Corrective Arm Surgery – Brachioplasty

Aging or significant weight loss can cause the skin of the upper arms to become saggy and aesthetically unpleasant, and often cannot be corrected with exercise alone. Plastic surgery can correct this condition and remove the excess stretched skin of the upper arm, making it taut and youthful again.

The surgery is performed under general anesthetic, and inconspicuous incisions are made on the inner side of the upper arm, so that scars can be easily hidden. The intervention can also involve liposuction localized to the upper arm.

Brachioplasty Consultation with the Plastic Surgeon

During consultation the specialist inquires about the patient’s general state of health and lifestyle, and must be informed of any kind of circulatory adversaries, respiratory failure, whether affected by varicose veins, or if the patient has earlier had deep vein thrombosis. All of these conditions can increase surgical risks, and the surgical plan takes all existing health conditions into account. The surgeon then chooses the most suitable surgical technique.

Course and Duration of Surgery

Corrective arm surgery is done under general anesthetic, and takes about 1.5 to 2 hours.

After tightening the upper arm, one night clinical in-patient observation is required, however if it is justified, the period of in-patient observation may be extended at the surgeon’s discretion.

Following surgery, compression garments are worn for several weeks.

Risks of Brachioplasty

As with all surgical interventions, wrinkle reduction of the upper arm comes with some risk, however, complications are rare. Risk factors can be post-surgical bleeding, infection, hypersensitivity to anesthesia, inflammation, keloid scar formation, asymmetry or changes in skin sensitivity.


After a brachioplasty, the arm is dressed with special compression garment, which has to be worn until suture removal, approximately 2 to 3 weeks after surgery. A small, thin drain is placed under the skin, which is removed after a day or two by the doctor. During recovery, the arms should be rested on supporting pillows in order to speed healing. The patient usually may return to non-strenuous work 1 to 2 weeks after surgery. Strenuous work or exercise should not be resumed until one month following surgery.


The effects of a brachioplasty can be noticed right away, but the final shape of the arm is formed several weeks after surgery. The surgical scar is lasting, though it fades, eventually leaving a pale scar on the inside of the upper arm.

Brachioplasty surgery can provide the patient with increased self-confidence and an overall younger look. The result of Brachioplasty is long lasting, though with age and the effects of gravity, the skin can eventually start to sag again.

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