Arm lift surgery, or brachioplasty, is a procedure to improve the appearance of the upper arms.

This procedure can remove excess skin on the upper arms (so-called “bingo wings”) and also remove excess fat. Patients who undergo arm lift surgery are then able to wear short-sleeved dresses and tops without embarrassment.

The Procedure

Arm lift surgery is performed under general anaesthetic, which means you are asleep throughout the procedure. It will take around two hours and, in most cases, you will be able to go home on the same day as the surgery.

The incision for the procedure is usually on the inner side of the upper arms and extends from the armpit to the elbow.

In some cases, a shorter incision is also possible. Your Surgeon will advise of the best approach at your consultation.

Excess skin and tissue are then removed to create a tighter and more attractive look to the upper arms. Liposuction may also be used if there is a lot of excess fat.

The Recovery

You should allow at least one to two weeks off work after an arm lift. The time off work will depend somewhat on the type of work that you do.

You will have a compression garment on the upper arms to help reduce swelling. These garments are very important as they aid in the recovery and help improve the results.

Upon discharge from the hospital, you will be given pain relief medication and a course of antibiotics to take.

It would be helpful to have some support doing the household chores for the first two weeks. You may be limited in your arm movements at first. You should avoid all strenuous activity for six weeks, including heavy lifting. Avoid putting any pressure on the upper arms.

Make sure that you wear the compression garments when you asked to do so. Follow a good diet after the surgery and keep well hydrated. Avoid smoking for at least six weeks as this can increase the risk of post-operative complications.

It is important to follow the post-operative instructions given by the Surgeon and attend all follow up appointments as required.

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Your Patient Journey

If this is your first experience of reaching a cosmetic surgery or aesthetic medical procedure, we understand it can be a bit daunting. In this short guide we outline the steps from start to finish of your procedure, so you can see the pathway to a new you!

1. Step One

Everything starts with a simple phone call or website form enquiry. Our patient co-ordinators are on hand to give you all the information you need and then arrange a free consultation for you with one of the Plastic Surgeons. This stage enables you to find out the facts such as likely costs, what the surgery fees include, available dates for surgery, what aftercare is included etc.

2. Step Two

This is your consultation with the Plastic Surgeon. This is where you find out exactly what can be achieved for you. Here you will discuss implant types, sizes, your hopes and fears for the surgery. You also get to ask questions directly to the Plastic Surgeon and of course he will carry out an examination. At this stage you may also book your surgery or confirm a pre booked date. At this stage any pre operative checks will also be done, and any pre op tests needed will be arranged for you.

3. Step Three

This will be the day of your procedure. You will go to the hospital at the admission time and meet your Plastic Surgeon once again , together with his medical team. The Anaesthetist will come to see you before the procedure and discuss the anaesthetic with you. Then the nursing will take care of your right through the day to ensure a pleasant and smooth experience.

4. Step Four

This is the period of your aftercare. Your Plastic Surgeon will see you for follow up in the hospital and on video to ensure a smooth recovery. You will also have access to our patient care support team whenever you have any general questions. We want you to be totally supported after your surgery and pride ourselves in the aftercare and support we provide our patients.

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    What anaesthetic is used in an arm lift surgery?

    It will be a general anaesthetic which means you are asleep throughout the procedure.

    How long will I be in hospital for an arm lift?

    In most cases you can return home the same day as the surgery.

    How much time should I allow off work after arm lift?

    Depending on the type of work that you do, allow one to two weeks of work.

    Is finance available for arm lift surgery?

    Yes, finance is available subject to status. You can borrow up to the whole amount and take up to five years to pay. Our Patient Co-ordinators can help you with the simple application. Instant decision in most cases.

    What are the risks with an arm lift surgery?

    Most patients do not experience any complications, but as with all surgery they are possible. They include, bleeding, infection, pain and discomfort, bruising and swelling, scars, changes in sensation and symmetry, unfavourable aesthetic outcome, need for revision surgery.

    Who performs arm lift surgery?

    The surgery is performed by a GMC Specialist Plastic Surgeon.

    How long does an arm lift surgery take?

    Around two hours.

    When can I return to the gym after an arm lift surgery?

    You may need to avoid all strenuous activity for six weeks after the surgery.

    Is an arm lift surgery painful?

    You will experience some pain and discomfort after the operation. However, you will be discharged from the hospital with pain relief medication which is usually sufficient for most patients. If your medication does not control the discomfort, you should contact us for further advice.

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