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Arm Reduction

Arm Lift

What is arm reduction or lift?

This is an operation that removes the excessive folds of skin and fat on the inner aspects of the arms. You can easily demonstrate this by raising both arms outstretched like wings. The folds of excessive skin and fat can be seen hanging down.

Who requests an arm reduction or lift?

This is requested by people who have excessive fold of skin and fat in the inner aspect of the arms. There is commonly a complaint that the arms are ‘flabby’ or ‘wobbly’.


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There is a minimal access arm lift or reduction which is a combination of liposuction and excision of skin in the armpit leaving a hidden scar in the armpit

What kind of anaesthetic?

This surgery is usually performed under general anaesthetic.

How long will I stay in hospital?

It is usually for a night. It can also be done as a day case.

How long am I off work?

It is usually for a couple of weeks.

How long will the operation take?

It depends on the size but usually for about 1 ½ - 2 hours.

Where will the scars be?

The amount of skin and fat to be excised is usually planned pre-operatively in such a way that the scar lies on the inner aspect of the arm.

It can either be a horizontal scar in the armpit or a ‘T’-shaped scar (with the transverse or horizontal part of the ‘T’ in the armpits).