Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

What is brachioplasty?

Substantial weight loss or age can cause the skin on the back of the upper arm to become loose and saggy. Many people become self-conscious of this and are keen to seek improvement to the contour. The extent of the loose skin varies but typically extends from the armpit to the elbow.

An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a body contouring procedure to reshape the upper arm. At times, the upper arm contour can be improved with liposuction alone, however very often excision of the excess skin is necessary which will leave a permanent scar on the inner-back side of the arm.

The Surgery

An arm lift is done under general anesthetic and takes roughly 2.5 hours. The scar is surgically designed to be as inconspicuous as possible particularly with the arms at your side.  The underlying fatty tissue is removed by liposuction and the excess skin is excised.  The amount of skin and the final length of the scar varies with each patient, though every effort is made to ensure it’s as short as possible.

Only dissolvable sutures are used and the arms are gently wrapped at the end of the procedure.

After Your Surgery

Here are some things to expect after your surgery:

  • Because of the liposuction, it is normal to ooze tumescent fluid for up to 48 hours post-operatively. 
  • Keep your arms elevated as much as possible during the recovery (i.e. elevated on 2 pillows while at home). 
  • After 48 hours, the dressing is changed and showering is permitted.  A dry dressing once daily is applied.
  • Typically patients require 1-2 weeks of downtime and strenuous exercise is avoided for 4 weeks.