Arm Lift | Brachioplasty
Leading Arm Lift surgery in Edinburgh with Quaba…
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 can wear.
Find out more about our arm lift procedures below…
What are the options for arm lift surgery?
The are two main options for correcting excess upper arm skin and fat:
Liposuction is useful when there is fatty tissue and not too much excess skin. The other essential 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 reduced elasticity. Many prospective patients are put off by the long scars that may result, and it is vital that anyone considering this surgery has a good understanding of the nature of the 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 six months after surgery.
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.
Please take the time to read more about the process below…
Arm reduction surgery is carried out under general anaesthesia. The risks of general anaesthesia include deep vein thrombosis (clots in your legs – 1-2 out of every 100 patients) and pulmonary embolism (when the clot breaks off and spreads to your lungs – less than 1 in 100 patients). A pulmonary embolus can rarely be fatal. We take precautions to minimise the risk of these. Other risks of general anaesthesia include chest infection.
The risk of an adverse outcome after a planned general anaesthetic is approximately 1 in 100,000.
The risks specific to arm reduction surgery include:
Bleeding – If a collection of blood forms (haematoma) a return to theatre may be required to remove this.
Bruising and swelling – To be expected and may take 2 to 3 weeks to subside.
Infection – Relatively uncommon and usually treated with antibiotics.
Delayed wound healing – It is quite common to have small areas that take longer to heal than others. Rarely, larger areas of the wound may open and require dressings for several weeks until they are healed.
Scars – Scars are permanent. The length and quality of the scarring is the main downside to having arm reduction surgery. You will be shown images of the full extent of scarring including examples of poor scarring. It may take 2 to 3 years for the scars to fully mature and settle down and in a small number of patients scarring may remain poor.
The images below show initial poor scarring with subsequent improvement at 6 months.
Asymmetry – It is common to have minor degrees of asymmetry.
Under or over correction – We will always endeavour to remove the right amount of skin, but sometimes there may be some residual skin left. It is preferable to take less rather than more as removing too much skin will increase the risk of wound healing problems.
Numbness – You will have patches of numbness on the inner aspect of your arm, and most of these will recover over time, but it is common to be left with small areas that are permanently numb.
Revision – A small number of patients will require revisional surgery to deal with unsatisfactory outcomes or problems resulting from complications.
Arm lift £4000
All inclusive costs for one year following surgery
Your care is led by Consultant Plastic Surgeons and is Hospital-Based.
Call us in confidence on 0131 342 0020 to discuss the options
What our patients have to say…
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Tummy tuck – Great tummy tuck experience
My experience with Mr Omar Quaba was excellent. I had previously been to see another surgeon and decided to go with Mr Quaba instead which was definitely the correct decision. He came recommended to me and I would recommend him to anyone considering having a tummy tuck. He put me at ease at all times during my consultations and especially before my operation. I am very happy with my results.
Tummy tuck and arm lift -I had an extended tummy tuck and double…
I had an extended tummy tuck and double brachioplasty with Mr Awf Quaba in January 2016. The surgery went well, as did my recovery and almost 8 months on, I am delighted with the result! The scars are fading well and both procedures have made a huge difference to both how I look and feel. I believe Mr Quaba is one of, if not the best aesthetic plastic surgeons in the UK.
Tummy tuck and Lipo
I had wanted tummy tuck for a time, after 2 pregnancies, had left a large volume of excess skin.
Mr Omar Quaba was excellent from my initial consultation, he was approachable and I felt reassured, all the way to aftercare. I am delighted with the results. I would definitely recommend this surgeon.
Mommy makeover – I wish I had done it years ago!
I had to travel over 300 miles to have a consultation and again to have the surgery so I did lots of research and initially visited 3 different hospitals before deciding on Mr Omar Quaba at the Murrayfield Spire Hospital in Edinburgh. Mr Quaba immediately made me feel at ease and explained the procedure fully (abdominoplasty) and all associated risks and possible complications. I went back home with all the information required to make an informed decision about that procedure.
Mr Quaba agreed to have another (telephone) consultation at my request to discuss an additional procedure (breast reduction & lift) and decided to have the 2 operations at the same time.
As soon as I arrived at the hospital, I knew I was in good hands and Mr Quaba made me feel relaxed and confident. My surgery went very well and I was very pleasantly surprised that it was not nearly as painful as I had expected and I was delighted to have no drains, nor did I have to wear compression garments.
After 2 very comfortable nights in the hospital with wonderful care, I was discharged to stay with friends until my checkup a week later. I was given phone numbers to call had I any worries or problems (which I didn’t) and then 6 months later I met Mr Quaba again for a follow-up appointment.
It was a very positive experience and if I felt I required any further procedures, Mr Quaba would be my 1st choice!
Tummy tuck – Clean, easy to park and excellent reception and nursing staff
Life changing! I’m 62. I had 4 Caesarean sections and a road map of stretch marks. For 25 years I had kept my stomach hidden but in the last few years, I found the flap over my scars becoming increasingly infected, smelly, irritable. I was convinced to have surgery was vanity and I had a husband who really did not mind. I was washing the area twice a day (frying it with a hairdryer) and meditated cream could not get on top of the infections. Finally, my daughter told me to get an option on it. I took the decision it would get worse and worse. I am now 3 months since the surgery. I feel healthier, I feel happier. I am going to be fitter. This was not for vanity or weight (I will never be thin) but why I didn’t have it done years ago I have no idea.
Drainless tummy tuck – I was left with loose skin following the birth of…
I was left with loose skin following the birth of my eldest daughter. It caused me a lot of anxiety and confidence issues. I began researching the tummy tuck procedure a year later. I had three consultations at different practices none of which I was overconfident in. I then had my second daughter which put things on hold. I visited Mr quaba for the first time in mid-2014. It was £120 for a consultation. I felt instantly confident with him. He showed me before and after photos of previous patients and drew diagrams. He knew what he as talking about. I was advised to get full tummy tuck with muscle repair and liposuction to achieve a more flattering shape. I felt confident to book the procedure with him and was meant to get it done in September 2014 but due to unforeseen circumstances, I had to cancel. I then visited him two more times before I finally had the procedure done in June 2015.
On the morning of the operation, I was extremely nervous but the staff were very very good. The next thing I knew I was back from surgery. I do remember a tightening/bruising pain but nothing unbearable. I was up and about at the toilet the same evening. There were no drains so nothing to accidentally tamper with. I went back for my 7 day check to get the surgical dressing off and cleaned. I was very happy with the result. I was given special tape to apply to the area to help with healing. A year on and my scar has healed very well. I will unfortunately always have stretch marks but that was part of pregnancy. Everyone’s result is individual.
I would highly recommend mr quaba.