Arm Plastic Surgery (Brachiaplasty)

Natural changes associated with ageing, fluctuation in weight or genetic predispositions might result in developing areas of saggy excess skin and droopy appearance of the upper arms. This excess skin might not be amenable to further improvement with exercise. These changes can affect people physically and psychologically affecting their quality of life and daily functioning. 

Brachiaplasty (arm lift / arm reduction) and variations can help to get rid of excess skin and refine the natural contour of the upper limb. Liposuction can also help as an adjunct to treat residual areas or be used on its own depending on the degree of sagginess and skin quality. 

Consultation would include assessment of the affected area and a detailed discussion about what is desired and what can be achieved. 

Brachiaplasty or liposuction are typically performed as day case procedures or require an overnight hospital stay. It is typically done in light general anaesthesia. 

Recovery takes 4-6 weeks. Pressure garments can be helpful for 4-6 weeks to act as a splint for comfort and to reduce the  postoperative swelling. 

You would require a nurse appointment a week after surgery and consultant follow up appointments to assess your progress.  

Risks and implications will be discussed in detail during your consultation. You will also receive a detailed letter outlining my professional opinion, alternatives, what the procedure would entail, hospital stay, recovery and risks along with patient information leaflets. Cooling off period would always be required. I would encourage you to schedule another consultation if you feel that you have questions or concerns. 

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Ewa Majdak-Paredes 


Consultant Plastic Surgeon

Refine Plastic Surgeons

Beechwood House

122 Corstorphine Road


EH12 6UD

Tel: 0131 316 2459


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