Brachioplasty – Arm Lift

About Brachioplasty

Brachioplasty (arm reduction) is performed to contour and shape the arms by removing excess skin, tissue and fat.

Initial Consultation

During your initial consultation with Dr Ritz, he will discuss the procedure with you, pre operatively, what happens during the surgery and your post operative care, and any risks or complications involved, there are risks associated with any surgery no matter how big or small, it is important you are aware of them and understand them. He will assess and measure your arms, and discuss with you your expectations and desired outcome. It is important you understand your options so you can make the right decision about your surgery.

You will have another consultation about 2 weeks prior to your procedure, to discuss the surgery again and answer any further questions you may have.

During the surgery

On the day of surgery you will admit anywhere from 30 mins-2 hours prior to surgery depending on the hospital you are at, Dr Ritz will see you again and draw pre operative markings on you , the anaesthetist will also speak to you. An incision is made on the underside of the arm, from the armpit to the elbow. The excess skin and tissue is excised, sometimes liposuction is performed also to remove any residual fatty deposits. Drain tubes may be placed to remove any excess fluid also.


You will either be required to stay one night in hospital, or if you are day surgery you are to return to our office the next day to have the drain tubes removed. You will be fitted with special sleeves that act as a compression garment which you are required to wear for 6 weeks day and night.

Post operative care

You are unable to drive for the first 2 weeks, you are also limited with physical activity, including heavy lifting and going to the gym for at least the first 6 weeks.


How long does the surgery take?

Approximately 1 hour.

Can I do it just as a day case?

Sometimes, some patients are required to stay overnight. It depends on the persona and can be discussed at the time of consultation.

How long do I have to take off work?

Approximately 2 weeks, depending on what you do for work.

When can I drive?

After 2 weeks.

How long until I can exercise?

Usually not until at least 6 weeks post operatively.

How much does the surgery cost?

It depends on what is required, the type of implant chosen and hospital and anaesthetic fees, please contact us for a rough quote.

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