Biceps prosthesis surgery

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The biceps prosthesis surgery at Clínica Sanza in Barcelona, Spain, consists of placing implants in the arm zone, with a material that does not cause immunological reaction and it integrates with the tissues in a natural way.

The change in the appearance of the arms resulting from this operation is definitive.

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People that want to increase biceps volume and don’t achieve it with sport.

People suffering a malformation or an accident on the arm, and consequently, have not developed the biceps (uni or bilateral).


Prosthesis require a precise technique and a correct prior evaluation of each case, to be able to adapt the final result to the patient wishes, evaluating the volume, the projection, physical shape and skin quality, and other factors. From this primary evaluation, the prothesis volume will be defined in regards of the patient’s wishes.

Bicep implants are elongated and with an oval shape (they usually measure 15 to 20 cm long and 5 to 10 cm wide). Implants are placed through the armpit and they are introduced in-between the branchial anterior muscle and the biceps. Once the implant is placed, incision is sutured and some drainages are placed and remain for 24 hours.

This procedure can be done with other kind of prosthesis like triceps, shoulders or pectorals.


  • From 1 to 2 hours.



  • Evaluation of the area to determine the adequacy of the treatment.
  • Follow specific patterns determined by the doctor.
  • Cardiac and respiratory analysis and other tests if required.


  • Local and sedation, or General anaesthesia


  • Ambulatory or 24 h hospitalization.


  • Drainage and compressive bandage during 24 h.
  • Special compressive band to avoid bruising and liquid collections for 2-6 days.
  • Suture removal 7 days after if not reabsorbed.
  • Medication if required.
  • Mandatory examinations after several days, several weeks and several months, according to prescription.


  • Special compressive band removal after 4 or 6 days.
  • Normal activity in 24 h without making forcefull movements and also don’t weight-lift.
  • Physical activity restart after a month from the surgery and in a progressive way.


  • Arm aspect improved.
  • Rejuvenated aspect.
  • Improvement of the patient’s psychological profile and self-esteem.


  • Medium intervention.


  • Medium.
  • Intervention risks: sensitivity alterations; prosthesis displacement that precise a retouch to replace it.
  • General intervention risks: hemorrhage, infection, scarring alteration.


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Video of biceps prosthesis surgery

If you want to see how a real biceps prosthesis surgery is performed, this is the video for you. It has been filmed in fast motion because the real operation lasts more than 1 hour. It is a complete filming, it shows from when the anaesthesia is administered, through the cuts with the scalpel, placement of the biceps prostheses, until the patient is sutured and bandaged.

WARNING: This is a video of a real operation, we warn that it may cause an impression and hurt the sensitivity of some people.

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Frequently asked questions about arm treatment

How can I improve the appearance of my arms?

Improving the appearance of the arms is a surgery that is increasingly requested by patients, depending on the case we can do several procedures. The use of prosthesis, biceps or triceps, liposuction or lipolaser, brachioplasty or lifting of arms. That is to say, we can increase the volume or diminish it or remove flaccidity.

What are the regions of the arms where I can place prostheses?

SHOULDER, BRACHIAL BICEPS, BRACHIAL TRICEPS AND PECTORAL, prostheses correct these deficits giving an appearance of greater muscular volume.

What material are the implants made of?

Arm implants are made of a silicone compound just like breast prostheses, but more cohesive. Their consistency is very similar to that of the exercised muscle.

When to do a liposuction of the arms? or lipolaser?

Those arms whose fat tissue thickness is in excess are recommended to perform liposuction to improve their appearance. As long as there is excess skin that can be satisfactorily retracted. When cellulite exists it is advisable to perform lipolaser.

When should I do an arm lift or brachioplasty?

When there is an excess of skin, motivated by an important flaccidity and that cannot be retracted by means of another procedure such as lipolaser. Patients who have lost a lot of weight or advanced age or fragile skin due to the sun and/or smoking.

What can I expect in the postoperative period?

After surgery the patient may feel somewhat uncomfortable with mild pain. This discomfort is controlled through the use of analgesics and anti-inflammatories. The bandage will be left on for the first 24 hours, but the swelling may persist for some time, as well as some bruising.

What type of anesthesia is used in arm surgery?

Surgery to place implants in the arms, brachioplasty or liposuction of the arms is performed under local anesthesia and sedation. This means that the patient will remain asleep during the intervention, absolutely calm, will not perceive any painful stimulus. We will leave a bandage for 24 hours and drainage if the case requires it. The lifting of arms also local or sedation.

How long does the operation last? Is hospitalization necessary?

The operation lasts 2 hours. It is ambulatory unless the patient requires otherwise. Depending on the number of prostheses to be placed, the size of the liposuction or brachioplasty, we will advise ambulatory or 24h admission.

Can you see the scars?

In liposuction and lipolaser of arms we leave stitches of 3 to 4 mm invisible. All the prosthesis of pectorals, shoulders, biceps and triceps are made by axillary route. A scar of 5-6cm in the armpit disguised in the axillary fold. The lifting of the arms leaves a long scar up to the elbow on the inside of the arm and sometimes also an axillary scar.


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