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Arm Lift

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.

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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.

After that:

  • 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.


Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure used on the body and face to remove excess fat that does not respond well to diet and exercise; it helps to contour the body and can boost self-confidence.

Why choose liposuction?

Even small areas of stubborn fat that do not respond to traditional weight loss or exercise can change the profile of your body and face, suction-assisted lipectomy allows you to target these specific areas, enhancing the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, chin, cheek or neck.

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What can liposuction achieve?

  • Women use liposuction to shape the chin, their hips, thighs, knees, stomach and flanks as well as the under arm and breast area.
  • Men who seek liposuction commonly have liposuction to the chin, around the waist and to reduce enlarged breasts – known as gynecomastia.

What are the alternatives to liposuction?

There may be liposuction alternatives that are more suited to your problem areas. For example, if you want to change the appearance of your abdominal area, you may find a tummy tuck or a combination of traditional liposuction and ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL) would help you achieve your goals more effectively.

Before your liposuction procedure

Establishing which procedure is likely to be best for your specific needs and feeling confident and comfortable with your surgery journey is a process that requires good communication between you and your surgeon. This starts in your consultation, here you’ll have the opportunity to explain your personal circumstances and pose questions.

During you consultation you will:

  • Have the opportunity to explain your reasons for seeking liposcution
  • Be given time to ask advice and pose questions to Dr Cotrufo
  • Undergo a health evaluation
  • Have your fatty deposits and skin condition assessed
  • Discuss the body contouring options that are open to you, including costs and timescales
  • Talk through potential risks as well as benefits
  • Learn about the procedure and what will happen before, during and after your liposuction

In the run up to your fat removal surgery and in the days immediately prior, you may be asked to make lifestyle changes or to avoid particular medications and 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

If you require a general anaesthetic for the procedure you will be instructed how to fast.

The liposuction procedure

  • The time required for liposuction varies according to the extent of the procedure and number of surgeries being performed but it is usually under 2 hours
  • The size of the area, amount of fat being removed, type of anaesthesia and lipo technique being used will dictate how long the procedure will last
  • Tiny incisions are made into the skin and tubes used to remove the excess fatty tissue
  • In ultrasonic-assisted lipectomy and laser-assisted liposuction the fatty tissue is broken down further before being taken on

After liposuction

When you wake up you may find that you have a drip in your arm to maintain your hydration and it’s possible that a small drainage tube may be inserted under the skin to drain fluid away from the surgery area. Once you are able to drink and the fluid has reduced these will be removed. You may need to stay in the clinic overnight, after this:

  • You should ask a friend or relative to drive you home and assist with your liposuction recovery
  • You will be required to wear a snug elastic garment or wrapped bandages
  • You should walk around as soon as possible
  • Sutures will usually be removed within the first week by Dr Cotrufo
  • Most swelling should subside within 3 weeks though some may remain for 6 months
  • All types of vigorous exercise should be avoided for 1 month after surgery and you should also avoid hot and spicy foods
  • You will need to attend scheduled aftercare appointments with Dr Cotrufo, which are all included in the price of your surgery

Still have questions about liposuction?

Our expert cosmetic surgeon Dr Cotrufo is an expert in body contouring and has considerable experience of performing successful liposuction procedures. As a specialist in plastic and reconstructive surgery he has worked in some of the best hospitals in the world, including time served at the departments of reconstructive microsurgery in the Royal London Hospital and Royal Free Hospital. If you have any questions about liposuction and whether it is right for you or you would like to discuss the level of care you will receive throughout your surgery if you choose to attend our clinic, please call 0207 873 2330 to book a personal consultation.

Vaser Liposuction

Sometimes, diet and exercise are not enough to banish fatty deposits that can negatively impact your self-esteem.

If you have tried traditional weight loss methods and are still battling with unpleasant fat build-ups, hope is available in the form of Vaser liposuction. Designed to help contour, shape and refine areas of the body, this treatment is a fantastic and effective alternative to other cosmetic surgery procedures. This type of liposuction can be used to treat stubborn fat build-ups in areas such as the thighs, tummy, hips (or “love handles”), knees, arms, and the neck and jawline, and provides instant results. If you are otherwise healthy and need help with targeted fat reduction, Vaser Liposuction can help.

Why have Vaser Liposuction?

There are many benefits associated with this type of minimally-invasive cosmetic treatment.

For a start, there is no need to undergo a general anaesthetic, and it is an outpatient procedure, meaning you can leave the clinic the same day. This type of treatment stimulates the natural production of collagen in the affected area, which can lead to longer-lasting results as well as tighter looking skin. Vaser lipo is perfectly suited to anyone who wants to treat stubborn areas of fat in order to improve his or her overall appearance. Having a slender, athletic physique is highly desirable, and yet problematic fat build-ups can hamper your figure and leave you feeling uncomfortable. If stubborn problem areas are causing you to suffer low self-esteem, Vaser liposuction is an effective way to achieve the results you want.

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What happens during Vaser Liposuction?

Vaser stands for “Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance”.

During this fat removal procedure, ultrasound technology is used to break down the fat cells, as opposed to a surgeon manually breaking these down using a cannula. A procedure suitable for both men and women, this type of liposuction is incredibly precise and accurate, ensuring the troublesome fat cells are targeted whilst leaving the surrounding tissue untouched.

Benefits and results

Unwanted body fat is a leading source of self-esteem issues, and can stop you from doing things you enjoy, such as wearing your favourite clothes.

With Vaser lipo, you can look and feel your best self, and get back to doing the things you love. Aesthetically, you will see immediate improved definition, and the removal of fat will result in a more contoured and defined appearance. This new sculpted look will in turn lead to increased self-esteem, helping you take pride in your appearance and feel ready for anything!

This minimally-invasive form of liposuction is available at our clinic, carried out by Dr. Cotrufo. An expert in achieving a natural look, Dr. Cotrufo is experienced and dedicated to helping patients achieve optimal results.