Surgical Arm Lift

The science bit

What is a Brachioplasty or Arm Lift?

Brachioplasty is the technical term for removing skin and fat from the upper arm, and also  tightening it. People who have lost a great deal of weight often choose to have the operation, as do older people whose arm skin simply loses its elasticity.

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What Can I Expect From a Brachioplasty?

We can take two approaches to an arm lift, both involving tightening the skin and removing excess fat. One results in a shorter scar extending into the armpit, the other generates a longer scar if your whole upper arm is affected.

We perform this operation under a general anaesthetic. You will have a visible scar afterwards, which will take time to heal. Once it’s healed, all you should see is a thin white line. And that means it’s really important to think carefully first about what you want – either your arms to stay as they are but unscarred, or a lifted arm with a scar.

It’s useful to know that your scar will lie underneath the arm, invisible unless you lift your arm.

How Long Does an Arm Lift Last?

This is a permanent option to deal with loose arm skin, loss of elasticity and excessive fat on the arms. Bear in mind we can treat stubborn fat separately in other ways.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are the Side Effects of Brachioplasty?
There is swelling, bruising and some discomfort, all of which you can ease with painkillers and support to the area. In rare cases people see some bleeding, and the healing process can be slower for some than others. It’s important to come back and have regular check-ups to monitor your progress.
What Is The Recovery Time From Arm List Surgery?
You’ll wear a special support garment to cover the scar initially, which will also help with the healing process. You will also need to avoid spring cleaning, sports and anything else strenuous to do with your arms for at least a month. Because every case is different, we will advise you about what you can and can’t do throughout the time we monitor you. We might remove some of your stitches at the 7-10 day point, and we’ll need to see you again after 6 weeks and 3 months.
How Will I Feel?
Thanks to the surgery your arms will feel and look more toned. Once all the healing is completed you will feel confident enough to enjoy wearing short sleeved tops and sleeveless dresses in the summer, maybe for the first time in a long time.
Disclaimer: Results and patient experiences may vary. These are dependent on a number of factors including age, medical history, lifestyle and more.
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