What is Brachioplasty?

Brachioplasty/Arm reduction/Bingo wings correction is a procedure to remove excess skin from the upper arms and thighs.

    The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic (you are asleep) and is usually a daycase. The excess skin is excised for the inner aspect of the upper arms and results in a scar from elbow to armpit, occasionally there is a ‘T’ scar in the armpit itself. There are no drains and the stitches are all internal.

    You will immediately be placed into compressing bandages from hands to armpit, this does restrict movement for a week but is important to support healing and reduce swelling.

    You will return after a week for removal of bandages, dressings and for a wound inspection. Compression sleeves will then be provided which you will wear for a few weeks while swelling settles. Usually there is no need for further dressings but occasionally small areas do take a little longer to settle and may require simple dressings for a longer period. After approximately three months everything should be settled and your final results ought to be evident.

    This is a commonly performed procedure with a high patient satisfaction rate and is safe. However, all surgical procedures come with a degree of risk and it is important that you thoroughly research the procedure before committing to the operation.


Procedure length
1.5 hours
Return to work
1 - 2 weeks
Return to exercise
6 weeks
No drains, no suture removal

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