Offered in Sydney, an Arm Lift or Brachioplasty, is a restorative procedure designed to reshape the contour of the upper arm. This Plastic Surgery procedure can correct ptosis (sagging skin), tighten underlying supportive tissue, reduce localised fat pockets and in some cases even improve arm function. Many of our clients undergo this procedure after experiencing significant weight loss, or when skin loses its elasticity, which is a typical part of the ageing process.
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Many of our clients experience conditions commonly referred to ‘Bat Wings’ or ‘Tuck Shop Lady Arms’. If you suffer from this, our expert Plastic Surgeons in Sydney will work with you to tailor a treatment plan to reduce, remove and tighten excess skin, fat or both from the upper arm area.
Arm Lift Prices.
From your surgery, hospital and more, our comprehensive Plastic Surgery packages include:
- FRACS Plastic Surgeon Fees
- General Anaesthetist Fees
- Premier Private Hospital Fees
- Personal Client Support Manager to Support You All The Way
* Package prices reflect a standard case. Higher package prices apply for cases with a greater degree of surgical complexity, or for surgical add-ons. Please refer to Package information for standard inclusions or complete your free Online Assessment to receive your personalised surgical recommendation and quote.
Why Choose CosMediTour?
CosMediTour is committed to delivering exceptional results for their clients. Read on to discover why thousands of clients have entrusted us with their Plastic Surgery journey.
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Free Surgical Assessments
CosMediTour’s free Surgery Assessment is completed right in the comfort of your home. Easy and obligation-free, it’s a convenient way to see if you’re a suitable candidate for surgery, to ask questions and determine whether an Arm Lift is the right decision for you.
At CosMediTour our comprehensive packages mean you can rest easy knowing that your premium care includes your surgery, hospital and more.
As Australia’s largest Plastic Surgery group, CosMediTour has supported thousands of clients through their Plastic Surgery journey.
Leading Plastic Surgeons
CosMediTour partners with some of Australia’s best Plastic Surgeons, each with an exceptional track-record of delivering high-quality results and individualised care.
Enjoy your own personal Client Manager to assist you throughout your journey. Friendly, knowledgeable and supportive, our experts are at hand to answer your questions, help you prepare for surgery, and ensure you’re feeling confident and happy every step of the way. We also provide free video consultations and assist with arrangements to create a smooth medical travel experience for our clients all over Australia, and the world.
Multiple Surgery Locations
We offer our clients a world of choice when it comes to where you’d like to have your surgery, with world-class Plastic Surgery facilities across Sydney, the Gold Coast and Internationally.
What is an Arm Lift?
Brachioplasty involves the removal of excess skin and fat hanging from under the arms to correct ptosis and tighten supportive tissue. When planning your procedure, your CosMediTour Plastic Surgeon will first consider the amount and type of fat and skin tissue to be removed. This will determine the best surgical approach to take:
- Full Arm Lift which is suited to clients requiring significant tightening or tissue removal
- Mini Arm Lift which involves removal of minimal excess tissue. This procedure is less invasive than a Full Arm Lift
- Surgeons may use liposuction as a stand-alone technique to remove excess upper arm tissue. However, Liposuction is more often used in conjunction with the above techniques. Liposuction targets stubborn fat cells using a thin cannula and a suction device.
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This procedure cannot correct weakened muscles. However, removing excess tissue in the arms can improve arm function, ehnacing a client’s ability to exercise and strengthen their own muscles post-recovery.
Arm Lift Recovery.
Recovery periods vary from person to person; however, clients must rest for 10 – 14 days after their surgery and allow 6 weeks for post-surgery recovery. Healing is an individual process but a full recovery generally takes place over 3 months. After this time, scars will being to fade.
Arm Lift Risks.
When considering any surgical procedure, it is important to understand that despite choosing a skilled plastic surgeon, receiving care in a premium hospital, and following recovery protocols, all surgical procedures carry risk and complications can still occur.
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Before & After Gallery.
Discover what our highly-qualified, experienced Plastic Surgeons are capable of achieving by viewing our Before and After Gallery. All images featured in the gallery are actual CosMediTour clients who have given consent to have their photos published.
Please note that results vary between individuals, and the images shared in the gallery do not guarantee that your outcome will be the same. Images may contain nudity and are not intended for people under the age of 18.
What To Expect.
Brachioplasty At A Glance.
Your Enquiry &
Start your journey by connecting with our friendly Client Support Specialists. Over the phone or by video chat, you’ll get the answers to all of your questions, understand if you’re a suitable candidate for surgery, and receive your personalised surgical recommendation.
Your Surgeon Consultation
Meet with your Plastic Surgeon to discuss your desired outcomes and plan your Brachioplasty procedure. Your Surgeon will assess the amount and type of tissue to be removed (skin, fat, or a combination) before recommending the best surgical approach for you.
Your Plastic Surgery
Your surgery will take place in one of our state-of-the-art, accredited private hospitals. You will be placed under general anaesthetic for the duration of the procedure (up to 3 hours). Once complete, and assuming good health, most of our patients can return home 2 to 3 hours after they wake.
Your Recovery Period
Plan for at least 2 weeks downtime. Clients must keep their arms elevated and restrict arm movements as much as possible for the first 3 days. Bruising and discomfort will subside after 10 days. Your Surgeon will advise when it’s safe to resume normal activities, exercise, and swimming.
Frequently Asked Questions.
A great decision starts with great questions; so ask us as many as you can to see if an Arm Lift is right for you. To help you get started, we’ve provided some answers to questions we’re most commonly asked.
Will an Arm Lift get rid of ‘Tuck Shop Lady Arms’?
An Arm Lift is a procedure designed to remove and tighten the loose skin that hangs from under the arms. This condition is sometimes referred to as ‘Bat Wings’ or ‘Tuck Shop Lady Arms’. If you suffer from this, our expert Plastic Surgeons can use a range of techniques to reduce, remove and tighten excess skin, fat or both.
Are there different types of Arm Lift procedures?
Yes. Arm Lift types include Full Arm Lift, Mini Arm Lift, and Liposuction Only Arm Lift. Your Plastic Surgeon will select which type of Arm Lift to perform based on the amount and type of tissue to be removed (fat, skin or both).
What causes fat and sagging skin in your upper arms?
Excess upper arm tissue develops when the skin loses its ability to ‘bounce back’ or retract. This can be a result of significant weight change (loss or gain), genetics, or a reduction of elastin and collagen that causes the skin to lose its elasticity (a natural part of the ageing process).
How long does Arm Lift surgery take?
Arm Lift surgery takes approximately 3 hours to complete. This can vary based on the complexity of your procedure. Your Plastic Surgeon will advise you of the actual timing of your surgery during consultations.
What techniques are used in an Arm Lift?
There are a range of techniques that can be used to perform an Arm Lift.
- Typically, Full Arm Lift incisions are made on either the inside or back of the arm. These extend from the underarm to just above the elbow. In cases of extended excess tissue, Surgeons may incorporate a Fish-Incision technique, which involves an additional incision from the underarm, along the chest wall.
- Mini Arm Lifts are performed with the Crescent Incision technique, placed under the arm.
- Liposuction can be used in conjunction with these techniques or as a stand-alone approach.
Can you sleep on your side after an Arm Lift?
No. Clients can’t sleep on their side or stomach for at least 3 weeks after Arm Lift surgery. Instead, sleeping must be done on your back, with the arms elevated on pillows.
How long after Arm Lift surgery until you can lift your arms?
Movement must be restricted as much as possible during the initial recovery phase. In the first few days, the arms need to stay elevated, this means ‘propped up’, not ‘lifted’ in a way that would strain them. You’ll be able to lift your arms freely again after about 4 weeks after your Arm Lift.
Your Plastic Surgeon will discuss your personal post-operative timeline and care practices with you during consultations.
Do I need to wear a post-surgery support garment after an Arm Lift?
Yes. Wearing a compression style, post-surgery support garment after an Arm Lift will aid with the management of swelling, healing of your incisions, and contribute to your overall Arm Lift results. Plastic Surgeons typically recommend clients wear this garment for 6 weeks. You will receive specific, personalised advice about your recovery during your consultations.
How long after an Arm Lift can I exercise?
Light activities, like walking, can recommence in the first week after surgery. Generally, though, strenuous activity, heavy lifting, and swimming must be avoided for at least 6 weeks. Recovery time can vary based on your anatomy and the complexity of your procedure. As with all aspects of your Arm Lift journey, your Plastic Surgeon will advise when it’s safe for you to resume exercise.
Will I experience a lot of pain after Arm Lift surgery?
Clients experience pain differently. Some may feel mild discomfort after surgery, while others will find the pain more severe. You Plastic Surgeon will provide you with personalised advice on how to manage your pain after your Arm Lift procedure. Pain relief medication can be prescribed as required.
How much time do I need of work for an Arm Lift?
All clients heal at different rates but, typically, clients can return to work with 2 weeks of Arm Lift surgery. By 6 weeks, most clients can resume normal activities, though their compression garments will still need to be worn. As with all aspects of your journey, your Surgeon will provide you with personalised advice on post-operative care and when it’s safe for you to return to work.
What are the scars from an Arm Lift like?
Scarring from Arm Lift incisions look like raised lines on the front-facing or back facing portion of the arm. Initially, these scars are red and raised, but they will fade and flatten over time. Our leading Plastic Surgeons use proven techniques to minimise scarring and will provide advice on how you can further reduce the appearance through post-surgery care.
How soon after an Arm Lift can I drive?
Driving can resume once clients are able to hold their arms in the correct position—surgeons can assess this and advise on an individually tailored timeframe.