An arm lift, technical name brachioplasty, aims to reshape your arms to help them look more proportionate. It can be carried out on the upper or underarm region.
Why choose an Arm Lift?
Fluctuations in weight and the effects of ageing can result in excess fat and sagging skin on both the upper and lower arm areas. Brachioplasty reshapes the arm, giving a more toned appearance.Back to Body Surgery
What can an arm lift achieve?
- Reduce stubborn fat deposits in the arm
- Improve the sagging appearance of skin around the arm
- Reshape arms to look more in proportion, particularly after weight loss and gain
Is there an arm lift alternative?
Your surgeon will be best able to advise on the surgery most appropriate for your goals, however, depending on your individual circumstances you may find liposuction or a combination of liposuction and arm lift surgery may be another course of treatment open to you.
What to expect before arm lift surgery
Establishing good communications between you and your surgeon will help make for a comfortable and relaxed surgery journey. This begins with your consultation when you will have the opportunity to spend time talking to Dr Cotrufo.
During you consultation you will:
- Be able to explain why you are seeking arm lift surgery
- Have the opportunity to pose questions to Dr Cotrufo
- Undergo a full health evaluation
- Learn more about the procedure, including aftercare
- Have a full assessment of your arm area(s)
- Discuss the options that best suit your needs, including arm lift costs and timescales
As your surgery gets closer, you may be asked to make small changes to your day-to-day life or to avoid particular medications or activities.
This may include:
- Taking a blood test or other medical tests
- Stopping smoking
- Adjusting or taking certain medications
- Avoiding aspirin, herbal supplements and anti-inflammatory drugs
- Refraining from drinking alcohol
- Avoiding sun overexposure
- Committing not to make stringent changes to your diet
Those undergoing general anaesthetic will be given fasting instructions to follow.
The arm lift procedure
- Arm lift surgery normally takes about 2 hours though it could take more or less time depending on the extent of the work and whether it is being combined with other procedures
- Small incisions are made in an inconspicuous location on your arms and fat is then drawn out, liposuction may be used and excess skin may also be removed
- The arm is smoothed and secured in place with sutures
After your arm lift
Following surgery you may be required to stay overnight in the clinic, we recommend that a friend or relative drive you home.
- You should be able to return to work 2-4 weeks after your procedure
- You will attend free aftercare appointments with Dr Cotrufo and be able to speak to him should you have any questions
- Sutures will be removed 7-14 days after your arm lift
- Bruising will subside 7-14 days after surgery
- Vigorous exercise, sun exposure and hot and spicy food should be avoided for around 1 month
- Your scars may be more noticeable for the first 3-6 months while they heal, they will start to flatten in colour after 6-9 months
Still have questions about arm lift surgery?
Our clinic’s surgeon Dr Cotrufo has worked in some of the best plastic surgery hospitals in the world and is a regular contributor to cosmetic surgery journals including the Journal of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. Should you have any questions about brachioplasty, your suitability for the surgery or the treatment and aftercare you can expect to receive with us, please call 0207 873 2330 to organise a consultation.