Arm Lift Surgery Risks and Safety

Arm Lift Surgery Risks and SafetyUpper arm lift cosmetic surgery may be undertaken using various techniques, depending on the level of fat tissue and skin removal necessary.

Arm lift surgery is the gold standard for the rejuvenation of the arms and is typically performed without any significant associated risks. An expert surgeon will be able to minimize arm lift surgery risks by customizing the procedure to suit the patient’s unique needs.

But there are some inherent risks associated with any surgical procedure. At the time of the pre-op consultation, the surgeon will explain the potential risks and complications related to the procedure to enable the patient to make a judicious choice.

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bram Kaufman provides arm lift to patients in Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and surrounding locations.

Potential Complications

Any surgical procedure, including arm lift surgery, has certain associated risks:

  • Poor response to anesthesia
  • Hematoma or seroma, which is the accumulation of blood or fluid underneath the skin that may need to be removed
  • Bleeding and infection
  • Extended duration of numbness in the incision sites or change in sensation
  • Allergic response
  • Unwanted scarring
  • Harm to the underlying structures
  • Undesirable aesthetic results, requiring revision surgery

The surgeon will offer thorough post-operative care guidelines to the patient and explain to them how to check for abnormal signs.

The patient should seek immediate medical care or get in touch with the surgeon’s office if they experience any persistent or serious issues during the recovery phase.

Risk Minimization

Patients should understand that a majority of the potential complications occur rarely in the case of arm lift plastic surgery, and severe complications are especially rare. But, it is still vital to take steps to reduce the risks and follow the surgeon’s advice in a diligent manner, both pre and post arm lift surgery.

At the outset, the patient should choose a board certified and experienced surgeon. The surgeon will evaluate the patient’s health condition and previous medical records to identify possible risk factors. An individualized surgical plan will be devised based on these factors to minimize the risk.

During the pre-operative consultation, the patient should be upfront with the surgeon regarding their medical problems, lifestyle habits such as smoking and inform them about all prescription and non-prescription meds that they may be presently taking.

They should also be ready to follow the surgeon’s pre and post-operative instructions properly for their own safety.

Temporary Side Effects

The short-term side effects of arm lift cosmetic surgery are as follows:

  • Inflammation
  • Mild pain and discomfort
  • Numbness or tingling sensation
  • Bruising
  • Bleeding
  • Feeling of tightness in incision sites

In general, these symptoms often resolve in a few days without the need for any specific treatment.

Mitigating Side Effects

The surgeon may prescribe pain drugs to the patient for a few days and advise them to take proper rest. The use of compression bandages will also help minimize the side effects. Plastic surgeon Dr. Bram Kaufman receives patients from Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and nearby areas for arm lift.


To learn more about cosmetic treatment and procedures or to schedule a consultation by Cleveland Ohio area plastic surgeon, Dr. Bram Kaufman, please contact us at 1-216-778-2245 or click here.

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