Arm Lift


Arm Lift

For those who have battled excess weight and won, you have our full admiration.

You must be feeling better and enjoying the ability to do more things.

You may have noticed that as you lost the weight, you gained large amounts of loose, excess skin. While this can appear all over your body, one of the most exposed areas is your upper arms. Loose, saggy or excess skin on the upper arms can also be the result of ageing.

Arm lift surgery, also known as brachioplasty, removes that excess skin and fat. If you also have fatty deposits, you may also want to combine this procedure with liposuction.

It’s important to understand that while arm lift surgery will give you tighter, firmer arms, you will be left with a scar, which will fade over time.

At AR Plastic Surgery, we offer a personalised and holistic service. We are here to listen, gently guide you and ensure you make the right decision for you.

Key Questions about Arm Lift

Before Procedure

Who can benefit from an Arm Lift?

People who want to improve the appearance and contour of the upper arms. The best candidates will seek surgery to remove sagging skin and fat to make the upper arms thinner. The goal is to return the body to a more normal appearance after loss of skin elasticity due to weight loss, or age-related changes. You should be stabilised at or near your ideal weight before having an Arm lift procedure.

Is there anything I need to do before my Surgery?

To reduce bruising and the risk of hematoma, you will be advised to stop blood thinners and vitamin E at least one week before and after surgery. If you are taking prescription blood thinners, you may need to get medical clearance, and ask your doctor for instructions on how to stop taking your medications. You should also avoid all herbal medication and diet pills (prescription and over-the-counter) at least two weeks prior to surgery and one week following surgery. You will be required to be in overall good health before your surgery will be performed.

During Procedure

How long does an Arm Lift procedure last?

A brachioplasty generally lasts from 1-3 hours, and most patients will be required to spend at least one night in hospital following their surgery.

After Procedure

What will the scar look like?

Arm lift scars vary depending on how much skin needs to be removed. Traditionally an arm lift scar will go on the inner aspect of the upper arm. Sometimes the scar will heal and be more visible than we like. In certain individuals the scar can be improved with a scar revision.

Is there any downtime?

Most patients can return to non-strenuous work after 2 weeks. Strenuous work or exercise should not be resumed until at least 4 to 6 weeks have passed. It is important that your incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during this time.

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