Arm reduction surgery, also known as a brachioplasty, is a procedure used to treat excess upper arm skin (“Bingo wings”) that causes functional and aesthetic concerns. As we age and our weight fluctuates, the quality of our skin changes and this can cause folds of redundant skin to develop around the upper arm.
These changes often affect people’s confidence and can cause issues when it comes to choosing clothing. Removal of this excess skin can be done to help alleviate concerns through a simple Brachioplasty arm reduction treatment.
A detailed consultation with a consultant plastic surgeon is essential before undergoing any procedure of this nature. During the brachioplasty consultation, your surgeon will discuss any problem areas, desired improvements, options available (including no treatment at all), and expected outcomes.
Should brachioplasty be agreed upon as the most suitable treatment, the procedure will be carried out by your surgeon in our newly refurbished operating theatre.
The redundant skin is carefully measured and marked for removal. If there is excess fatty tissue present, this may be reduced and the arm contoured with liposuction. The skin edges are carefully approximated and closed with dissolving stitches, and the application of dressings completes the procedure.
During the surgery, you will be looked after by our highly experienced and caring medical team.The arm reduction surgery takes around 2 hours to complete and is usually done as a day case.
Brachioplasty surgery may be performed under a local or a general anaesthetic to ensure total comfort for the duration of the procedure.
Results from a brachioplasty are generally very good. Despite leaving a visible scar on the inner aspect of the arm, satisfaction rates are high.
It is usual to experience some mild discomfort after arm reduction surgery, but this will settle as normal healing progresses.
The brachioplasty scar will usually be tucked away on the inner aspect of the upper arm.
Showering may commence the day after surgery with light exercise possible immediately.
Light exercise may be started immediately but lifting the arms above the head and stretching exercises should be avoided for the first two to three weeks after your brachioplasty procedure.
Yes. If needed, the fat of the upper arm may be re-contoured with Liposuction.
The procedure is carried out under local or general anaesthetic to ensure the patient's total comfort for the duration of the procedure
Redundant skin is gently removed and the edges sealed with dissolvable stitches
Following surgery, patients should expect to see a reduced circumference and more taught upper arm area
Gentle showering may commence the day after surgery with light exercise possible immediately
Excess skin is permanently removed