Arm Lift / Reduction (Brachioplasty)

Arm reduction surgery, also known as brachioplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that involves removing excess skin and fat from the upper arms. This surgery can help individuals achieve more toned and defined arms, especially for those who have lost a significant amount of weight or have excess skin due to aging.

The procedure is typically performed under general anaesthesia, and incisions are made in the inner part of the arm. The surgeon will then remove excess skin and fat, and reposition and tighten the underlying tissues. The incisions are then closed with sutures, and patients will need to wear compression garments to help with swelling and support the healing process.

After the surgery, patients can expect some swelling and discomfort in the treated area, and may need to take pain medication for a few days. It is also important to avoid strenuous activity or lifting for several weeks, to ensure proper healing. The recovery time can vary, but most patients can return to work and normal activities within two to four weeks.

It is important to note that while arm reduction surgery can improve the appearance of the arms, it is not a weight loss procedure. It is recommended that patients reach their ideal weight before considering the surgery, as significant weight gain or loss after the procedure can affect the results.

Like any surgery, there are potential risks and complications associated with arm reduction surgery. These can include infection, bleeding, scarring (red, lumpy, stretch) and changes in skin sensation. Occasionally, you may have asymmetry or excess skin in the scar ends that may require further surgery.

In conclusion, arm reduction surgery can be a safe and effective way to improve the appearance of the upper arms. It is important to carefully consider the risks and benefits to ensure swapping the excess skin for a scar is appropriate for you.

Arm Lift / Reduction (Brachioplasty) at a glance

Surgery time

2.5 hours

Hospital stay

1 night


6 weeks

Time off work

1-2 weeks


1 week