Upper Arm Surgery – Hamburg, Germany

Fluctuations of your body weight will have an impact on your skin and connective tissues. These structures may not completely recoil after losing weight because they lose their elasticity. Heavy arms with saggy skin affect many women considerably, because tight short-sleeved or strapless dresses cannot be worn anymore. In these cases, excess skin and fat on the upper arms can be removed by an upper arm lift. Excess tissue can cause skin irritations and even orthopedic problems. An upper arm lift can solve these problems. In addition, liposuction can be performed to create an even skin surface.

Sometimes there are only small fat deposits located on the upper arms with otherwise good skin. In these special cases a liposuction on its own may create the desired tightening effect.

Upper Arm Lift Overview

  1. Before Your Operation
  2. Operating Techniques
  3. Upper Arm Lift Results
  4. After Your Operation
  5. Frequently Asked Questions About Upper Arm Lifts:
    1. Do I need general anesthesia for an upper arm lift?
    2. Can an upper arm lift be combined with other procedures?
    3. Can an upper arm lift be combined with other procedures?

1) Before Your Operation

Dr. Thorsten Sattler will consult and examine you personally before your surgical procedure. Due to the fact that each person is unique, he will create a personal treatment plan for you based on the latest methods and knowledge in Plastic Surgery. He will take photos and will explain the operation to you with the help of drawings and photos. Limitations, possible risks and alternative treatment options will also be discussed.

The main goal of an upper arm lift is for Hamburg plastic surgeon Dr. Sattler to remove excess skin and fat from your upper arms. This will create a beautiful contour of your upper arms and fashionable clothes can be worn again. To achieve the best aesthetic result possible, an upper arm lift can be combined with other procedures, such as a liposuction or an autologous fat transfer.

With a liposuction, the fat deposits close to the axilla and on the sides of the chest can be eliminated. The harvested fat can be used for an autologous fat transfer, for example to smooth out facial wrinkles or hands. A harmonious appearance with a youthful look is the aim of these procedures and can be achieved by combining various operating techniques.

The projection of your breasts is more apparent with slim arms. This effect can be highlighted if an autologous fat transfer to the breasts is performed in addition to the upper arm lift. For this purpose, the harvested fat from the arms can be used. Of course, breast augmentation with breast implants is also possible.

A well-balanced healthy diet including enough protein is very important for your wound healing. Dr. Sattler is not only a board-certified Plastic Surgeon, but also holds a degree in Nutritional Medicine. He will happily give you advice with regard to supplements and healthy diets.

2) Operating Techniques

Only safe and modern surgical methods are used by Dr. Sattler. An upper arm lift is performed under general anesthesia, a hospital stay for one night is sometimes recommended, but not always necessary. If only a liposuction is performed, the operation can usually be done on an outpatient basis and sometimes even under local anesthesia, if the patients are young and healthy. However, this is the exception and not comparable with a complete upper arm lift.

Different techniques to perform an upper arm lift are known. Dr. Sattler will choose the best and safest method for you, depending on your anatomy and your aims and desires.
In an upper arm lift, the incisions are placed on the inner aspect of the upper arms in order to remove fat and excess skin. If the arms are held tight to the upper body, the scars are hardly visible. Dr. Sattler uses an electric scalpel which allows him to operate with extreme precision and with minimum blood loss. If a lot of tissue needs to be removed, the incision will travel further down to the elbow, but never across the elbow.

The wounds are sutured with special absorbable threads which have barbs. A dehiscence of the wounds is almost impossible using those threads and suture removal is not necessary. The wounds are sealed with a special skin glue. This creates optimal conditions for wound healing and contamination of the wounds by germs of the nearby axillae is prevented.

Often, the upper arm lift is combined with liposuction. The harvested fat can be used for an autologous fat transfer to the breasts, face or hands. The female contours are accentuated even further and the signs of aging on the face and hands are reversed.

For patients with small fat deposits and little skin excess, a mini-upper arm lift can be performed. The scar is much shorter and limited to the axilla. In cases of small fat deposits and otherwise good skin conditions a liposuction on its own may be sufficient.

There are many different techniques to perform an upper arm lift. Dr. Sattler will choose the best and safest method for you, depending on your anatomy and your aims and desires. He works very carefully in order to obtain a harmonious and youthful shape with the best aesthetic result possible and with minimal scarring.

3) Upper Arm Lift Results

By German law, we are not allowed to show you before/after pictures online. However, during your personal consultation with Dr. Thorsten Sattler this will be possible.

4) After Your Operation

A hospital stay is not absolutely necessary, but advisable, if a lot of tissue gets removed. Special compression garments must be worn for several weeks to support the wound healing, but also to help the soft tissues to recoil. After the procedure, physical stress and sport should be avoided for a few weeks. In order to support the wound healing and to obtain the best result possible, you should follow a healthy and balanced diet and you should stay away from alcohol and nicotine, at least until all wounds are healed nicely.

A mini-upper arm lift or a liposuction may be performed on an outpatient basis, but even after these procedures you need to take care of yourself and compression garments should be worn.

5) Frequently Asked Questions About Upper Arm Lifts

a) Do I need general anesthesia for an upper arm lift?

An upper arm lift or mini-upper arm lift is performed under general anesthesia. A liposuction on its own may be done under local anesthesia, if there are only small deposits of fat present.

b) Can an upper arm lift be combined with other procedures?

Often it makes sense to combine an upper arm lift with a liposuction to achieve the best aesthetic result possible. Not only the arms themselves, but also the transition zones to the axilla, chest and breast can be liposucked.

The harvested fat can be used for an autologous fat transfer to the breasts. This way the female contours are highlighted even further. The fat can also be used to smooth out wrinkles of the face or hands.

c) Can I wear short sleeves again after an upper arm lift?

After a liposuction, there are hardly any scars visible. In a mini-upper arm lift the scars are limited to the axilla and are usually covered by clothes. In the classic upper arm lift, the scars are placed on the inner aspect of the upper arms. In very pronounced cases, the scars can reach down to the elbow, but they never cross the elbow. Therefore, these scars can be covered by t-shirts. Even if you wear sleeveless dresses, the scars are usually not visible if the arms are held in a neutral position.