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Medically reviewed by Dr Kam Singh Bsc(Hons), MRCGP, MBCAM

Medical Advisory Committee for Nu Cosmetic Clinic

Last Reviewed February 20th 2024

What is Arm Lift or Brachioplasty?

Many people are unhappy with the appearance of their arms, particularly the area at the top which is sometimes unpleasantly referred to as “bingo wings”. This can sometimes appear even worse following significant weight loss, when lose skin is left behind. For some people, the skin left behind can overshadow the achievement of losing the weight in the first place.

Once skin has been stretched following weight gain, sometimes it does not shrink back to its normal size following weight loss, leaving folds of skin where there was once fat. This is where an arm lift may be helpful. An arm lift or Brachioplasty is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin, leaving the area taught and smooth.

Why Choose Brachioplasty?

There are several reasons why individuals in and across the UK opt for Brachioplasty. Among the leading ones are:

Removal of Bingo Wings

The excess fat & skin on the upper arms are also called bingo wings. These often lower self-confidence of individuals who love to wear sleeveless outfits. This is when Brachioplasty or arm lift is a suitable procedure, resulting in more toned and smoother arms. It can significantly improve how you feel about your appearance and boost your self-esteem.

Get Rid of Cellulite

The procedure reduces cellulite appearance by lowering excess fat and skin. It tightens the underlying tissue of the arms and the skin, making the skin look smoother while diminishing the dimpled appearance associated with cellulite.

Remove Excess Skin Due to Ageing and Genetics

Another reason to undergo this procedure is to remove excess skin caused by ageing and genetics. The surgery addresses the issue by carefully removing excess skin- making it look youthful and tighter.

Get an Aesthetically Pleasing Contour

Arm lift surgery is a proven and reliable way to create proportionate and balanced silhouettes by removing extra skin from the upper arms. It harmonises the overall shape of the body.

Create an aesthetically pleasing contour proportionately with the rest of the body: Arm lift surgery aims to create a well-balanced and proportionate silhouette by eliminating carefully excess fat and skin from the upper arms, harmonising with the overall body shape. It improves muscle tone and provides a well-defined and sculpted appearance.

Brachioplasty Surgery

The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic by a specialist cosmetic surgeon at one of the luxury private hospitals we refer you to. During the procedure, the surgeon will remove the excess skin carefully and pull up the remaining skin, giving the lift. The skin is then carefully stitched. The surgeon will be carefully to minimize scarring and make any incisions as inconspicuous as possible. Most of the time, clients will stay overnight for observation, being able to return home the next day.

Later Progress

Following the procedure, you may feel bruised and sore, but this can normally be managed with simple analgesia such as paracetamol. Any sutures will be removed after 7-10 days. Initially, the surgical wounds may appear quite pink and noticeable, however, these will fade to fine white lines over time.

At Nu Cosmetic, we refer you to an expert team who offer a lifetime aftercare guarantee for all cosmetic surgery. Click here to know more about the aftercare policy.

Risks & Complications

As with any surgery, there is a small risk of complications with arm lift surgery. At the time of your consultation, the expert we refer you to will take you through the risks in detail so that you can take an informed decision.

They will not push you for surgery. They will give you all the time and guidance you need to take a decision. They will give you a comprehensive Patient Guide to take home with you. This will answer most of your queries and concerns. If you have any further questions, you can give them a call and they will provide their expert advice. You will love them for their honesty, integrity and professionalism.

Arm Lift Aftercare / Recovery

Typically, recovery and post-operative care following your Brachioplasty procedure at NU Cosmetic Clinic is customised according to your body’s needs. Personalised care is vital to ensure optimal healing and best results from the surgery.

Nonetheless, here are some general aftercare and recovery tips:

  • It is advisable to opt for compression garments for nearly two months. These garments help minimise swelling and provide support. However, you can remove them for showering and bathing.
  • Make sure to use scar-healing clinical creams and gels. This is much needed to ensure optimal aesthetic results.
  • Resting is key to ensuring a speedy recovery. Therefore, NU Cosmetic Clinic recommends that patients take time off from work for healing and recovery. However, you can resume work gradually.
  • During the early stages of recovery, we advise patients to avoid direct exposure to sunlight. This promotes the healing of scars and prevents hyperpigmentation, too.
  • Avoid sports and exercise for at least the first 10-14 days. Also, refrain from engaging in strenuous activities for at least six weeks post-arm lift surgery.
  • Avoid driving after the surgery for at least a week until you can comfortably sit behind the wheel.
  • Please note that adhering to these tips is crucial to speed your healing, get the best results and minimise swelling. If you have any concerns regarding your recovery, contact your surgeon immediately.

Side Effects/ Complications

Please note here are some of the side effects that some patients may experience:

  • Arm lift surgery can sometimes cause trauma to the arms, resulting in the following complications and symptoms:
  • Skin discolouration is caused by broken blood vessels. However, this is a temporary side-effect which should be resolved in a few weeks.
  • Swelling may occur in some patients. It diminishes over time as the body begins to heal and recover.
  • You may experience discomfort and pain, which may be managed with prescribed pain medication.
  • Scarring is common after an arm lift surgery, but it fades over time with proper care.
  • Occasional bleeding is likely to occur, but it is minimal and easily controlled.
  • You may experience altered sensation or numbness in the arms, which may resolve slowly as the nerves regenerate.
  • Numbness or altered sensation in the arms’ skin may resolve gradually as nerves regenerate.


The Clinics we refer you to are situated in Belfast, Birmingham, Bolton, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Liverpool, London, Leeds, Leamington Spa, Leicester, Preston and Sheffield.

Arm Lift Surgery Price and Finance

At NU Cosmetic Clinic, we understand that Brachioplasty surgery pricing varies from patient to patient, depending on their needs and the extent of the procedure. This surgical procedure’s cost depends on factors such as anaesthesia, surgery, post-operative care and follow-ups. Therefore, to make services accessible for all our patients, we offer flexible treatment financing solutions. This includes the following:

Zero percent interest-free credit where the arm lift surgical procedure cost is spread over ten monthly payments. These payments are interest-free.
We also offer cosmetic surgery loans with flexible repayment plans, with applicable interest rates ranging from 12 to 60 months. Contact us for a consultation to discuss pricing and finance options tailored to your requirements.

Remember, we often have offers & can sometimes price match other providers, so call us on 0800 007 5860 with any queries.

Frequently Asked Questions

Depending on the complexity of the procedure, the surgery normally takes between 2-3 hours, not including time in recovery.

The results of an arm lift are permanent, however if you gain weight following the procedure, your arms may increase in size.

We recommend that people take one to two weeks off work following the procedure (more if your job is particularly physical). Strenuous activities, heavy lifting and intense exercise should be avoided for about 6 weeks after your surgery.

For a small amount of skin tightening, radio frequency skin tightening may be effective.

Yes, you can combine this procedure with other body surgeries. You can discuss this in full at your free consultation.

Whenever skin is cut, nerves are also cut; this may result in altered sensation to the area, particularly at the incision site. All care will be taken to maintain sensation as much as possible.

You should be at a healthy weight for your height when you have surgery as this lowers risks related to anaesthetic. For the best aesthetic results, we recommend that you are at your ideal weight at the time of surgery as further weight loss or gain can change the results of your surgery.

You should check with your surgeon regarding safe timings of air travel following your surgery. Many airlines have their own protocols and you should inform your travel insurance company if you have had recent surgery.

We recommend that in the weeks after surgery, you are close to one of the locations Nu Cosmetic Clinic can refer you to in case you have any concerns, so foreign holidays may be best avoided until a few months after your procedure.

All clients must be at least 18 years of age to have surgery. We do not set an upper age limit for our procedures, suitability for surgery will be discussed at your free consultation with your surgeon.

Yes, if you are at all unsure about what your surgeon has told you, we will be more than happy to refer you for a second free consultation with another surgeon.

All of the surgeons we refer you to are registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and all relevant specialist bodies. Please feel free to ask the surgeon about his experience and qualifications at your consultation; they understand and support that this is vital information to your decision making process.

Nu Cosmetic Clinic offers referrals to a range of locations across the UK.

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