Arm Reduction (Brachioplasty)


Brachioplasty, also known as an arm reduction, involves removing excess or sagging loose upper arm skin. Based in Perth, Dr Chris Allen and his team advise on arm reduction and plastic surgery procedures to eliminate excess skin. Ideal candidates include patients who have experienced significant weight loss and patients who are unable to tighten excess arm skin through exercise. Results include a smoother and tighter appearance more aligned with your figure and shape.


Arm reduction surgery is completed under general anaesthesia and takes around one and a half hours. The procedure involves excising the excess skin on the upper arm through an incision on the inside or under surface of the arm. Liposuction may also be used to reduce the overall thickness and shape the upper arm. Wounds are sutured using buried, dissolvable sutures and soft, small drainage tubes may be used to remove excess fluid. Following arm reduction surgery, a compression bandage is usually worn for two to three weeks.



After an arm reduction surgery, you will be able to return home the next day. No sutures need to be removed as all are dissolvable. Most patients experience minimal pain that disappears the following day. Bruising can last for one to two weeks, however will resolve on its own.

You’re able to resume light activities within the first week and most by the third week. We recommend taking around one week off work.


Following your surgery, you’ll find that your upper arms are smoother, tighter and more attractive. Your arms will appear natural and presentable within the first two weeks, improving gradually over the next three to six months. You are likely to feel more confident and comfortable in clothing, including garments that expose your upper arms.