toned appearance, the ability to fit into trendy clothing, and, most importantly ability to exercise easier and better.

Ideal candidate for Arm and Thigh Lift surgery

People who request arm and thigh lifts fall into two broad categories. 

  • As a person ages, laxity develops in many areas of the body, including the arms and thighs. Some people suffer from particularly pronounced laxity in the limbs, and their lifestyle is hampered due to this looseness. They can undergo tightening of the skin with an arm lift and thigh lift. 
  • Skin can contract or expand in accordance with a person’s weight but limited by its inherent elasticity. This means the skin can expand or shrink up to a certain limit only. Too much weight gain leads to stretch marks. On the other hand, too much weight loss may lead to residual looseness. This subset of people who have lost a lot of weight has a large amount of residual skin in the arms and thighs. Such people are ideal candidates for arm lift and thigh lift surgeries.

Ideal candidates for Arm Lift surgery

  • Individuals who have normal body weight and feel that shape is marred by underarm laxity.
  • Individuals who are left with excess upper arm skin and fat that resemble bat wing-like appearance.
  • Individuals who desire to get shapelier arms.
  • Individuals who are healthy and not suffering from any medical conditions.
  • Non-smokers and non-alcoholics.
  • Commit to following a healthy diet and lifestyle after surgery.
  • Individuals who have lost a massive amount of weight.

Ideal candidates for Thigh Lift surgery

  • Non-smokers and non-alcoholics.
  • Individuals who want more proportional contoured and firmer-looking thighs.
  • Individuals who have undergone bariatric surgery or massive weight loss and want to get rid of excess thigh skin.
  • Distressed about loose and flabby skin present on the thighs.
  • Feel difficulty while fitting into clothes due to heavy thighs.
  • Individuals suffering from sagging and loose skin on the thighs.
  • Commit to following a healthy diet and lifestyle after surgery.
  • Individuals who have lost a massive amount of weight.

Benefits of Arm Lift surgery

  • Look much better in form-fitting clothes.
  • The surgery removes both fat and loose skin and reduces bat-wing appearance.
  • Increased confidence and provides a better self-image.
  • Able to wear sleeveless clothing without feeling self-conscious.

Benefits of Thigh Lift surgery

  • Thighs appear more shapely and proportional.
  • Thighs look firmer and more youthful with a curvaceous appearance.
  • Feel comfortable with swimwear and clothing.

How to prepare for Arm and Thigh Lift surgery?

  • Follow the preoperative instructions as instructed by the surgeon.
  • The surgeon evaluates the patient’s medical history and performs a physical examination to determine one's fitness for surgery.
  • Hydration is very must important both before and after surgery for recovery.
  • Do not consume blood-thinning medications and some herbal medications that can cause increased bleeding.
  • Stop smoking and alcohol consumption to promote better healing.
  • Follow the lifestyle changes as directed by the surgeon.

Arm Lift procedure

The surgeon creates a marking on the elbows, arms, and armpits. The direction or length of the incision depends upon the amount of fat and skin being removed. General anesthesia is given, and then the surgeon makes the necessary incisions to remove excess skin and fat. The incisions of the surgery are concealed within the armpits in the most inconspicuous locations possible. Excess fat is removed by liposuction. After the excess fat and skin is removed, the incision is brought together to provide smoother and firmer arm contour. The surgeon closes the incision area strategically to minimize scarring. A sterile dressing and a compression garment are worn to support the treated area.

Thigh Lift procedure  

There are two different ways to perform thigh lift surgery; medial and lateral thigh lift.

After a physical examination and thorough medical history study, the surgeon determines which thigh lift is most appropriate for an individual.

In medial thigh lift, the incisions are made in the groin area, and in these treatments, patients require substantial removal of excess skin. In such cases, the incision is made in the inner thigh area. In lateral thigh lift, depending upon the patient requirements, the incisions are made. Extending from the groin area, around the hip, and sometimes a buttock fold, incision is also made. The incision scars are hidden in the clothing, and in this surgery incision is more extensive than a medial thigh lift.

The surgeon makes markings, and then the patient is administered general anesthesia. Various monitors are used for patient safety to check the pulse rate, heartbeat, blood pressure, and amount of oxygen circulation in the blood. The surgical plan is then followed during the surgery, and drainage tubes are placed in place, and the surgical dressing is placed over the surgical site, and the patient will wear a compression garment.

Can an Arm Lift be performed with a Thigh Lift?

Arm and thigh lift procedures require careful planning regarding the amount of skin excision, optional placement of scars, whether to include liposuction in the procedure, etc., as meticulous planning gives the best possible results. The typical duration of an arm lift is about 2 to 3 hours. About 2 to 3 hours are required for an inner thigh lift and 3 to 4 hours for total thigh lifts. In the presence of a suitable operating team and multiple surgeons, arm and thigh lifts can be combined and simultaneously operated, and patient factors have to be taken into consideration as well. 

Scarring after Arm and Thigh Lift surgery

An arm lift surgery can be done in 2 different ways.

Mini arm lift – Done for people who have mild excess skin. This results in a scar in the armpit crease only.
Arm lift proper – This procedure is suitable for people with large skin excess. The scar is ideally located in the posteromedial aspect of the arm, stretching from armpit to elbow. This scar is strategically located so as to be least visible while raising the arm or hanging the arm by the side.

A thigh lift can be done in 2 different ways.

For minimal, vertical skin excess, the scar can be put in the grain only. For large skin excess, a vertical scar over the medial aspect of the thigh is given. Complete thigh lift produces scars near the groin crease and the hip region as well. These scars are thin, linear scars, usually well hidden from view.

Do Arm and Thigh Lift help cellulite?

Fat exists in the well-compartmentalized tissue in the thigh and buttock regions. These compartments are formed by fibrous tissue stretching between the skin and the deep fascia. A thigh lift does not alter this architecture but the tightening of the skin during the lift does give some smoothness to the skin surface.

Procedure time

The typical duration of an arm lift is about 2 to 3 hours. About 2 to 3 hours are required for an inner thigh lift and 3 to 4 hours for total thigh lifts.


Patients undergoing arm lift are given compression dressing and allowed to walk and discharged on the same day. Patients undergoing thigh lift are given compression stockings and are allowed to walk in the morning after the surgery. Depending on the extent of surgery, total recovery takes between 1 to 2 weeks.

Limitations and risk associated with Arm and Thigh Lift surgery

The occurrence of severe complications from thigh lift and arm lift body contouring treatments are infrequent. Some risks associated with the treatment are:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Scarring
  • Allergic reactions
  • Damage to the underlying muscles 
  • Unsatisfactory results
  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia
  • Seroma

Hence, one must always undergo treatment from an expert surgeon so that there is minimal risk of getting any complications from the surgery.

Cost of Arm and Thigh Lift Surgery in Hyderabad

Inform Clinics provides individualized treatment, as every individual’s expectations are different. Therefore, arm and thigh lift surgery cost in Hyderabad varies for each case. 

The cost of arm and thigh lift surgery depends on the following factors:

  • Qualifications and expertise of the surgeon.
  • Amount of skin and fat removed.
  • Type of procedure that the patient has requested.
  • The complexity of the procedure.
  •  Anesthetist’s fees.
  • Medical tests.
  • Operation theatre charges.
  • Target areas.
  • Post-surgery garments.
  • Medications.
  • Location of the clinic.

Laxity and sagging seen in the arms and thighs are definitive signs of aging. They can be accentuated by a genetic predisposition for laxity, fluctuating weight, massive weight loss as a result of bariatric surgery, etc. This excess skin may be frustrating and bothersome to many individuals. Dr. Dushyanth Kalva, a plastic and cosmetic surgeon in Hyderabad offers arm, thigh, and other body lift procedures in Hyderabad and helps women and men feel more confident and comfortable in their own skin.

Aftercare Arm and Thigh Lift surgery

  •   Wear comfortable and loose clothing.
  •   During the first few weeks of surgery, avoid activities that can raise blood pressure.
  •   After 5-6 weeks, one can start cardiovascular activities and brisk walking.
  •   Avoid heavy lifting, contact sports, and jogging for up to 5-6 weeks.
  •   This surgery is the gold standard for arm and thigh rejuvenation and is usually performed without any major complications. 
  •   Do not subject excessive force or abrasion at the incision site.
  •   Elevate your arms with pillows. This helps to reduce swelling and increases comfort during recovery.
  •   Avoid fluid build-up and do not scratch the treated area.
  •  Take oral medication as prescribed.

To avail, the benefits of arm and thigh lift surgical procedure in Hyderabad, consult today with an expert Dr. Dushyanth Kalva, at Inform Clinics.

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