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Arm Reduction in Manchester, Chester, Preston

Arm Reduction

Arm Reduction surgery is also known as "Brachioplasty". It is a surgical procedure that aims to lift and improve the appearance of the under portion of your upper arms. It treats sagging underarms by reducing extra skin, tightening and smoothing tissue, and removing extra fat. Arm reduction procedure can make your upper arms look more toned and defined.

 Why it's done

  • Remove excess drooping skin after significant weight loss
  • Boost your self-esteem
  • Create more youthful appearing arms that better complement the rest of your body.
  • Your body will appear more shapely and proportional.

The upper arms tend to droop down and sag after significant weight loss, aging or due to genetics. This can make some people feel very self-conscious and unable to wear clothing that exposes their upper arms. People often find that this excess skin is difficult to lose through exercise and a healthy diet alone, and therefore choose to have an arm lift to correct it.


An arm lift surgery poses various risks, including :

  • Bleeding
  • Scarring
  • Problem with stitches
  • Nerve, muscle, or blood vessel damage
  • Fatty tissue under the skin might die (fat necrosis)
  • Asymmetry in the shape of your arms
  • Infection
  • Numbness
  • Changes in skin sensation
  • Pain, which may persist
  • Poor wound healing
  • Can cause redness and itching

General anesthesia also carries its own risks, including:

  • Pneumonia
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Confusion
  • Death in rare cases

Types of Arm Lift Surgery

  • Mini Arm Lift - Mini Arm Lift is similar to that of the full arm lift but on a reduced scale. In this surgery, a small incision is made in the armpit. Mini arm lift procedure are ideal for patients who have lost a moderate amount of weight due to diet, exercise and aging. Patients who have lost dramatic amounts of weight or muscle should consider an upper arm lift for more effective treatment.
  • Upper Arm Lift - An upper arm lift, also called brachioplasty, is a technique used to remove excess skin that hangs from the upper arm. It is a procedure that is ideal for patients who have had a dramatic loss in weight resulting from a change of lifestyle or weight loss surgery. Patients who have lost significant muscle tissue due to aging may also be good candidates for brachioplasty. After surgery, it tightens and smoothes the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm which gives you natural and beautiful results.

Preparing For Your Arm Reduction Surgery

An upper arm reduction or an arm lift is usually performed under general anaesthetic and takes 90-120 minutes. Your surgeon will make a long incision between your elbow and armpit. Depending on your condition and situation the incision could be minimal. Be sure and discuss your incision with your surgeon.

Long-term outlook following Brachioplasty

After brachioplasty you will see the dramatic results right away. It will last as long as you keep a stable weight. It will not stop your upper arms from sagging if you gain and lose a large amount of weight in the future. Scarring will be permanent, but should fade in time but you should have patience as scars improvement may take around more than a year.

What happens after a Brachioplasty?

After brachioplasty you may have a tube underneath your skin when you wake up. You would also feel pain after the surgery. If your pain is severe your surgeon would give you pain medication. You might need to stay overnight in the hospital but some patients are able to go home the same day of surgery. In that case, make sure someone can drive you home. It won’t be safe for you to drive for several days. If you have severe symptoms like redness, draining or fever consult with your surgeon and you should follow your surgeon’s orders for smooth recovery.

Does Arm Lift Surgery leave scars?

Incision scars after an arm lift surgery are permanent, but are typically placed in areas that aren't easily visible. Unfortunately, it leads to scarring which can be seen at the base of the arm running between the elbow and the armpit. Rarely, incisions can result in raised, red scars which lightens up after some time and become less visible. Some non- surgical cosmetic treatments can also be used to improve the appearance of scars.

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

Everyone’s recovery experience following an arm lift is unique. Everybody heals at a different rate based on factors such as skin health and overall health. However, in general, partial arm lift recovery takes about 10 to 14 days, and complete recovery process takes about 4 to 6 weeks.

Post Operative Activities

  • You will need to wear a tight fitting body garment for the first few weeks to support the area.
  • After two weeks, you may continue your job.
  • Body exercises can be resumed after 6-8 weeks.
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Frequently Asked questions about Arm Reduction Surgery

Arm reduction is a procedure for removal of excess skin and fat from the inside of the upper arm. This is usually carried out in patients who have saggy skin.
Most patients who have this problem develop this either as a result of ageing or due to significant weight loss.
Most patients are embarrassed by what they call a ?batwing? appearance of the arms. This refers to the sagging of skin below and on the inside of the arms when the arms are held up. They are embarrassed to wear clothes which are either sleeveless or have short sleeves and are inhibited about wearing swimwear.
Surgery for this condition usually involves a general anaesthetic. It maybe done as a day procedure or may require a one night stay.
There is swelling and bruising of the upper arms and the inner aspect of the elbows which lasts for a period of one to two weeks. The sutures are trimmed at the end of the first week and patients are encouraged to massage the scars to help them soften and fade. Most patients are able to carry out light activities after a week and are able to return to work within a fortnight of their surgery.
It is rare for patients undergoing arm reduction surgery to suffer complications. Complications that can arise from this procedure include bleeding, haematoma formation, infection, visible scarring and asymmetry. A very small percentage of patients (usually less than 5 percent) may require a small revision procedure to improve the appearance of the scar.
After arm lift surgery discomfort is common at early stage. You will likely have bruising, swelling, redness, and mild to moderate discomfort during the first to two weeks of recovery. Your surgeon would provide you pain medications which helps to reduce your pain during this time.
After arm lift surgery, patients should sleep on their backs (with your head elevated and a pillow under your knees) or part way over (pillow under your shoulder and hip) rather than on their stomachs or on their sides. This should be done for a few weeks as instructed by your surgeon.
The invisible arm lift is a procedure in which patients would see the dramatic results for tightening and removing the loose skin on the upper arms. The invisible arm lift is ideal for those patients who have lost significant weight, have excess skin on the upper arms or simple aging process.
Mini arm lift surgery are ideal for patients who have lost a moderate amount of weight due to diet, exercise or by simple aging process. It results in reshaping and tightening the arms that sag due to aging. Patients who have lost a significant amount of weight (typically from gastric bypass or another type of weight loss surgery) are more likely to require an extended or full arm lift.
After arm lift surgery you will need to wear a compression garment for three to four weeks. You should not use deodorant for two weeks after your drains have been removed but after two weeks you can use it if your incisions have no open areas until and unless instructed by your surgeon. You should also avoid strenuous exercise and lifting for about a month after surgery.
Shaving after arm lift surgery is a bit concerning. Patients should wait 2-3 weeks until their incisions are healed. This will give enough time for the scars to heal up. Also avoid directly shaving on the incision itself, using an electric razor would be best in this early part of recovery.

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