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Arm Lift London

Arm Lift London

At a glance

Treatment time:

Includes initial consultation, pre-operative assessment and planning, the surgery itself and post-operative recovery.


Arm lift surgery usually takes 1.5-2 hours, depending on the amount of tissue being removed. It will take longer if being done in conjunction with another surgical procedure or with liposuction.

Return to work:

Usually around 2 weeks, with 6-8 weeks before return to strenuous activity.


General anaesthetic or sedation.

Our arm lift procedure in London, or ‘brachioplasty’, is a body contouring operation performed to sculpt and improve the appearance of the under surface of the upper arm.

As people age, or undergo significant weight loss, the tissues in the upper arm may become loose or saggy, which some report as unsightly and can make choosing clothing more difficult. During an arm lift procedure, excess skin and fat are removed from the upper arm through an incision and the remaining tissues are reshaped to restore a different contour to the arm. This is done on both arms to ensure a symmetrical and cosmetically pleasing result.

Arm lift surgery can be done either under a general anaesthetic, meaning that you will be asleep throughout the procedure, or under sedation, with aneasthetic blocks, during which, you will be sleepy and less aware of the procedure. In both cases, this operation can be done as a day case, meaning that most people will be able to go home on the same day. In the case that you need longer observation, you may need to stay in hospital overnight.

Mr Ioannis Goutos is a leading plastic surgeon with a special interest and expertise in body contouring, burns and scars. His wealth of experience allows him to deliver a number of cosmetic procedures with outstanding results, each tailored to the individual and their own aesthetic goals. He places particular attention on discussing both the suitability and aims for each patient to ensure a joint decision on all procedures. Each treatment also encompasses initial consultations, pre-operative planning and assessment, as well as post-operative management and follow up.

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How does an arm lift work?

The first stage of getting arm lift surgery is to have an initial consultation. During this appointment you will be able to discuss your target areas and overall body contouring goals. This will allow you to explore the most appropriate procedure to achieve your desired cosmetic outcomes and evaluate whether or not additional treatments or surgeries may be of benefit. You will then undergo meticulous pre-operative planning and assessment to ensure that you are medically suitable for a safe general anaesthetic or sedation for the surgical procedure.

Prior to your operation, your surgeon will take time to mark out the incision sites to ensure that the tissue removal is equal on both arms and that the resultant scars will be symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing. Once safely sedated, or under anaesthetic, you will be carefully monitored throughout your surgery. The surgeon will then make an incision from armpit to elbow on the underside of the upper arm. This allows for the excess fat and skin to be removed. At this stage, your surgeon may also use liposuction techniques to provide further contouring and sculpt the under arm to the desired shape. Following the removal of excess tissue, the remaining skin and tissues are re-draped around the under arm to provide a smooth and taut finish to the arm lift. The incision is then closed using suitable sutures and a dressing is applied over the wound.

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Frequently Asked Questions about an arm lift

We know having medical, surgical or cosmetic treatment can seem daunting and it is natural to have questions. We are here to ensure your comfort and safety at all times. If you are unable to find the answer to your questions below, then please do not hesitate to contact us so we can help.

All surgery involving skin incisions will result in scarring. There is also risk of infection, bleeding and blood clots. Steps are taken in both the pre- and post-operative planning and care to reduce these risks as much as possible. It is also important to follow any recovery advice to ensure good cosmetic results of your surgery.

Sometimes liposuction is used during an arm lift surgery to help achieve the desired final shape and contour of the upper arm. An arm lift can also be combined with a lateral body lift procedure to provide further body contouring results. This will prolong the overall surgery and may affect your recovery time following the operation.

After an arm lift procedure, most people will need 7-14 days off work. Advice regarding the exact amount of time off is tailored to each individual based on the extent of their surgery, as well as the type of work that they do. It is also important to refrain from any strenuous activities for 6-8 weeks after the operation, and to wear appropriate compression garments during this time to reduce post-operative swelling and provide adequate support to the healing wounds.

You can expect a scar over the incision line from the armpit to the elbow on the underside of the arm. There are several techniques that an expert surgeon can use to improve the quality of the resultant scars, including careful planning and placement of the incision lines to respect the natural creases in the skin, closure of the surgical wound using special tension-relieving measures and adequate after care following the operation. For those who are prone to developing unfavourable scars, additional measures can be taken in the after care, including the use of silicone or steroids tapes and/or needling/laser techniques to give a more aesthetic appearance of the final scarring.

How much does an arm lift in London cost?

Starting from £4000

At Goutos London, we aim to deliver a premium service with no compromise on quality in order to deliver the best results possible for your needs.

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Conditions an Arm Lift can treat

Whatever your condition, and whatever your health goals are, we will ensure you get a holistic, focused and bespoke service that offers you the safest options for treatment aiming for the best possible outcome.

Lines & Wrinkles

Saggy & Loose Skin

Stretch marks


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