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.

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 loose and 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 around 2-3 hours. An incision is made usually in the armpit and can extend in length depending on the treatment and correction needed.  Unwanted skin and fat is removed, and then the skin is redraped 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 can be used to assist in the healing, such as Strataderm.

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.

Most common risks with surgical incisions are:

  • 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 – the body overproduces collagen and causes the scar to be raised above and around the surrounding skin;
  • Opening of a section of the wound;
  • Haematoma – Collection of blood localised under the skin;
  • Fluid build-up under the wound;
  • Infection; and
  • Incision taking longer to heal.

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%.

What is the recovery time for an Arm Lift?

Recovery usually takes between 2 to 6 weeks. During this time, strenuous activity should be avoided so that you do not prolong recovery. Exercise should be 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 affect the result.

An Arm Lift can enhance your appearance and confidence. However it is imperative to have realistic expectations with your results and it is important to discuss this with your surgeon in the 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.