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Arm Lift Surgery in Cyprus, Greece and Malta

Excess fat stored in the arms is a common issue caused by the onset of aging or by genes. Yet, loose, stretched, and flabby upper arms can also be caused due to significant weight loss or weight fluctuations.

On top of that, our modern, stressful lifestyle causes cortisol hormone levels in our bodies to increase. Cortisol ups our hunger and makes our body store persistent fat in the hips, thighs, and upper arms area.

Excess fat in the arms – also called “bat wings” – usually attracts attention and makes people feel ashamed when wearing sleeveless or short sleeve clothes.

Even though exercise strengthens the muscles in the area, it can’t address excess, saggy skin that has lost its elasticity. This is why even well-toned people opt for surgical treatments to improve skin elasticity and the shape of their upper arms.

Arm lift surgery is suitable for both men and women.

What Is Arm Lift?

Brachioplasty or arm lift surgery tightens loose skin and removes excess fat between the underarm (armpit) and elbow. The result is attractive, toned and more proportionate upper arms that help people restore their confidence.

Brachioplasty is indicated in cases where exercise and diets cannot reduce excess fat and tone loose skin in the upper arms. The only viable option for poor skin elasticity and skin folds in this body area is arm lift surgery.

For patients with excess arm skin but whose underlying fat is tight and the skin maintains relatively good elasticity, a combination of arm lift surgery and liposuction could be the best solution. Liposuction alone cannot address excess skin that has lost elasticity.

Arm Lift Before & After Photos

What Does Arm Tuck Surgery Involve?

Step 1:  Anesthesia

Brachioplasty is performed under general anesthesia administered by a certified anesthesiologist.

Step 2:  The Incision

Incision length and pattern depend on the amount and location of excess skin. The plastic surgeon performs the skin incisions on the arm’s inside or on the back to ensure well-concealed scars.

The incisions may run along the inner arm and end up hidden inside the underarm (axilla) or the chest’s side to address severe looseness. Otherwise, the incision runs just along the hanging area.

If the patient has extra pockets of fat in the area, the surgeon will also perform a liposuction procedure at the same time to remove that fat.

Step 3:  Closing the incision

After making the incisions, the plastic surgeon pulls the skin back over the underlying tissue and closes the surgical wound with absorbable sutures or stitches. The skin is draped over the new contours.


2 hours

Anaesthesia Used

General Anaesthetic

Hospital Stay

1 night

Pre Admission Tests

Blood Tests


1-2 weeks


1 week


1 month

Final Result

2-3 months


The surgeon will suggest using a pressure garment in the area for 15-20 days to help minimize fluid retention, control swelling and accelerate recovery.

A smooth and tight upper arm contour is apparent immediately after the surgery. Bruising and swelling are typical side effects of brachioplasty that will go away within the first weeks post-op.

The patient can return to routine activities gradually from the first day after the arm lift surgery. However, more strenuous activities that can stretch the incisions should be avoided for a few weeks. Patients should not lift arms above shoulder level for the first 3-4 weeks.

Dr. Stavrou offers patients detailed postoperative care instructions that will ensure a speedy recovery process. His advice would include what medications to take and when, how to take care of wounds, do’s and don’ts after the surgery, and a timeline for follow-up visits.

Arm lift results are typically long-lasting. However, the skin may lose some firmness as people age, while changes in body weight or pregnancy may alter the upper arm’s appearance. Maintaining a healthy and stable body weight will help people retain the beautiful results of brachioplasty.

What our patients say!

Rhinoplasty. Dr. Stavrou did an excellent job with my nose, the results are incredible, as good as the ones he has posted on his social pages. I had no pain after the surgery, no complications, everything went smoothly. The recovery was very fast, like 3 weeks. Dr. Stavrou was very kind and professional, I felt very comfortable with him and his team. I trusted him since the first meeting. I highly recommend him to everyone.
Natalie Arsalide
Natalie Arsalide
April 18, 2022.
Dr.Stavrou goes above and beyond to be helpful throughout the whole experience. Overall I am very happy with my results as it is everything I envisioned and more.
Roberta Mifsud
Roberta Mifsud
March 24, 2022.
Edit: I thought I'd add to my review after 1+ year post operation! I got my nose done by Dr Stavrou 27 months ago. The results are beyond excellent and I couldn't ask for better service from the doctor and the team! For anyone who's wondering, almost all of the swelling and bruising was gone after 2 weeks and my nose currently looks like it did about a month after the operation. I highly recommend him!! Old review: Today is the 10th day after my rhinoplasty with Dr Stavrou. Dr Stavrou operated on me following a functional rhinoplasty performed by my otolaryngologist. It was a painless experience and the results have exceeded my expectations! It hasn't affected my daily activities apart from the fact that I was not allowed to work out excessively. The swelling and bruising has almost disappeared completely. The results are excellent and I finally have a nose that complements my face. Not to mention the entire team was very helpful! Thank you so much Dr Stavrou!
Christina Kakoulli
Christina Kakoulli
March 4, 2022.
Ήθελα εδώ και χρόνια να κάνω μείωση στήθους και η αλήθεια δεν το τολμούσα. Είχα ακούσει τα καλύτερα λόγια για τον Δρ. Δημήτρη Σταύρου και το αποφάσισα. Είναι ένας εξαιρετικός γιατρός αφοσιωμένος στην δουλειά του και με επαγγελματισμό σου δίνει το καλύτερο αποτέλεσμα. Για μένα το αποτέλεσμα είναι ένα μικρό θαύμα νιώθω υπέροχα! Γιατρέ σ' ευχαριστώ πολύ για το άψογο αποτέλεσμα. Εύχομαι καλή συνέχεια και με την καταπληκτική σου δουλειά να κάνεις χαρούμενους ανθρώπους.
Demetra Demetriou
Demetra Demetriou
February 7, 2022.
After years of not feeling so confident , due to my breast size I met Dr. Stavrou and from my first consultation I knew he was the right doctor for my procedure. Totally calm and assertive , he guided me to the correct choice, resulting in a perfect outcome making me feel not only extremely confident now but also natural ! I highly recommend him to any women who is facing similar issues. Dr Stavrou thank you once again !!
Tekla Madar
Tekla Madar
January 23, 2022.
Η περίπτωση μου ήταν λιγότερο συχνή και διαφορετική από αυτές που ακούμε στην καθημερινότητά μας. Μεγάλες αυξομειώσεις βάρους (40-50 κιλά) μετά από δύο βαριατρικές επεμβάσεις για αντιμετώπιση της νοσογόνου παχυσαρκίας, με αποτέλεσμα την υπερβολική χαλάρωση του δέρματος σε πολλά σημεία του σώματος. Είχα την τύχη να ακούσω για το Δρ. Σταύρου από φιλικά άτομα, και όταν αποφάσισα να επισκεφτώ πλαστικό χειρούργο ήταν ο πρώτος που πήγα και εκεί άκουσα και έμαθα για το body contouring. Ακολούθησαν πολλά ραντεβού, άπειρες ερωτήσεις, απορίες και φόβος από την πλευρά μου. Όλες οι απαντήσεις του Δρ. Σταύρου άμεσες και ειλικρινείς, ακόμα και αυτές που δε μιλούσαν για βελτίωση όπως ήθελα να ακούσω! Καμιά απάντηση δε δόθηκε απλά για να μου «χαϊδέψει» τα αυτιά. Ο ίδιος με παρότρυνε να επισκεφτώ και άλλους πλαστικούς για να ακούσω και άλλες γνώμες. Τελικά, ήταν ο μόνος που με έπεισε, ο μόνος που μπορούσε να καθησυχάσει το φόβο, το άγχος και την αγωνία μου και ο μόνος που είχε απάντηση σε ότι τον ρωτούσα και έτσι ακολούθησα το ένστικτό μου και επέλεξα τον Δρ. Σταύρου για να προχωρήσουμε μαζί σε όλο αυτό που αποφάσισα να κάνω. Ήξερα από την αρχή ότι τα χειρουργεία θα ήταν πολύωρα και αυτό με φόβιζε περισσότερο αλλά ο γιατρός ήταν εκείνος που με την ηρεμία του με καθησύχαζε. Σε περίοδο έξι μηνών υποβλήθηκα σε δύο πολύωρα χειρουργεία. Η μετεγχειρητική μου πορεία και στις δύο επεμβάσεις ήταν η καλύτερη δυνατή και η ανάρρωση πολύ πιο εύκολη από όσο περίμενα και από όσο προετοιμάστηκα ψυχολογικά να αντέξω. Όλα όσα μου είπε ο Δρ. Σταύρου για τη μετεγχειρητική πορεία, τον πόνο και την ταλαιπωρία, δεν ειπώθηκαν απλά για να με «παρηγορήσουν» να μη φοβάμαι και να μην ανησυχώ. Ήταν όλα ειλικρινή και αντικειμενικά. Όπως ακριβώς μου τα περιέγραψε, έτσι ακριβώς έγιναν. Ακόμα και στα θέματα που αφορούσαν τη ψυχολογία μου ο γιατρός ήταν εκείνος που ήρεμος, μετρημένος και χαμογελαστός με καθησύχαζε. Γιατί όταν ένα άτομο μπαίνει στη διαδικασία να αρχίσει κάτι τόσο σημαντικό, δε μετράει μόνο το να είσαι άψογος σαν επαγγελματίας απέναντί του, αλλά και το να γνωρίζεις τη ψυχολογία του ασθενή σου ανάλογα με την κάθε περίπτωση και ο Δρ. Σταύρου κατέχει την πρώτη θέση και στα δύο!! Αισθάνομαι τυχερή που επέλεξα να εμπιστευτώ στα χέρια του γιατρού Δρ. Σταύρου την αποκατάσταση του σώματός μου και που ο φόβος δεν με απέτρεψε από το να αποφασίσω να κάνω όλα όσα η περίπτωσή μου απαιτούσε, ώστε να έχω το καλύτερο δυνατό αποτέλεσμα. Θα ήταν άδικο αν ο φόβος και η ανησυχία για τα πολύωρα χειρουργεία, τον πόνο και την ανάρρωση δε με άφηναν να έχω κάτι καλύτερο. Γιατρέ μου σε ευχαριστώ για όλα! Συνέχισε το λειτούργημα που κάνεις με τον ίδιο ακριβώς τρόπο που το κάνεις γιατί είναι σπάνια και μεγάλη αρετή να έχεις την ικανότητα και τη δύναμη να χαρίζεις τόσα πολλά χαμόγελα στους ανθρώπους!
Chryso Κ
Chryso Κ
January 22, 2022.
I empiria mou me tin epemvasi rinoplastikis itan arketa apotelesma mou einai ekseretiko aksizi ton kopo!! o giatros mu poli kalos kai eksipiretiko olo to prosopiko! Den ixa kanena idietero pono oute taleporia mono 2-3 meres imun pio prosektiki meta itan ola mia xara, stin evdomada ekana oles tis kathimerines drastiriotites pu ekana kai prin..aksizi ton kopo kai me to parapano tha to ksanakana!!🙂
eleni tirimou
eleni tirimou
January 21, 2022.


The arm lift is a safe cosmetic procedure with many benefits, including:

  • Offers upper arms toned appearance & smooth feel
  • Gets rid of sagging skin and “bat wings”
  • Shapes & contours the arms
  • Puts arms in better proportion with rest of body
  • Boosts body image
  • Boosts people’s self-confidence
  • Patients can wear sleeveless clothes without worries
  • Motivates people to exercise more

Who Is A Good Candidate For Arm Tuck?

Firstly, Dr. Stavrou schedules some thorough consultations with his patients to understand their unique needs and goals. Then, he advises them whether arm lift surgery alone or in combination with liposuction is the most effective solution for targeting unwanted deposits of upper arm fat. In general, patients who can benefit from arm lift surgery have the below characteristics:

  • People who are in good health and exercise regularly but can’t achieve the upper arm results they’re looking for.
  • People who have lost significant weight and have kept it off for at least 6 months; but still have excess fat and sagging skin in the arms that looks disproportionate with the rest of their body.
  • People with isolated loose skin on the inside and back of arms.
  • People who work out to stay in great shape, yet aging has caused their upper arm to lose elasticity and become saggy.

Where Will Arm Lift Take Place?

Dr. Stavrou performs arm lift surgery in accredited medical centers in Cyprus, Greece and Malta.

The procedure takes place in a safe and sterile operation room. The surgeon uses only state-of-the-art medical equipment. The staff involved is thoroughly trained and specialized in cosmetic surgery. Dr. Stavrou wants to ensure a safe, well-controlled and comfortable surgical experience for his patients.

After the procedure, the patient is transferred to the recovery suite and is closely monitored by the medical staff.

The European Institute of Plastic Surgery (EIPS) offers exceptional health care and meets the high standards of safety and care set by European laws. EIPS clinics provide individualized health care in a beautiful, exclusive and luxurious environment.

Dr. Demetris Stavrou

Meet Dr. Demetris Stavrou

Dr. Stavrou is a board-certified Plastic Surgeon leading the European Institute of Plastic Surgery since 2012. He was trained in top Medical Institutions in Greece, London, Melbourne and Israel. He has extensive experience in all types of plastic surgery and an artistic eye. He is compassionate and always by the side of his patients to make them feel comfortable, secure and confident. For Dr. Stavrou, paying attention to the details is what makes the difference in cosmetic procedures.

FAQs for Arm Lift

How much does an arm lift surgery cost?

Arm lift surgery is a cosmetic procedure that requires a talented plastic surgeon with outstanding experience. Thus, the primary concern for every patient who wants to undergo a safe cosmetic procedure should be to find a board-certified and experienced plastic surgeon.

The cost of arm lift surgery (brachioplasty) ranges based on the country and the doctor’s experience. In general, arm lift surgery cost is calculated based on a variety of factors, such as:

  • Tests
  • Anesthesia
  • Hospital costs
  • Post-surgical treatment
  • Post-op garment

For more information about arm lift surgery, reach out to Dr. Stavrou and his expert team:

  • Cyprus, Nicosia & Limassol: 70088002 or +357 97873787
  • Greece, Athens: +30 6971881572
  • Malta, Sliema: +356 79317641

How painful is an arm lift?

After arm lift surgery, patients might experience light to moderate pain that can be controlled with prescribed painkillers. The arms are bandaged and wrapped with a compression garment that decreases the arms’ range of motion.


The pain subsides after the first few dates to the point where most patients no longer need pain relievers.

Is arm lift surgery safe?

Arm lift surgery is a safe procedure when performed by experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons.


As with any other surgical procedure, arm lift might pose the below rare risks:


  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fluid buildup
  • Muscle, nerve or blood vessel damage
  • Scarring
  • Fatty tissue death
  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia


Patients who follow the post-operative care instructions offered by Dr. Stavrou do not need to worry about arm lift risks.

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