Upper Arm Lift Melbourne Brachioplasty | Melbourne Plastic Surgeon

Brachioplasty Surgery for Reducing Flabby Arms (Upper Arm Lift or Arm Reduction Surgery).

Arm Skin Surgery (Melbourne). A Brachioplasty procedure is a surgical reduction of excess skin and unwanted adipose tissues from the upper arm area. This surgery addresses lax skin from the elbow to the under-arm area of the body.  Some incisions extend into the torso or back or side body adipose tissues.

Most Brachioplasty procedures for arm girth reduction also involve liposuction prior to excising the excess hanging skin (near triceps). This procedure enables a “tighter” or “firmer” upper arm skin result.

Which expert Plastic Surgeons perform ARM REDUCTION SURGERY and SKIN SURGERY in Melbourne?

  • At our clinic, we have several expert skin reduction Plastic Surgeons.
  • ARM SKIN Surgery experts at our clinics include Dr Geoff Barnett (MBBS, FRACS) and Dr Rebecca Wyten (MBBS, FRACS) who see patients in Melbourne and Berwick (Dr Wyten).

Average COSTS of Brachioplasty Surgery in Melbourne (PRICE ranges)

How much does ARM SURGERY for SKIN REDUCTION COST in Melbourne?

  • Arm reduction surgery is a bilateral Brachioplasty procedure also known as a Wedge Lipectomy or ARM LIFT
  • It is typically a bilateral surgery performed in one theatre session
  • Overnight hospital stays are recommended and support garments (compression garments) must be worn for the period of time your Surgeon advises
  • You WILL need some extra care at home as you recovery and will need to avoid heavy lifting and driving for the required time periods

AVERAGE PRICES of Brachioplasty Surgery (Arm Girth Reduction/Arm Skin Surgery) – estimates

Only a personal CONSULTATION and SURGERY QUOTE will affirm the true cost of having arm skin surgery, because every patient’s different.

In general, the average cost of Brachioplasty/Arm Skin Reduction Surgery in Melbourne ranges from $17,000 to $22,000 AUD when performed by a Plastic Surgeon with expertise in this procedure.

Cost of Brachioplasty Arm Skin and Arm Lift Plastic Surgery -upper-arm-reduction Photos

Brachioplasty Scars: What do the scars look like after arm skin surgery?

Scars can vary from person to person. They are generally on the inside of the arm but may extend from armpit to elbow or onto the upper back or upper torso.

This may be necessary to reduce the volume of skin that is a concern to the patient.  The scars will initially appear quite red and ‘fresh’ but these tend to fade for most patients. Fading of scars can take 12 to 18 months and some methods of scar management can be helpful. Ask your Surgeon about incision line care, compression garments, silicone strips and Fraxel or SkinPen for minimising your arm scars after skin reduction/skin flap removal.

Arm Scar Photos

Image below shows arm reduction surgery results. Note the incision line scar is still ‘fresh’ and will continue to heal and fade over time. Scars are less visible when arms are by the side.


The average price range for ARM SKIN REDUCTION Plastic Surgery (Brachioplasty or Wedge Lipectomy) in Melbourne ranges from $17,000 to $22,000 AUD for BOTH arms.  The procedure, known as a Bilateral Brachioplasty, is performed in Hospital. An overnight stay in hospital is recommended for 1 to 3 days. Compression garments must be worn for several weeks after surgery.

Do I need to stay overnight in hospital when I have my upper arm skin surgery?

  • Brachioplasty is a serious operation and involves both arms.
  • Most patients benefit from staying overnight in hospital for 1 to 3 days for post-op care.
  • Ask your Surgeon for specific recommendations on the duration of your hospital stay after having arm skin reduction surgery (Bilateral Brachioplasty).

Are both arms operated on at one time for Brachioplasty (Arm Reduction/Arm Skin Lift)?

  • Yes, typically patients have BOTH arms done in one surgery session (extended session)
  • Surgery may remove a significant amount of skin, depending on the degree of ptosis (drooping or sagging due to skin laxity)
  • Fat distribution concerns can be addressed with liposuction in addition to excess skin removal/excision techniques

Upper Arm Surgery Skin Reduction – Scars

  • There will be a long incision line scar on the upper arms after Brachioplasty
  • Liposuction insertion scars may also be seen (but are usually quite small).
  • Brachioplasty scars may be less visible when the arms are by the sides
  • Scar management treatments including silicone strips may help reduce scarring.
  • Fraxel and/or skin needling may also be recommended if required.

I’ve lost weight or had Bariatric surgery. My arm skin is sagging now. Will Super or Medicare help cover the costs of an arm skin reduction?

Will MEDICARE cover the cost of BRACHIOPLASTY Arm Skin Surgery (Arm Reduction)?

For some post-obesity patients, Medicare may help cover some of your surgery costs.

  • The rebate criteria is strict
  • Documentation is extensive
  • You’ll still have out of pocket costs for surgery
  • If you are NOT eligible for a Medicare code, your Private Health Fund will also deny you any rebates (also, these systems are subject to sudden changes with little to no warning to patients)

For more information, visit MBS ITEM #30171 – Wedge Lipectomy (Medicare Criteria)

Can I withdraw SUPER early to pay for the cost of Brachioplasty/Arm Lift/Skin Reduction Surgery?

  • Some post-weight loss surgery patients apply for early withdrawal of SUPER due to skin problems after Bariatric Surgery
  • If there are health conditions that lead to this surgery being medically warranted, you may be able to apply to the ATO for early release.
  • Tax implications apply to EARLY release of Super for Surgery
  • Search our blogs for other articles on Super for post-bariatric weight loss surgery SKIN reduction.

Upper Arm Skin Reduction surgery (Brachioplasty) in Melbourne

  • This procedure is also known colloquially as surgery to reduce “bat wings” or “bingo wings.” Officially it’s called a Bilateral Brachioplasty procedure or an “upper arm reduction surgery” procedure.
  • Bilateral means both arms are treated, and recovery can take several weeks to several months.
  • The procedure can reduce arm girth, tighten the appearance of the skin, reduce flapping skin and chafing problems and lead to a more contoured upper arm, in line with the newly reduced body after weight loss OR to treat upper-arm skin sagging that occurs over a lifetime.

How LONG does it take to RECOVER after BRACHIOPLASTY (Wedge Lipectomy) / arm skin reduction/removal surgery?

  • Arm lift surgery leaves a long-incision line that must be cared for properly for best results. This means Recovery time frames after arm reduction surgery can take several months.
  • Normal recovery time frames after Brachioplasty can vary from patient to patient. In general, allow 2 to 3 weeks before resuming some activities and allow 2-6 months before you engage in heavy lifting.
  • Compression garments also need to be worn 24/7 as recommended by your Surgeon. This may extend for several weeks or even months depending on your procedure and your Surgeon’s advice.

What types of Surgeons perform Arm

 Reduction/Arm Lift Surgery?

Brachioplasty Plastic Surgeons in Melbourne and Sydney

It is best performed by an experienced, and FRACS (Plas) qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon and Body Contouring specialist.  Our team’s two top Melbourne Arm Reduction Plastic Surgeons are Dr Geoff Barnett and Dr Sackelariou. Both offer several decades of expertise helping women and men get firmer looking, thinner, firmer and less saggy upper arms.

In Sydney, Dr Richard Sackelariou is the go to Plastic Surgeon in Double Bay (NSW). Dr Sackelariou also sees patients in Melbourne as well as Sydney.

Costs and Prices of Arm Skin Reduction Surgery / Brachioplasty in Melbourne or Sydney

  • Costs vary according to patient needs.
  • The consultation for expert Surgeon advice from a FRACS Specialist Plastic Surgeon costs $200 but with a referral from your GP you may be eligible for a medicare rebate for part of the examination.
  • The price of Arm Lift Surgery to make arms smaller or firmer-in-appearance is sometimes paid for by individuals who gain early access to Super through the ATO for post-weight loss body contouring surgery.
  • Before or after arm reduction surgery, some patients also seek further skin surgery to reduce skin folds and skin flaps.
  • These might include a Belt Lipectomy, an Abdominoplasty, a Breast Lift or Breast Reduction or other body contouring surgery.
  • Surgery can remove unwanted distributions of adipose tissues (body fat cells) and reduce loose, crepey-looking skin that flaps or makes sounds or causes chaffing.

Wobbly arms a problem? We’ve got your Surgery needs covered in the handy Guide book for surgery patient information about skin reduction or arm size reduction.

Arm Lift Guide Download

Arm Reduction Surgery is also a very popular procedure for post-weight loss patients and for people who feel self-conscious about “wobbly” sagging upper arm skin, for which exercise and healthy nutrition haven’t shifted (muscles of the upper arm can often be tightened with exercise, which helps the appearance of the arms — but unfortunately, stretched and baggy upper arm skin cannot be exercised away).

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Our highly experienced Plastic Surgeons for arm lift (upper arm) surgery & body sculpting procedures including Liposuction

Dr Geoff Barnett – Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon & Body Lift Surgery Expert (nearby to Melbourne Kew/Richmond/Camberwell/Toorak)

Dr Richard Sackelariou – Plastic Surgeon and Body Contouring (available in Double Bay/Sydney and convenient to Melbourne/Brighton/St Kilda and Hawthorn area for the Hawthorn East consultation location near by)

Dr Richard Maxwell – Plastic Surgeon and Body Lift and Arm Lift Surgery (near by in Williamstown/Melbourne)

Our Specialist Upper Arm Contouring, Arm Lift & Body Contouring Plastic Surgeons can reduce your baggy upper arm skin or ‘bat wings.’

  • Our Surgeons are fully-accredited and highly-experienced Australian Plastic Surgeons.
  • Offering decades of body contouring experience
  • Our Arm Lift Plastic Surgeons operate at accredited major Hospitals in and around Melbourne
  • They use only experienced Anaesthetists and a top Surgical Support team to give you the best practice patient care

Our Team’s Upper Arm Lift Specialists for Brachioplasty include Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeons Dr Geoff Barnett, Dr Richard SackelariouDr Richard Maxwell.

As a Brachioplasty Surgery patient, you’ll also have access to the best post-op healing techniques, including:

  • Rapid Recovery Packs with scientifically proven products to assist you during your recovery period
  • Fraxel Laser Scar Minimisation – the latest technologies are included as part of your post-op care
  • Other Specialty healing facilitation methods & Scar Minimisation Strategies
  • Healite II  – An Award Winning Treatment to rejuvenate skin and facilitate healing

Arm Lift Surgery: Are you unhappy with the appearance of wobbly Upper Arms?

  • Do you have unsightly wobbly upper arms?
  • Do you have loose, flabby arm skin on your upper arms?
  • Have your upper arms become ‘bat wings’ overnight’?
  • Do you have saggy tuck shop lady arms?
  • Do you hate your “bat wings” or “bingo wings“?


Have you had Bariatric Surgery or other significant weight loss?

  • Have you lost weight after Gastric Banding Surgery?
  • Do you have excess upper arm skin after your Bariatric weight loss surgery?
  • Does sagging arm skin betray the amount of weight you’ve lost?
  • Do you wish you had firmer-looking upper arms?

The Best Surgery treatment for wobbly upper arms is an Upper Arm Lift (Brachioplasty); this procedure tends to include Liposuction for arm contouring as well as surgical removal of excess, droopy arm skin

You may benefit from an upper arm tuck, a mini-arm lift or upper arm reduction surgery.

These surgeries are known as Brachioplasty surgery.*

A Brachioplasty surgery or arm reduction procedure is designed to reduce and re-shape the loose skin of your upper arm, resulting in a more toned, contoured upper arm.

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Upper Arm Lift Surgery – Best Candidates for Brachioplasty and Arm Liposuction Contouring Procedures

Brachioplasty surgery and complimentary body shaping procedures are often sought out by patients who:

  • Lost weight through diet and/or exercise
  • Lost weight through Bariatric surgery
  • Have excess hanging upper arm skin that impacts clothing choices
  • Find loose, unsightly skin runs in their family (Hereditary/Genetic/Ageing)
  • Discover loose skin that was once a minor issue gets worse over-time

Arm Lift Before & After surgery photos by Dr Geoff Barnett and Dr Maxwell

Arm Lift Procedure | Brachioplasty Surgery Overview

  • Brachioplasty arm surgery as performed by our Specialist Plastic surgeons in Hawthorn and Berwick requires a general anaesthetic in an approved hospital.
  • This provides patients with the after care and support they may require.
  • Operating in quality hospitals allows our surgeons to do their best work, confident that a full range of support and service are available.
  • An overnight stay is often not required. Everyone is different – your surgeon can give you more advice.
  • Liposculpture is often used in combination with Brachioplasty to remove excess fat primarily from the under and outer surfaces of the arm. Careful contouring of the underlying tissue allows for a natural, toned result.
  • Excess skin is removed from the inner aspect of the arm using incisions that run from the arm-pit down the arm to finish above the elbow.
  • The skin edges are closed using stitches that are beneath the skin and dissolve (no stitches need to be removed)
  • Drains are occasionally used to lessen the risk of haematoma or fluid build-up.
  • Healite-II technology may be used to help healing and may help minimise surgical scars.

Brachioplasty Surgery Recovery Information

  • In many cases Brachioplasty can be performed as a Day procedure. Other patients may require an overnight stay in hospital. Please talk to your surgeon for advice about your specific case.
  • Generally patients wear a compression garment for about 6 weeks after the procedure. The use of compression provides support for the newly tightened skin offering the best environment for a cosmetically pleasing result.
  • Patients will feel uncomfortable for a few days. This is a natural result of almost any surgery. Generally patients experience no significant discomfort after the first few days.  At Cosmetic Surgery for Women we consider pain management to be a core part of our role – your procedure and after care program will be specifically designed to minimise discomfort.
  • Most patients return to work after 1 or 2 weeks. If your work is highly physically demanding it may take a little longer. Everyone heals differently and we understand that. Your surgeon will be able give you personalised advice.
  • Patients should avoid heavy lifting for 6 weeks.
  • Most patients are comfortable to drive at 1-2 weeks but everyone heals differently. Patients must take care to avoid vigorous movements while driving for a few weeks  and we recommend being aware of traffic conditions and planning accordingly.
  • Patients attend review appointments at one week, six months and twelve months after surgery. Cosmetic Surgery for Women offers an extensive after care service for all of our patients – you will get the care you need – when you need it.

Upper Arm Reduction Surgery Risks

Risks to Consider for Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) Surgery

+-Recovery and Risk

Like all surgical procedures, Brachioplasty, whether on its own, or in combination with Liposculpture or Liposuction, does have some risk.

Broadly the risks can be considered as follows:

General Anaesthesia Most healthy patients respond well to general anaesthesia as modern techniques are very safe, but there is always some risk from general anaesthesia. Our team will provide you with the details of your Anaesthetists prior to your surgery to discuss any specific concerns.  By operating in approved hospitals, your Surgeon will be able to offer a safe, supported environment for Surgery. As well as a fully trained Plastic Surgeon, you will have a trained Surgical Assistant present for your procedure. You will also have a fully trained Anaesthetist attending to you at all times while you under Anaesthesia. You’ll be supported by additional fully trained Support Staff.

Bleeding (Haematoma) – This may require a visit to the operating theatre to remove the blood clot.

Infection – Your Surgeon will prescribe you with antibiotics and monitor you closely.

Delayed Wound Healing – Your Surgeon and Nurse coordinator will manage the healing process. This usually occurs within patients who are overweight, smokers or who have an infection.

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Fluid build-up (Seroma)

Scarring –  Some scarring after surgery is inevitable. These settle over the months. Scars continue to mature and improve for up to 18 months after surgery. Your Surgeon will take great care to minimise scarring and will ensure that scars are as inconspicuous as possible. Please ask your surgeon about any concerns you may have. Stretch marks may not all be removed from surgery and new ones may be created. You will be offered three Fraxel Laser treatments with our Dermal Clinician, starting approximately 8 weeks to 10 weeks post-surgery to help manage and improve scarring.

Numbness – This  will occur 100% of the time and mostly settles over the months and up to 1-2 years.

Asymmetry – Your arms are different – just have a careful look in the mirror. Part of your Surgeon’s skill lies in trying to minimise any asymmetry between your right and left arms. However, you tend to have a good deal of asymmetry before surgery (especially between your dominant hand/arm and you opposite arm).  So some degree of minor asymmetry is quite common after Surgery as well. For most patient, the difference is very small. It is often imperceptible, unless you really look for it. Your surgeon can discuss this with you during your consultation.

Scars may be also be slightly different on your right side compared to you left side. Be sure to follow all of your Surgeon’s Post-Op instructions and healing and scar minimisation protocols as well.

Pain – This will be managed appropriately with pain medications and prompt aftercare.

All successful surgery outcomes are the result of realistic expectations of the patient, realistic surgical goals and the knowledge of possible risks and complications. Nothing is ever guaranteed in science and medicine. Risks are minimised through careful patient screening and planning, high standards of surgical training, meticulous surgical technique and vigilant post-operative care. Small, less serious issues are common and every effort is made to resolve them quickly. These rarely have long term effect on an excellent final result.

Contact us to determine if you might be an ideal candidate for upper arm reshaping surgery or other body reshaping and body lift procedures by our elite team of Plastic Surgeons in Melbourne. *Patient results vary.

Combined Body Contouring or Breast Procedures and Mummy Makeovers

Patients choosing Upper Arm Surgery often combine other body reshaping, body contouring & body lift procedures. The most popular surgeries to be sequenced or combined with Upper Arm (Brachioplasty) Surgery include Breast Enhancement Surgery (Breast Reduction, Breast Lift or Breast Augmentation), Liposuction and Body Contouring and Tummy Tuck procedures.

NEXT STEPS on your Upper Arm Reduction/Arm Lift Surgery

Want to explore your options for reducing sagging upper arm skin on the triceps, tightening the arm skin and Arm Girth Reduction plastic surgery?

Phone us today on 03 8849 1444.

Visit our FAQs pages, learn more about your procedure, have a look at our photo galleries and patient reviews.

How to Book your Initial Consultation

    • Email us or Call on (03) 8849 1444 to arrange your surgeon consultation appointment.
    • A Referral from your GP or from your Specialist is helpful but NOT essential – you can have a consultation without a GP Referral
  • Schedule a confidential consultation with your selected Specialist Surgeon by paying the $200 booking fee.

What to Bring to your Surgeon Consultation (and be sure to read the GUIDE books before you meet with a Surgeon to explore your best options for arm reduction).

    • Bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
    • Take lots of notes and read the documents provided thoroughly
  • You may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes

Want more information before scheduling your Surgeon consultation?

    • Request more information about the procedure – call or contact us
    • Book a Complimentary Nurse Consultation (FREE)
    • Organise a phone call with Patient Coordinator (FREE)
  • Speak with a past patient that has had the procedure – call or contact us

You can phone us or send an enquiry form for more information.

We will get in touch with you after receiving your Enquiry form.

Or if you prefer to connect by phone during Clinic hours, phone (03) 8849 1400 and ask for one of our Patient Care Coordinators (Michelle or Donna).

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