Surgical tightening of the upper arms (Bingo wings)

Tighten upper arms

The most important facts about an upper arm lift (brachioplasty)

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Upper arm lift: Reasons

Beautiful, firm upper arms – something many women long for. Many people refrain from wearing sleeveless clothing at a young age because they are ashamed of their upper arms.

The decision to have an upper arm lift requires careful consideration. In the following sections, you will learn the reasons for sagging upper arms and the benefits of an upper arm lift.

Why upper arms sag

Upper arms can sag when the connective tissue loses elasticity, whether due to genetic factors, ageing or weight loss. This sagging cannot always be corrected by exercise or diet, as excess skin and fatty tissue are a stubborn problem.

Why tighten upper arms

The upper arm lift offers an effective solution to tighten sagging upper arms and give them a more youthful contour. This procedure can increase self-confidence and significantly improve the aesthetic appearance, especially if sports and other measures do not achieve satisfactory results.

An upper arm lift is an option:

If you suffer from sagging upper arms and exercise and a healthy diet have failed.

You suffer from weak connective tissue and therefore flabby upper arms. (Bingo wings)

After losing weight or due to one or more pregnancies, your upper arms have sagged.

Dr. Roland Resch

Your specialist for upper arm lift in Vienna

An upper arm lift is a very frequently requested operation that helps to restore self-confidence and well-being. This operation has been a fixture in our practice for many years and many patients tell us how satisfied they are with the results.

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Our procedure for operations

Arrange a consultation

Simply book an appointment online via "Arrange consultation" or by phone +43 1 417 05 05. We are happy to get in contact with you.

Talk to Dr. Roland Resch

At your first consultation you will be thoroughly informed about the procedure you are planning to go through. We will answer all your questions. You will take home all the documents needed concerning your treatment.

Take your time

Take your time to think it over and read the documents we provide about your planned procedure. A reflection period of about 14 days is recommended for most procedures.

2nd consultation

In a second appointment we go through all aspects of the procedure again, and I will be happy to answer all your questions.


If you decide to have the procedure, we will find a suitable date for you.

Make an appointment

Dr. Roland Resch is available for a personal consultation by appointment!

4 steps to an upper arm lift

Anesthesia for an upper arm lift

An upper arm lift is performed under sedation or general anesthesia. The medication will be adjusted to you personally for your well-being during the operation. Together with our anesthesiologist, we will discuss which form of anesthesia is best for you.

Method of upper arm lift

First, fatty tissue is suctioned from the affected area on the upper arm. The tissue area is then incised, the excess skin removed and the wound cosmetically closed. The scar is positioned so that it is as little visible as possible from the front and back and when the arms are raised. Nevertheless, the scars may be visible in certain cases. The use of modern surgical methods means that it is NOT necessary to use drains, which usually have to be painfully removed the next day. You can go home shortly after the operation. As we use self-dissolving sutures, no stich removal is necessary. A compression bandage is applied at the end of the operation.

Aftercare and recovery

At the end of the operation, we will give you a customized compression garment. To ensure optimal healing and a beautiful result, this compression vest must be worn for 6 weeks. Experience has shown that shower plasters do not adhere well to the armpit area and lead to increased inflammation, so we don't use them.

You may shower from the first day after the operation from the chest downwards, but you should limit yourself to "catlick" for the arms. Please do not raise your arms above 90 degrees for the first 3 - 4 weeks. From the first day after the operation you may carry out light household activities, but remember to take it easy.

For sleeping, place a cushion on the left and right so that the arms are slightly raised. Get a soft tennis ball and knead it a little several times a day. This promotes lymphatic drainage. Office work can be done after approx. 1 week, more strenuous work, depending on the activity, can be resumed after approx. 2-4 weeks.

The result of upper arm lift

The results of upper arm lift are not immediately visible and require a little patience, as each person has an individual healing process. After around 6 months you can be pleased with the result. Please note that scars are often reddened for a long time, especially after an upper arm lift. In some cases, it can take up to 2 years for the scars to fade.

Lifting upper arms: What you should know about upper arm lift!

How permanent is upper arm lift?

You will enjoy your upper arms for many years or even decades. Despite tightening, the result is still subject to the natural aging process, which can be counteracted by the positive support of sport and a healthy diet.

What are the risks of upper arm lift?

Upper arm lift is an operation that is performed frequently. Nevertheless, risks cannot be completely ruled out. However, it can be significantly reduced by adhering to high safety standards. Postoperative bleeding or wound healing disorders may occur in some cases.

When are sports, sauna and sun/solarium allowed again after upper arm lift?

Sports activities should be postponed for 8-12 weeks, sports that put more strain on the tissue (e.g. tennis) for longer. Intensive sunbathing should be avoided for 6-8 weeks, as going to sauna.

How do I prepare for upper arm lift?

Before upper arm lift, we will discuss the following points together in order to positively influence the success and avoid risks:

  • General state of health and any illnesses
  • The influence of nicotine on the wound healing process. If possible, avoid smoking for 3 weeks before the operation and for 3 weeks afterwards.
  • Avoid aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs, as these greatly impair blood clotting.
  • There should be no acute or severe chronic illnesses that contraindicate a surgical procedure.
  • Chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure or diabetes must be well controlled with medication.
  • On the day of the operation, arrange transportation home in advance and make sure that someone is with you for at least the first night after the operation.
  • Prepare everything you will need after the operation at home and put the most important things within easy reach so that you don’t have to stretch too much after the operation and can devote yourself to your recovery.
  • Regardless of the type of procedure, drinking enough water before and after the procedure is necessary for recovery.

Can a tightening of upper arms be achieved without surgery?

Unfortunately, there are no real alternatives to upper arm lift for severely sagging upper arms.

What does upper arm lift cost?

The price of upper arm lift is € 4,490. The costs include the initial consultation, photo documentation, information, surgery incl. anesthesia, surgical staff, consumables, compression vest and all check-ups.

Prices valid from 01.01.2024