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Many women struggle with 'bingo wings' once they reach middle age. An arm reduction surgery or arm lift to remove the excess fat and loose skin can help to treat this condition.

Why you might need it

This procedure reduces the amount of loose skin on the upper arms and is often recommended after somebody has lost a lot of weight.

It's a relatively straightforward operation that takes about two hours. You'll probably be discharged after one night in hospital and you'll be able to return to light activities within a couple of weeks.

We pride ourselves on our clinical excellence, you'll be looked after by an experienced multi-disciplinary care team.

Who will do it?

Our patients are at the heart of what we do and we want you to be in control of your care. To us, that means you can choose the consultant you want to see, and when you want.  They’ll be with you every step of the way: from giving advice at your first consultation, through to offering on-going support after your treatment. 

All of our surgeons are of the highest calibre and benefit from working in our modern, well equipped hospitals. 

Our cosmetic consultants have high standards to meet, often holding specialist NHS posts and delivering expertise in complex sub-specialty surgeries. A number of our consultants have international reputations for their research in their specialised field.  All our consultants are on the specialist register of the General Medical Council (GMC), and many are also members of the UK’s leading cosmetic and plastic surgery associations.

Before your treatment

You will have a formal consultation with a healthcare professional. During this time you will be able to explain your medical history, symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have.

We will also discuss with you whether any further diagnostic tests, such as scans or blood tests, are needed. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out.

Preparing for your treatment

We've tried to make your experience with us as easy and relaxed as possible.

For more information on visiting hours, our food, what to pack if you're staying with us, parking and all those other important practicalities, please visit our patient information pages.

Our dedicated team will also give you tailored advice to follow in the run up to your visit.

The procedure

We understand that surgery can be a cause of anxiety – even if it’s a relatively straightforward procedure like this one. That’s why our experienced and caring medical staff will be there for you every step of the way.

You will be given a general anaesthetic so you’ll be asleep during the operation. The length and pattern of the incision made by your doctor will depend on the location and amount of excess skin to be removed. This will be discussed and agreed with you beforehand.

Usually the cut is made on the inside or back of the arm, so scars will be less visible. If there’s not much excess skin the cut will be small but it could extend from above your elbow to your armpit if there’s a lot to be removed. Liposuction may also be used.

The underlying supportive tissues may be tightened and reshaped with internal sutures. Finally, the wound is stitched and skin is smoothed over the new contour of your arm.

Your wound will be dressed and your arm may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimise swelling. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid.

Aftercare

After your arm lift, you will be taken to your room where you can rest and recuperate until we feel you're ready to go home.


Pain relief

You will probably experience some pain, swelling and bruising immediately after the operation. This is normal and your symptoms will start to improve over the next few weeks. 

We will provide you with a supply of all the medicines your consultant feels you need to take home with you after you've left hospital, up to 14 days.


Recovery time

When you get home you’ll need to take things easy at first. Arrange at least a week off work and you'll gradually be able to return to normal activity within four to six weeks. Light activity will be comfortable after around two weeks but you shouldn't do anything too active - like go to the gym or take an exercise class - for around six weeks.

You won’t be able to lift anything for a few days and it’s a good idea to wear either loose or sleeveless tops while your wounds heal. Make sure these are clean and easy to reach – not on the top of a wardrobe, for example, as stretching your arms will be painful and may damage your stitches.

You may also be given some light exercises to do after the wound starts to heal.


End results

You will be left with a scar on the back of your arm, which will ease with time. The extent of the scarring will also depend on your skin type, age and the efforts you make to eat healthily and do the right exercises after the operation. Your doctor will advise you on this.


How your loved ones can help

Once you’re ready to be discharged from hospital, you’ll need to arrange a taxi, friend or family member to take you home as you won’t be able to drive. You should also ask them if they can run some light errands, such as shopping and cleaning, as you won’t feel up to it at first.


Looking after you

Even after you’ve left hospital, we’re still looking after you every step of the way. After an arm lift our consultants will typically want to see you after to check how you are doing, we will arrange a follow up appointment before you leave the hospital.

On rare occasions, complications can occur following surgery. We will talk to you about the possible risks and complications of having this procedure and how they apply to you.

If you have any questions or concerns about your recovery, we're ready to help.

Why choose Spire?

We are committed to delivering excellent individual care and customer service across our network of hospitals, clinics and specialist care centres around the UK. Our dedicated and highly trained team aim to achieve consistently excellent results. For us it's more than just treating patients, it's about looking after people.

How much does it cost?

Arm reduction and lift surgery is available at £4,362.

You can trust Spire Wellesley Hospital to provide you with a single, fixed price (1) so there are no surprises. And, through our carefully chosen partner (2) you can even be considered for interest free finance.

We’re here to help you with making these important choices, so you’re then free to concentrate on your treatment and on getting back to being you.

(1) Important: Please read Spire’s terms and conditions for full details of what’s included and excluded in your fixed price* when paying for yourself.

(2) Zebra Finance Ltd trading as Zebra Health Finance , Lincoln House, Stephensons Way, Wyvern Business Park, Derby, DE21 6LY. 

Important to note

The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.