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Arm Lift in Chiang Mai

The Ultimate Guide to Arm Lift in Chiang Mai

Are you are tired of always having to wear long sleeves to hide the loose skin on your upper arms? A brachioplasty, aka arm lift in Chiang Mai could be the answer. The procedure surgically tightens loose hanging upper arm skin and you can take advantage of getting it done for a lot less money in Thailand while enjoying a holiday at the same time. You’ll have a relaxing time, gain confidence and enjoy wearing sleeveless shirts and tops once again!

Am I a good candidate for an Arm lift?

You may be a good candidate for Arm lift if:

Your upper arm skin is loose and sagging
You are not significantly over weight, and your weight is stable
You don’t smoke
You have realistic expectations of surgical results.

Why Should I get my Arm lift in Chiang Mai?

Chiang Mai is the northern center of Thailand, and offers hospitals and medical centers geared for the medical tourist. Not only will you have access to top medical care, but you’ll find incredibly affordable rates. In fact, you’ll save so much on having your arm lift here in Chiang Mai, you’ll be able to fit in an amazing mini-vacation, too! Plan a pre-surgery adventures up Doi (mountain) Suthep to Wat (Temple) Phrathat, where you can see all of Chiang Mai or catch a Muay Thai match. Talk to your surgeon about how to plan your post surgical activities, but try to fit in a Thai cooking class, if you can!

What is the cost of Arm lift in Chiang Mai?

Prices vary, but you can find savings of 50-90%. Take a look at this comparison:

Arm lifts in Chiang Mai cost, on average cost AUD $4,000 (US $3,000, CAD $4,000, UK £2,300, EURO €2,700) compared to AUD $8,000 (US $6,000, CAD $8,000, UK £4,600, EURO €5,400) in Australia.

How can I be sure of the quality of Arm lift in Chiang Mai?

Research arm lift clinics in Chiang Mai. Check the experience, education and qualifications of the surgeons. Take a look at their reviews and before/after photos, too. You would do the same research on whoever will be providing you surgical care, whether you were home or in Thailand.

We know how important it is to have a doctor you can trust, and you know is reliable. That’s why we at Medical Departures help do some of the legwork on surgeon and clinic research. We do quality checks on surgeon education, professional memberships, experience and reviews. We also help with peace of mind, and do criminal and legal checks.

What happens during Arm lift?

Your surgeon will administer either intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia. Once you are sedated, the surgeon will make the required incisions. Once the excess skin is removed, your incision will be closed with either stiches, or bio-absorbable sutures. You can read more about arm lift surgery at the the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS).


Depending on the location and amount of excess skin to be removed, the incision may be an inner arm incision from your armpit to your elbow, along the back of your arm, from below your armpit to your elbow, or perhaps just around your armpit area. Your surgeon will talk to you about the best technique for your specific needs.

How long will the procedure take to do?

Arm lift surgery takes around two to three hours to perform.

What does the recovery process look like?

You should see improved results right away, but you may still have bruising and swelling.

You may be fitted with a compression garment to keep swelling down after surgery. You may also have a “drain” placed temporarily. This small, thin tube helps drain any excess body fluid or blood, and helps speed healing.

If you are just having a “day” procedure, and will be recovering at home, you will need someone to drive you back to your hotel. You may also want to plan for someone to stay with you for the first day or two, just to make sure you can take care of yourself.

Healing takes about a week and a half, and you may have to wear an elastic compression bandage for several months.

You may be able to return to work within three to five days, depending on your occupation. You may be restricted from arm movements that involve moving around at the shoulder for the first month.

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This article is meant for information purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or instructions for medical diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with your doctor or a qualified medical professional before starting or changing medical treatment.

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