Arm lift surgery (brachioplasty)
Brachioplasty, sometimes know as an arm lift, is a procedure used to remove excess skin from the upper arms and the lateral portion of the upper chest wall. The aim of the surgery is to reshape the contour of the upper arm, axilla or armpit and the chest wall (where necessary) so that no excess tissue is visible following the procedure. The scars from the operation are well hidden when the arms are by the side and patient satisfaction rates are high. To book a consultation for arm lift surgery in Bristol, London or Newport click the link below.
Frequently asked questions
How does arm lift surgery work?
Liposuction is used to remove any excess subcutaneous fat from the inner and posterior aspects of the upper arm to help achieve an ideal contour. The additional slack skin is then excised so that the skin is tightened and the shape of the arm becomes more youthful. To achieve the optimal results the incision usually needs to be carried into the axilla or arm pit, so that the excess tissue here can also be removed (this helps to shape the upper part of the arm). This often has the added benefit of removing the arm pit hair and sweat glands!
What do the scars look like?
The scar typically runs from the inside of the elbow to the inside of the arm pit (upper part of the chest wall). It is placed in the groove between the biceps and the triceps muscles and so is well hidden.
How long does arm lift surgery take?
The surgery time varies depending on the amount of excess skin and subcutaneous fat to be removed. Typically the surgery time is 1.5 to 2 hours but in cases of massive weight loss it can take up to 3 hours to perform.
How long is the recovery process?
Typically the incisions take 2 weeks to heal, though the areas in the arm pit can sometimes take a little longer to heal completely. Your incisions will normally be sealed with surgical glue on top of the stitches so that the wound itself will be waterproof, and you should be able to take a shower after a couple of days. You can return to light activities (as pain permits) after 1 to 2 weeks. However, strenuous activities should be avoided for 6 weeks following the operation to allow sufficient time for incision wound strength to reach levels where wound dehiscence (splitting) is unlikely. Driving is usually safe by 2 weeks, but it is important that you feel you will be able to safely perform an emergency stop prior to getting back behind the wheel.
How long before I see the final result?
The change in contour of the arm will be apparent straight away following the procedure however there will be residual swelling from the liposuction that will take 9 months to disappear. The scar is likely to be red for 9 to 12 months following the operation (the redness fades as the scar matures).