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Arm Lift at CREO Clinic

An arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty, is a surgery that removes excess skin and fat from the area between the underarm and the elbow, commonly called bingo wings. The surgery provides contoured and toned arms by getting rid of the bingo wings and reshaping the remaining tissue in the area.

Dr Omar Tillo specialises in a range of body plastic procedures, including arm lifts. Having performed the surgery many times using different surgical techniques, he has the skills and expertise to produce results that look natural and proportionate to the patient’s body.

If you wish to contour your upper arms, book a consultation with Dr Tillo to discuss your concerns and suitability for a brachioplasty procedure. 

General Anaesthesia
Surgery time
2-3 Hours
Hospital time
6 Hours
2 Days
10 Days
4 Weeks
Full recovery
4 Weeks

Benefits of Brachioplasty

Due to the natural ageing process or significant weight loss, patients may develop excess skin and fat in the upper arms that they wish to get rid of to achieve their ideal figure. In this case, an arm lift is the best cosmetic solution for contouring the upper arms as it removes the flabbiness in the area, reshapes the remaining tissue, and tightens the remaining skin.

It’s common to feel self-conscious about bingo wings and struggle to shed the excess fat with diet and exercise alone. Furthermore, after obtaining slimmer and proportionate arms following the arm lift procedure, patients often fit into smaller clothing sizes and achieve better results when lifting weights and performing arm exercises as the excess weight in their arms is no longer in the way.

Arm Lift Before and Afters

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Brachioplasty Cost in London

In general, the price of an arm lift surgery at the CREO clinic starts from £10,900, with an extended armlift priced from £12,900. Brachioplasty is an individualised procedure, the cost of which varies depending on surgical needs. Therefore, you will receive the exact cost of your surgery after a consultation with Dr Tillo. 

Brachioplasty Procedure

After administering an anaesthetic, the surgeon makes an incision in the underarm or the upper arm. The length and placement of the incisions depend on the extent of excess skin in the upper arm. Typically, patients with moderate to severe skin laxity may require an incision that extends from the underarm to the elbow. 

After making the incision, the surgeon will remove excess skin and fat from the area. Depending on the amount of fat deposit in the area, the surgeon may use a liposuction procedure to achieve the best results. Afterwards, the surgeon reshapes the remaining tissue and tightens the skin by stitching close the incisions. 


The recovery period for a Brachioplasty varies from patient to patient and the nature of the arm lift procedure. You will receive detailed aftercare instructions for managing your recovery and we will schedule follow-up visits to assess the healing process.

Immediately after the surgery, you may experience swelling, bruising, and soreness in the affected area that will significantly reduce in a few days. In general, most patients can go back to work and resume most daily activities in 1-2 weeks. However, you should avoid strenuous exercise for at least 4-6 weeks after surgery.


Following the surgery, you will notice immediate results as your upper arms will appear more contoured, and the skin will feel tighter without the excess skin. However, the results will become fully apparent once the post-surgical swelling and bruising completely subsides, which may take up to 6 months. Furthermore, you will have a scar at the site of the incision, which usually fades over time. 

Complementary Procedures

Combining other cosmetic procedures with a Brachioplasty produces a more dramatic transformation. Furthermore, doing so is more cost-effective and convenient because you can merge the recovery time for all treatments.

Brachioplasty and Liposuction

Liposuction, also known as suction-assisted lipectomy, is a surgery that removes excess fat from targeted areas of the body. In many cases, surgeons combine liposuction with a Brachioplasty to achieve optimal results by further sculpting and contouring the area. This surgical combination is ideal for patients with a significant amount of excess fat in the area.

Arm Lift and Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a surgery that removes excess skin and fat in the abdomen while tightening the muscles in the area. Many patients who want an arm lift also have excess skin in the stomach and weakened abdominal muscles due to drastic weight loss, pregnancy, or the natural ageing process. In this case, it’s common to combine an arm lift with a tummy tuck for a more contoured body.

Brachioplasty FAQ

Is brachioplasty permanent?

The results from a Brachioplasty are long-lasting as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle to avoid fluctuations in your weight. Furthermore, since the natural ageing process causes a loss of skin elasticity, the results of your surgery will diminish as you age.

What is a mini arm lift?

A mini arm lift is the least invasive form of Brachioplasty. It involves a crescent-shaped incision in the underarm, which allows the surgeon to remove a small amount of excess skin in the upper arm. The surgery leaves behind a scar that’s discreetly hidden in the crease of the armpit. However, a mini arm lift is most effective for mild skin laxity around the underarm. 

Who is a good candidate for brachioplasty?

Dr Tillo will assess your suitability for a Brachioplasty during your consultation. In general, most people in good health and who have skin laxity in their upper arms that they want to get rid of are good candidates for the arm lift procedure. Furthermore, patients should wait to have the surgery until they have reached their ideal weight to maintain results. 

Does an arm lift remove fat?

Cosmetic surgeons primarily perform arm lifts to remove excess skin, but the cosmetic procedure also removes a small amount of fat. If you have a significant amount of excess fat in the upper arm, your surgeon may recommend combining an arm lift with liposuction to achieve a more contoured outcome.

Is brachioplasty worth it?

The upper arms are a prominent feature of the body that are exposed when wearing certain clothes, and many people want toned arms that they feel confident displaying. Therefore, many patients with saggy skin in their upper arms consider Brachioplasty a worthwhile cosmetic procedure and are happy with the outcome as it contours their arms and restores their confidence. 

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