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Arm or Thigh Reduction

If you are experiencing loose folds or sagging skin in the arms or thighs as a result of significant weight loss, ageing or genetic factors, arm or thigh reduction surgery can help provide a smoother, slimmer body shape by removing the excess tissue.

Dr Edmund Ek is a specialist plastic surgeon with expertise in arm and thigh reduction surgery. If you’d like to discuss arm or thigh reduction surgery with Dr Ek, please contact us on (03) 8419 0900.

Your Arm or Thigh Lift Consultation

To help you make the decision whether to go forward with surgery, Dr Ek will take the time to explain the pros and cons of your given procedure.

The choice to undergo surgery is one that must be made between you, your loved ones and Dr Ek, taking into account all the relevant risks, benefits and long-term chances at success. This counselling and education process is vital to ensuring that you have realistic goals and expectations, and that you are making the most informed decision possible.

If you do decide to go ahead with arm or thigh reduction surgery, Dr Ek will work with you to plan the operation in detail, specifying the exact locations of incisions, how much skin or tissue to remove, and the projected outcome.

Understanding the Arm and Thigh Lift Procedures

Arm Reduction

Your arm reduction surgery will remove the excess skin on your arms via incisions generally made on the inside of the arm, from the elbow to the armpit. Dr Ek may use liposuction to remove fat from the area.

The operation is carried out under general anaesthesia.

Thigh Reduction

Your thigh reduction surgery will remove the excess skin on your thighs and tighten and lift the remaining skin. Incisions are typically placed in the groin area and vertically down the inside of the thigh. The operation is carried out under general anaesthesia.

Dr Ek may also remove small amounts of fat from your thigh area, however, thigh reduction surgery is not a fat-removal surgery – it is used to remove excess skin only.

Making an Informed Decision

Undergoing plastic surgery is a significant decision that should be made after careful consideration and thorough understanding of all aspects involved, including the potential risks, recovery process and expected outcomes. We’re here to support you every step of the way, providing all the information you need to make informed choices about your care.


We strongly believe that natural body variation is a part of human individuality and should be respected. Plastic surgery is a personal choice and should never be seen as a necessity to ‘fix’ what’s naturally occurring. The decision to undergo a procedure should not be driven by societal pressures or ideals, but by your personal preferences and realistic expectations.


Each surgical procedure carries a unique set of inherent risks. These can include, but are not limited to, infection, adverse reactions to anaesthesia, haematoma, unfavourable scarring, blood clots, nerve damage and dissatisfaction with the aesthetic result. It is important to note that this is not an exhaustive list, and other complications may arise. Some complications can be life-threatening or require additional surgery.

Dr Ek will discuss the risks of your chosen procedure in detail during your consultation.


Recovery times for plastic surgery vary widely based on the specific procedure and the individual patient. The recovery process can be demanding; it requires time, support and often changes in lifestyle, such as time off work or temporary restrictions on activity.

To aid recovery, Dr Ek and his team will provide specific post-operative instructions, including the potential need for recovery services like massages or wearing compression garments. Adhering to these instructions and attending all scheduled follow-up appointments are integral to your healing process.


Results from any surgical procedure are influenced by numerous factors, including your age, overall health, skin quality, lifestyle habits and genetic factors. As such, outcomes can vary greatly between individuals, and it is critical to have a realistic understanding of what can be achieved.

If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with Dr Ek, who will be happy to discuss these considerations in detail.

What Results or Outcomes May Be Achieved

The primary benefit of an arm lift or thigh lift surgery is the reduction of excess skin and fat. This helps to reshape the treated area and create different body proportions. These procedures can also decrease discomfort caused by skin irritation or rashes that might occur due to excess skin rubbing against itself. Some patients experience improved mobility and ability to exercise as a result of the excess skin and fat tissue being removed.

The effects achieved with arm or thigh reduction surgery can be long lasting, provided you keep a stable body weight and care for the incision sites properly. It is essential to maintain a healthy, balanced diet and a regular exercise program to sustain your results.

You can find out more about arm or thigh reductions with Dr Ek by calling (03) 8419 0900.