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Arm Lift, also known as Brachioplasty is a surgery that reshapes the back part of your upper arm, from your arm to your elbow. It’s also called an arm lift. It removes extra skin and tissue.


When a person gains a lot of weight, his or her skin slowly stretches over time. If you lose a lot of weight, your skin may not have enough elasticity to retract back into place. This can lead to extra skinfolds of tissue on the upper arms. Brachioplasty is a type of body-contouring surgery. This type of surgery is often done after weight-loss surgery. Most people who have had weight-loss surgery are interested in surgery that reshapes the body.

Brachioplasty may have risks and a possibility of complications associated with the procedure that will be discussed during your consultation.

If you are considering brachioplasty surgery, the information below will give you a basic understanding of the procedure, when it can help, how it’s performed and what results you can expect.

You may not be happy with how you look after excessive weight loss weight-loss surgery if you have extra folds of tissue under your arm. These extra skinfolds may cause problems such as: general discomfort, inflammation, and rash that can lead to an infection, and poor hygiene. If skin elasticity is good, liposuction alone may help to reshape the arm by removing excess fat.

During your initial consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your health. If you have certain health issues, the risks of the surgery might not be worth it. Your surgeon will also want to make sure that you have a realistic idea of the results of the surgery. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss your expectations. You will also need to commit to a healthy lifestyle. If you lose weight after your surgery, you may get new areas of sagging skin. If you gain a lot of weight after your brachioplasty, it can harm your weakened skin. This can cause stretch marks and wide scars. 


Brachioplasty procedures are performed at the Centurion Day Hospital under general anaesthesia and may be combined with other cosmetic surgery procedures. The surgeon will give you instructions to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating, drinking, smoking and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications. We advise that you stop smoking two weeks before surgery and two weeks after surgery. This will help expedite your recovery period and encourage better healing on cellular level and to avoid unforeseen complications. Smoking greatly increases the risk for complications and may delay your surgery. After your consultation you will be provided with a personalised quotation based on the recommendation of your surgeon. While making preparations, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and to help you out for a few days.

Brachioplasty procedures can take between one and two hours in theatre, depending on the extent of work required. The surgeon takes out areas of extra tissue from under your upper arm. and make a cut on the inside or back of your arm. He or she will remove extra folds of skin and fat followed by suturing the tissue that is left back together. This creates a smoother contour and may also improve muscle tone in your upper arm. Small drain tubes may be placed in each arm to drain off bloods and fluids to avoid build-up under the incision while the area is healing.

You’re likely to feel tired and sore for a few days after surgery, but you will be able to mobilise post-operatively. You should be able to return to work within two to three weeks, depending on the level of activity required. The first follow-up appointment usually takes place seven days after surgery with a second to follow after six weeks The Sister will tell you how much you can move after surgery and how to care for your incisions. It’s normal to have a little fluid drain from the incision site. It is important to remember that the scars are extensive and permanent.


Compression garments may be recommended during your recovery to help reduce fluid retention and shape your trimmer arms. Results can be long term, but as per some of the other procedures weight loss/gain or natural aging may alter your appearance. You will see the results of your Brachioplasty right away. They will last as long as you keep a stable weight.

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Centurion Cosmetic Clinic, understand that getting a plastic surgery procedure is one of your biggest life decisions. It takes time, planning, and resources. We want you to know that our Plastic Reconstructive Surgeons and the Centurion Cosmetic Clinic team are here to help you every step of the way.



Contact us for free phone consultation with one of our knowledgeable surgical consultants who are trained by our Plastic Reconstructive Surgeons. They will answer many of your questions, provide you with additional information on procedures of your interest and pro-forma quotations. You can decide if you are ready for your consultation with one of our Plastic Reconstructive Surgeons.

Consultation with Dr Paul Pienaar or Dr Liana Volkwyn

Meet your Plastic Reconstructive Surgeon during your one-on-one consultation. During the consultation the surgeon will discuss the procedure, preparations, after care and answer all additional questions. You will be provided with a personalised quotation after your consultation. The consultation fee is R 900.

Preparations & Surgery Day

After you reserve your surgery date, Centurion Cosmetic Clinic will need a 30 % deposit to secure your theatre booking at the Centurion Day Hospital. The surgeon and the Centurion Cosmetic Clinic team will make sure you are well informed and prepared for your big day. Preparation and After care are very important parts of your plastic surgery journey.

Enjoy Results

The post-op phase is an important time. The Centurion Cosmetic Clinic team will make sure you are well informed with post-op information and will arrange your first follow up appointment on the day of your surgery. You will have to visit the Centurion Cosmetic Clinic for your first follow up appointment 7 to 10 days after surgery and then again on 6 weeks after surgery. Healing and recovering are of great importance so you can enjoy your amazing results and your improved quality of life that you have envisioned.

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