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Arm Reduction Surgery in Melbourne

Arm Reduction Surgery in Melbourne, VIC

Are you bothered by the loose skin on your upper arms? Have you been trying different workouts and diets to tone your arms and not seeing positive results? Or have you has bariatric surgery that has resulted in massive weight loss? If so, you are an ideal candidate for an arm reduction surgery. Also known as Brachioplasty, this surgical procedure reshapes your upper arms and underarm area by reducing excess skin and fat. Once the surgical incisions have completely healed, you will achieve firmer, more taught and younger-looking arms.

Arm Reduction

What Causes Sagging Skin the Leads to Arm Reduction Surgery?

Several factors can lead to the development of sagging skin on your arms that give you a “batwing” appearance. These include the following:

  • Ageing: As you age, collagen production starts to diminish. This in turn causes your skin to lose its firmness and elasticity because collagen is the main structural protein that holds your tendons, cartilage, and skin in place.
  • Weight fluctuations: Significant weight loss can have a negative impact on the appearance of your upper arms and other body parts. When you lose a large amount of weight, you will likely develop loose and sagging skin on your upper arms because carrying extra weight for an extended period of time can damage your collagen and elastin fibers. As a result, your skin does not return to its original appearance after extreme weight loss. This is a common reason that patients undergo arm reduction surgery.
  • Prolonged sun exposure: The ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause photoaging, a condition in which your skin loses a significant amount of collagen. [1] Because collagen holds and tightens your skin structures together, sun-induced collagen loss can lead to the development of sagging skin on your upper arms.

Am I a Good Candidate for an Arm Reduction?

Arm Reduction

If you have excess or sagging skin in your upper arms, you might be a good candidate for an arm lift.

During the procedure, your surgeon will assess your body type, health history, and cosmetic goals to determine if you are a good fit for an arm lift. In general, you can have the procedure if:

  • You are bothered by the excess skin on your upper arms.
  • You are mentally prepared for the procedure and the likely outcomes.
  • You are willing to adhere to postoperative instructions.
  • You don’t have a history of any illness that can affect your wound healing ability.
  • You don’t smoke.
  • You have realistic expectations regarding the procedure.
  • You want firmer, younger-looking arms.

Want to see more ‘real patient’ Arm Reduction Surgery before and after photographs, performed in Accredited Melbourne Hospitals by Dr Briggs, a highly experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeon?

Arm Reduction Before & After

What are the Benefits of an Arm Reduction?

  • Better body proportion
  • Increased self-confidence and self-esteem
  • More clothing options
  • A more well-toned appearance of your upper arms

How is an Arm Reduction Performed?

The procedure is typically performed using general anesthesia to prevent any discomfort and promote patient safety during the procedure. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, Dr Briggs will create an incision depending on the amount of extra skin present in your upper arms. To reshape your upper arms, Dr Briggs will remove excess skin and fat. Liposuction may be used to remove the fat out of the target area. Once the desired arm appearance is achieved, Dr Briggs will close the incisions using internal dissolvable stitches and external stitched that will stay n place until your post-operative appointment. This provides greater support to the tissues of your arms during the healing process. You will have a dressing placed over your wound to protect it from any injury.

What to Expect After Arm Reduction Surgery?

Immediately after the procedure, it’s normal to feel tender and experience some soreness on the surgical incisions on your upper arms. Before your discharge from hospital, either Dr Briggs or the ward nurse will provide you instructions regarding care of your surgical incisions, proper wound dressing change if applicable, signs and symptoms to watch out for, and when to return for follow-up. Depending on your condition and the extent of your surgery, you will be advised to avoid heavy lifting for 1 to 2 weeks. After 6 weeks, your surgical scars will be firm and may appear pinkish. After 6 months, you should be able to notice a significant improvement in the appearance of your upper arms. As with any type of body contouring surgery, the area will continue to settle for 12-18 months before the final results are apparent.


Risks and Complications

Like other surgical procedures, arm reduction surgery has its risks and complications, such as:

  • Allergic reaction to anesthesia
  • Bleeding
  • Changes in skin sensation
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Difficulty moving one or both arms
  • Fever
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Increasing pain at the surgical site
  • Nerve damage
  • Poor cosmetic results
  • Possible need for revisional surgery
  • Pus draining at the wound site
  • Skin irritation caused by sutures
  • Unsightly scarring

Recovery from Arm Reduction Surgery

The length of your recovery period will depend on your specific procedure and other health and lifestyle factors. Recovery times can vary significantly from person to person. The general rule, however, is that you should allow 4-8 weeks for initial recovery following your Arm Reduction Surgery. Scar maturation often takes longer and Dr Briggs will educate you on how best to care for you scar once healed.

You will need to work with Dr Briggs to allow for adequate and proper healing time. It is important to consult with him and his team before returning to daily activities such as driving, lifting and exercise.

It is also important to wear the post-operative compression garments throughout your recovery period for the required time frames.  Good results depend on a collaborative approach and a healthy lifestyle. You will need to be willing to follow the specific instructions given to you by your Surgeon, and attend all post-operative appointments.

Arm Reduction Surgery Cost

All Surgery is customised and you will be given a cost for Arm Reduction Surgery and it will depend on the type of procedure you are having, the hospital you attend and the length of your stay.
At your initial consultation, you are given a detailed quote. This will include your Dr Briggs’ fee, Anaesthetist fee and the hospital fees.
We also provide information on Private Health Insurance, arm reduction surgery payment plan plus other different ways to pay for Arm Reduction Surgery surgery.

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Our Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Patrick Briggs offers high quality, natural-looking cosmetic surgery results and is highly experienced in Arm Reduction Surgery and other procedures following massive weight loss.

About Dr Patrick Briggs FRCS (Plast) - Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne


Dr Patrick Briggs offers high quality, natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results and is vastly experienced in BreastBody and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice.  With world-wide expertise Dr Patrick Briggs is an expert in breast, face and body surgery for men and women.


Book your Initial Surgery Consultation

  • Email us or Call on 1300 264 811  to arrange your initial consultation appointment with Dr Patrick Briggs.
  • A Referral from your GP or specialist is helpful but NOT essential – you can have a consultation without a GP Referral.
  • Your initial Consultation Booking Fee with a Specialist Surgeon is $300 and your booking fee is paid ahead of your appointment and will secure your consultation date. You can pay by phone by calling us to book an appointment time. We have online payment methods if necessary.

What to Bring to your Plastic Surgeon Consultation

  • It can be helpful to bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
  • Take notes and read the literature provided  on the procedures thoroughly
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