The first step is to meet your patient advisor. You’ll be able to talk to them about why you’re considering arm lift surgery, the likely costs and finance options, how much time you’ll probably need to take off work, and when you’d like to have the surgery. If you feel ready, we’ll then book you in for your free consultation with one of our surgeons.
At your free consultation, your surgeon will ask you about the results you want to achieve from the surgery. You can discuss every aspect of your arm lift – from the surgical method and recovery time to the benefits and risks – with no obligation to go ahead. Our surgeons are extremely knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions you have. Your general health will also be assessed and the surgeon will recommend the best course of treatment. If you only need to have excess fat removed, rather than excess skin, liposuction may be a more suitable alternative. An arm lift may also be combined with a buttock lift, tummy tuck, or thigh lift. There is a limit to the amount of surgery that can be completed on one day, but your surgeon can recommend a phased plan to give you the best results and ensure good recovery between each surgery session. If you feel ready to go ahead and book your surgery, they’ll then refer you to a clinic nurse who’ll perform some pre-op tests and procedures.
Arm lift surgery is performed under general anaesthetic and you’ll need to stay in one of our Transform hospitals overnight after surgery. On the day of your surgery, you’ll meet with your surgeon so you can go through the consent form and ask any last-minute questions. You’ll then be introduced to the rest of your surgical team before going into theatre. During the two-hour procedure, your surgeon will make incisions along the inside of the arms and carefully remove the excess skin from beneath the arms, before stitching the skin into its new shape. If required, liposuction can also be used to remove excess fat and/or help streamline the shape of the arms. The surgeon will seek to conceal any incision lines within natural contours, to minimise visible scarring. Arm lift surgery demands precise surgical skills and a genuine appreciation of body aesthetics to help produce a good result.
You’ll stay in one of our hospitals overnight following your arm lift procedure. Our hospitals are purpose built for cosmetic surgery and all staff are specially trained in cosmetic surgery patient care. We’ll be here throughout the recovery process to help you recuperate quickly and safely. Before you go home, your nurse will talk to you about how to take care of your stitches. It’s important that the wounds are kept dry and the dressings are left intact. We’ll also make an appointment for you to see your surgeon again to remove your stitches and check on your progress.
We believe that the highest quality aftercare is just as important as the surgery itself, so we’re here to support you. You’ll need to give your body plenty of time to heal and we’ll give you detailed guidance on the best way to do this. Brachioplasty patients are advised to take two weeks off work and avoid lifting or driving for four weeks. You’ll have a further post-op appointment so we can check that you’re healing well and happy with the results. Any scarring should be straight and neat and is normally beneath the arm where it is least noticeable. All surgery leaves scars, but these should fade over time. If you have any questions or concerns at all, you can contact our 24/7 helpline. All patients have access to our three-year aftercare programme as standard and you’ll have the option to extend cover to up to 10 years.
Incisions are made along the inside of the arms, the excess skin is carefully removed from beneath the arms, before stitching the skin into its new shape.
Arm lift surgery takes around two hours and is performed under general anaesthetic. You will need to stay in one of our Transform hospitals overnight after surgery. Can arm lift surgery be combined with liposuction? Yes. If required, liposuction can also be used to remove excess fat and/or help streamline the shape of the arms.
Recovery time varies from person to person. We usually advise you to take two weeks off work and avoid lifting or driving for four weeks.
There will be some visible scarring following surgery, but this will be minimised by keeping the incision lines within natural contours on the underside of the arms. Over time, scarring will fade.
As with all surgical procedures, there are some risks attached, but we’ll fully explain these to you so you can feel as confident and reassured before going ahead.