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Surgery Process Guide to Brachioplasty

“Arm lift surgery may be right for you if the underside of your upper arms are sagging or appear loose and full due to excess skin and fat.” – plasticsurgery.org 

During brachioplasty, the underside of the upper arm is restructured to eliminate excess skin and fat which can cause the arm skin to sag. The reshaping extends from the armpit to the elbow.


Your surgeon will give you a general anaesthetic for your comfort.

Cosmetic Surgery Technique Step
Cosmetic Surgery Technique Step

The incision length will depend on the volume of excess skin that needs to be removed. As a general rule, the incision can run from the armpit to the elbow, or anywhere in between. 


If you have a noticeable amount of surplus fat, liposuction techniques will be used to treat this.

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Cosmetic Surgery Technique Step

The arm tissue is then tightened and reshaped using internal stitches.


The remaining skin is pulled taut over the arm and the incision is closed with stitches.

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Complications / Negligence Signs

The internal stitches may not absorb in the body and surface through the skin causing pain and redness.

Cosmetic Surgery Complication
Cosmetic Surgery Complication

Damage to the muscles and nerves in the arm.


Fat necrosis – the fatty deposits underneath the reconstructed skin may die.

Cosmetic Surgery Complication
Surgical Risks

There are various risks associated with general anaesthetic, however, these are very rare (typically, these risks will occur one case in every 10,000). 

Complications can include:

  • Anaphylaxis (a negative reaction to the anaesthetic)
  • Inherited reaction to the anaesthetic

In extremely rare cases, death (approx. 1 death for every 100,000 general anaesthetics given).

Problems are more likely to arise if:

  • You are undergoing emergency surgery
  • You have other illnesses
  • You are a smoker
  • You are overweight

Your surgeon should talk you through these risks before your operation. 


If you would like more information, or sound, impartial advice on the decisions you should consider before undergoing cosmetic surgery, read the S.A.F.E Choice Guide.

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