Brachioplasty, which refers to what is commonly known as ‘arm reduction and lift’, is a surgical procedure to help remove excess and loose or sagging skin from around the upper arms (widely referred to as ‘bingo wings’). It is often a combination of liposuction followed by skin reduction surgery. This type of surgery is not a weight loss substitute and is best used with a steady and healthy diet, exercise and overall weight loss programme.
Why Do People Undergo an Arm Lift?
The skin on your upper arms sags and can become loose as you get older. Significant and quick weight loss can also cause your upper arms’ undersides to sag. Exercise can strengthen and tone muscles in the upper arm to help reduce this problem, but it cannot address excess skin that has lost elasticity. An arm lift may also help to boost your body image and confidence.
This procedure can either be done under local or general anaesthetic and will take 90-120 minutes. First, your surgeon will make incisions on the undersides of your arms; the length of the incision depends on how much skin has to be removed. The deeper, underlying tissues will then be tightened and secured with stitches and fat may be suctioned out where necessary. The skin is then relocated over the new contours and any excess skin is excised away, the incisions are closed and dressings are applied.
What Are The Risks of Arm Lift Surgery?
As with all surgical treatments, when it comes to brachioplasty and arm lifts, patients should discuss all the potential risks with their surgeon. Risks can include:
- Reduced sensation
- Nerve damage
- Shoulder stiffness
- Fluid build up
How Much Does an Arm Lift Cost?
- In the UK, the average price of an arm lift is between £5000 and £6000.
- This procedure is not routinely offered on the NHS unless it is part of another surgical procedure.