Dr. Alexandra Turner Plastic Surgeon MBBS BSc FRACS

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Arm Reduction Surgery (Arm Lift or Brachioplasty)

An "Arm Lift", or arm reduction surgery, is also known as brachioplasty, and it is commonly performed on patients who have lost a significant amount of weight and are left with folds of excess skin on their arms. It is also performed on patients who want to tighten and smooth the skin that has become lax with age.

What is Arm Reduction Surgery?

By removing the excess skin, the procedure reshapes the upper arms to a better-proportioned contour, improving the droopy, flabby appearance of the arms. 

Reasons to get an Arm Lift

Arm lift surgery is a good choice for patients who have met their weight goal and maintained it for more than 12 months. In some cases, liposuction is used in conjunction with arm lift surgery to reduce localised pockets of fat from the underside of the arm, enhancing the overall result. This option is particularly useful for patients with reduced skin elasticity. 

Brachioplasty Expectations and Outcomes

As the procedure is highly individualised, your Dr Turner will plan a treatment that best suits your needs and is within the safe limits of the operation. Our team will talk with you about your expectations from the surgery and discuss the potential outcomes, along with the risks of the operation and any possible complications.

Arm Lift Procedure

The surgical incision is placed along the inside of the arm, and may extend from the elbow into the armpit, depending on the individual case. Occasionally in weight loss patients, the incision may extend down onto the lateral chest wall to address further skin laxity. Scarring on the arm is inevitable but will fade over time. The operation can be performed as a day surgery or may involve an overnight stay in hospital. 

Arm Lift Recovery

Dressings will be placed over the incisions, and a compression garment is worn to minimise swelling and support the arms in healing. A small drainage tube may be placed under the skin temporarily to drain any excess fluids that may collect in the surgical site.

Patients usually return to normal activities around two to three weeks after surgery. Strenuous activity including exercise, swimming, sports and heavy lifting should be avoided for six weeks. Our team will regularly consult with you to ensure your health and wellbeing during your recovery period.

Arm Lift Surgical Outcomes

Once healed, arm lift patients report that their limbs have a lighter feel, allowing them to be much more active. Wearing short sleeves becomes an option again, as there is no longer a need to conceal the arms with heavier clothing.

Contact Dr Turner’s office to book a consultation with our brachioplasty surgical team to learn more about the arm reduction techniques that will suit you.


Read further information about arm lift surgery and the brachioplasty procedure on the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons' website here