A brachioplasty is a surgical procedure to remove loose skin and excess fat deposits on the upper arm. This can be caused by age, as the upper arm skin becomes loose and flabby, or may simply be a feature of natural fat distribution and surplus arm skin (often caused by weight loss).

Brachioplasty procedures tackle these conditions to leave a tight and smooth skin appearance by using one, or both, of two key surgical techniques; liposuction and skin excision.

Frequently Asked Questions

During your consultation your surgeon will advise you to stop smoking, aspirin or other medication prior to surgery as this can slow down the healing process. He or she will discuss with you when it is suitable to resume these.

It is recommended that you take around two weeks off work depending on the kind of work you do, and for the first few days following your arm lift surgery you will need someone to look after you. Any swelling and bruising is completely normal and will subside within around 10 days. Stitches are removed around 7 days afterwards.

Any risks are the same as with any other surgical procedure that involves a general anaesthetic. Apart from possible bleeding and infection which is not common, there are no specific risks to be concerned about but your surgeon will explain the arm lift procedure to you in detail at your consultation.

In a standard Arm Lift, there will be a scar from the armpit to the elbow inside of the arm but once this has healed after a couple of weeks you are able to have scar minimising treatments to help reduce its appearance effectively.

You may experience bruising and swelling but this is normal and will subside in around 10 days. Most of our arm lift surgery patients are able to resume their usual daily routines within two weeks and it takes about four to six weeks to return to more strenuous physical activities.

If you are in overall good health with a stable weight for at least one year but wish to improve the appearance of so-called ‘bingo wings’ where the upper arms have excessive fat and look out of proportion to the rest of your body.

Following the surgery you may experience discomfort but most patients report that the pain is very tolerable. Your surgeon can provide painkillers for this and the majority of patients no longer need them a few days after arm surgery.

The Arm Lift surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic. Incisions are carefully made close to the armpit and any excess fat and skin is removed and the skin is tightened. It may be that your expert surgeon chooses to carry out liposuction alongside this procedure for maximum results.
An Arm Lift, or ‘Brachioplasty’ is an operation to reduce fat and excess skin from the upper arm area. Often carried out alongside liposuction, it helps tone and define the arms.

What to expect

Free Consultation with a Patient Advisor

We offer a free, no-obligation 30-60 minute consultation with one of our Patient Advisors. They will work with you to understand your objectives and the results you want to achieve, talk you through the procedure and answer any questions you may have. If you decide that you would like to proceed to the next step and see a surgeon, your Patient Advisor will be happy to arrange this for you. At this point, you will be required to pay a consultation fee. 

Surgical Consultation

The next step is for you to meet your chosen surgeon at the Cadogan Clinic. Your surgeon will use this time to make a comprehensive medical assessment of you, your condition, and your expectations before making a recommendation and personalised treatment plan for you. You will then discuss the outcomes you can expect to see and ask any questions.

The Procedure

On the day of your procedure you will be welcomed at the Cadogan Clinic by your Patient Advisor and dedicated nursing staff. Following a brief medical check, you will meet with both your surgeon and anaesthetist to run through the details of your procedure one final time and answer any last questions you may have.

Recovery

After the procedure, you will recover in the capable hands of our aftercare team. As we are a day-case facility you can expect your recovery to be complete within 2 to 3 hours. If your surgeon is happy with your results, you will be able to be discharged from the Clinic the very same day. In some cases, patients may wish to stay locally in our exclusive partner hotel the day before or after your procedure in order to be close to their surgeon. Talk to us about these options if this is for you.

After Care & Support

Our care and support continues in the days and weeks following your procedure with our complimentary aftercare programme. This comprised of a series of appointments made with your surgeon and nursing team to monitor your progress and recovery. They will also introduce you to several scar minimization techniques and bespoke products to aid your progress. Our team are also on call to answer any questions you have around your surgery at any time you are concerned.

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