An arm lift, or
Brachioplasty, is a
surgical procedure to
remove loose skin and
excess fat in the
to get rid of your bingo wings. Excess skin on the underside of the upper arms is often the result of a pregnancy, an extreme weight loss or
aging. An arm
lift, also known as Brachioplasty, can be the
solution for loss of skin elasticity or excess skin. You will end up
with a scar you have to decide whether to have the loose skin or the
The arm lift is a standard surgical procedure mainly for aesthetic
reasons. The surgery takes two hours and is done under general anaesthesia.
An arm lift procedure involves excess skin removal, mostly on the inside of
the upper arm, making the skin tighter again. An arm lift is often combined with
liposculpture , a procedure where subcutaneous fatty tissue is taken away.
As we get older, the
upper arm skin can
become loose and
flabby and is commonly
wings" Sometimes it's
possible to correct
these with only
liposuction, but in
bad cases it may be
necessary to have a
After the surgery, the cosmetic surgeon applies a bandage or compression garment . Two or three weeks after the
arm lift, the garment can be removed and if dissolvable stitches were used
they will have all gone. For
four weeks after the arm lift surgery, heavy lifting should be avoided.
To make the scar less visible, the excess skin is removed on
the inside of the upper arm. Usually the scar goes from the armpit to the
elbow and it can be reddish and knobby during the first few months.
The length of the scar is determined by the amount of excess skin that
needs to be removed and the cosmetic surgeon will advise you of the
expected length of your scar at the consultation. A year after
the arm lift the scars will fade and become smoother. Till then, the scar needs
to be protected against the sun.