Brachioplasty - Arm Reduction

Brachioplasty is a surgical procedure to remove either excess fat and / or skin from the upper arm and occasionally the upper chest wall. Arm contour can change with age and either excessive weight gain or weight loss. Your surgeon may recommend liposuction alone if there is minimal skin laxity. Alternatively, he may recommend direct excision if there is both skin and fat excess. This will result in a scar on the fold of the arm, extending from the elbow to armpit.

The procedure is performed as a day case under general anaesthetic and post operatively you will be required to wear compression garments. Soreness and swelling take about two weeks to resolve.


Generally it’s best to recuperate at home where things are familiar and you can access help.  Some people elect to go away for their recuperation and that’s fine as long as you have adequate access to wound care and help with daily chores.

Following your surgery you will be prescribed pain medication which may be an analgesic or an anti-inflammatory or sometimes a combination and this prescription is given to you by your anaesthetist . Should you have concerns about post-operative pain relief then you need to address these with your anaesthetist.

Plastic surgeons undergo extended rigorous training which involves at least 7 years post graduate study.  As part of that program they learn about cosmetic surgery.  Under current legislation anyone can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon provided they are a doctor.  However, unless you have a higher specialist qualification in plastic surgery you are not allowed to call yourself a Plastic Surgeon.  Dr Cooper is a qualified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who performs cosmetic surgery.

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