Arm lift (arm tuck, brachioplasty)
What is it?Arm lift is the tightening of the arms above the elbow in
people who want a tighter arm but for whom liposuction alone
will not work. Liposuction wil not work if there is significant
tissue laxity or sag, such as “bat wings” or “tuck-shop lady
arms”. However liposuction alone will work if your skin is
Is Mr Callan experienced at this procedure?Mr Callan has over 20 years of experience at this procedure.
He performs arm lift and keeps up to date with the latest
techniques. As a fully trained plastic surgeon, Mr Callan
performs this procedure to the highest standard available.
Can I see photographs?You can see photographs of people who have had this
procedure when you have your consultation. As Mr Callan
performs this procedure frequently, we have a large number
of photographs of those you have had the type of arm lift you
may be suitable for.
Who has arm lift?Women and men who have excess tissue on the arms are
suitable for a lateral arm lift. Basically, anyone who has arm
laxity with or without excess fat for whom liposuction alone
will not work is a good candidate for arm lift. You can check
this by pulling up the arms in front of a mirror. If it makes a
big difference you may be suitable for an arm lift. If it doesn’t
then liposuction alone may work.
Am I suitable?You need to be sensible and honest about your reasons for
wanting an arm lift and happy with your informed decision.
You should also be as healthy as possible. A time of personal
crisis is no time to be making decisions about such surgery.
What would stop me from having the surgery?Smoking, being outside the BMI (body mass index) range of
18-28 although this may be varied in some, under stress
when making your decision, or having a medical condition that
would make surgery unsafe.
How is it done?Mr Callan performs all his surgery at St John of God Hospital
in Geelong, a fully accredited hospital. Depending on the type
of arm lift you have, an incision is made on the inner aspect
of the arm and the arm tissue tightened while the excess is
removed. The arm lift tightens the entire arm above the elbow.
What are the benefits?What you get out of surgery is entirely a personal matter. If
the weight and volume of the excess arm tissue distresses
you, then removing it may be a great relief and may make you
feel better about your appearance in general.
What are the risks?All surgery carries some element of risk. You can
minimise your risk by being as healthy as possible and
as psychologically prepared as possible, by selecting an
experienced and qualified surgeon, and by giving yourself
a stress free time during which to recover. The particular
risks and complications of this surgery will be discussed at
your first consultation. The most common of these is a fluid
collection under the skin. Occasionally the incision may take a
little extra time to heal but overall this procedure usually goes
very smoothly. There are other risks common to all surgery
and you will be made aware of these.
Will I have scars?The incision lines for the surgery are always present but fade
over the first six to 12 months. As a rule the incision line s
become relatively inconspicuous in most people and can be
covered by clothing. In short sleeves scars are difficult to see
because of their position on the inside of the arm.
How long will I be in hospital?Arm lift can be a day procedure but occasionally involves an
overnight stay depending how you are after the anaesthetic.
Someone will need to take you home from hospital and should
stay with you the first night. Arm lift is not a particularl y
painful procedure but can be a little uncomfortable if the
tension on the skin is high. You will be given medication to
keep you comfortable.
How long will I need to recover?This varies but usually ranges from two to four weeks
depending on what you do. If your activities are sedentary
you may only need a couple of weeks, but if you do heavy
work and lifting you may need up to six weeks. It’s a good
idea to take some time out from more strenuous activities so
you don’t prolong your recovery. The same guidelines apply
to exercise, with mild to moderate exercise allowable early
on and full aerobic activities after six weeks. You can shower
after surgery. You must not drive until you are fully recovered
from both the anaesthetic and the discomfort of surgery. If in
Do I wear a garment after surgery?You will need to wear a mild pressure garment (such as a
rash vest) after surgery for three weeks. This helps the healing
process and reduces the possibility of fluid collections.
Will I need to be seen after surgery?Yes. We will keep in close contact with you by telephone for
the first few days and then will see you about five days after
surgery, then at three weeks and at three months. You are of
course welcome to call or visit any time with any concerns.