Brachioplasty: is arm lift surgery worth it?

  • a female fitness instructor demonstrates a dumbbell arm raise in the gym

Here at Cairns Plastic Surgery, we believe that women have the freedom and power to take control of their lives and do whatever makes them happy.

Plastic surgery is a deeply personal decision, made by women after careful consideration and consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon in Cairns.

One such plastic surgery procedure Cairns is pleased to offer is brachioplasty, or in layman’s terms, arm lift surgery.

First, though: what is brachioplasty?

Contrary to what you might expect, brachioplasty – also known as arm lift surgery and arm wedge excision – does not necessarily involve liposuction only.

During surgery, excess fat and skin is removed, the main goal being to improve the contour of the arm. A resultant scar on the inner aspect of the arm can be expected. Liposuction performed in conjunction.

Why consider brachioplasty?

There are many reasons women of all ages may consider brachioplasty.

These are some of the most popular.

Following significant weight loss

General exercise may help in reducing the body’s overall fat percentage, however excessive weight loss is more likely to lead to sagging and loose skin.

Brachioplasty aims to correct this!

If you feel embarrassed to show off your arms

You might have relied on wearing sleeved clothing to cover the upper arms and hide excess skin that may be a source of embarrassment.

If you’re tired of wearing ill-fitting clothing to help cover up your arms, you may consider arm lift surgery.

If exercise fails to tone your arms

If you’re slogging away at the gym with triceps exercises but failing to see good results, brachioplasty may help you remove that stubborn fat that exercise (and a healthy diet) is struggling to conquer.

Simply due to general aging

Of course, we can’t look past one of the most common causes of changes to our body: the natural ageing process.

As we age, our skin loses elasticity and therefore “relaxes”, leading to sagging tissue and loose skin. Genetics also plays its role here!

Concentrated elderly ladies stretching out arms while exercising

Common brachioplasty FAQs

We’re often plagued with the same questions again and again about arm lift surgery. Here are some quick-fire answers to your most common brachioplasty FAQs.

Will I have scars?


As with any invasive plastic surgery procedure, scars are inevitable.

Brachioplasty scars are made on the inside of the upper arm and generally run from the armpit to the elbow. The scars are not visible only with the arms by the side.

The incision is made on the inner arm, and revisional surgery to correct stretch is an option for those who want to revisit any scarring 12 months after the initial procedure.

What’s recovery like?

Immediately following surgery, you will have restricted arm movements, bruising swelling and red scars. This lasts around two weeks.

We recommend sleeping with pillows under your arms at night for to two weeks after surgery. Be careful when moving around in bed – roll from side to side rather than lifting your body, as this may place stress on your upper arms.

You will be required to wear a compression sleeve for 4 weeks after our surgery to help with bruising and swelling.

When can I resume activities?

Avoid activities including cleaning the house, going to the gym, or engaging in sexual activity for at least four weeks following surgery.

You should also avoid activities that involve the use of your arms (for example tennis) for 6-8 weeks.

How to choose a plastic surgeon for arm lift surgery

With so many resources, websites, videos, and downloads available out there, you might feel suffocated by all of the information available to you, and hindering – rather than helping – your decision.

We’ve outlined a few critical considerations you must make when it comes to choosing a qualified plastic surgeon for arm lift surgery in Cairns.


With more than 20 years’ experience, Dr Hertess is permanently based in Cairns and has a wealth of experience and training.

Post-care support

The relationship doesn’t end once the anaesthetic has worn off! Dr Hertess and her team prides themselves on superior post-operative support that cares for you long after you’ve left the surgeon’s room.

FRACS and ASAPS surgeon

Ensure your chosen surgeon is a FRACS surgeon, that is, a Fellow of the Royal Australiasian College of Surgeons, and ASAPS surgeon (member of the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons).

Find out more about Dr Hertess’ memberships and associations here.

“My aim is to refresh and restore what has lost through aging and various life experiences.

I aim to provide you with education, support and reassurance in a professional environment so that your experience with Cairns Plastic Surgery is both pleasant and seamless.”

  • Dr Isolde Hertess

Book a complimentary information session with a Cairns nurse

Want to learn more about arm surgery at Cairns Plastic Surgery?

We’ll help align your expectations with achievable outcomes – and the first step on your plastic surgery experience is with a Cairns nurse.

Come into the clinic, meet the team, and have a confidential one-on-one chat with one of our nurses to discuss your desires and how we may help.

Contact us today to organise your no-strings chat: