Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

An upper arm lift can reduce the excess underarm fat and skin and help to reshape the arm, giving smoother skin and contours.

Treatment details

Upper arms can be prone to sagging and becoming wobbly due to a number of factors including fluctuations in weight, genetics and age. Exercise can strengthen and tone the underlying muscle but does not help looseness of the overlying skin, which may require surgery in order to improve it.

An upper arm lift can reduce the excess underarm fat and skin and help to reshape the arm, giving smoother skin and contours. Liposuction on the arms is usually done at the same time, or occasionally as an alternative to an arm lift.

Our technique

Patients with very good quality skin may have liposuction alone, but this is the exception rather than the rule. If you are in this fortunate situation then surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic through one or two small incisions.

More commonly there is also skin excess which is managed by excision surgery. This involves a T-shaped or curved incision from the armpit, continuing along the inside of the upper arm. The length of the scar varies depending of the exact contour that needs to be corrected, but can be as far as the elbow. The skin is closed with dissolving sutures and a compression garment used over the top.

Fulvio's advice

As with any cosmetic procedure it is imperative that you stop smoking at least two weeks before and after surgery. Your scar quality may also be affected by some medications, which we will discuss during your consultation.

It is important to be aware that this kind of surgery results in permanent scarring, which can be reasonably extensive. A great deal of effort is made to ensure it is as inconspicuous as possible, and most people consider the scar to be better than the original sagginess. I will show you representative photographs during your surgery to enable you to assess whether improved skin tightness outweighs the resultant scarring.

Aftercare
  • Analgesia (pain relief) – Ibuprofen and paracetamol can be taken
  • Surgical skin tapes should be left in place for the first week and replaced thereafter
  • The hospital or surgeon should be contacted if you develop a temperature, bleeding or rapid swelling
  • ​Patients should take care not to over exert themselves in the first few weeks and to keep pressure off the wounds
Procedure statistics

General Anaesthetic

Reasonably mobile: next day

Hospital stay: 0 – 1 night

Washing: Keep dressings dry until one week wound check

Full recovery: Wounds healed by 1-2 weeks,
swelling settled by 3-6 months

Surgery time: 1.5-2 hours

Driving: 2-3 weeks

Time off work: 1-2 weeks

Exercise: 4-6 weeks

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