Brachioplasty "Cosmetic Arm Surgery"

When we age or lose a significant amount of weight, the skin on the upper arm can lose elasticity and sag. This look, also known as “tuckshop arms”, can be an area that women are unable to improve through exercise alone. Brachioplasty or an arm lift allows Dr Doyle to reshape and remove excess skin and fat from the armpit to the elbow.

Brachioplasty: cosmetic upper arm surgery

This surgical procedure is performed under general anaesthetic and requires an incision on the inner surface of the upper arm. Excess skin & tissue are removed and underlying muscles are tightened with sutures, creating a smoother, more defined upper arm shape. This surgery is often done as a day procedure but in some instances, an overnight stay is required. The entire procedure takes two to four hours to complete.

Combining liposuction with brachioplasty

In some cases, you may require a little liposuction to achieve your desired results. Dr Doyle will walk you through all your options during your consultation. Your desired outcome will determine whether or not liposuction is used in conjunction with brachioplasty. If liposuction is required, a thin cannula is inserted under the skin to break up and suck out unwanted pockets of fat. The excess skin is then removed from each arm and the incisions are closed.

Is an arm lift covered by Medicare?

There is an item number for this procedure, so Medicare and health insurance rebates may apply. For the surgery to be covered by Medicare, you will need to ensure you are eligible under their criteria. We recommend contacting Medicare and your health fund to see if you are eligible for a rebate.

Are there risks associated with brachioplasty?

All surgical procedures carry some risk. These include poor scarring, bleeding, infection and poor wound healing. To prevent any fluid accumulation, a drain may be placed while you’re in hospital. You might also need to wear compression bandages during your initial recovery period. Dr Doyle will take you through all the potential risks and complications during your consultation.

Recovery time for brachioplasty

The general recovery time for brachioplasty is one to two weeks. This depends on the extent of the surgery you undergo, your health and your body’s natural healing abilities. For the first couple of weeks, you should avoid strenuous activity. Ideally, you will wear the compression bandage for 4 to 6 weeks, which will also aid your recovery.

In terms of scarring, this is an inevitable part of any surgery, including an arm lift. Fortunately, since the incisions are made on the inside of the arms, scarring is barely visible. By following the necessary aftercare instructions and correctly caring for the incision sites, it’s possible to keep scarring to a minimum. Scarring also naturally fades over time.

Brachioplasty results are mostly permanent. If you gain excess weight after surgery, there is a chance that your arms may require a second procedure. There’s also no way to prevent the natural ageing process from having an effect on the skin around your arms. Overall, the results of your surgery will last for many years before you possibly need a second procedure.

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How much does an arm lift cost?

The cost of an arm lift will vary between patients. If you require a lift, as well as liposuction, the final cost of the procedure will differ. Anaesthetist, surgeon and hospital fees will also be factored into the final cost. As previously mentioned, in some instances, an arm lift does qualify for a Medicare rebate. Dr Doyle can provide you with a more accurate cost during your consultation once your specific needs have been evaluated.

Is it possible to pair an arm lift with other surgeries?

If there is another area of your body that you would also like to contour, it is possible to pair your arm lift with additional procedures. However, the possibilities will need to be discussed during your consultation. It might not always be possible to perform all procedures during one surgery.

If you are after a more toned and balanced appearance to your arms, brachioplasty may be the right procedure for you. If you would like more information about arm lift, or to book a consultation, please contact us today.