Arm Reduction Surgery
Arm reduction, also known as brachioplasty, reduces the amount of excess skin on the upper arm, often referred to as 'bat wings'. This occurs commonly after substantial weight loss which may result in loose, sagging skin that is not improved through regular physical activity and or low calorie diet.

Incisions are made cuts on the inner surfaces of your arm from the armpit (axilla) to the elbow. Excess skin and fat are removed and the remaining skin is sutured. The operation generally results in slimmer, smoother upper arms. However, there will be minimally visible scarring that may extend from the armpit to the elbow and your consultant surgeon will discuss this with you prior to your operation.

Length of surgery: 1 hour
Anaesthesia: General anaesthetic
Overnight or Daycase: Either but always performed in a hospital operating theatre
Risks / Complications of Surgery:
Frequent: Bruising, swelling, temporary numbness
Infrequent: Infection, bleeding (haematoma), unsightly scarring, asymmetry.

5 days until socialising with close friends and family

5 days until return to work and normal social engagements

2 weeks until bruising and swelling disappeared

6 weeks until return to gym and other strenuous activities

12 weeks until final result

Duration Of Results: Permanent
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