Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)


As we age, skin loses collagen and elasticity, leaving parts of the body looking soft and out-of-shape.

An area significantly affected is the upper arms, where excess fat is also stored, and there is less supporting muscle tone.  Extended sun exposure means that even those who have never struggled with their weight find that wrinkling and sagging becomes a problem in this area. The result is a significant ‘loose hammock’ appearance that no amount of exercise will improve, leaving even the most toned of arms looking large and undefined.

Brachioplasty surgery reshapes the upper arm through the removal of excess skin and other tissue to create a firm, tight and taut appearance.

Performed under a general anaesthetic in a fully accredited hospital, the surgery takes around two hours. An overnight hospital stay may be required depending on your general health and the extent of the procedure.

Making a series of incisions under the arms, Dr Page cuts as small as possible to avoid excessive scarring. After removing enough fat and skin to ensure the right results, excess fat is removed using liposuction. Skin is surgically cut until there is no excess and the desired contours are achieved.  Incisions are stitched in place, and wounds sealed and dressed. A drain may be put in place for a short period to ensure that excess fluid is drained properly.

It is best to designate a window of around two weeks to your brachioplasty recovery and refrain from any heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for approximately 6 – 8 weeks. During the initial two weeks of recovery, compression garments should be worn on the arms – day and night – to support the area as it heals.

Some temporary inflammation, bruising, skin tension, and discomfort are expected but should resolve within several weeks of treatment. Some scarring may be permanent, but minimal, and will fade dramatically with time.

Results are permanent. Whilst your body will naturally age, the best results are maintained through a healthy diet and exercise lifestyle.