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Brachioplasty cost explained, all you need to know about costs of having arm lift

Brachioplasty cost is one of the most common questions that patients have about arm lift (brachioplasty) surgery. To give you a clear idea about what you can expect the cost to be we have created this page to go through the cost in detail.

You may be able to use MBS item numbers and your private health fund, but there are very specific criterias that have to be met.
This would be established at your consultation with Dr Beldholm.

On this page we will discuss costs associated with this procedure.

The liposuction based arm lift that Dr Beldholm performs has a quicker recovery, less pain and a reduction in complications

What is on this page about brachioplasty cost?

  • General overview of total cost of an arm lift in australia
  • Medicare Item numbers and detailed explanation as to what health funds and Medicare cover
  • Dr Beldholm’s price list

What does a brachioplasty cost in australia?

There are a number of factors in calculating the cost of a Brachioplasty. The bigger your arm excess the longer the operation will take. An arm lift on average is 3 hours and can be done as a day stay procedure.

Costs associated with an arm lift are (Please note:These are estimates only.);

Hospital charges

Hospital rates are $1100.00 to $2000.00 per hour as well as a day stay fee or overnight fee. You can expect to pay around $4000.00 to $5000.00

Anaesthetic charges

Anaesthetists rates are $660.00 per hour. So you can expect to pay around $2300.00 for your anaesthetic charges.

Surgical fees

The surgical fees will vary from $7,000.00 to $10,000.00

Dr Beldholm's brachioplasty cost

Surgical Fee

Arm Lift: $6,990.00

Surgical Fee includes

  • Surgical fee for Dr Beldholm
  • Compression garments (2)
  • All Post operative appointments
  • Day 1 and 10 -approximately
  • 1,3,6 and 12 months
  • LED light treatments (6) within the first two weeks following your procedure.

Private hospital fees for armlift

The hospital that you have selected will invoice you separately. For a standard arm lift with liposuction you are looking at 3 hours of operating time and a day stay operation. You can expect to pay around $4500.00 for the private Hospital

Anaesthetist fees for brachioplasty surgery

Your anaesthetist will invoice you separately. For a standard arm lift with liposuction you are looking at 3 hours of operating time. The anaesthetic charge for this will be around $2300.00

Health fund and Medicare and what they cover

The  MBS item number descriptors for arm lift surgery have changed significantly since 2015.

New Requirements

In order to qualify you must  meet the following requirements:

  • You need to have lost a significant amount of weight.
  • The specified requirement is at least 5 BMI units. For example, if you are 170 cm tall and weigh 130 kg (BMI 45), you need to lose at least 15kg of weight to get down to BMI of 40.
  • The weight needs to have been stable for 6 months after the weight loss.
  • There needs to be a medical issues with the loose skin, such as skin rashes, ulcers, etc. Patients must also demonstrate that they attempted non-surgical methods to correct the problem, but this has failed after three months of trying.

If you think that you meet these requirements, you will need a GP letter specifically citing these medical issues. You can down load our GP referral form to use here.

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