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Arm Lift (Brachioplasty): Sculpting Your Arms

Arm Lift (Brachioplasty): Sculpting Your Arms

Arm Lift (Brachioplasty): Sculpting Your Arms

Fluctuations in weight, aging, and genetics can often lead to excess skin and fat in the upper arms, commonly referred to as “bingo wings.” This can make many individuals feel self-conscious, especially when wearing sleeveless clothing. Brachioplasty, or arm lift surgery, is a cosmetic procedure designed to contour and reshape the upper arms, resulting in a firmer and more toned appearance. In this blog post, we’ll explore what brachioplasty entails, who the best candidates are, the surgical process, recovery expectations, and the potential benefits and risks.

What is Brachioplasty?

Brachioplasty, or an arm lift, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the upper arms. The goal is to create a more aesthetically pleasing arm contour, enhancing both the appearance and confidence of the patient. This procedure is particularly beneficial for individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight or those experiencing sagging skin.

Who is an Ideal Candidate?

Ideal candidates for brachioplasty include individuals who:

– Have significant amounts of loose skin on their upper arms.

– Are at a stable and healthy weight.

– Are in good overall health without medical conditions that impair healing.

– Do not smoke or are willing to quit smoking before and after the surgery.

– Have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the surgery.

– Are bothered by the appearance of their upper arms and seek to improve their contour.

The Surgical Procedure

Here at our Reigate, Surrey clinic, Brachioplasty is typically performed under general anaesthesia, however, can also be done under sedation or local anaesthetic, and can take between one to three hours, depending on the extent of the surgery. Here is an overview of the procedure:

  1. Incision: The surgeon makes an incision on the inside or back of the arm. The length and pattern of the incision depend on the amount of skin to be removed.
  2. Liposuction: In cases where excess fat is present, liposuction may be used to remove fat deposits.
  3. Skin Removal and Tightening: The surgeon removes excess skin and tightens the underlying supportive tissue to create a smoother and more toned arm contour.
  4. Closing the Incision: The incisions are closed with sutures, and the area is bandaged.

Recovery and Aftercare

Recovery from brachioplasty involves several stages, and patients should follow their surgeon’s post-operative care instructions closely to ensure optimal healing. Here are some key points:

– Swelling and Bruising: Expect some swelling and bruising, which should subside within a few weeks. Compression garments may be recommended to help minimize swelling and support the arms during healing.

– Pain Management: Mild to moderate pain and discomfort can be managed with prescribed pain medications.

– Activity Restrictions: Patients are advised to avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for at least four to six weeks. Gentle movements and light activities can aid in the recovery process.

– Follow-Up Appointments: Regular follow-up visits to our Reigate clinic with your surgeon are crucial to monitor healing and address any concerns.

Potential Benefits

Brachioplasty offers several benefits that can significantly enhance the quality of life:

– Improved Arm Contour: The removal of excess skin and fat results in a firmer and more toned arm appearance.

– Increased Confidence: Many patients experience a boost in self-esteem and feel more comfortable wearing sleeveless and form-fitting clothing.

– Long-Lasting Results: With a stable weight and healthy lifestyle, the results of brachioplasty can be long-lasting.

Potential Risks and Complications

As with any surgical procedure, brachioplasty carries potential risks, including:

– Scarring: While surgeons strive to place incisions in less noticeable areas, some scarring is inevitable. Scars typically fade over time.

– Infection: Proper wound care and hygiene are essential to minimize the risk of infection.

– Asymmetry: There may be slight asymmetry between the arms.

– Nerve Damage: Temporary or, in rare cases, permanent changes in sensation can occur.


Brachioplasty can transform the appearance of your arms, making them look firmer, more toned, and proportionate. Understanding the procedure, the recovery process, and potential risks will help you make an informed decision about whether this surgery is right for you. If you’re considering brachioplasty, consult with one of our skilled plastic surgeons to discuss your goals and explore the best options for your unique needs. With the right approach and care, you can achieve the arm contour you’ve always desired and enjoy the confidence that comes with it.

To find out more and discuss your options, book your free, non-obligatory consultation with one of our skilled surgeons today in either Reigate, Surrey or Harpenden, Hertfordshire. 

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