At a Glance
Do you feel as if you have too much loose or saggy skin on the lower side of your arms? Does this make you dislike the appearance of your arms, make you feel self-conscious or just make you feel older than you are? An arm lift may be the right solution for you.
An arm lift – medically known as a brachioplasty – is a body contouring surgery which removes excess skin and fat from the underside of the arm. As a result of ageing, this skin becomes droopy, and sometimes cannot be improved with exercise. This sagging skin can cause confidence and body image issues, as your arms are such a noticeable feature of the body.
You may also be interested in having liposuction on your arms to remove excess fat.
When we get older and lose muscle tone, we may not like what we see in the mirror. If you extend your arm, you may notice a flap of skin that hangs down.
In an ideal world, diet and exercise could correct this. But for some people, that is not enough. An arm lift or brachioplasty can improve the beauty and appearance of the arm.
An arm lift is also known as a brachioplasty. During a brachioplasty, the surgeon makes an incision in the arm. Excess skin is removed, and extra fat may be removed as well. Afterwards, there will be pain and swelling, which can take several weeks to go away. There will also be a scar. Generally, the scar will run down the underside of the upper arm. Sometimes, a surgeon will do a mini arm lift. This procedure leaves a scar in the armpit where it less likely to be noticed.
Risks that you are exposed to include infection, fluid accumulation, haematoma, skin necrosis, poor scar healing, and blood clotting. Your surgeon will also discuss with you the chances of revisional surgery, which is different from post-surgery follow-ups and future surgery. In the period leading up to the brachioplasty procedure, you will be asked to give up smoking if you are a smoker. Aspirin can act as a blood thinner and you will be asked to stay off it.
A good candidate for arm lift cosmetic surgery is generally a person who is in good health and is also of normal weight. Surgeons also look for someone who has been unsuccessful with using diet and exercise to improve the tone of the arm.
You may experience saggy arms for various reasons, such as weight loss or simply ageing. This can cause you to feel self-conscious, particularly when wearing shorter clothes. While exercise helps to keep the muscles tight, skin and fat can be stubborn and remain droopy.
An arm lift will remove this excess skin and fat, while also tightening the tissues, giving the arm a smoother, more youthful appearance.
The arm lift procedure involves undergoing liposuction to remove any excess fat. Next, the excess skin is removed and sutured shut.
After the arm lift, you will have a scar which will run down the underarm. While this scar will be more noticeable after surgery, it will fade with time. If you do not want a scar, you may wish to do a mini arm lift, as the scar will be limited to under the armpit, so it will not be as noticeable.
To help the healing process, you will be asked to avoid smoking. You will also have to avoid blood thinning medications.
Risks that can occur with this surgical procedure include:
- Fluid accumulation
- Poor scar healing
- Skin necrosis
- Blood clotting
Prior to undergoing any procedure, make sure you know about the heightened risks of travelling abroad for cosmetic surgery.
An arm lift is performed as an outpatient surgery, so you will be able to return home the same day as your surgery was completed.
After the procedure, you will have bandages applied to the incision area. The bandages and stitches will be removed two weeks after the surgery.
You will notice some bruising and swelling, which is a completely normal side effect after an arm lift. This should fade after approximately 20 days.
You will have to avoid any excessive physical activity and heavy lifting for at least two weeks. You will be able to return to work after one week, however, you will still have to avoid any physical labour.
What is an arm lift?An arm lift is a surgical procedure which removes excess skin from the underside of the arms. Excess skin generally occurs after a large weight loss.
What should I do before arm lift surgery to prepare?Refrain from smoking.
Stop certain medications which thin the blood to avoid increasing the risk of bleeding.
Apply an antiseptic lotion before surgery.
What happens during arm lift surgery?The surgeon will make the incision from the axilla to the elbow. Skin and fat will be removed. Stitches will be used to close the incisions. The procedure takes about two hours.
What anaesthetic is used?An arm lift is performed under ClearSleep™. This means you will be asleep throughout the procedure.
Will I have to stay overnight in hospital?An arm lift is performed as a day case. This means you will be able to return home once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off.
What is the recovery period like?After surgery, it is normal to experience some bruising and swelling around the incision. This may last up to three weeks. You may wish to take pain medication to help with any side effects during this period.
When can I start exercising again?You will need to avoid exercise for at least two weeks. This will help to avoid any wound injury and complications.
How long will I need to take off work?You can return to work after one week.
What is the scar like?The scar will be on the inside of your arm. Very fine sutures will be used to make the scar as inconspicuous as possible. The scar will fade over time.
What To Expect
Find the right time
Our friendly and knowledgeable patient coordinators will speak with you to learn about your requirements, it’s all confidential and your information will be used to assess whether a procedure is right for you. If the procedure is right for you, we’ll organise a convenient date and time for you to visit to come and visit Marianne, our patient relationship manager at our bespoke central London clinic.
3D Crisalix imaging
Marianne will take time to listen to your needs and requirements and you you will receive a complementary 3D crisalix scan to enhance your experience. Marianne will give you a rough idea of guide prices at this stage. You can then be booked in to to see a surgeon of your choice based on their individual field of expertise.
At the surgical consultation, you will meet directly with the plastic surgeon. The surgeon will thoroughly assess you to determine your suitability and advise of the best options for you. Your surgeon will then explain how the procedure will work including our innovative ClearSleep™ anaesthesia technique for those who chose to be asleep for their procedure. You will receive your personalised quote the next working day from your patient coordinator.