Arm or Thigh

When there is significant loss of weight over a short period of time and without exercise, skin always becomes loose, and starts to seem as it’s a size larger than supposed. In such cases, surgical removal of excess skin is the only possible way of tightening the skin and adjusting it to the new bodyweight.

Synonyms: Brachioplasty

Who is a candidate?

Persons that have gained loose, hanging skin on the arms and/or thighs, after a significant weight loss.

What does the procedure look like?

An incision on the skin is made, preferably on the inside of the limb, for it to be less noticeable. Subcutaneous tissue is then accessed through that incision, from which the excess remaining fat is removed. At the end, skin is pulled and tightened, excess skin is removed. Sutures are placed along the original incision.

Type of anesthesia

Local or general anesthesia.

Post op

There is always some swelling and bruising present after this procedure. 3 to 7 days of rest is needed afterwards.

Sutures are removed after 7 to 14 days.

Care and treatment after the procedure?

Skin should be kept moist with moisturizing products after removing the sutures.

Scars should be treated with some scar reducing product.

For the results to be permanent, You must maintain Your bodyweight with a balanced nutrition and exercising.

Possible post op complications

Skin infection, haematoma and dehiscence of the wound in case of too much activity after the procedure.


Results are instantly visible. Balanced and healthy nutrition, and exercising regularly provide maintaining the results.

Experience at ORS Plastic Surgery

This is a very rare procedure.

When done, it’s often combined with liposuction.

We have never encountered complications.

Frequently asked questions

How long does the procedure last?

Procedure takes from one to one and a half hours.

How many days off-work?

3 to 7 days usually.

How long is the hospital stay?

You stay at the hospital for 1 day.

Is there a best period of the year for this procedure?

Any time of the year is fine, flu season should be avoided, if possible.

Does it hurt after the intervention?

There is no classical sensation of pain, but patients feel discomfort and tightness during motion.