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What is a Mini Arm Lift?

A mini arm lift, otherwise known as a mini brachioplasty, is more suited to patients who do not have much excess skin and fat in the upper arm.

Tagged: Body & Breast

Author: Mr. Bryan Mayou, MB ChB FRCS

Date: 11th December 2020

Medically Reviewed by:  Mr. Bryan Mayou (GMC: 1414396)

Last reviewed: 20th March 2024

A Mini Arm Lift, otherwise known as a Mini Brachioplasty, is more suited to patients who do not have much excess skin and fat in the upper arm.

In this procedure, the surgeon will make a single crescent-shaped incision under the armpit, which may also extend in a T-line into the arm.

What are the various Arm Lift types?

There are three different types of Arm Lift offered here at Cadogan Clinic:

  • Mini Brachioplasty, which involves a single crescent-shaped incision under the armpit, is best suited to people with little excess skin and fat in the upper arms.
  • Standard Brachioplasty involves two separate incisions: one from the armpit to just above the elbow, and another on the back of the arm from the armpit to just above the elbow. It is most suitable for those with a moderate amount of excess skin and fat. The excess tissue will be removed by the surgeon before the arms are tightened and reshaped to give the desired result.
  • Extended Brachioplasty involves the surgeon make an incision from the elbow, through the armpit, and into the side of the chest. The excess skin and fat will then be removed, sometimes using Liposuction and the underlying tissues tightened. This technique is used less often as it can result in visible scarring around the sides of the chest.

How Does A Mini Arm Lift Differ From An Arm Lift?

A Mini Arm Lift will result in less scarring than a normal Arm Lift. This surgery is more suited to patients with little excess skin and fat in the upper arm area.

Can I have a Mini arm Lift?

Mini Arm Lifts are suitable if you don’t have a lot of sagging skin or fat around your upper arms. Otherwise, you may have to undergo a different procedure. Our expert surgeons here at the Cadogan Clinic will talk you through the options available to you.

What does a Mini Arm Lift involve?

During a Mini Arm Lift, the surgeon will make a single crescent-shaped incision under the armpit, which may also extend down the arm in a T shape. The skin will then be removed to tighten the underlying tissue. Liposuction is also an option to remove the excess fat from the upper arm area.

A Mini Arm Lift using only Liposuction is most common in younger patients whose skin is still relatively elastic and will return to its original position, whilst skin excision only procedures are most common among skinnier patients who have already lost a certain amount of weight.


How long do the results of a Mini Arm Lift last?

As long as you maintain a healthy body weight post-surgery, the results of your Mini Arm Lift should be permanent.

However, the natural ageing process will continue and skin laxity will increase over time. But as the surgery helps to slow down this process, it will be many years before this becomes noticeable again.

If you have further questions about Arm Lifts, including which type of surgery is right for you to help you reach your body goals, please book an appointment with one of our expert surgeons here at the Cadogan Clinic.


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