Arm Lift Surgery/ Brachioplasty

An arm lift may be helpful if you are 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 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 poor 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 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.


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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:




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 six months after (results will vary from patient to patient)


Prices from

Arm lift £4000

Consultation £150

All inclusive costs for one year following surgery



Finance is available (subject to application and vetting) through a company working with the Spire Hospital. They offer interest-free loans up to a particular 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)


Arm Lift/ Reduction

Type of Anaesthetic
General/ Local

Length of Surgery
2 hours

Nights in Hospital
Day case

2-3 weeks off work
6 weeks before strenuous exercise


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