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Arm Lift London


Bat wings, Bingo wings, flabby arms are not an attractive feature for most patients which encourages them to seek Arm Lift, Brachioplasty Surgery. The upper arm becomes especially an area of concern as the summer months approach, when we want to wear sleeveless tops etc. As we age past 40 we lose collagen and muscle volume, the arms may become lax with excess skin. It is important to realise that good upper arm exercises are essential to maintaining upper arm tone. We recommend 3 months of triceps and biceps exercises before you think about any treatment or Arm Lift surgery. At LBPS, we can advise you on non-surgical options as well as Arm Lift Surgery depending on your goals and arm condition.

Your Questions

Q: What is Arm Lift or Brachioplasty?
A: An Arm Lift, or properly called Brachioplasty, is a Plastic Surgery procedure designed to restore a more toned youthful appearance of your upper arm by removing the bingo wings. The procedure may involve liposuction and skin excision depending on the degree of laxity and amount of fat present.

Q: What are the benefits of Arm Lift, Brachioplasty?
A: Arm Lift is performed to restore the youthful appearance of the upper arm by removing excess fat and skin allowing you to wear short sleeves without being self-conscious of any flabby skin, bat wings.

Q: What about the scars following Arm Lift, Brachioplasty?
A: Unfortunately, it is necessary to have a scar as a result of Arm Lift, but every effort is made to minimize the scars and ensure that these are as inconspicuous as possible. The goal is to achieve scars which are as short as possible for the safe performance of the surgery, and which, once fully healed are barely visible. The scars are placed towards the back of the upper arm from the axilla towards the elbow depending on the degree of skin excess. Some patients will have a short axilla scar or both.

Q: How is the cost of Arm Lift Surgery?
A: The cost for Arm Lift, Brachioplasty Surgery starts from £5230, which may vary depending on the complexity of your individual case, and includes your pre-operative and post-operative care. You will be provided with a detailed quotation following your Consultation. Please read more about our Fees at LBPS

Q: What are the risks of Arm Lift, Brachioplasty?
A: Common to all surgical procedures there are always risks associated with surgery. However, Arm Lift, Brachioplasty is a very safe procedure if performed by a fully qualified and trained Plastic, Cosmetic Surgeon in Hospitals with a high standard of care. The common risks are bleeding (less than 0.1%), infection (less than 0.1%) and loss of sensation (less than 1%), poor scars (less than 5%). Each of these risks may require revision surgery and at LBPS the cost of any revision surgery will be covered for the first year.

Q: How long is the recovery time?
A: Moderate pain / discomfort are expected for 3 – 5 days. Patients can go back to their normal daily activities after 2 or 3 days, but avoid strenuous exercise / activity for 6 weeks. It will be necessary to wear a support garment for the first 3 weeks, day and night, followed by wearing for 3 weeks during the day. The majority of swelling will resolve in 2 – 3 weeks but it will take up to 3 months for the arms to return to normal feel.

Q: Does Arm Lift, Brachioplasty require a general anaesthetic or hospitalisation?
A: Arm Lift Surgery is performed under general anaesthetic, commonly as a day-case. An overnight stay can be arranged if required.

Q: How long is the procedure for Arm Lift, Brachioplasty?
A: Arm Lift surgery normally takes approximately 2 hours to perform depending on the amount of excess fat and skin.

Q: What are my options for the type of Arm Lift, Brachioplasty?
A: Various types of Brachioplasty techniques are described and the optimum procedure for you will depend on your goals and skin and fat excess. The options will be discussed with you at your consultation.

Q: Will drains be used at the time of Arm Lift, Brachioplasty?
A: The use of drains (thin tubes from each arm) may be necessary depending on the extent of Arm Lift required. At LBPS, we believe that any blood or fluid leads to inflammation and scarring with longer healing time. Any drains will be removed before you leave Hospital.

Q: Am I the ideal patient for Arm Lift, Brachioplasty?
A: If you would like to improve your upper arms and have been concerned by this for a long time, do not have any serious medical conditions and desire to achieve a more toned youthful appearance of your arms, then Arm Lift or Brachioplasty is likely to be suitable for you.

Q: What reassurance do I have with Arm Lift, Brachioplasty?
A: At LBPS, we understand that Brachioplasty Surgery is an important and daunting decision for you and we aim to support you before, during and long after your surgery. Right from your first contact through to your 1 year follow-up visit, you can be assured the highest standard of care.

Q: What about the results?
A: The results are first and foremost natural. The goals of Arm Lift are to reshape your upper arms to achieve a natural toned youthful aesthetic appearance with inconspicuous scars. The result should boost your self-confidence; allow you to wear the clothes you wish and feel comfortable.

Q: How long do the results last?
A: The results of Brachioplasty surgery are expected to be long lasting using the current techniques. However, you should be aware that in some circumstances, your arms may lose the tone further with natural aging or if your weight changes significantly.

Q: Can Arm Lift, Brachioplasty be performed with other procedures
A: Yes, Arm Lift is frequently combined with a Breast Uplift/Mastopexy or Tummy Tuck Surgery. What is safe and suitable for you can be discussed at your Consultation.

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Mr. Christopher Inglefield BSc, MBBS, FRCS(Plast) was born in Trinidad, West Indies, and obtained his Medical Degree from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica and Trinidad in 1985.

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