Arm Lift

Arm Lift

Arm-lift or “bingo-wing” surgery, involves surgical removal of loose, hanging skin from the upper arms to achieve a more natural arm shape.

1. How long is the recovery?
You should be able to go home the same day. You should be able to return to your normal activities after one to two weeks. Depending on your type of work, you should be able to return after one to two weeks. The results of an arm lift may not be apparent for a number of weeks.

2. I’m worried about pain.
There is a small degree of pain and discomfort following an arm lift, but for most, this resolves after a few days.

3. Will I look natural?
Every effort will be made to give you a natural end result.

4. Can I avoid general anaesthetic?
This procedure is usually performed under local anasthetic with sedation.

5. What is the cost?
If you would like a tailored quote, please book an initial consultation to discuss your condition and treatment options with your chosen consultant. Once the initial consultation is complete, you will receive your a tailored quote for your treatment.  Please call us on 01709 464200 or email if you wish to receive a guide price for any specific treatments.


Arm lift, also known as brachioplasty or ‘bingo wings’ surgery, is a popular procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the upper arms. There are a number of reasons why excess skin or fat in the upper arms may develop: the result of ageing, genetics, significant weight loss or lipoedema. By removing the sagging skin and  excess fat, the shape of the arm can be greatly improved.

For patients who have ‘bingo wings’ as a result of significant weight loss, the sight of sagging skin can act as a constant reminder of their heavier past. The sagging skin can also cause functional issues such as skin irritation and difficulty wearing certain clothes. For such patients, an arm lift can dramatically improve their self-confidence and address the functional issues.

Am I A Good Candidate For Liposuction?

The best candidates for arm lift surgery are those;

  • Who have excess, sagging skin on the upper arms, from the armpit to elbow
  • Whose weight has not changed significantly during the last 6 months
  • Who are generally healthy and do not have a medical condition that could impede healing
  • Who do not smoke
  • Who have realistic expectations of the results and willing to follow all pre-op and post-op instructions

An arm lift can be performed in anyone after the age of 18 and the objective is to create natural-looking, slender, defined arms.


An arm lift can be performed on anyone after the age of eighteen with the objective being to create natural-looking, slender and defined arms. In the majority of cases, it is performed under local anaesthetic with sedation. This approach facilitates a quick recovery and avoids the possible side-effects of a general anaesthetic, such as nausea, vomiting and sore throat.

Arm lift surgery involves an incision from the elbow to the armpit and removal of an ellipse of skin. Liposuction may be performed in conjunction with skin removal, ensuring the arm contour is asaestetically pleasing and in proportion with the forearm. For some patients, the incision may need to be extended onto the elbow and lateral chest wall to ensure the scar is flat from beginning to end.

To minimise swelling and to support the new arm contour, a compression garment will be required to be worn continuously for several weeks. Some swelling, bruising and discomfort is normal and to be expected, but resolves on its own over several days.

Prior to your surgery, our team will give you detailed aftercare instructions. This will include how to care for the scar, pain relief and when you may resume normal activity. Although the upper arms will appear toned immediately after surgery, the final result will not be apparent for a number of weeks.

Speak to a member of our team for further information or to arrange a consultation

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Possible Risks

As with any surgical procedure, risks should be considered, and the decision to undergo an arm lift should not be made hastily. Risks include;

Scar / poor scarring – in some patients the scar may remain red and raised for a number of weeks,

Over-correction / under-correction – although every effort is made to remove the correct amount of skin, one cannot predict the healing process. Skin may remain tight or excessively relax after surgery giving rise to the appearance of over-correction or under-correction,

Asymmetry – this could occur as a result of the normal healing process. Many patients have pre-existing asymmetry which an arm lift may not be able to completely correct.

Bruising and swelling

Numbness – an arm lift can affect superficial sensory nerves resulting in temporary numbness. This may take several weeks to resolve,

Bleeding & haematoma – excessive bleeding can ocur after surgery and rarely, may require surgical drainage,

Infection – should an infection arise then treatment with antibiotics or further surgery may be necessary. The risk of infection is rare,

Delayed wound healing.

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Pricing & Finance

When you’re considering a cosmetic procedure, there’s a lot to think about – the choice of treatments available, the results you want to achieve, the recovery time, any potential risks and, of course, the cost.

Kinvara Private Hospital is registered with the Care Quality Commission. Cosmetic surgery results and benefits can vary and are different for each individual. As such, we cannot guarantee specific results.

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