Arm Lift Surgery/ Brachioplasty

An arm lift may be helpful if you a concerned about loose skin affecting your arms “bingo wings”

 

Arm lift surgery, also commonly known as a brachioplasty, is a procedure designed to tighten and lift the skin of the upper arm. Sagging skin or ‘Bingo Wings’ can result from ageing and weight loss.

Loose skin around the arm area can make some people feel self conscious and may limit the type of clothing that they wear.

 

What are the options for arm lift surgery?

The are two main options for correcting excess upper arm skin and fat:

 

Liposuction

Liposuction is useful when there is fatty tissue and not too much excess skin. The other important requirement is that the skin has reasonable elasticity so that it can shrink back after the liposuction.

Liposuction does not work well when skin quality is poor and where skin excess is significant.

 

Surgical removal of skin/ fat

Surgical removal/ brachioplasty remains the best option for dealing with excess skin of poor elasticity. Many prospective patients are put off by the long scars that may result and it is important that anyone considering this surgery has a good understanding about the nature of scarring.

Generally speaking the scars can be hidden toward the back of the arms and are not noticeable when the arms are down by the sides. The images below show typical scars 6 months after surgery.

 

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Arm lift scar – 6 months (results will vary from patient to patient)

 

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Arm lift scar – 6 months (results will vary from patient to patient)

 

What about non-surgical arm lift?

There are many new devices on the market that promise much and deliver little. It is our own opinion that that non-surgical correction of any significant skin redundancy is not possible. We have seen patients who have invested significantly in such treatments with little or no benefit. We do believe they may have a role for very mild skin and fat excess.

 

What are the risks?

The risks of arm lift include:

Bruising

Bleeding

Infection

Delayed wound healing

Poor scarring in around 5% of patients

The images below show initial poor scarring with subsequent improvement at 6 months.

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initial poor scarring (results will vary from patient to patient)

 

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Same patient 6 months after (results will vary from patient to patient)

 

Prices from

Arm lift £4000

Consultation £150

All inclusive costs for 1 year following surgery

 

Finance

Finance is available (subject to application and vetting) by Zebra Health Finance (formerly First Medical Loans). They offer interest free loans up to a certain value. They can usually provide a decision online within 15 minutes.

 

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Before and after arm lift (results will vary from patient to patient)

 

Essentials
Arm Lift/ Reduction


Type of Anaesthetic
General/ Local


Length of Surgery
2 hours


Nights in Hospital
Day case


Recovery
2-3 weeks off work
6 weeks before strenuous exercise

 

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