Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) – Sydney, Canberra & Adelaide

Quick facts about Arm Lifts

  • A great procedure for those with lots of loose skin and excessive fat.
  • It will leave you with a scar bout 5-10 cm, or longer.
  • Recovery is 6 weeks*. Return to work after 1 week*.
  • If you wan to avoid a scar or have moderately loose skin, then Vaser Liposuction may be a better option.

*Disclaimer – results may vary from patient to patient

What is an Arm Lift?

An Arm Lift, also known as a Brachioplasty, is used to treat a loss in skin elasticity and remove excess fat deposits between the underarm and elbow.

Skin loses elasticity and becomes saggy due to ageing or dramatic weight loss. Excessive fat deposits are those that cannot be eliminated through diet and exercise alone.

Arm Lift Procedure – What to Expect

The Arm Lift  procedure is performed under twilight sedation and takes between 2-3 hours to complete. An incision is made usually in the armpit, and can extended as required by the treatment objectives and correction needed.  Unwanted skin and fat is removed, and then the skin is re-draped to reveal the more natural contours of the arms as well as a more proportionate appearance.

Will an Arm Lift leave any noticeable scars?

As with any surgical procedure an incision is required. Scarring will depend on your body’s natural healing process and can take a good 6 months to fade in most cases. Topical silicone gels, like Strataderm, can be used to assist in the healing.

Arm Lift Scar 2

Diagram of the Scar left after a Brachioplasty

Are there any associated risks?

All surgeries have risk associated with them. As with any procedure being as healthy as possible both physically and mentally will aid in the reduction of any risks.

The most common risks with surgical incisions include :

  • Keloid Development; where the scar “overgrows” the original scar
  • Hyperpigmentation;the scar can be darker than your skin, common in Asian or darker skinned patients;
  • Hypertrophic Scarring; where the body overproduces collagen,  causing the scar to be raised above and around the surrounding skin
  • Unintentional opening of a section of the wound
  • Haematoma; a collection of blood localised under the skin
  • Fluid build-up under the wound
  • Infection
  • The incision taking longer to heal than expected

Who is the best candidate?

People with excessive loose skin and unwanted fat deposits are ideally suited to the Arm Lift procedure. If you suffer with mild to moderate loose skin, your arms may be more suitable to treat with a Vaser Liposuction procedure. If you have darker skin or you are Asian, and want to avoid the hyperpigmentation scar, then Vaser Liposuction could be an option for you.

Brachioplasty (Surgical Arm Lift) Vaser Liposuction
Suitable for patients with very loose skin. Suitable for patients with small – moderate loose skin; and darker skinned & Asian patients
Lareg Scar (5cm+). Tiny Scar (<1cm).
General Anaesthesia. Conscious Sedation.
Excessive skin cut out. Vaser heats the skin causing skin contraction of around 50-80%*

* Results may vary from patient to patient

What is the recovery time for an Arm Lift?

Recovery usually takes between 2 and 6 weeks. During this time, strenuous activity should be avoided and exercise kept at a mild to moderate level. A compression garment will need to be worn for around 3 weeks after the surgery. This helps with post-operative swelling, assists in the healing process and helps to reduce the possibility of fluid build-up.

The natural process of ageing may also affect the result.

An Arm Lift can enhance your appearance and self confidence. However it is imperative to have realistic expectations of your results, and to discuss this with your surgeon during your consultation.

Arm Lift Costs & Prices

The cost of an Arm Lift can vary depending on your overall situation and expectations.  Initial consultation with Dr. Ellis Choy is $250.

Please Contact us to find out more about this procedure or to make an appointment.


Do not use this website as a substitute for medical advice or self or other diagnosis. Seek the advice of a medical practitioner.
The examples, predictions, and results offered on this website vary from individual to individual. Results take time. They can be seen in as little as 6 weeks. This time may vary considerably depending on each individual. 6 weeks is a typical example. Results are effected by a number of factors, predominantly the way in which a patient follows instructions post surgery and the manner in which the patient behaves generally post surgery. Diet and exercise play an important part in the health and well being of a patient and in the maintenance of their body shape. Results will also vary purely based on the general make up of each patient and whether they have had surgery previously.