Do you have excess arm skin, wobbly or saggy upper arms?

  • Have you lost weight in your upper body?
  • Are you wondering what can be done to reduce the excess arm skin on your upper arms?
  • Are you interested in reducing excess arm skin with an arm lift or Brachioplasty surgery? If you answered yes to any of these questions;

Download the Guide to Arm Skin Lift Surgery

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A Surgical Solution for excess arm skin after weight loss

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Learn more about arm skin surgery – known as an arm lift – with our Melbourne Plastic Surgeons, Dr Patrick Briggs or Dr Rebecca Wyten. At a certain time of life, you may find yourself with wobbly upper arm skin along with your triceps. This is caused by a multitude of reasons including laxity caused by skin ageing or substantial weight loss. This issue is not a major concern to some, but to others (more so in extreme cases) the skin laxity can begin to limit what you can comfortably wear while also impending on a day to day tasks that require constant arm motion such as exercising. It is in these cases that a Bilateral Brachioplasty may be considered. Commonly known as an Arm Lift, this procedure aims to contour the arm skin via surgical methods that help reduce the size and width of excess skin folds commonly known as ‘bingo wings’. The result of the operations aims to tighten and firm your upper arm appearance giving both a more pleasing appearance while increasing functionality of motion.

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What’s involved with Arm Lift Surgery (Brachioplasty)?

The Brachioplasty is a complex procedure that involves removing sections of skin from the inner arm that runs from the armpit to the elbow. Excess fat and skin is removed from this area; liposuction is very common in conjunction with this procedure in order to contour the arm correctly. Underlying muscles are then tightened and skin then stitched back together. The Brachioplasty is performed as a bilateral procedure, meaning both arms are done in a single operation which means recovery time will be less extensive than a secondary operation.

One operation or two?

  • Bilateral Brachioplasty procedures involve at least TWO unique surgeries, fully customised to suit each arm
  • These can be done separately BUT most patients choose to have a bilateral procedure, meaning TWO operations at the same time
  • These procedures can involve 2 to 4 or more advanced surgical techniques to get a good result, such as skin reduction with liposculpting

What will the results look like given my arms are different sizes?

  • Each arm has a different girth, as all bodies are asymmetrical and no two arms are alike
  • While some asymmetry can be lessened, the main focus is on reducing arm girth to create a firmer, smoother or tighter appearance of your upper arms
  • Do not expect identical symmetry but do expect improvement on girth and skin appearance (reduced skin drooping)
  • Healing and scar formation can take several months
  • You’ll have to accept that you’ll have a long scar which may fade, but which is visible when your hands or arms are in certain positions

Is arm skin reduction worth it?

  • Many patients report they feel much better having firmer arm skin (less self-conscious)
  • In patient-to-patient forums, most patients report high satisfaction rates with these procedures

How to find out if Upper Arm Skin Surgery is right for you

Not every person with sagging triceps skin is a good candidate for plastic surgery.

Additionally, which Brachioplasty surgery techniques are best for you depends upon your specific skin condition and concerns.

Typically, the process of arm skin reduction surgery involves:

  • A consultation and pre-op session to discuss your surgery requirements, costs, risks and aftercare
  • Assessment of your overall health condition, Body Mass Index (Height and Weight) and skin laxity
  • Discussion of the arm surgery techniques that will best suit your needs and PROS and CONS of different options
  • CLINICAL BEFORE SURGERY PHOTOS will be taken (your AFTER surgery photos will be taken at your follow-up appointments)
  • Once you schedule surgery, you’ll be given specific pre-surgery instructions and post-op care guidelines
  • During surgery, inner arm area excisions are made to reduce the skin
  • These incisions often extend from your elbow area to your armpit area or back and upper torso
  • Liposuction and/or strategic incisions may also be employed to further reduce volume or girth, or shape the arms (tightening and contouring)
  • Skin is then readjusted and tightly sutured and you’ll be prepared for your recovery period, including how to wear compression garments
  • Wound care is also discussed and you’ll have follow up appointments shortly after surgery and then again at various time points
  • Remember, you’ll be asked to wear compression garments for several weeks or months, depending on your pre-surgery condition and the amount of skin / dermal tissues removed during surgery
  • We provide two compression garments but if you want additional sets, you can purchase these separately

Arm Skin Surgery Scars (Brachioplasty Scars)

An example of a fresh arm lift scar is shown below. This will tend to fade in time.

  • Notice the dramatic change in girth and ‘wobble reduction’.
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Before and arm reduction and skin reduction surgery (Photos)

See more before and after video of a real arm lift surgery patient

How long is the Recovery period after Brachioplasty (Arm Skin Surgery)?

Recovery varies from person to person and how your surgery is performed (bilateral vs one arm only, liposuction or skin excision only).

  • You will, however, need a few weeks away from work and other activities involving arm use.
  • Allow several weeks of no-driving and no heavy lifting for several months until your incision lines are fully healed.
  • Compression garments must be worn as instructed, and allow about 12 to 16 weeks for most of the healing to occur.
  • As your incision lines heal, your Surgeon will give you direct advice on when you can resume certain activities.
  • For more on arm reduction surgery, get a downloadable PDF booklet that explains the process in more detail.

Download Our Excess Skin Reduction Guide

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Benefits of Arm Reduction  and Skin Reduction Plastic Surgery

  • Smaller arm girth allows for more freedom of movement
  • Less sweat/more comfort (reduced skin-to-skin contact and less skin volume)
  • Easier to wear sleeved shirts or tops
  • Reduction in flapping sounds when moving your arms
  • Typically easier to exercise your upper body and arms (after fully recovering from surgery)
  • More confidence wearing sleeveless clothing or swimwear
  • Reduced skin infections caused by skin laxity or drooping arm skin (upper arms)
  • Easier to see results of upper arm strengths training (tricep and bicep strengthening)

That noted all surgery has risks and results can vary significantly from patient to patient.

Costs of Arm Skin Reduction Surgery (Bilateral Brachioplasty)

  • The average price of Arm lift Surgery varies according to what you need adjusted in terms of excess skin and fat reduction.
  • Average prices for bilateral brachioplasty surgery in Melbourne range from $17,000 to $23,000 when performed by an expert Plastic Surgeon who operates in Hospital settings.

Upper Arm Reduction Surgery Recovery and Risks

Risks to Consider when exploring Arm Lift (Bilateral Brachioplasty) Surgery

Like all surgical procedures, Brachioplasty, whether on its own or in combination with Liposculpture or Liposuction, does have some risk. Risks are covered in our Arm Lift/Brachioplasty procedure pages.

10 Surgery risks in general include:

  1. General Anaesthesia Risks
  2. Bleeding (Haematoma)
  3. Infection or Poor Scarring
  4. Delayed Wound Healing
  5. Deep Vein Thrombosis
  6. Fluid build-up (Seroma)
  7. Scar formation
  8. Numbness or other sensation changes after surgery
  9. Asymmetry or uneven girth (no two sides are ever identical, before OR after surgery)
  10. Other risks

All successful surgery outcomes are the result of realistic expectations of the patient, realistic surgical goals and the knowledge of possible risks and complications. Nothing is ever guaranteed in science and medicine. Risks are minimised through careful patient screening and planning, high standards of surgical training, meticulous surgical technique and vigilant post-operative care. Contact our Clinic to find out if you are a good candidate for upper arm reshaping surgery OR other body reshaping and body lift procedures in Melbourne or Berwick.

Combined Body Contouring after Weight Loss or Pregnancy 

Dr Rebecca Wyten and Dr Patrick Briggs are our Clinic’s top Arm Skin Reduction Surgery experts for wobbly arm skin.

Dr Patrick Briggs also performs various body contouring and breast surgery for women after pregnancy and weight loss. Some patients want to sequence Upper Arm Surgery with another body reshaping, body contouring and body lift procedures.

Last updated: 21/08/2021
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Dr Patrick Briggs - FRCS, FRCSI (Plast. Surg)
Dr Patrick Briggs is an experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeon Now based in Melbourne, Australia. He is an expert in Breast, Body and Face Surgery with a special interest in Gender Assignment Surgery. Dr Briggs has been published widely in surgical literature; he is trained and experienced in all aspects of Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery. Dr Briggs’ extensive experience across multiple surgical fields has allowed him to refine his skills to produce optimum results for his patients. Combined with his experience, Dr Briggs continually attends conferences and seminars to extend his knowledge and training surrounding the latest and best surgical techniques and equipment. By doing so he is able to provide his patients with the highest level of care and skill ensuring quality results.

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What to do next?

Our Patient Liaison Team can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. You can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 9 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday.

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Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.