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Arm Lift – Arm Reduction Surgery

Arm Lift – Arm Reduction Surgery

Arm lift surgery, medically known as brachioplasty, is a procedure designed to reshape and improve the appearance of the upper arms. This surgery addresses issues such as excess sagging skin that droops downward, localised fat deposits, and weakened underlying tissues that contribute to a less defined arm contour. These concerns are often the result of significant weight loss, ageing, or genetic factors. Consultant Plastic Surgeon Anca Breahna, a distinguished plastic surgeon in the UK, performs arm lift surgery, offering her patients a way to achieve more toned, defined, and aesthetically pleasing arms. Her approach focuses on minimising scarring and achieving results that complement the natural beauty and balance of the patient’s body, enhancing both their appearance and confidence.

At a glance

Length of brachioplasty surgery
2-3 hours
General anaesthetic
Length of stay
Brachioplasty Recovery
7-10 days off work
6 weeks

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Who Needs Arm Lift Surgery

Arm lift surgery is an effective option for patients looking to address concerns with the appearance of their upper arms that cannot be improved through diet and exercise alone. Candidates for this procedure include:

  • Men and Women with Significant Weight Loss: Those who have lost a large amount of weight may have excess skin and fat in their upper arms that contribute to a sagging appearance. Arm lift surgery can remove this excess skin, creating a tighter, more contoured arm profile.
  • Ageing Individuals: As part of the natural ageing process, the skin loses elasticity, and the tissues in the arms can become lax. An arm lift can help restore a more youthful contour to the arms by tightening the skin and underlying tissues.
  • People with Genetic Predisposition: Some individuals may have a genetic predisposition to accumulate fat or experience sagging skin in the upper arms. Arm lift surgery can address these hereditary factors, improving the overall appearance of the arms.

It’s important for candidates to have realistic expectations about the results of arm lift surgery and to be in good general health. Anca emphasises the importance of a thorough consultation to ensure that arm lift surgery is the best option for achieving your goals and will discuss the potential outcomes, risks, and benefits of the procedure.

Benefits of Arm Lift Surgery

Arm lift surgery offers numerous benefits that go beyond the removal of excess skin and fat, contributing significantly to your physical and psychological well-being. Anca, with her detailed approach, ensures that the benefits are maximised for each individual, leading to highly satisfying outcomes.

  • Improved Arm Contour and Tone: The primary benefit of arm lift surgery is the more toned and contoured appearance of the arms. By removing excess skin and fat, Anca can sculpt the arms to achieve a more defined look, enhancing the overall proportion and balance of the body.
  • Increased Confidence and Self-Esteem: Many patients experience a boost in self-confidence following their arm lift procedure. The ability to wear short-sleeved and sleeveless clothing without feeling self-conscious about sagging skin can be liberating. This newfound confidence often encourages a more active and social lifestyle.
  • Enhanced Comfort and Mobility: Excess skin on the arms can cause discomfort, chafing, and even limit physical activity. Following arm lift surgery, patients frequently report increased comfort during daily activities and exercise, contributing to a healthier and more active lifestyle.
  • Permanent Results: The results of an arm lift are generally long-lasting, provided that you maintain a stable weight and adhere to a healthy lifestyle. The removal of excess skin and fat is permanent, and while natural ageing will continue, the improvements from the surgery can be enjoyed for many years.
  • Reduction in Skin Irritations and Infections: Excess skin folds can trap moisture, leading to skin irritation and infections. By eliminating these folds, arm lift surgery can reduce the risk of skin conditions and improve overall skin health.
  • Motivation for a Healthier Lifestyle: The aesthetic improvements achieved through arm lift surgery often motivate patients to maintain their results through regular exercise and a balanced diet. This can lead to a more health-conscious mindset and overall improvements in physical health.


Before & After

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Types of Arm Lift Surgery

Traditional Arm Lift

The traditional arm lift involves an incision that runs from the underarm area to just above the elbow. This technique is good for patients with a significant amount of excess skin and fat. It allows for the removal of skin and fat along the inner arm, providing a more dramatic reshaping and tightening effect.

Limited-Incision Arm Lift

For patients with mild to moderate skin laxity and less excess fat, a limited-incision arm lift may be suitable. This technique involves smaller incisions, hidden in the underarm area, resulting in less scarring. It is best suited for those who require a subtle lift and have good skin elasticity.

Extended Arm Lift

This technique is often recommended for patients who have undergone massive weight loss and have extensive excess skin that may extend to the side of the chest. The extended arm lift involves a larger incision that extends from the elbow, through the armpit, and onto the side of the chest, allowing for a more complex removal of skin and fat.

Liposuction with Arm Lift

In some cases, Anca may recommend combining liposuction with an arm lift to achieve optimal contouring results. Liposuction can remove localised fat deposits, while the arm lift addresses excess skin, resulting in a more toned and defined arm appearance.

Arm lift surgery can be customised to meet the unique needs of each patient, depending on the amount of excess skin, the location of fat deposits, and the desired outcome. Anca is experienced in various techniques, ensuring that the most appropriate approach is selected for each individual case: Traditional Arm Lift, Limited-Incision Arm Lift, Extended Arm Lift, and Liposuction with Arm Lift.

During your consultation, Anca will assess your specific concerns, discuss your aesthetic goals, and recommend the best technique to achieve your desired outcome, taking into consideration factors such as the amount of correction needed and your personal preferences.

How Much Is Arm Lift Surgery in the UK

The cost of arm lift surgery in the UK can vary widely based on several factors, including the complexity of the procedure, the technique used, the surgeon’s experience, and the location of the practice. As a leading plastic surgeon, Anca is committed to providing her patients with transparent pricing and high-quality care, reflecting the best standards in the field.

On average, the cost of arm lift surgery in the UK ranges from £4,000 to £7,000. This estimate typically covers the surgeon’s fee, anaesthesia, hospital or facility fees, pre-operative tests, and follow-up care. It’s important to note that the final cost may vary depending on individual patient needs and whether additional procedures, such as liposuction, are performed simultaneously.

Anca understands that arm lift surgery is a significant investment in your quality of life and appearance. During the initial consultation, she provides a detailed breakdown of all associated costs and discusses any available financing options or payment plans. This transparency ensures that you can make informed decisions about your surgery without any surprises.

It’s also worth noting that arm lift surgery is considered a cosmetic procedure and is unlikely to be covered by health insurance. However, for patients who have experienced massive weight loss and have medical issues related to excess skin, a portion of the surgery may be covered under specific circumstances. Anca’s team can assist in navigating these discussions with insurance providers to determine if any coverage is possible.

Choosing to undergo arm lift surgery with Anca means selecting a surgeon who not only prioritises aesthetic results but also focuses on the safety and well-being of her patients. Her comprehensive care, from the initial consultation through recovery, ensures that patients are supported at every step of their journey towards achieving more toned and contoured arms.

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Frequently asked questions

You might be a good candidate for brachioplasty if you have excess skin and fat at the level of the upper arms, you don’t smoke and you can take time off from work for the recovery period.

Discomfort after brachioplasty is usually minimal and can be relieved by mild analgesics such as Paracetamol or prescription painkillers.

After a brachioplasty, there will be some swelling and bruising which should settle in a matter of days or weeks. Hands and wrists can swell after an arm lift so when resting you should keep your arms elevated on pillows at your sides to reduce swelling. It is important to note that smoking slows down the healing process, increasing the risk of scarring and developing an infection.

About Anca Breahna – Consultant Plastic Surgeon

top UK cosmetic surgeon anca breahnaMs Anca Breahna, PhD, MSc, FEBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast) is a highly regarded Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in the field of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Anca performs a range of breast, body and face surgery and minor skin procedures.

As one of the very few female Plastic Surgeons in her region, she is able to offer that unique female perspective, with empathy, attention to detail and personalised care.

Anca Breahna’s surgical training has been largely undertaken within the United Kingdom. She began a rigorous training programme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999, after achieving her medical degree from the University of Bucharest. Miss Breahna attained her PhD degree at the same university in 2007 for her medical research. She then relocated to the UK to further extend her qualifications and training.

Anca’s NHS practice is now focused on Breast Reconstructive Surgery, Skin Cancer Surgery, Hand Surgery and soft tissue reconstruction. Over the last 15 years, through her pursuit of further training and education, Anca has developed a special interest and expert practical experience in a range of Aesthetic Breast and Body Surgery.

It is Anca’s true dedication and commitment to her field, that sets her aside from her peers. Her extensive surgical training means that you are in safe hands. She is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Anca will treat you in a straightforward manner, with respect, consideration and empathy to ensure you are comfortable with your choice.



Your Next Steps

Do your Research

  • Please read our website pages and blogs to learn more about your intended procedure.
  • All Surgery has risks and potential complications. Please read more about the risks of your surgery.

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • A Medical Referral from your Doctor before your consultation is not compulsory however  it is recommended.
  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Anca – Car parking is available on-site at all hospitals.
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options.
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes.
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly read all the documents provided.

Want more information before scheduling your consultation?

Please call to find out more about availability, pricing and medical payment plans or to request more information about the procedure, contact us.

How to Book your Consultation with Anca Breahna – Plastic Surgeon

You can book your consultation with Anca by paying the £150 cosmetic consultation fee when you make your appointment. This fee covers further consultations about the same concern.

Contact Anca’s Team

Call Claire on 0800 080 6026 or Joedy on 03332 244111 to arrange your consultation or email us for more information.

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