Arm Lift Surgery in Melbourne Victoria by Dr Carmen

An Arm Lift or Arm Reduction procedure, medically known as Brachioplasty, removes the excess sagging and loose skin of the upper arm. The procedure tightens and smooths the underlying tissue and fat in order to redefine the shape of your arm.

Dr Carmen Munteanu is a specialist plastic surgeon and armlift expert. She provides dedicated and compassionate care to her patients who wish to undergo this surgery and reshape their upper arms.


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Am I a good candidate for an Arm Lift?

If the underside of your upper arms are sagging or appearing loose and full due to excess fat and skin, arm lift surgery may be able to provide the results you desire.

Depending on your circumstances, excess fat may be either excised directly, treated with liposuction or both during this procedure.

The exact incision size and location will depend on your circumstances, but it will generally be hidden on the back of your arm, and may extend from the underarm to the elbow.

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The Arm Lift Surgical Procedure

To ensure your comfort throughout the procedure, you will be administered with either intravenous sedation or general anaesthetic.

The exact length and pattern of the incision for this procedure will depend on the amount and location of excess skin which needs to be removed. Normally this will be along the back of your arm, and could extend from the underarm to just above the elbow. The excess fat may be either excised directly, or through liposuction.

Once the underlying supportive tissues have been reshaped and tightened through the use of internal sutures, the skin will then be smoothed over and closed with either dissolvable sutures, or stitches which will require removal.

Dressing and bandages may be applied after the surgery is complete, and you will be given either a compression garment or an elastic bandage to help minimise the swelling. To help drain excess fluid and blood from the site, you may also be fitted with a small tube.

Recovery after arm lift surgery

We will provide you with detailed instructions for caring for the surgical site, as well as medications you may need to take orally or apply to help with the healing process and recovery. You will also be given a time for a follow-up consultation with Dr Carmen.

To ensure the best results from your surgery, please be sure to follow these instructions.

Planning your Arm Lift

At your pre-operative consultation, Dr Carmen will discuss your goals, expectations, age, medical history and any risk factors.

Following an examination, Dr Carmen will then provide you with her recommendations as to the best options to achieve your desired results, as well the likely outcomes.

You will then be provided with an individualised recommended treatment plan.

Longer-term results

Provided you maintain your health and fitness, the results of your surgery should be long-lasting. As you continue to age it is inevitable that you continue to lose some firmness, but the bulk of the improvements achieved through an arm lift should be quite permanent.

How much is a Arm Lift in Melbourne? – Surgery Costs & Hospital Fees

Dr Carmen’s team will provide you with a customised fee for your surgery depending on the type of procedure, hospital and how long you want to stay in hospital. An approximate fee range for your arm lift surgery can be provided over the phone when you speak to a Patient Care Advisor. We also provide information on different methods of payment.

At your initial consultation, you will be given a detailed quote for your procedure. This will include a Surgeon’s fee, Anaesthetist fee, Surgical Assistant fee and the hospital fees.

Find out more about Arm Lift Payment plans, Prices and Consultation Fees

Risks and Complications of Arm Lift Surgery

Every surgery has some risks and possible complications.

Dr Carmen will cover the potential risks and complications during your consultation as part of your informed consent. She will also explain the measures she will take in order to reduce your risks as much as possible.

Possible complications of surgery include the following:

  • Complications related to general anaesthetic or side effects of drugs used in hospital
  • Bleeding – reduced by preoperative testing of possible blood anomalies, accurate technique, use of drains, particular dressings, compressive garments
  • Infection – prevented/reduced by judicious use of antibiotics, good surgical technique, modern sealing dressings, appropriate care, advice
  • Abnormal or asymmetrical scarring– Many scars can be improved if approached in the right time frame in the right way.
  • Fluid build-up or seroma 
  • Other risks include – Numbness and Pain, Wound breakdown and delayed healing, unsightly or keloid Scarring,
  • Serious complications such as possible Heart attack, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Pulmonary Embolism

For more information about risks of surgery and possible complications

Things you can do to minimise your risks and complications of surgery

  • Read all your surgical documents and follow instructions of your surgeon precisely – rest & Allow time to heal, wear your compression garments as instructed, avoid removing your own bandages or touching at the incision site until it has healed properly.
  • Do NOT Smoke at all during the surgical journey – especially critical in the periods before and after surgery
  • Be accurate and upfront about ALL your medications, supplements and vitamins that you are currently taking – Tell both Dr Carmen and your anaesthetist
  • When providing your medical history give specific details about ANY past difficulties you have had with surgery, anaesthesia, hospital visits or healing
  • Thorough pre-washing of your own body prior to surgery can reduce skin bacteria and risk of infection.
  • Successful surgical outcomes are the result of a number of considerations – realistic surgical goals, realistic patient expectations, and a good knowledge and understanding of possible risks and complications.

Arm Lift FAQs

What causes a saggy or droopy arm?

Often caused by genetics, weight fluctuations, or just the natural ageing process, sagging or drooping skin on the underside of the arms is a common complaint for many women, and unfortunately cannot be addressed through exercise alone.

Why is my upper arm saggy or droopy?

  • Excess skin forms in the arms following a sudden decrease in weight or as we age. Elastin and collagen, the two proteins that are essential for maintaining the structure of the skin decrease with age. A decrease in the amount of these two proteins causes loss of elasticity and firmness of the skin, thus resulting in the sagging of the skin. Age-related decrease in the level of these two proteins is fastened by habits like excessive smoking or drinking alcohol, or prolonged exposure to UV rays. Besides this, smoking cigarettes can be harmful as it intervenes with both the surgical procedure as well as the recovery process, giving you an unsatisfactory result.

How can I lose my arm fat?

  • You can lose the fat on your arm through Brachioplasty or liposuction or both. It is possible to perform liposuction with Brachioplasty if you have an abundance of fat in your arms along with stooping skin. This combined surgery will help make your arms thinner and tightens the skin. During such a combined procedure, liposuction usually will be performed first as it will help makes estimations as to how much skin should be removed.   

How can I tighten the skin on my arms?

  • You can tighten the skin on your arms through an arm lift surgery or arm lipo.  

How do you fix batwing arms?

You can fix your batwing arms through an upper arm lift surgery, which is also known as Brachioplasty. It is a cosmetic plastic surgery done to repair your forearm appearance from the armpit to the elbow by reducing fat and sloppy skin, getting rid of your bat wings.

Further Reading – Medical References

Dr Carmen Munteanu – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Dr Carmen Munteanu MD. FRACS (Plas) is a very skilled and compassionate Specialist Plastic Surgeon based in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.

She is one of Melbourne’s most experienced and sought-after female Plastic Surgeons specialising in aesthetic breast surgery and body contouring. That includes Breast Reduction, Breast Lift, Breast Implant Surgery and Body Surgery.

With over 25 years of surgical experience in Plastic Surgery, Dr Carmen firmly believes that a good surgeon is first a good doctor. She will always take into consideration all the health aspects and personal circumstances of each patient.

A dedicated Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr Carmen is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Next Steps

Always Do Your Research

Do you need a Medical Referral to see Dr Carmen?

  • A medical referral is helpful but NOT essential for purely cosmetic consultations.
  • Please obtain a referral from your GP or Specialist if you want a consultation for an MBS item number surgery.
  • Please note that your Medicare Rebates will NOT be claimable without a valid recent Referral

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Dr Carmen – Carparking is available on site in Mitcham
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly examine all the documents provided

Want more information before scheduling your consultation?

How to Book Your Consultation with Dr Carmen

  • You can book your initial consultation with Dr Carmen Munteanu by paying the $275 cosmetic consultation fee in advance – when you make your appointment.

Contact us or call on  1300 652 468  to arrange your consultation in Mitcham

Email us for more information: info@drcarmen.com.au