Difference between liposuction and an arm lift

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What is the difference between liposuction and an arm lift?

Flabby, drooping arms are a constant source of discomfort to the extent that they affect the quality of everyday life of patients who experience them.

Unfortunately, no matter how much you diet or exercise, this excess skin is very difficult to get rid of. In fact, the skin on the arms is one of the least elastic on our bodies, and this area accumulates fat very easily.

As a result, any weight gain is quickly reflected in the volume of the arms, and even after losing weight, it is rare to see the contour of the arms return to its original state.

If this is your case, cosmetic surgery in Tunisia is your trump card!

To get rid of this excess skin or fat in the arms, cosmetic surgery procedures such as arm liposuction or arm lifts are available.

These two operations are widely performed in Tunisia by Dr. Moez Kallel.

With my health trip, we explain the difference between liposuction and an arm lift, and which would be best for you.

What’s bothering you?

The first question to ask yourself is: what is the cause of your discomfort?

Have you put on weight recently and is excess fat on your arms bothering you?

Or have you just lost weight and it’s the flabby skin that’s the problem?

Perhaps what’s bothering you is that you have localised fat and, on top of that, your skin is loose?

Depending on your own diagnosis, the choice will be between liposuction of the arms when excess fat is the problem.

You may also be referred for an arm lift if sagging skin is the problem.

Or, if you have localised fat and loose skin, the solution is to combine an arm lift with liposuction.

In all cases, Dr Moez Kallel will make his diagnosis. He will recommend one or other operation depending on your condition and your goals.

Arm lift

The arm lift (or brachioplasty) is a cosmetic surgery operation performed under general anaesthetic by Dr. Moez KAllel. It lasts 2 hours.

This operation is intended for patients who suffer from sagging skin due to weight loss or natural ageing of the skin.

For an arm lift, Dr. Moez Kallel considers three techniques depending on the amount of excess skin found:

If the excess skin is minimal, then the arm lift is performed with an incision in the armpit.

If it is moderate, then the arm lift is performed with a longitudinal incision on the inner side of the arm, which is the most common case.

In cases where the excess skin is substantial, the arm lift combines these two techniques.


Every cosmetic surgery operation in Tunisia or elsewhere necessarily involves a scar.

However, there is a significant difference between the scars from liposuction of the arms and those from an arm lift:

For liposuction of the arms, the scars are minimal, barely a few millimetres and often well hidden in the natural folds of the arms. There are no special precautions to take.

For an arm lift, the scar can be reduced to the armpit area only, but very often the scar is longitudinal, on the inside of the arm, starting from the armpit area and can reach the elbow depending on the excess skin treated.

Lazer sessions may be considered to minimise the appearance of the scar.

In all cases, Dr. Moez Kallel recommends that you avoid exposure to the sun for up to a year after the operation.

The post-operative part

While liposuction of the arms is a relatively simple post-operative procedure, an arm lift requires more recovery time:

For liposuction of the arms, you will notice the appearance of bruising and oedema, which will fade over time. You will be able to appreciate the results of your operation after 1 month.

For an arm lift, expect to be off work for 15 days and to gradually resume your daily tasks. Some pain may be felt, but this is moderate and can be treated by taking painkillers. Wait 4 months for the tissues to soften and for the swelling following the operation to subside, and you will then be able to see the final result of your operation.

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