Also known as brachioplasty, arm lift surgery is a technique to lift and reshape the upper arm, reducing the appearance of so-called “bingo wings”. This procedure targets the inner sides of the upper arms, which are resistant to most forms of weight training.
Arm lift technique
Brachioplasty, like most body contouring procedures, needs to be individually tailored to the individual. When performed soundly with consideration of the underlying anatomy, it:
- Reduces sagging skin of the upper inner arm
- Tightens and tones the underlying supportive tissue which defines the shape of the upper arm
- Reduces fat in the upper arm
In most cases, if I carry out an arm lift, the operation involves a combination of skin and fat excision, along with liposuction. Terms such as “mini-brachioplasty”, refer to the extent of the skin excision and soft tissue dissection, but in these cases I still perform liposuction to optimise the aesthetic outcome.
How long does it take to recover from an arm lift?
The surgery is performed under general anaesthetic as a day stay procedure, followed by one to two weeks recovery time off work. My preference is not to use drains, which dramatically reduces hospital stay and recovery.
What are the potential risks and complications of an arm lift?
Although surgery is generally safe, there are potential complications and risks associated with any surgery. I will discuss these general risks with you as well as provide detailed information about the complications and risks associated with an arm lift including:
- Some patients experience temporary numbness near the incision sites, and on the inner side of the arm. This is temporary and gradually improves with time.
- The scars may need to be extended into the arm pit and chest wall if there is a lot of excess skin
- Movement may be restricted to the tightened skin of the arm
- In very rare cases, the skin may not heal properly, resulting in the need for a skin graft
- In patients where the removal of large amounts of skin was necessary, a blood transfusion may be required
- Fluid (seroma) may accumulate under the skin of the incision site which may require a draining procedure
- Hypertrophic and keloid scars may form. These are scars which are prominent and visible, and may be itchy, unsightly and annoying. However, they do not pose a threat to your health.