Arm Lift

An arm lift surgery, 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. Dr Cotrufo has extended experience in most techniques to reduce arms volume and improve their shape. Dr Cotrufo also combines VASER Liposuction with excision of skin excess to achieve the best arm lift.

Why choose arm lift surgery?

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 regular and toned appearance.

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  • 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


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.


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.

  • 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.

  • 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


Following surgery, you may be required to stay overnight in the clinic. We recommend that a friend or relative drives you home.

After that:

  • You should be able to return to work 1-2 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

  • You should start walking around as soon as possible

  • Sutures are usually self-dissolving so there is no need to struggle 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


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 plastic 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.

Vaser Liposuction

VASER liposuction is widely recognised as the most effective technique to perform mid- or high-definition body sculpting. The application of ultrasonic energy allows to break selectively the adipose tissue (AKA fat) covering the muscles of the arms. This allows achieve a more accurate sculpting and enhancement of muscles’ shape and volume. VASER liposuction is more time consuming compared to Traditional (or Tumescent) liposuction. The best plastic surgeon performing this procedure is specifically trained to apply ultrasonic energy through a third generation ultrasonic device.

The most common remark from patients having VASER liposuction to arms is that they started again wearing short sleeves and feel more comfortable with their body.

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Dr Cotrufo often treats the arms along with VASER liposuction of the upper back: he does that to achieve a more natural and harmonic result by reducing “homogeneously” the volume of the whole upper body.

If you wish to have more clinical details about VASER liposuction (such as type of anaesthesia, possible complications and more) please click here.


Liposuction to the arms represents probably the most common Cosmetic Plastic Surgery procedure to reshape this anatomical area. DrC is amongst the best plastic surgeons performing liposuction in Harley Street, Central London, since 2010. The procedure is performed through 1cm incision at the level of the elbow crease or through the armpit.

Liposuction to the arms can be performed with Tumescent technique, Power-Assisted or Ultrasound-Assisted. The target fat is localised on sides and back of the arms and extends from the deltoid muscle (at the shoulder) down to the elbow bones (also known as olecranon). Liposuction in experienced hands allows the best plastic surgeons to achieve very dramatic rejuvenation of the arms.

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The fat aspirated by liposuction can be “purified” and then used (re-injected) to enhance further the volume of the shoulder muscles in man (or any other anatomical area: fat injection to the breast, hips and face are very successful and long lasting).

If you wish to have more clinical information about liposuction (such as recovery, type of anaesthesia, possible complications and more) please click here.


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