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Arm Lift

Arms are increasingly an area that women, in particular, worry about over time. The appearance of loose skin on the upper arm is seen as a stigma of ageing especially as it becomes more pendulous (bingo wings).

The difficulty with loose upper arm skin is that virtually the only treatment involves surgery. Women will very diligently go to the gym to try and tone their upper arms through exercise and weight lifting but invariably this makes little difference.

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Once loose skin is present the only way to treat it is through surgical removal. Occasionally in those with heavier arms liposuction can help if the skin tone and quality is good.

Where skin needs to be removed, however, a certain amount of scaring will be necessary in exchange for an improved upper arm contour.

The surgery is normally carried out under a general anaesthetic either as a day case or as an overnight stay. The type of surgery required will depend on the extent of the problem.

At a glance


Hospital stay
Day case

Brief Case

Time off work
2 weeks


Safe to exercise
6 weeks


The type and design of the arm lift will depend on the nature of the problem. In general, the more loose skin there is to remove, the more extensive the scarring will be in order to produce an optimal result.

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