Brachioplasty

Arm Reduction Surgery

Excess upper arm skin (“Bingo wings”) causes functional and aesthetic concerns.

Skin quality changes as we age and weight fluctuations can cause folds of redundant skin to develop around the upper arm. This may affect your confidence and make you reluctant to wear sleeveless shirts and dresses.

Removal of the excess skin can be done to help alleviate concerns through a simple surgical procedure, known as a brachioplasty.

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FAQ

  • What is a brachioplasty (arm reduction)?

    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.

  • how is the procedure carried out?

    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.

  • how does the procedure feel?

    Brachioplasty surgery may be performed under a local or a general anaesthetic to ensure total comfort for the duration of the procedure.

  • what results should I expect?

    Results from a brachioplasty are generally very good. Despite leaving a visible scar on the inner aspect of the arm, satisfaction rates are high.

  • Will the area be painful after surgery?

    It is usual to experience some mild discomfort after arm reduction surgery, but this will settle as normal healing progresses.

  • where will the scar be?

    The brachioplasty scar will usually be tucked away on the inner aspect of the upper arm.

  • is there any downtime?

    Showering may commence the day after surgery with light exercise possible immediately.

  • when can I return to the gym?

    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.

  • Can this be combined with liposuction?

    Yes. If needed, the fat of the upper arm may be re-contoured with Liposuction.

Areas

Upper Arm

Anaesthetic Type

The procedure is carried out under local or general anaesthetic to ensure the patient's total comfort for the duration of the procedure

Procedure Time

120 mins

Science

Redundant skin is gently removed and the edges sealed with dissolvable stitches

Results

Following surgery, patients should expect to see a reduced circumference and more taught upper arm area

Downtime

Gentle showering may commence the day after surgery with light exercise possible immediately

Frequency

Excess skin is permanently removed

Price

From £4,500

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