Arm Lifts & Brachioplasty Surgery

Female Image Gallery Arm Lifts & Brachioplasty Surgery

NOTE: These images are un-retouched un-posed clinical images, of actual Dr Hodgkinson patients.
Before after arm lift

Before and 4 months after Armplasty

About The Procedure

Arm Lift Surgery

The procedure of arm lift or brachioplasty is carried out for persons who have lost all elasticity to their arms either through aging or rapid weight gain and loss and would not benefit from either liposculpture/liposuction or Thermage® to the arms.

Large arms, sometimes called ‘bat wings’ or ‘tuck shop arms” are more common in women although they do occur in men as well who have experienced rapid weight gain and loss. These residual ‘bags’ of tissue or skin can be not only unsightly but uncomfortable as well. A brachioplasty is carried out by making an incision to the inside of the arm and removing the excess skin and tissue to leave a better, more functional appearance. This procedure, does, however result in a single line scar to each arm which should fade with time.

Brachioplasty is often carried out with other body contouring procedures at the same time to rectify excess skin and tissue such as tummy tuck or thigh lift.


  • What can I do about my floppy arms?

    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)


  • What should I expect after brachioplasty (arm lift surgery)?

    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)


  • Am I a candidate for liposuction to my arms instead of an arm lift?

    The number one factor in whether or not you are a candidate for liposuction (reduction of fat alone) versus an arm lift (brachioplasty) or arm lift combined with liposuction is the quality of your skin. If your skin has lost elasticity, due to aging, weight loss or lifestyle and environmental factors such as smoking or excess sun exposure then liposuction is probably not for you as removal of the fat alone will most likely leave you with unsightly lose hanging skin.

    As a general guideline, generally younger patients up through their 30s who are not overweight and/or who have not lost a large amount of weight at any time in their lives may be candidates for liposculpture/liposuction alone to reshape their arms. Typically, these patients who have fullness in their upper arms have a genetic propensity to store fat in that area and may note that their parents or other relatives also have upper arms with a fuller shape than the average person. Some patients, especially the younger ones, may start with liposuction, even if it leaves some looseness, then later consider adding a brachioplasty when they have aged further and the need becomes more obvious and they are able to accept the incision lines that come with an arm lift.