Cosmetic, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery/Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

Arm lift treatment allows you to achieve a much tighter and more sculpted appearance to your arms

An arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty, is a very effective treatment to allow for a much tighter and sculpted appearance by removing excess skin and fat from the arm area that has become evident from either ageing or weight loss.

Some patients choose an arm lift treatment in order to target problems with scars and stretchmarks on their arms. Arm lifts are also popular for a number of other aesthetic or functional reasons, for example, excess fat may lead to friction and discomfort.

An arm lift is the most effective treatment to remove excess or sagging skin from the arm areas which can appear as a result of ageing or significant weight loss. An arm lift allows patients to achieve a more contoured and tighter look to their arms improving aesthetic appearance and possibly reversing any discomfort experienced as a result of friction from the excess skin.

During an arm lift an incision is made in the upper inner arms, and excess skin and fat is then removed. Sometimes, incisions can be extended to the elbow or chest area depending on each individual case and the desired outcome. The incision is stitched with dissolvable sutures to allow the skin to heal. This allows the skin to be tightened, creating a firmer appearance.

As long as you are healthy and at a stable weight, an arm lift can be suitable for many people. The skin on the affected area should have a significant level of laxity on the upper arm area to ensure the surgery is effective and to enable you to achieve the desired look. Individuals with significant sagging to the upper arm area or those suffering from discomfort as a result of looser skin would benefit from an arm lift.

Due to the nature of the procedure, patients will be left with a scar on their inner arm. However, this can be later treated with a variety of different scar treatment following a consultation with one of our scar experts at The London Scar Clinic. Apart from scarring, the area may also be slightly painful and, in some cases, you may experience bleeding post-surgery. Other side effects will be discussed with your surgeon during your initial consultation.

Assuming you maintain a healthy weight and remain active, results can last well for over a decade. Excess skin and fat have been removed during the procedure and, therefore, the area should remain much tighter for an extended period of time.

During the arm lift procedure you will receive anaesthetic and therefore no pain or discomfort should be felt at this time. Following surgery, discomfort and swelling are common in the area. However, this should begin to alleviate after a few days and after 2 weeks this should be nearly gone. During recovery, pain relief can be prescribed.  

Procedure Overview 

  • Cosmetic and functional procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the upper arm area allowing for a tighter and firmer appearance.  
  • Usually done to reverse signs of ageing or following significant weight loss. 
  • Typical procedure takes between 1-2 hours. 
  • Patients should be healed after around 1-2 weeks but physical activity should be kept to a minimum until around the 6-week mark.  
  • Typical procedure costs start from £3,800
  • You will have an initial consultation with an expert specialist in this area
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An arm lift is the most successful treatment to remove excess skin and fat from the arm, allowing for a much tighter and firmer appearance. There are alternatives such as a focus on weight loss. However, this will not be as effective as a full arm lift and desired results are likely to not be achieved.

Typically, post-procedure takes around 1 to 2 weeks for the area to be almost completely healed. Physical activity should be kept to a minimum during the recovery period in order to allow the area to heal properly. During the first 2 weeks, patients should only engage in light activity. Driving should be avoided until 3 weeks post-surgery. After 6 weeks physical activity can be resumed and after 3 months, patients should be unrestricted in their recovery.   

The arm lift procedure takes around 1 to 2 hours depending on the amount of skin and / or fat that needs to be removed.  

The price for an arm lift procedure starts from approximately £3,800 which includes both consultant and facility fees. The total cost will be confirmed following the initial consultation.

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