Arm reduction / Brachioplasty


Tees Plastic Surgery is one of the regions leading Plastic Surgery clinics offering arm reduction.

All our cosmetic procedures are performed by Consultant Plastic Surgeon Chris Dunkin who has more than 15 years experience in Plastic Surgery delivering high quality, high value, clinical solutions to both men and women of all ages.

All your care is provided by Mr Dunkin and his expert team at the Nuffield Health Tees Hospital Stockton-on-Tees and BMI Woodlands Hospital Darlington - the regions leading private hospitals. At Tees Plastic Surgery you can be assured you will receive the best quality of care and a level of service that is second to none.

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What could arm reduction do for you?

Improve the shape and size of your arms.
Enable you to wear the clothes you want to wear.
Increase your self-confidence and self-esteem

Older women tend to struggle with excess fat and men often see us after weight loss.

Abdominoplasty is a procedure to improve the size and shape of your tummy by removing excess skin and fat and tightening your abdominal muscles (rectus plication). This can be combined with liposuction (lipoabdominoplasty) to achieve the best outcome.

What is reduction brachioplasty?

Some people hate the shape of their arms or ‘bingo wings’. They can’t wear the tops they like and wont showing their arms in public. This can be a particular problem after weight loss. Arm reduction (brachioplasty) is an operation to improve the size and shape of your arms and improve their proportion with the rest of your body.

Am I a good candidate for arm reduction?

The best candidates for arm reduction are people who have problems with loose skin and excess fat in their arms (from elbow to armpit) such as difficulty finding tops that fit or social embarrassment.

What happens before my arm reduction?

Your first appointment will take place with our Consultant Plastic Surgeon Chris Dunkin.

This initial assessment includes a full medical history and examination with one of our nurses to keep you company. We will then talk about what we can do to help, what is involved and what you can expect in terms of outcome, recovery and aftercare. Following your first consultation, we will write to you with further information and then see you again to get you ready for your procedure. 

What does the procedure involve?

Arm reduction can be done in a number of different ways and we will help you choose the best procedure for you. All techniques involve the removal of the excess skin and fat and closure with dissolving stitches and a showerproof dressing. The operation takes 1-2 hours and can be done with you awake (local anaesthetic) or asleep.

What happens after my arm reduction?

You can g home the same day or stay overnight after brachioplasty.  We like you to wear a lycra-rich top with long sleeves or three-quarter length sleeves 24 hours-a-day for the first 6-8 weeks to help reduce swelling and improve your scars. Most people heal in 1-2 weeks and gently return to normal activities from day one and return to vigorous activity like the gym after 4-6 weeks. You can go back to work when you feel able to do so. As a guide, most of our patients take 7-10 days off work. Once your arms have healed we advise you massage regularly with Bio-oil or moisturising cream and typically scars settle within 6-12 months.

What are the downsides to arm reduction?

Most patients do not have any problems after their procedure. The most common problems we see are slow healing and tight scars. We will go through this with you in clinic. There is no such thing as risk-free surgery and it is important that you balance the benefits and risks for you. Arm reduction leaves a long scar down the inside of the arm – the trade off for an improved arm shape and contour. Potential complications include problems with the anaesthetic, blood clots (deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolus), bleeding, haematoma, infection, slow healing, poor scars, asymmetry of size and shape, changes in sensation, pain, nerve injury and chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Numbness is common after surgery and usually improves with time and massage. Future changes in weight may change the size and shape of your thighs. 

How can I minimise my risks?

We advise all our patient who smoke to stop before their procedure – research suggests that non-smokers have fewer problems after surgery If you use nicotine patches, stop these four weeks before your operation. Stop any medicines that increase your risk of bleeding such as Aspirin and other NSAIDs 2 weeks beforehand. We will discuss this with you in clinic. 

Are there any alternatives to abdominoplasty?

You may be able to slim your arms by exercise and diet.

Paying for treatment

Tees Plastic Surgery offers Consultant Delivered state-of-the-art cosmetic surgery procedures at the Nuffield Health Tees Hospital Stockton-on-Tees and BMI Woodlands Hospital Darlington. Paying for your treatment could not be simpler and both Nuffield Health and BMI hospitals offer loans to fund surgical treatment.

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What do I do now?

Our clinic is based at the Nuffield Health Tees Hospital Stockton-on-Tees and BMI Woodlands Hospital Darlington.

Please contact us on 0844 272 5951 for a consultation 
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