Arm Lift Surgery
If you have excess skin on the arms, or “bingo wings”, often caused through excessive weight loss or age, The Hospital Group’s expert Post-Bariatric Cosmetic Surgeons can help you correct this and create a much slimmer profile.
Arm lift surgery, otherwise known as brachioplasty, is a specialist procedure which removes the excess skin and tissue and reveal a much sleeker, toned shape.
As seen on Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies
The Hospital Group appeared on Channel 4’s popular TV programme Embarrassing Bodies to carry out a procedure on Lorna Bill, a young lady who lost a lot of weight early in life and as result was left with a lot of sagging skin around the arms.
Arm Lift Surgery Information
Arm Lift surgery is carried out under General Anaesthetic. The Surgeon carefully removes excess skin from beneath the arm. If required, liposuction can also be used to remove excess fat and/or streamline the shape of the arms.
Arm Lift surgery is particularly demanding for the Surgeon, as it demands precise surgical skills and a genuine appreciation of body aesthetics to produce a good result for the patient.
Scarring should be straight and neat and is normally beneath the arm where it is least noticeable. All surgery leaves scars, but these do fade over time.
Step 1: Excess skin is removed from underneath the arm as shown
Step 2: After removal of the “bingo wings” the patient has a much slimmer arm shape.
As seen on Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies
The Embarrassing Bodies team contacted The Hospital Group to perform an arm lift procedure on Lorna Bill.
Through a rigorous exercise regime, Lorna had lost over 13 stone. However, she was left with a lot of sagging skin, or large “bingo wings”. Lorna, wanted to have a body to be proud of, and having the excess skin removed from her arms was the next step to achieving that.
Embarrassing Bodies’ doctors confirmed that no amount of exercise would deal with her excess skin, so they referred her to The Hospital Group. She was consulted by a cosmetic surgeon who talked her through the entire procedure so she knew what to expect. During the operation, the excess skin and tissue was surgically removed; leaving neat scars under each arm. She was thrilled with the results of her procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What happens during arm lift surgery?
Cosmetic surgery to correct “bat wings” is technically called brachioplasty and removes excess skin on the upper arm, to provide a sleeker, slimmer profile with tauter skin.
Arms before surgery
Arms after surgery
Q: How is the procedure carried out?
The procedure is carried out under General Anaesthetic. Patients will stay overnight before returning to recover at home.
Q: What about recovery?
Arm lift patients are advised to take 2 weeks off work and avoid lifting or driving for 4 weeks. You will receive individual advice on this at your consultation with your surgeon, depending on your requirements and general health.
Q: Will the arm lift leave scars?
The surgeon will seek to conceal any incision lines within natural contours, although some scarring may be visible and all scars are permanent. Scarring can take around a year to fade from red to white. However, the improvement in your profile “beneath clothes” will be practically immediate.
Q: How do I find out if it’s right for me?
An appointment with your surgeon is an opportunity to have an open and frank discussion about what aspects of your arms you are unhappy with, how the condition may have arisen and the improvements you would like to achieve. Your general health will also be assessed and the surgeon will recommend the best course of treatment.
If you only need to have excess fat removed, rather than excess skin, liposuction alone may be a more suitable alternative.
If you would like to learn more regarding this cosmetic surgery procedure then why not book a free, no obligation consultation with a GMC registered cosmetic surgeon and dedicated patient care co-ordinator.
At your consultation you will be able to discuss the procedure in detail and ask any questions you may have. Many of our patient care co-ordinators have in fact had a procedure themselves so can share their experience with you first hand.