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.
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.
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.