What is arm lift surgery?

Arm Lift Surgery, also known as brachioplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure to improve the appearance of arms by reducing excess fat and sagging skin .By removing the stubborn fat in the upper arms and re-draping the skin a more flattering contour is created.

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Surgery Time

2 - 3 Hours

Time Off

2 weeks



Full Recovery

12 months

Reasons for arm lift surgery

Arm lift surgery removes excess fat and skin from the upper arms, which often occurs with increasing age and weight loss.

People choose to undergo arm lift surgery to:

  • Treat excessive loose skin and fat as a result of weight loss
  • Help in removing stubborn fat
  • Have the ability to wear the clothes they want
  • Boost confidence

Improved Contours

A more slender upper arm

Improved confidence

Feel comfortable with your body

If arm lift surgery sounds like the perfect procedure for you and you would like to find out more, please feel free to contact us below for a consultation with James Wokes. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Deciding to undergo arm lift surgery can be a big decision. Please read our frequently asked questions to give you peace of mind over any concerns.  

Using local or general anaesthesia, liposuction is undertaken to remove excess fat before incisions are made between the elbow and armpit to remove excess skin. This provides a tighter, slimmer and smoother appearance of the upper arm. Incision patterns vary depending on an individuals anatomy and the outcome you are aiming for. The surgery can take 2-3 hours but may take longer if you are having multiple procedures such as body liposuction or thigh lift surgery.

Following surgery, you may need to stay in hospital overnight. During the first few weeks, you should avoid all strenuous activities and relax as much as possible as there will be an element of discomfort and tenderness . Mr Wokes will advise pain killers you can take to help manage the early post-operative period. You will also be required to wear compressions garments to help with swelling and to support the treated area. It can take up to 12 months to see the final results.

Arm lift surgery is a completely safe procedure if performed by a competent, GMC registered plastic surgeon. Mr Wokes will be able to answer all the questions and concerns you may have during an initial consultation. He will also be able to ensure it is the right procedure for you and make recommendations of alternative approaches. During your consultation, Mr Wokes will make you aware of all the associated complications and side effects associated with surgical procedures and specifically arm lift surgery which include pain, bleeding, infection, and scars

You should always check your plastic surgeon is registered and has the right to practice before deciding. You can check your surgeon is registered through the general medical council.