Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
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Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

Arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that removes excessive fat and skin over the underarm and elbow.


Advancing age, weight fluctuations and genetic factors result in sagging and drooping of the upper inner arms. Exercise can only strengthen the underlying muscles but does not improve the skin laxity or reduce fat accumulation. An arm lift will address loose skin and excess fat.


  • The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia.
  • An incision is made over the skin; the length and pattern of which depends upon the location and amount of excess skin to be removed as well as the judgment of the plastic surgeon.
  • In general, incisions are placed on the inner side of the arm or on the back of the arm that may extend from the underarm (axilla), to the elbow.
  • During the procedure, the excessive fat is removed through liposuction.
  • Internal sutures help in forming new contours by tightening the underlying supportive tissues.
  • Finally the incisions are closed either by sutures, skin adhesives or tapes.
  • A compression garment is worn for 6 weeks to reduce swelling and encourage contour correction

Funding access

Yes. (Please check with your health fund)


Are there any specific instructions you need to follow after arm lift surgery?
The basic post-operative instructions after arm lift surgery include:

  • Keep the incision dry and clean.
  • Regular dressing of the incisions to help in healing
  • Avoid heavy lifting for a period of 2-3 weeks
  • Compression garments
  • Scar massage commencing at 2 weeks.

What are the risks and complications of arm lift surgery?

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Chronic swelling of the arms/hands (lymph oedema)
  • Dog ears and need for revision of scars
  • Fluid or lymph collection (seroma)
  • Deep vein thrombosis

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