Surgery Trend: Tight, Taut Arms | Dr Mark Gittos | Plastic Surgeon NZ

We’ve all heard of the dreaded ‘Bingo Wings’ – where the skin and muscle has sagged on the back of the upper arm, so that a simple gesture of waving to a friend becomes a traumatic experience as the flap of skin swings in the air.

It is this hatred of the Bingo Wing which has perhaps led to the trend for the upper arm-lift. In America in 2012, 15,457 patients, 98 percent of them women, spent a total of $61 million to have liposuction on their arms and it’s gaining in popularity in other countries too.

Officially called a brachioplasty (a surgery that involves making an incision from the armpit to the elbow, usually along the back of the arm, to remove excess skin), the number of procedures was up 4,378 percent since 2000 in America, when only about 300 women opted for it.

Many people don’t realise that liposuction can be performed on many parts of the body – not just the traditional abdominal area. is designed to contour and improve the shape of your body and is best suited to people who are a healthy weight but have stubborn areas of fat they can’t get rid of with diet and exercise alone. Traditional surgical liposuction is done under general anaesthetic and involves a lengthy recovery period, however there are now new forms of liposuction, such as liposculpture, which can be done under local anaesthetic and involve less down time.

Contact us today to see how liposuction can help you achieve your goals.