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Arm Lift Surgery in Turkey

A Brachioplasty or Arm Lift surgery is a cosmetic surgery to tone and sculpt the upper arms. It improves the contours and aesthetics of the arms for thinner-looking arms. The surgery targets the loose and bulging skin on the upper back of the arms.

This accumulation of fat and skin gives a displeasing appearance to the upper body. Many people find it hard to get rid of the loose skin on the upper arms by eating healthy and working out alone. Sometimes people store fat in their arms naturally due to the effects of aging and genetics. In such situations, surgical intervention is the only way to get rid of the stubborn fat on their upper arms. An arm lift is a minor surgery that does not require you to be in the hospital for days.  

As per the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, over 140,000 arm lift surgeries were performed in 2021. An increase of more than 11% was seen in arm lift surgeries around the world between 2020 and 2021.

With a high success rate, this surgery is one of the most common aesthetic surgeries for body contouring. More than 2000 board-certified plastic surgeons in Turkey perform arm lift surgeries. More than 6,000 arm lift surgeries are performed in Turkey annually, and this number is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. Here is an in-depth insight into everything this treatment entails and why should you consider Turkey for aesthetic treatments:

Brachioplasty or an arm lift is a surgical procedure to tighten, lift, and sculpt the upper arms. The main purpose of the surgery is to remove excess fat and skin from the lower part of the upper arms. Due to gravity, aging, genetics, and weight fluctuations, the skin in this part loses elasticity and becomes saggy. Many people develop body image issues due to flabby and bulgy arms. An arm lift is a surgical procedure to correct the shape of your upper arms. It is a minor surgery and requires minimum time in the hospital.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of an arm lift is $4,681. This cost only covers the procedure and there are many other additional expenses. The treatment includes other expenses including anesthesia fees, surgical facility costs, medical tests, surgeon fees, and post-surgery garments. 

Turkey offers a wide range of benefits and perks, particularly if you are coming for medical tourism purposes. Here are a few factors that give Turkey an edge over other nations for medical treatment:

Visa-Free Access for most countries: One of the benefits of coming to Turkey for medical treatment is that you do not have to deal with long visa queues. Most foreigners, particularly Europeans can enter Turkey without a visa and just with a valid ID card. It saves a lot of time and you can plan your trip without any worries.

Established Medical Tourism Sector: Turkey offers a well-established medical tourism sector that thrives due to a web of hospitals, clinics, and agencies that meticulously plan every aspect of your journey. Travel packages for medical tourism cover everything from hotel reservations to airport transfers, hospital transfers, and other important aspects. In 2023, around 7,46,290 people have already chosen Turkey as their medical destination. The total profit earned so far in 2023 by the medical tourism sector in Turkey is $1,033,942.

Quicker Appointment System: Another perk of coming to Turkey is that you don’t have to wait for months or years for your appointment. Despite receiving hundreds and thousands of patients every season, every patient is given the same level of attention and care. The appointment process is fast and hassle-free.

Holiday Destination: A staggering 1.2 million Europeans visit Turkey for various medical procedures. The costs of medical procedures here are substantially lower, often up to 80% less, than in other countries.

Transit Hub: Turkey’s renowned metropolitan city, Istanbul is a popular transit destination. It is convenient to find flight connections to almost anywhere in the world from Istanbul. Furthermore, most flights from European countries to Istanbul are only 3 hours long. Therefore, you can find a sense of ease in traveling to Turkey as you can easily find a flight back home.

Although butt lift surgery is a common aesthetic surgery, it does carry a few risks. Here are the risks commonly associated with butt lift surgery:

  1. Blood clots that can disrupt blood flow in your body.
  2. Anesthetic risks such as breathing issues or stomach problems.
  3. Infection
  4. Discharge from the surgical area
  5. Blood loss during or after the surgery
  6. Fluid accumulation under the skin (seroma).
  7. Prominent scarring
  8. Nerve or vessel injury
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Arm lift before and after: what changes can you see?

An arm lift can produce ideal results for your upper body if you struggle with bulky or flabby arms. Here are some of the changes you can notice after an arm lift:

Toned Arms

The biggest change that you will see after an arm lift surgery is toned and shapely arms. You will see that the loose and sagging skin on the lower upper arms is gone. Due to less fat tissue in the area, your arms look sculpted and slim.

Better Body Proportions

In many cases, the arms do not match the body shape and proportions. They are too bulky compared to the rest of the body. People are unable to lose extra fat on their upper arms even with clean eating and exercising sometimes. In such cases, an arm lift surgery sculpts your arms according to your body shape.

Better Mobility

Due to weight loss in the arms, your mobility also gets a lot better. Arm movements that you couldn’t do earlier become much easier. Your upper body becomes much lighter and toned up.

Who is a candidate for arm lift surgery?

Brachioplasty or an Arm Lift is a minor surgery and most people can get it for the cosmetic correction of their arms. You are a suitable candidate for an arm lift surgery if the following apply to you:

  1. You are healthy and have no serious medical conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
  2. You are over 18 years of age
  3. You are not overweight and your BMI is within the normal range.
  4. You have flabby arms with loose skin on the back of your upper arms.
  5. You have realistic expectations from the surgery and you understand that it will change your body only the way your body allows it.
  6. You are ideally a non-smoker and do not consume too much alcohol.
  7. You can take off from work and rest for at least 2 weeks at home.
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How much is an arm lift surgery in Turkey?

The constant growth of the medical tourism industry in Turkey has had no impact on its affordable costs. Aesthetic surgeries in Turkey are almost 80% cheaper than in other parts of the world. The average cost of an Arm Lift in Turkey is between $4000 and $8000 including hospital and post-surgery expenses. Moreover, the price the medical facility quotes before the surgery remains the same later. No additional charges are added to the bill without informing you.

Arm Lift Surgery in Istanbul

Dixi Health perform arm lift surgery in Istanbul.

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How can you come to Turkey for arm lift surgery?

If you are considering Turkey for an arm lift surgery, here is a step-by-step guide to how you can book an appointment for the treatment of your choice:

Step 1: Get in touch with our representative and share your details

The first step to start the process is reaching out to us and sharing your information.

One of our team members will take down your details including your contact details and medical history.

Here are the tests our representative will ask you to share with them via WhatsApp or email:

  1. A complete blood profile
  2. Chest X-ray
  3. Coagulation tests
  4. BMP (Basic Metabolic Panel)
  5. TSH, T3, T4 (Thyroid)
  6. BHcG (Pregnancy Test)

Step 2: Travelling to Turkey and Hospitalization

Once our doctors are satisfied with your test results, we will help you sort out your flight to Turkey and your itinerary.

It doesn’t matter which airport you land at we will be there to pick you up and take you to the hotel.

We will arrange your hotel transfers as well to make sure you are sorted throughout your trip.

Step 3: Pre-surgery Check-up

Once you arrive at the hotel, our doctors will welcome you and prepare you for certain tests. Although we have asked you for certain tests before, our doctors run another set of tests to be safe. The following tests will be performed before the surgery:

  1. Complete Blood Count (CBC)
  2. ECG Test
  3. Chest X-rays
  4. Coagulation Studies (PT/PTT)
  5. BHcG (Pregnancy Test)

Step 4: Surgery

If the doctors are satisfied with your test results, they prepare you for the surgery.

On the day of the surgery, you are transferred to the hospital and welcomed by the staff at the hospital.

Step 5: Recovery

After the surgery, you may have to stay in the hospital for a short while for doctors to monitor your condition.

This is just a preventative step to make sure you are recovering fine.

You may have to revisit after a few days for a follow-up appointment with the doctor.

Step 6: Hotel Transfer

Once you are given a go-ahead by your doctor, we will transfer you to your designated hotel.

The hotel provides a wide range of amenities and luxuries to make sure you are comfortable throughout your stay.

What services do our packages include?

Here is a complete list of services our packages include:

  1. Preliminary Tests
  2. Anesthesia Examination
  3. Initial Examination
  4. Arm Lift Surgery
  5. General Anesthesia or Local Anesthesia
  6. Post-surgery Examinations
  7. Post-surgery hospital stay
  8. VIP hotel and hospital transfers
  9. 3-5 days hotel accommodation

What happens in Arm lift recovery?

Patients must follow the doctor’s instructions for the buttock lift aftercare. The recovery timeframe differs from patient to patient according to their age, health, and lifestyle.

Week 1:

The first week is crucial because you just went through surgery. You may find it hard to get used to the changes and adjustments needed for a stable recovery. Your doctor will probably put you on an all-liquid diet for 3-4 days to avoid complications. Although you can walk around in your house from time to time any drastic movements are prohibited. You will also be asked to clean the surgical site twice a day including changing the dressing and bandages. Smoking and alcohol can delay healing so doctors specifically ask patients to stay away from them at least for the first 2 weeks. You are advised to sleep on your back for the first few days rather than on your side.

Week 2:

The swelling does noticeably go down at this point in your recovery journey. You can start having normal food with semi-solid foods such as mashed vegetables, rice, pasta, etc. It is better to keep your diet lightweight and digestible at this point. The doctor asks you to come for your follow-up appointment. Your stitches if they are not the dissolvable kind are removed at this point. Again, smoking and alcohol must be avoided. You can go back to work by this time and resume most of your everyday routine activities.

Week 3: 

Drastic improvement in the swelling may be seen by the third week. You can resume your everyday activities such as going to work and driving.

Week 4:

Any swelling and pain subside by this time. You can go back to your regular life and may also start working out. It is important to ask your doctor before working out though to avoid any mishaps.

Long-term recovery: The full results of the surgery start to appear after 4 to 5 months. Most patients are expected to be in a fully recovered state by the 6th month.

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FAQs Arm Lift Procedure

Here are the most common queries about Buccal Fat Removal:

An arm lift is a minor outpatient surgery that takes hardly an hour or two. Unlike other major procedures, you do not have to stay in the hospital for weeks. Here is how a typical Arm Lift surgery is performed:

Anesthesia: Surgeons administer anesthesia before beginning the surgery to make sure the patient is at ease. Patients can choose between general or local anesthesia according to their health, age, pain threshold, etc. Doctors recommend the best option for patients accordingly.

Incisions: As soon as the patient is under the effect of anesthesia, the surgeon begins the surgery. The location, length, and depth of the incision depend on how much work the patient needs. Typically, surgeons make an incision between your elbow and armpit.

Fat removal: After the incision, the surgeon gets rid of excess fatty tissue and skin from the area. The tissue is then lifted and reshaped to tighten the area.

Stitches: In the end, the surgeon closes the incisions with the help of stitches. It takes a week or two for the stitches to dissolve or be physically removed by the doctor.

Doctors make incisions strategically under the arms so they are less noticeable. The scars usually lighten over time and are hardly noticeable.

Arm lifts usually include liposuction for fat removal from the upper arms. Only your doctor can determine which procedure is better for you.

Slight changes in your upper arms are possible with consistent arm workouts and clean eating. An arm lift surgery is a suitable approach if you cannot lose the extra fat and skin non-surgically.

An arm lift is a cosmetic surgery and insurance usually does not cover it.

Arm lifts remove stretch marks on the upper arm area by removing the excess fat and skin in the area.

The starting price of an arm lift in Istanbul is $3000 including hospital and medication expenses.

There is no ideal age for an arm lift but you should be over 18 years of age and have sagging skin on your upper arms.