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Arm reduction

Arm reduction, or Brachioplasty, is a procedure to reshape and contour the upper arm by removing all the excess skin and fat that causes it to hang down at the back. Arm reduction surgery is used to reduce underarm “bat wings”.

The procedure will produce a scar on the back of the arm that extends from the top of the arm down to the elbow. The quality of the scar depends on how the patient’s tissues heal which is an individual characteristic.


Recovering from arm reduction

Most scars are satisfactory though can take a year to mature, however, there is always the chance that the scar could become raised and red.

Liposuction is best for those with elastic skin, whereas this is not usually an option for those who have lost weight.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Typical arm reduction patients

    You could be a candidate for arm reduction surgery if you experience any of the following:

    • Your unhappy with the size of your arms and want them to look slimmer
    • You’ve lost weight leaving a lot of excess skin
    • You find it difficult to get certain clothes to fit
    • Your upper arms are out of proportion

    Preparing for arm reduction surgery

    Every patient will have undergone a full consultation with Paul so that patients are made fully aware and comfortable before entering into any surgery.

    The hospital where your operation is taking place will provide patients with full detailed written instructions on preparing for surgery.

    Arm reduction surgery is performed under general anaesthesia meaning patients are not prohibited to eat or drink 6 hours prior to the operation.

    Recovery process

    The recovery process can be different depending on the patient.

    However, most patients will usually:

    • Be able to go home the day after surgery
    • Be able to return to driving within a week
    • Return to work within two weeks
    • Be able to exercise within a month

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