Arm Lift (brachiaplasty)

An arm lift is an operation that may be necessary due to weight fluctuations or from the effects of gravity.

Arm Lift Information and Post Op Recovery

If a patient has excess fat only, sometimes liposuction alone can be used to contour the arms. However, when there is excess skin, removal of this skin becomes necessary.

There are three main variations of the arm lift:

  1. Medial arm lift
  2. Medial arm lift with extension onto the chest wall
  3. Medial arm lift with extension below the elbow.

The medial arm lift is performed with a cut on the inner part of the arm. The excess tissue is removed, and anchoring sutures are performed to ensure long term results. The skin is then carefully closed in layers and a drain is placed. This drain is usually removed the next day and a compression garment is applied.

Which procedure is right for you, depends on your particular body shape, and an operation will be custom designed for you depending on your wants and your body shape.

The arm lift is performed under general anaesthetic in theatre as day stay or overnight stay. Please contact us to find out which procedure is ideal for you. Post-operative scar regime usually requires taping for a few weeks with a tape we will give to you. Recovery takes 1-2 weeks with 4 weeks return to exercise. Compression may include a garment is necessary for around 4 weeks.

Please contact us to find out which procedure may be right for you.

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