Brachioplasty Surgery for Reducing Flabby Arms (Upper Arm Lift or Arm Reduction Surgery)
A Brachioplasty procedure is a surgical reduction of excess skin from the upper arm area, usually from the elbow to the under-arm area of the body. Most Brachioplasty procedures also involve liposuction prior to excising the excess skin. It’s known as surgery to reduce “bat wings” or “bingo wings,” and officially called a Bilateral Brachioplasty procedure, it’s actually more colloquially known as an “upper arm reduction surgery” procedure. It is best performed by an experienced, and FRACS (Plas) qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon and Body Contouring specialist. Our two key Arm Reduction surgeons are Dr Geoff Barnett and Dr Richard Maxwell, both with several decades of expertise helping women and men get firmer looking, thinner, firmer and less saggy upper arms.
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).
Your choice of four highly experienced Plastic Surgeons for arm lift (upper arm) surgery & body sculpting procedures including Liposuction
Dr Geoff Barnett – Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon & Body Lift Specialist
Dr Richard Maxwell – Plastic Surgeon and Body Lift and Arm Lift Surgery Specialist
Dr Douglas McManamny – Plastic Surgeon and Body Contouring Specialist
Dr Tom Robbins – Plastic Surgeon & Body Surgery Specialist
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 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.
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
- 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.
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 advisor 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 Surgical Journey
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How to Book your Initial Consultation
- Email us or Call on (03) 8849 1400 to arrange your surgeon consultation appointment.
- A Referral from your GP or specialist is helpful but NOT essential – you can have a consultation without a GP Referral
- Book a consultation with your Surgeon by paying the $200 consultation fee
What to Bring to your Surgeon Consultation
- 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
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Payment Options for Your Surgery Including Payment Plans
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