Brachioplasty / Arm Lift

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What is Brachioplasty?

Brachioplasty is a body contouring procedure designed to deal with loose and sagging skin of the arms.

Loose and sagging arm skin, also known as “bingo arms” or “bat wings” classically follow significant weight loss but can be due to general effects of ageing. The appearance often leads to embarrassment and concern and I see many patients keen to explore avenues of surgical correction.

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The option of liposuction alone is limited with this condition. Liposuction will remove fat, rendering the remaining skin even looser. There are a small group of patients, however, who have large arms with relatively tight skin and may benefit from liposuction alone.

As skin appearance becomes looser, some degree of skin reduction will be necessary in addition to liposuction. In this larger group, a combination of liposuction with skin excision of the upper arm extending into the armpit is the best option.

For many patients with the classic bat wing type of problem, a formal brachioplasty will be required. This will involve an excision or skin tightening from the armpit down to the elbow. While this is a significant scar to accept, this approach will deliver a superior dramatic result.