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Oxford, The Manor Hospital

Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP

01865 307777
Diagnostic Imaging (appointments and enquiries) 01865 307 437
Nurses' Station (for inpatients only) 01865 307 579
Physiotherapy (appointments only) 0333 305 7905
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Why choose Nuffield Health Oxford Hospital for your arm reduction surgery?

Our ultra modern and technologically advanced hospital puts us at the forefront of private cosmetic surgery. Our experienced cosmetic surgeons are some of the finest in the UK and are superbly supported by a committed matron-led nursing team who will support you every step of the way.

If your thinking about having cosmetic surgery please call our dedicated team in Oxford to ask any questions, and find out if brachioplasty is right for you?

We also run free open events at our hospital where you can find out more about all aspects of a particular cosmetics procedure. 

What happens during an arm reduction and arm lift operation?

An upper arm reduction or an arm lift is usually performed under general anaesthetic. Your surgeon will make a long incision between your elbow and armpit. Depending on your condition and situation the incision could be minimal. Be sure and discuss your incision with your surgeon. Segments of skin and fat will be removed and the remaining skin and tissue will be lifted resulting in a tight, smooth look.

Dressings will be applied and small tubes (drains) may be put in to drain any fluid or blood from the wound. Elastic bandages will be applied to support the area. You will be given medication for pain relief.

Upper arm reduction and lift usually takes approximately two hours depending on the amount of reduction required and whether other procedures like liposuction are performed.

Going home after arm reduction and lift

You may need to stay in hospital one to two days. Recovery from this procedure can take one to two weeks. Be sure and discuss your return to work with your surgeon prior to your surgery.

You will need to wear a tight fitting body garment for the first few weeks to support the area. You should not engage in any strenuous activities until your surgeon releases you to do so. Your scars will be permanent but will eventually fade. You should allow 9 - 12 months for your scars to flatten and lighten in colour.

Body contouring procedures are major surgery. You should be prepared for the recovery process.

What are the complications of arm reduction and lift surgery (Brachioplasty)?

Every surgical procedure has a risk of complications. Be sure and discuss any concerns you might have about these risks with your surgeon.

General complications of any operation

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection in a surgical wound
  • Blood clots
  • Unsightly scarring.

Specific complications of arm reduction and lift

  • Persistent or severe pain
  • Bruising and swelling
  • Numbness of the skin
  • Asymmetry of the upper arms.