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Arm Lift

Arm Lift

An Arm Lift or ‘brachioplasty’,or arm reduction surgery is a procedure that can improve the shape and tone of the upper arms by removing excess skin that has lost elasticity and localised fat deposits.

As a result of growing older or significant weight loss, the upper arms can develop sagging skin (‘bingo wings’) that can hang from the underarm. The droopy skin on the underside of the upper arms can be reshaped with an arm lift  – arm reduction surgery, but the trade-off are noticeable scars on the inner arms, which will show. However, by removing the loose skin, an arm lift or brachioplasty can successfully bring back the shape of the upper arms, balancing proportions and restoring confidence.

Brachioplasty Procedure

A brachioplasty is carried out under general anaesthetic at our Chester or Wirral clinics. Incisions will be made on the underside of the upper arm, and the tissue on the inside will be tightened and reshaped, removing any excess fat and skin with the remaining skin pulled together and stitched up.

Depending on what technique of arm lift is used, the scars may be placed only in the armpit and only for a short distance on the inner part of the arm or along the inside of the arm from the elbow to the armpit.

Arm Lift Recovery

The extent of your arm lift surgery, determines whether you can go home on the same day as the brachioplasty procedure, or whether an overnight stay will be required. Drains may be required postoperatively for a day. A period of gentle recovery of around 2 weeks, including time off work will be advised. After 2 weeks you can commence gentle massaging of the treated areas and professional manual lymphatic drainage on a regular basis. A tight pressure garment is required to be worn day and night for six weeks. Follow-up appointments will be arranged at 1, 2 and 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year post surgery to closely monitor your physical well-being.

Arm Reduction Results

The full results of this procedure can be seen after 3 to 6 months, when the treated area has settled and scarring has started to fade. The arm will be better contoured, smoother and more toned. Maintaining the results from this treatment will benefit from keeping up a healthy lifestyle. .


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Frequently asked questions

Brachioplasty treatment is suitable for people who suffer from sagging skin of the upper arm (‘bingo wings’). If your medical history indicates a connective tissue disorder or poor quality tissue, this procedure may not be advisable for you.

Discomfort after brachioplasty is usually minimal and can be relieved by mild analgesics such as Paracetamol or prescription painkillers. Aspirin and Ibuprofen should be avoided as they can promote bleeding.

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. Excessive scarring, numbness, infection and delayed healing are infrequent risks. It is important to note that smoking slows down the healing process, increasing the risk of scarring and developing an infection.

A brachioplastymay incur a period of 2 weeks recovery time to allow for successful healing, and time off work may be required. Driving will be possible after 2 weeks. It may need up to 3 weeks before travelling abroad and up to 6 weeks before returning to the gym.


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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.



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  • 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.

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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 £130 cosmetic consultation fee when you make your appointment. This fee covers further consultations about the same concern.

Contact Anca’s Secretary

Call Clare on 07538 012918 to arrange your consultation or email us for more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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