Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) FAQs


    Excessive fat and/or skin in the upper arms can often be extremely embarrassing to many women, young and old.

    Another name for floppy arms is bat wings or tuckshop arms. The skin of the upper arm becomes very thin and fragile and does not contract quite as well after weight loss or liposuction.

    Sometimes the excessive skin in the arms causes such embarrassment that an arm plasty or brachioplasty can be performed.

    In this young woman of 23 years of age, I reduced the bat wings by the procedure of an arm plasty, carried out as an outpatient procedure at the Double Bay Day Surgery. The patient is now taking pleasure in wearing sleeveless dresses for the first time in several years.


    Before and After Arm Reduction Surgery (Brachioplasty)


    After surgery, the new tighter shape of your arms will become increasingly evident as the swelling and bruising subside. The scars where the incisions were made will remain but will become less evident and fade to some degree over time.

    The results of arm lift surgery can be long lasting, and the shape can be maintained to a great extent if the patient maintains a stable weight and fitness. Weight gain can lead to the arms gaining in size again and this in turn will stretch the skin and the result will be compromised.

    As with all surgeries, the procedure can set back the clock but as we continue to age, the skin will lose additional laxity and tone but if a stable weight in maintained, the overall shape of the arms will remain improved.

    As with all surgeries, following your surgeon’s post-operative instructions to the letter and refraining from smoking, excess consumption of alcohol and the use of recreational drugs or non-essential prescription medications are key to not only healing but the end result.

    Before and After Arm Reduction Surgery (Brachioplasty)