As we age or lose weight, we might find that the area on the upper arm starts to develop excess skin – sometimes referred to as “bingo wings”. This can affect not just our body confidence, but also the clothes we choose to wear – perhaps wanting to hide away the tops of the arms with longer sleeves. An arm lift, also called brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure, aimed at creating a more contoured shape.
Arm lift surgery achieves this by smoothing and tightening tissue, reducing extra skin, and removing extra fat. Upper arms should look more toned and defined following the procedure.
The upper arm can start to become loose and sag as the skin changes through aging. Significant weight loss can also have the same effect. Of course, the upper arms can be strengthened and the muscle tone improved through exercise, but the excess skin that has lost its elasticity cannot be fixed.
Arm lift surgery is used to remove excess fat and skin from the area. If required, liposuction can also be utilised. It is a relatively straightforward general surgery, and whilst you may be required to stay in overnight following it, most patients go home after just one night’s recovery.
All surgical procedures pose a potential risk, and it is important know what these are before you go ahead so that you can weigh them up against the benefits your procedure could bring. During your consultations you will talk through these potential complications and you can ask any questions that you have about them.
As a guide, risks may include pain, bleeding, infections, blood clots, scars, numbness and asymmetry of the upper arms.
If you are looking to bring a better shape to the upper arms and are close to your ideal weight, then this would be best suited to you. This procedure should not be seen as weight loss surgery.
To allow a good outcome, the ideal candidate would have enough elasticity and loose skin.
The Hospital Group is a responsible provider of cosmetic surgery, so we understand that each procedure is different and tailored to your requirements and individual needs. At your free consultation, your surgeon assistant will be able to discuss the surgery with you, let you know the cost, and talk through the payment plans available.
We have several finance options to choose from, ranging from paying for the procedure outright, to spreading the cost over a number of years on our flexible finance plans. Learn more about these on our Pricing and Finance page.
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Your journey step by step
Your first appointment
Your journey with The Hospital Group begins with a free telephone consultation with our friendly surgeon assistants. During this conversation you can talk through why you are interested in surgery, how much it costs, the finance options available to you, how much recovery time you will need, and potential surgery dates. Whenever you decide to book a surgery date, you can secure it for a minimum refundable deposit of £500.
If you would like to proceed, we will book your surgical consultation.
Your surgical consultation
During this consultation you will talk about your goals for surgery and go through your medical history to ascertain whether you are a suitable candidate for this procedure. You will also discuss the results you might expect, as well as the possible risks and complications of surgery. Our specialist surgeons are extremely knowledgeable, so they can answer any questions you might have.
If you feel you would like to go ahead, you will then be referred to a clinic nurse for pre-operative assessments and tests.
You will see your surgeon on the day of your surgery so that you can talk through any final questions and read through the consent form. The whole surgical team will be introduced to you before heading into theatre for the procedure.
The specifics of the surgery will be discussed prior to the day – you will find out how long it will take, the types of anaesthetics used, and they will talk you through the procedure itself.
The surgeon will let you know whether you will need to stay in the hospital overnight. You might feel swollen and tender for a while, but this is completely normal and should settle fairly quickly. We’ll provide any pain relief you need whilst you’re in hospital.
Your nurse will call you once you get home to make sure you feel okay and book you in for your post-operative review in the clinic when needed. We’ll also give you our 24/7 patient helpline number so that you can speak to a member of the clinical team at any time.
At The Hospital Group, we offer a full package of aftercare support with all our cosmetic surgery procedures to give you complete peace of mind. You’ll benefit from the following aftercare: unlimited post-op appointments with a member of our clinical team whenever you need them, surgical cover for 2 years – revision surgery where clinically indicated, additional days’ stay in hospital when needed, additional medication and dressings at no extra cost, and emergency telephone support which you can use at any time.
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