You might find that as you age or lose weight, you have excess skin on your upper arms – often known as “bingo wings”. This can affect not just your body confidence, but also the clothes you choose to wear. Having arm lift surgery, also called brachioplasty, aims to create a more contoured shape.
Arm lift surgery achieves this by reducing extra skin, tightening and smoothing tissue, and removing extra fat. Following the procedure, you can expect your upper arms to look more toned and defined.
As you age, your upper arm skin changes; it can start to become loose and sag. You can also find that the same thing happens after significant weight loss. Exercise can, of course, help strengthen and improve the toning of your muscles in the upper arms, but it can’t fix excess skin that has lost its elasticity.
An arm lift is used to remove excess skin and fat from the area. To do this they carefully make incisions along the inside of the arm, remove excess skin and stitch it into a new shape. If required, liposuction can also be used to remove excess fat and/or help streamline the shape of the arms. It’s a relatively straightforward general surgery – meaning you will usually be able to go home after one night’s recovery.
As with every surgical procedure, it’s important that you are aware of any potential risks that an arm lift may pose, however small, so that you can weigh these up against the benefits that surgery can bring.
Your surgeon assistant and surgeon will be happy to discuss any possible complications and give you detailed information. As a guide, they may include pain, bleeding, infections, blood clots, scars, numbness and asymmetry of the upper arms.
An arm lift procedure is recommended if you are close to your ideal weight already and you’re looking to bring a better shape to your upper arms. This procedure shouldn’t be seen as weight loss surgery. You’d be an ideal candidate if you’ve got enough loose skin and elasticity to allow a good outcome.
The procedure is not recommended if you are significantly overweight, have frequent weight changes, have a medical condition that interferes with wound healing, or if you’re a smoker.
As a responsible provider of cosmetic surgery, we understand that each individual’s procedure is different, so our treatment plans are tailored specifically around your own unique needs. Because of this, the arm lift cost can vary, depending on the area/s you’re having treated.
We place a great deal of importance on our free face to face, no obligation consultations, during which you can discuss your requirements with your surgeon assistant. They’ll provide a detailed overview of the arm lift cost and the various payment plans we have available. As well as being able to pay for your procedure outright, you can choose to spread the cost over several years via our flexible finance plans. Please view our pricing and finance page to read more about these.
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Your first appointment
The first step is to talk to your surgeon assistant over the phone. 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. Whenever you decide to book a surgery date, you can secure it for a minimum refundable deposit of £500. If you feel ready, we’ll then book you in for your free consultation with one of our surgeons.
Your surgical consultation
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. This surgical consultation can be carried out either over video chat or in person at your local clinic. 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 for you. 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 hospital 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 them, 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 hospital overnight following your arm lift procedure and staff specially trained in cosmetic surgery patient care will look after you. 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 clinic nurse 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. After an arm lift, we’d recommend that:
You take two weeks off work to give your body time to heal.
You avoid driving or lifting your arm above shoulder level for four weeks.
You wear a tight-fitting body garment for the first few weeks to support the area.
You avoid smoking while you recover, as it slows down the healing process.
You’ll have a further post-op appointment so we can check that you’re healing well and happy with your results. Any scarring should be straight and neat and is normally beneath the arm, where it’s least noticeable. Although all surgery leaves scars, these should fade over time.
Should you have any questions or concerns at all after your arm lift surgery, you can contact our 24/7 helpline for advice. For your peace of mind, all cosmetic surgery patients have access to our two-year aftercare programme.
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