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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Brachioplasty (Arm Reduction/Lift)

Posted on: 16 Jan 2024

  1. What is Brachioplasty, and why is it needed?

Brachioplasty, also known as arm reduction/lift, is a procedure to improve sagging of excess redundant tissue in the upper arms, often referred to as Bingo Wings or Bat Wings, caused by aging or massive weight loss.

2. Is liposuction an alternative to Brachioplasty?

Liposuction may be considered as an alternative to brachioplasty based on skin type, fat deposition, and the extent of skin redundancy.

Liposuction involves minimal scarring and can remove excess fat while tightening the skin to some extent in relatively younger age group.

3. What is the typical duration of the Brachioplasty procedure?

The surgical time is approximately 2 hours, depending on the amount of reduction required.

4. What type of anaesthesia is used for Brachioplasty?

Brachioplasty is usually carried out under local anaesthesia with sedation and/or general anaesthesia.

5. What kind of sutures are used, and do they require removal?

All sutures are dissolving and do not require removal.

6. Is Brachioplasty done as a day case, or is an overnight stay in the hospital required?

Mr. Vadodaria prefers to perform Brachioplasty as a day case, minimizing the need for an overnight hospital stay.

7. Are suction drains necessary after Brachioplasty?

Typically, Mr. Vadodaria does not use suction drains.

8. How is the procedure planned and performed?

A pinch test is used loose redundant skin in the patient’s standing position.

Liposuction is performed underneath the proposed skin excision to preserve lymphatic plexus. Staples are used for “trial reduction” to ensure tension-free wound closure.

9. How long is the postoperative recovery period?

Pressure garments are recommended for 6 weeks.

Pressure garment to be worn for 6 weeks following the procedure

Antibiotics are prescribed for 5 days.

Painkillers are taken as needed, although recovery is generally not painful.

Scar therapy, massage, moisturization, and silicone gel sheet application are advised for 3 to 6 months.

Permanent scarring becomes inconspicuous, soft, and supple over 18 months.

10. How often do I need to visit Mr. Vadodaria’s clinic after the procedure?

Mr. Vadodaria prefers weekly visits for dressing changes and monitoring wound healing for 3 to 4 weeks.

11. What complications can occur after Brachioplasty?

Brachioplasty is generally a safe procedure. Complications include wound separation (dehiscence), infection, seroma, scarring issue, bleeding, undercorrection, overcorrection, asymmetry, altered sensation etc.

12. How much does Brachioplasty cost?

The cost typically ranges from £5000 to £7000.

For more information about brachioplasty visit: or contact MACS Clinic at 020 7078 4378 or 07792 648726.