Body Surgery

Arm Lift Surgery (brachioplasty) Melbourne

What is an Arm Lift (brachioplasty)?

An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure aimed at reshaping the upper arms by reducing excess skin and fat. This treatment is suitable for individuals experiencing skin laxity, weight loss, or genetic factors. At Niche Plastic Surgery, we focus on providing a tailored approach that addresses both aesthetic concerns and functional improvements.

Potential Outcomes of Arm Lift Surgery (brachioplasty)

Undergoing an arm lift can significantly change the appearance of your arms. Expected outcomes include:

  • Tighter upper arm skin.
  • Reduction in the appearance of skin under the arms.

Is Arm Lift Surgery Right for Me?

Ideal candidates for arm lift surgery are those who:

  • Have excess skin at their upper arms due to weight loss or increased skin laxity.
  • Do not smoke, as smoking can complicate the healing and recovery process.
  • Have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the surgery and understand the scarring involved.

Surgical Techniques and Anaesthesia

Arm lift surgery involves various techniques, depending on the amount of excess skin and fat:

  • Minimal Incision Arm Lift: For those with a small amount of excess skin located near the armpit, resulting in shorter and less visible scarring.
  • Standard Arm Lift: Involves an incision from the elbow to the armpit for more extensive skin removal.
  • Extended Arm Lift: This includes reductions that extend from the elbow to the chest wall, in cases of significant skin excess.

Anaesthesia options will be discussed during your consultation,  most procedures are performed under general anaesthesia to ensure comfort throughout the surgery.

Recovery and Aftercare

Post-surgery, you will likely wear compression garments to help reduce swelling and support the new contours of your arms. Recovery will also include:

  • Temporary restrictions on physical activity, especially movements that strain the incisions.
  • Proper wound care to prevent infection and ensure optimal healing.
  • Follow-up visits to monitor your recovery and remove any sutures if necessary.

Risks and Complications

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved with arm lift surgery, including:

  • Scarring, although these are generally strategically placed to minimise visibility.
  • Possible asymmetry or irregularities in the contour of the arms.
  • Sensitivity of the scar and changes in skin sensation.
  • Prolonged swelling of the hands
  • The typical surgical risks such as infection, bleeding, or adverse reactions to anaesthesia.

Call us to Discuss Your Arm Lift Options

Scheduling a one-on-one consultation with a specialist plastic surgeon is the best way to find out if arm lift surgery is right for you. If you need more information or wish to schedule a consultation with one of our FRACS qualified surgeons, call Niche Plastic Surgery on 9853 9705.


Arm Lift Surgery FAQs

How long does it take to recover from an arm lift?

Recovery times will vary, but most patients can expect to return to normal activities within two to four weeks, with full recovery taking several months.

Will the results of an arm lift be permanent?

The results can be long-lasting if you maintain a stable weight and adhere to a healthy lifestyle. However, natural ageing will continue to affect skin elasticity over time.

How noticeable will the scars be?

Scarring is an inevitable part of the surgery, but it tends to fade over time. The incisions are placed in less visible areas to minimise their appearance.

What are the main considerations before deciding on an arm lift?

Consider your overall health, your expectations, and the potential impact of recovery time on your daily activities. It’s also crucial to have a clear understanding of the possible outcomes and risks.