Cosmetic Surgery

Brachioplasty (Arm Lift): Your Arms for a Toned Appearance

Introduction to Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

Brachioplasty, also known as an arm lift, is a surgical procedure that reshapes the under portion of the upper arm. The procedure is performed to reduce excess sagging skin that droops downward, remove excess fat tissue and help give the arm a more youthful, toned appearance.

Weight loss and ageing are the most common causes for the skin in the upper arm to become droopy. During the procedure, a cut is made that is either confined to the armpit, or passes along the inner aspect of the upper arm. From here, excess skin and fat can be removed. Liposuction is often combined with the skin and fat removal to help give the best possible shape to the arm.

Key Details of the Procedure

  • Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours
  • Cost: $18,000 to $22,000
  • Anaesthetic: General anaesthetic
  • Length of stay: Day surgery

Post-Surgery Care and Downtime

  • Showering: You can shower the wounds 48 hours after surgery.
  • Exercise: Light exercise can be resumed 2 weeks after surgery, while strenuous exercise should be avoided for 6 weeks post-surgery.
  • Driving: You can drive 1 week after surgery, depending on when you feel comfortable to do an emergency stop.
  • Work: You can return to desk-based work 1 week after surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions about Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

Who is a good candidate for a brachioplasty (arm lift)?

Good candidates for a brachioplasty are individuals who are bothered by the appearance of their upper arms due to loose, sagging skin. With any cosmetic surgery, being fit and healthy and avoiding smoking can significantly reduce the risks associated with the operation.

What is the recovery process like after a brachioplasty (arm lift)?

The recovery process after a brachioplasty varies depending on the extent of the procedure and the individual patient. Generally, patients can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the treated areas. Most individuals can resume non-strenuous activities within a few days, but it may take several weeks or longer for the swelling to fully subside and the final results to be visible.

What are the potential risks and complications of a brachioplasty (arm lift)?

Like any surgical procedure, a brachioplasty carries potential risks and complications, including infection, bleeding, changes in skin sensation, asymmetry, or unsatisfactory results. Mr Butler will discuss these risks in detail during your consultation.

Will there be scars after a brachioplasty (arm lift)?

Yes, a brachioplasty will result in scars. The length and pattern of the scars will depend on the amount of excess skin and the surgical technique used. However, every effort is made to place incisions in inconspicuous areas, such as the inner arm or armpit, to minimise the visibility of scars. Over time, the scars tend to fade, and various scar management techniques can be employed to help improve their appearance.

Can I combine a brachioplasty with other procedures?

It is possible to combine a brachioplasty with other procedures, depending on your individual needs and goals. However, the decision to combine procedures should be discussed thoroughly with Mr Butler, as it depends on factors such as overall health, safety considerations, and the desired outcomes.

Will a brachioplasty result in significant weight loss?

Brachioplasty is not primarily a weight-loss procedure. While some fat may be removed during the surgery, the main goal is to remove excess skin and improve the contour of the upper arms. If you're looking for substantial weight loss, it's important to pursue a comprehensive weight loss plan involving diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes. Brachioplasty surgery should only be considered once you are at a stable weight that you feel able to maintain in the long-term.