(Arm reduction and lift)


Brachioplasty is a form of body contouring or shaping of the upper arm. It is normally performed on patients with large amounts of loose or sagging skin in this area. This procedure is not a substitute for weight loss.  Best results are seen when the patient is at target weight.

  • Arranging your Treatment

    Before going ahead with this treatment, you will need to have an initial consultation with a specialist Consultant to go through your medical history and diagnosis. At this appointment, your consultant will confirm the exact treatment you require.
    If you would like to have an initial consultation, you can call us and we can help you find the consultant best for you.

    Alternatively, if you have already been diagnosed as needing a particular operation or treatment, our Reservations team can give you a guide price for this to be carried out at KIMS Hospital and book an appointment for you to meet a consultant.
    Call our Reservations team on +44 (0) 1622 237 727 or email

  • Paying for your Treatment

    You can be treated at KIMS by using your private medical insurance or by paying for yourself.

    If you have private medical insurance, you will need to contact your insurer to ensure you are covered for the initial consultation prior to making an appointment and obtain an authorisation number. The insurance company will then need to be advised if you require further treatment. The insurance company usually settles bills on your behalf.
    If you are paying for your own treatment, you will need to pay for an initial consultation.

    This will be confirmed at the time of booking but is typically £150-£250. You will also need to pay for any associated diagnostic tests your consultant recommends (for example x-rays and blood tests).

    Following this consultation, if you don’t need any further treatment or if you decide paying for yourself isn’t the right option, there is no commitment to proceed further.
    If you require the operation or procedure to be carried out, you will receive a quote for your treatment. In most case this will be the fixed price package quoted on this website. If this quote is different for any reason, we will provide an explanation (see what’s included below). This quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.

    Payment is required 7 days prior to admission.

  • Prices

    The table below shows the approximate price for this treatment, which may vary depending on your individual case (see what’s included below).

    Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic investigations Main treatment Post-discharge care Guide Price
    Hospital fees n/a n/a £4,000 Included £4,000
    Consultant’s fees £200 n/a Included above Included £200
    Guide price £200 Nil £4,000 Nil £4,200
  • What’s Included

    The fixed price package above includes all the costs associated with this treatment at KIMS Hospital.

    You will be given a quote prior to admission to confirm this cost. The amount you are quoted may differ from the published price for a number of reasons:
    • The Consultant you choose
    • Your medical history and whether you have any associated medical conditions which may impact this treatment
    • The type of anaesthetic your Consultant advises is best for you
    • The type of implant or drug you choose or your Consultant advises is best for you

    In some cases, if you have certain pre-existing medical conditions, it may not be possible to provide you with a fixed price for your Main Treatment. If this is the case, the hospital will discuss the available options with you. Your quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.

The upper arm reduction or arm lift is usually performed under general anaesthetic and takes approximately two hours.  Your Consultant will make a long incision between your elbow and armpit.  Dependent on your condition and situation the incision could be minimal.  Your Consultant will discuss this with you before your operation.  

Segments of skin and fat are removed and the remaining skin and tissue will be lifted resulting in a tight smooth look.  Dressings are applied and small drains may be put in to drain any fluid or blood from the wound.  Elastic bandages are applied to support the area and will be given medication for pain relief.

You may need to stay in hospital for one or two days with recovery taking approximately two weeks.  You will need to wear a tight fitting body garment for the first few weeks to support the area and you should not engage in any strenuous activity until your Consultant advises.  The scars from the operation are permanent but will fade in time.  

You may be able to return to work after two weeks, dependent on the nature of your employment.

To find out more:

If you would like to come to KIMS, contact our reservations team on +44 (0)1622 237 727 or email


Our Consultants

  • Mr Oliver Harley

    MBBS, BSc, MBA, FRCS Ed (Plastic Surgery)

    • Brachioplasty
    • Breast Enlargement
    • Breast Reduction
    • Breast uplift
    • Browlift
    • Dermal fillers
    • Facelift
    • Pinnaplasty
    • Tummy Tuck
  • Mr Simon Mackey

    BSc (Hons) MBBS FRCS (Plas)

    • Brachioplasty
    • Breast Enlargement
    • Breast Reduction
    • Breast uplift
    • Browlift
    • Dermal fillers
    • Facelift
    • Pinnaplasty
    • Tummy Tuck
    • Wrinkle relaxing injections