Body treatments

The following treatments are available at Spire Dunedin Hospital under the care of one of our cosmetic surgeons.

Arm reduction and uplift

This procedure reduces the amount of loose skin on the arms, often women refer to it as "bingo wings" or "bat wings", and the aim of this surgery is to give women back their confidence to wear short sleeved clothing again.

The procedure is designed for those with loose or sagging skin on their upper arms, the surgery is known as arm reduction, brachioplasty or arm lift surgery - the aim is to give you slimmer, more shapely and youthful looking upper arms.

The procedure invovles removal of excess skin and fat from the upper arm through incisions made on the inner and under surface of the arm, sometimes from the armpit, and can be as low as the elbow.  The remaining skin is then stretched, and stitched back together, the result being smoother, and slimmer upper arms.

The surgery is usually performed under general anaesthetic so you will be put to sleep during the surgery, and often an overnight stay, or two, is required in hospital.

Labial reduction surgery

The labia minora are the inner lips of the vagina, and come in all sizes and shapes, as each women is different. Some women may feel uncomfortable by the size or shape of their labia which is when labial reduction surgery is considered benefical.

The labia may feel uncomfortable during sexual intercourse, or other activities such as walking and cycling, or it could simply be the appearance that makes women uncomfortable and unhappy.

The surgery is performed ensuring that any cuts that are made are carefully placed to prevent painful scarring along the rim of the labia, and they are closed with dissolving stitches.

The operation takes between one and two hours and is performed under local anaesthetic. This means you will be awake throughout the surgery, although the area will be completely numb and you should feel nothing. You can request general anaesthetic, where you are asleep, if that would make you feel more comfortable. With local anaesthetic the procedure can be done as a day case, meaning you are not required to stay overnight in the hospital.

Removal of mole, cyst or lipoma

If you have a skin lesion such as a mole, cyst or lipoma and would like it removed, it is usually a very simple procedure. You may want to take this step now because you have noticed changes in shape or colour, or it may be unsightly, painful or restricting your movement. The procedure can be carried out by one of our experienced cosmetic surgeons. It would be carried out under local anaesthetic, take about 20 to 30 minutes and you would be able to drive home following the procedure.

Scar revision

Many people have scars, for a number of reasons, and scar revision surgery is often the answer to improve its appearance. The surgery is carried out by our experienced cosmetic surgeons. It is carried out under local anaesthetic and takes about 30 minutes to an hour. The surgery is carried out as a day case and you would not be required to stay overnight in hospital.

Thigh and buttock uplift

If you are looking for a smoother and more trim looking figure, a thigh and buttock uplift could be the answer. It is designed to decrease the amount of loose or baggy skin around your thighs and bottom.

Also known as a lower body lift this surgery can help with stubborn areas of sagging skin that you may have been unable to shift through diet or exercise. This surgery is not considered a weight loss surgery though and it is advisable to have it once you have reached your target weight.

The procedure invovled excress fat and skin being removed through incisions in the thighs and buttocks, the procedure will be completed under general anaesthetic and will require you to stay in hospital for a night or two.

Tummy tuck

A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is aimed to flatten your stomach, giving you a slimmer, more shapely figure.

The procedure should not be used as a weight loss tool, but should be used once your target weight has been reached.

For the surgery to be completed incisions are made across the lower abdomen and around the belly button. Excess fat and skin is then removed, or stretched, or torn muscles pulled together and stitched in place. The remaining skin is then pulled tight, and a new hole is made for your belly button.

You will be left with a scar along the top of your bikini line, and around your tummy button, although many women are able to hide this with underwear.

The surgery is usually performed under general anaesthetic so you will be put to sleep during the surgery, and often an overnight stay, or two, is required in hospital.