Arm Reduction (Brachioplasty)

Brachioplasty is the surgical term for arm reduction surgery. It is also referred to as an arm lift, and is sought out by patients who have excess fat on the upper arms. The procedure reshapes the underside of the upper arm, from armpit to elbow. 

Arm reduction eliminates loose skin and fat from the upper arms, for a more toned appearance

Brachioplasty involves the removal of skin and fat reduction from the upper arm area. The surgeon may recommend liposuction alone for fat removal for candidates who have suitable skin. In most weight loss patients, however, a surgery with scar is generally required. This scar is placed in the least obvious site, running from armpit to elbow.

Upper arm skin tends to droop and sag with age or after significant weight loss. Exercise can strengthen and improve the underlying muscle tone in the upper arms, but it can not change any extra skin that has lost its elasticity. Arm reduction surgery removes extra skin and fat to give a more toned and balanced appearance.

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Bendigo Plastic Surgery follows a simple tried-and-tested process for our surgical procedures. From initial consultation, to recovery and beyond, our team will look after you.


Before surgery

At your initial consultation the surgeon will assess the amount and distribution of excess skin and fat tissue, and will discuss the improvements that are realistically possible. A thorough medical assessment will be performed. He will describe the resultant scars.

You will be encouraged to be as fit as possible, to stop smoking at least six weeks prior to and after surgery, set up a good support system at home and avoid medications like aspirin and fish oil.


During Surgery

Arm reduction surgery is usually performed under a general anaesthetic, and can take up to three hours. The surgeon will make a cut on the inner surface of the upper arm, from armpit to elbow. Some fat may be removed by liposuction.

Any extra skin is removed and the tissues are closed with supportive, layered and dissolving stitches. The use of dressings and compression garments will help control and support the tissues.


After surgery

Once the surgery is complete, discomfort is minimal and can be well managed with regular pain medication. Compression garments will be worn for approximately six weeks, with most discomfort and swelling settling after two weeks.

The recovery of tissues can take weeks, depending on your individual circumstances. It’s important to avoid vigorous upper body activity resulting from heavy lifting, strenuous exercise, swimming and sport. Your surgeon will advise when these can be resumed.

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You don’t have to travel to the city for plastic surgery. Richard Dickinson MBBS FRACS is a Sydney-trained surgeon who brings a wealth of expertise to Bendigo, a place he has called home for 20 years. Conveniently located in central Bendigo, our clinic offers the best of both worlds - best practice plastic surgery in a convenient location close to home.

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