Arm lift (Brachioplasty)

The Surgery

Cosmetic surgery to correct “bat wings” is technically called brachioplasty and removes excess skin on the upper arm, to provide a sleeker, slimmer profile with tauter skin.

Arm Lift surgery involves the removal of excess skin from beneath the arm. If required, liposuction can also be used to remove excess fat and/or streamline the shape of the arms.

The surgery is quite complex, as it demands precise surgical skills and a genuine appreciation of body aesthetics to produce a good result for the patient. Scarring should be straight and neat and is normally beneath the arm where it is least noticeable. All surgery leaves scars, but these do fade over time.

The procedure is carried out as a day surgery under general anaesthetic. Patients can go home on the same day.

Preparing for surgery

It is important that Miss Patel be aware of any medication you may be taking or of any pre-existing health problems. These will be discussed at consultation.


Typically arm lift patients are advised to take two weeks off work and avoid lifting or driving for four weeks.


Every effort is taken to conceal any incision lines within natural contours, although some scarring may be visible and all scars are permanent. Scarring can take around a year to fade from red to white; however, the improvement in one’s profile “beneath clothes” will be practically immediate.

If only excess fat needs to be removed, rather than excess skin, liposuction alone can be a more suitable alternative.

Next Steps

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