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Arm Reduction – Arm lift – Brachioplasty Surgery in Melbourne

Arm Lift or Arm Liposuction and Skin Reduction Surgery, also known as a Brachioplasty procedure, is a surgical reduction of excess skin and subcutaneous fat from the upper arm area. The area treated surgically for arm reduction is usually the region of the upper arms from the elbow to the under-arm or armpit area of the body. The surgery leaves a long scar that, for many patients, is less visible when the arms are by the side AND which may fade with proper scar management, good recovery processes and healthy genetic skin-healing capacities.

One of the most popular surgeries for people who have gained (or lost) a lot of weight is to reduce the drapey, crepey-looking skin folds that hang from their upper arms.  The procedure is formally called a Brachioplasty (or bilateral Brachioplasty), meaning “arm reduction” or reduction of flabby upper arm skin and fat through surgical means. This arm lift or ‘upper arm reduction’ can improve the look of flabby, upper arms, helping you be able to move more freely and wear different types of clothing.

Most Brachioplasty Surgery procedures for Arm Lifting/Upper Arm Skin Tightening also involve Liposuction prior to removing the excess skin. Arm Lift Surgery is known as a procedure to reduce ‘bat wings’ or ‘bingo wings,’ and is often referred to as Upper Arm Reduction Surgery”.

Arm reduction surgery is often in multiple stages, sometimes with pre-surgery liposuction of the fat in the upper arm. Scars usually fade over time and are placed where they are less noticeable when your arms are by your sides.

Before and after Arm Lift Surgery Video by Dr Geoff Barnett


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Dr Barnett performs all types of body contouring and body lift surgeries, including the popular surgery of Upper Arm Reduction (Bilateral Brachioplasty) procedures to reduce triceps fat and baggy, saggy upper arm skin.

Before and After Arm Reduction/Arm Lift Photos: Example of results from UPPER ARM REDUCTION surgery to reduce sagging arm skin along the triceps area in a fit, healthy patient.

Note that all invasive surgery carries risks and patient results can vary significantly.

Am I a good Candidate for Arm Lift Surgery with Geoff Barnett

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Patient Selection: Am I a Good Candidate for Arm Lift Surgery?

  • You need to be at a stable weight and with a BMI ideally under 30. See our tips for losing weight before surgery, below.
  • For people with excess or sagging upper arm skin due to weight loss or ageing, Arm Lift Surgery is a great option for a firmer, contoured upper arm area.
  • Significant weight loss through Bariatric Surgery or as a result of a healthy diet and regular exercise will often leave behind excess upper arm skin.
  • Exercise will tone and tighten the underlying muscle but will not be able to help with sagging skin that may be left behind.
  • An Arm Lift, however, is not intended to take the place of exercise regimes or healthy eating.
  • A good candidate must be at a stable weight and should have no underlying health issues.
  • If you need your BMI measured, we have a high-tech weight and BMI calculating scale at our Hawthorn East Plastic Surgery rooms in Hawthorn.
  • Just phone (03) 8849 1467 today to ask about scheduling a no-obligation appointment with Dr Barnett OR to come in and visit with his nurse, JENNY, for a quick hello and a BMI measurement on our special BMI measuring scale (your results can be confidential and you can use the scale yourself with an appointment).
  • Or just send an enquiry form – to ask for your free downloadable PDF Guide to Arm Lift Surgery.

We also have other body contouring guides for you to choose from which will greatly assist your awareness of procedure information.

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What if I need to get fitter or lose a few kilos before surgery?

Not everyone is at a healthy BMI or stable weight. It helps to visit with Dr Barnett, as this visit can help you become motivated or intentional about losing weight and getting fitter before your body contouring surgery.  You’ll find Dr Barnett to be a very caring, knowledgeable and empathetic listener who has expertise in all forms of body contouring and skin reduction/liposuction surgery in Melbourne.

Different Types of Arm Reductions/Upper Arm Lift Surgery Options after weight loss or skin sagging


  • A standard Brachioplasty includes the complete removal of excess, hanging skin from the elbow down to the armpit.


  • An Extended Brachioplasty includes a slightly larger section of the body in addition to the arm itself.


  • A Limited Incision Brachioplasty has an incision located in the armpit only.

The Arm lift / Brachioplasty Surgical Procedure

  • Excess skin is removed from the inner aspect of the arm using incisions that run from the armpit down the arm to finish above the elbow.
  • If the skin excess extends past the armpit and onto the chest wall then the incision is extended to incorporate this.
  • Liposuction is often used in combination with Arm Lift surgery to remove excess fat from the under and outer surfaces of the arm.
  • The skin edges are then closed using stitches that are beneath the skin and dissolve so that they do not need to be removed.
  • Healite II Technology may be used to assist with healing and minimisation of surgical scars.

Download this guide to Arm Lift Surgery for answers to all of your questions.

Arm Lift Guide Download

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Benefits of Arm Lift Surgery


Sculpted, Firmer Upper Arms

The most obvious benefit of An Arm Lift procedure is sculpted and firmer upper arms that are no longer weighed down by excess, sagging skin. Not only will your arms look appear more toned, but they will also feel a lot lighter, quite literally releasing you from the burden of heavy, sagging upper arms.


A more youthful appearance 

Firmer, more sculpted arms can often help to exude a more youthful bodily appearance. Sagging arms can often be a tell-tale sign of the ageing process, therefore Arm Lift surgery can help to wind back the clock and have your upper body looking and feeling younger.


More Clothing Options

No longer being concerned with sagging, excess skin around your arm area often means you will be more comfortable wearing singlets t-shirts and other clothing items that show your upper arms. The appearance of your arms may have held you back from wearing the clothing you like. Arm Lift surgery can give you back the confidence to wear the clothes you may love but have never been able to wear.


The physical improvements often achieved by Arm Lift Surgery can make you feel more confident and self-assured. People who have had Arm Lift surgery often find themselves more confident in their body, allowing for a happy, healthier attitude towards life. 

Unanswered Questions?

For further information please Email or you can Download our PDF Guide: All About Brachioplasty. You can also talk to a Patient Care Advisor that can answer your questions from 8am-6pm Monday through to Friday on (03) 8849 1444.

What type of patient is best suited for Brachioplasty/Upper Arm Surgery by a Specialist Surgeon?

Good patients for arm lifts include non-smokers, men and women who have reached a generally stable weight, still have some good skin resiliency/collagen or optimal healing capacity, and are relatively healthy including regular exercise and eating good nutrition.

Other criteria may apply, so just ask to see Dr Barnett for details to determine if this might suit you best for your upper arm skin concerns.

You might be an arm reduction surgery candidate if you:

  • feel embarrassed by having a ‘bingo wing’ (flappy) appearance to your upper arm skin
  • find the size of your arms keeps you from wearing clothing that would otherwise fit you well
  • wish that ageing, weight changes, post-pregnancy or post-menopause hormone changes hadn’t altered your arm skin so much?

If you have an arm reduction surgery on your upper arms or triceps area, you’ll likely be able to:

  • gain more freedom to wear sleeveless clothes in summer
  • find other forms of clothing fit you more easily and/or look better on your physique (with or without sleeves)
  • feel less weight on your arms when you’re lifting them, cooking, lifting children or grandchildren or participating in activities
  • fit better into clothing with sleeves


What’s involved in an Arm Reduction Surgery (Brachioplasty)?

An Arm Reduction Surgery (Brachioplasty) is combined liposuction and surgical excision arm reduction procedure.

The procedure involves removal of excess fat by liposuction and surgical excision of excess fat and skin tissues from the upper arm area, usually along the triceps area (lower arm). This occurs by your Surgeon surgically removing fat and reducing and tightening the excess arm skin along the triceps area, using an inner-arm incision placement when possible, which fades over time but will leave a scar.

This arm lift procedure helps to re-contour your upper arm.

It reduces upper arm skin laxity and can remedy the ‘bingo wing’ appearance of the upper arms or tricep area.


Brachioplasty (Arm Lift or Arm Reduction Surgery for your upper arms)

If you choose to have an arm lift surgery, you’re Surgeon will help you to contour and reshape the underside of your upper arms – typically from your armpit to your elbow.

Brachioplasty Surgery: during the Baggy-Upper Arm Skin Reduction procedure, Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Geoff Barnett will:

  • excise (remove) the extra skin and arm fat that hangs on your upper arms (this often involves liposuction prior to or during the procedure).
  • tighten the upper arm skin
  • carefully suture the incision sites
  • provide you with post-op recovery and rapid recovery healing instructions including scar minimisation techniques

Before Surgery, you may also be asked to undertake liposuction procedures with Dr Barnett. This will vary from patient to patient and not all upper arm surgery patients will require this.

Brachioplasty surgical methods can help you attain a more toned or balanced appearance to your arms.

Download  the Arm Reduction Guide

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This surgery also helps to reduce the ‘bingo wings’ or flapping, drooping skin of the upper arms.

Upper arm skin tends to droop with age. It is also common after significant weight changes, weight gain or loss, and for people suffering some forms of lymphedema.

Exercise may strengthen and improve the underlying muscle tone of your upper arm, but it cannot always change the extra folds of flappy-looking skin that has lost its collagen or normal firmness and elasticity.

If you are concerned about the way your arms look – and are thinking about cosmetic treatments to boost your confidence, there are alternatives.

These may include lifestyle changes or learning to accept yourself the way you are.   You can also try some of the other methods (non-surgical) for most patients require surgery as the most efficient method for reducing baggy upper arm skin that resists other approaches such as arm exercises and healthy weight maintenance.


Brachioplasty: What to know before your Upper Arm Reduction/Arm Lift Surgery

Before you opt for Upper Arm Reduction Surgery – Brachioplasty (more properly known as Bilateral Brachioplasty)

Here are some important issues to keep in mind about your arm lift surgery:

  • You will have a scar on the inside of your upper arm
  • The scar will run from your armpit to your elbow.
  • The scar may fade significantly over time but is likely to always be visible when your arms are uplifted (but typically not as visible when your arms are by your sides – this can vary from patient to patient, however).
  • There are also risks to having any form of Surgery and these will be discussed in a consultation with Dr Barnett OR you can request more information on the arm lift procedure by sending a confidential enquiry form to a Patient Care Advisor.
    • Smokers are always at increased risks of complications from any form of plastic surgery.
    • If you are wanting to undergo plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery procedure, be sure to quit smoking well in advance of your surgery.

Arm Reduction (Arm Lift Brachioplasty Surgery) in relation to other Body Contouring, Body Lift and Liposuction Surgery After Weight Change, Menopause or Child Rearing

An Arm Reduction or Arm Lift is popular as one of the earlier-sequenced Body Contouring (Body Lift) surgeries. These are surgical options for patients who have accomplished massive weight loss through changed eating habits or through Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery (such as gastric sleeves or gastric banding), but who are left with flabby, hanging folds of redundant skin that no amount of dieting or exercise can take away.

The UPPER ARM LIFT or UPPER ARM FLAB-REDUCTION SURGERY is often chosen as a FIRST stage or SECOND stage body contouring surgery.

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If you’ve lost a lot of weight using Bariatric Surgery or other means, and find you have redundant skin folds (excess skin and fat pockets that haven’t disappeared when you released the excess weight), you might need body contouring to get a more natural-looking physique back again.  You may be about to embark on the second phases of your body surgery.  Usually, there are several areas of the body that will have redundant skin and excess fat needing surgical reduction or liposuction (or both).

The question patients tend to ask is: which area of the body should I get surgery on first?

Many women and men choose their upper arm area to be the first they reduce with body contouring or body lift procedures by a Plastic Surgeon.  That’s primarily because you can cover most other parts of the body that have drapey looking skin folds, but the arms are quite visible.  They are highly visible in clothing, especially in summertime clothing suitable for the Australian sun.  Another reason is that when you have flabby upper arm or tricep skin (sometimes referred to as “tuck shop arms” or “bingo wings”), you may not be able to wear certain types of sleeved clothing comfortably.

That’s where plastic surgery to reduce flabby upper arm skin on your triceps can really help.

Melbourne Body Contouring, Liposuction and Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery for Bariatric Patients and Others who’ve had extensive Weight Loss

Dr Geoff Barnett is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon.  He is a caring, empathetic and highly experienced Surgeon. He has a surgical focus that includes facelift surgery, breast surgery and body lift procedures for arms, thighs, stomach, buttocks, backs and breasts as well as the upper arm/triceps area.

Dr Geoff Barnett Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Dr Barnett practices in Hawthorn East, Melbourne – convenient to patients living or working in the Melbourne CBD, Hawthorn, Kew, Camberwell, Auburn, Richmond, Glenferrie, Toorak, Balwyn, Brighton and other Bayside Suburbs and the inner eastern suburbs.

Dr Barnett is FRACS (Plast) qualified and has helped many men and women get back the body contours they have dreamed of having after surgery.  He is also an excellent communicator who ensures you have the procedure information you need to make an informed decision, including that you will have scars after arm lift/reduction surgery, but that these often fade.  They may also be impacted by your ability to carefully follow post-op healing facilitation instructions and your genetics, healing capacities and even your skin tone (high-melanin skin types may show scars more visibly after surgery).  You can ask Dr Geoff Barnett for more details during a confidential consultation at his Hawthorn Clinic locations.

Contact us on (03) 8849 1467 to learn more about Dr Geoff Barnett’s body lift and arm reduction/arm lift Brachioplasty procedures.

Or send a confidential enquiry form today!

Medical Disclaimer
This web site is not intended as a substitute for your own independent health professional’s advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider within your country or place of residency with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Additionally, this information is of a general nature and surgery results vary from patient to patient.
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