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Brachioplasty (Arm Reduction)

After losing a lot of weight, people sometimes find they have an excess of skin overhanging from their upper arms. This “bat wing” appearance can benefit from surgery to remove the excess skin. The operation is carefully planned to remove the right amount of skin but, as with all surgery, there are risks associated with the procedure.

What you need to know about brachioplasty
The risks of the procedure include, but are not limited to:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Scarring – this has to balanced against the need for the surgery. If the aim of the procedure is to be able to start wearing short sleeved tops, then you must be aware that the scarring associated with the procedure may still mean you are uncomfortable wearing short sleeved tops. Scar contractures may form near the axilla, and to minimize the risk, special techniques may be used in your case, depending on the amount of excess skin overhang.
  • Asymmetry – even with the most careful planning there is occasionally a difference between the left and right side after the operation
  • Undercorrection/ overcorrection/ recurrence
  • Sensory changes
  • Wound healing delays