Should arm lift revision be covered by the doctor?

I had my arm lift surgery 5 months ago with a tummy tuck and (even though I'm happy with the results of both surgeries) I still think that my arms could've looked better. Now I'm considering having an arm lift revision to make them even smaller and even them out. I was hoping maybe the doctor would cover the cost of the surgery (at least his fee). Do you think that there's a chance he will do this for me?


F, 56, Connecticut

Tags:woman arms 5 months post-op multiple procedures cost lift revision

I lost about 50 pounds after cosmetic surgery for weight loss purposes, and my skin was very saggy and loose. I wanted body sculpting and had an arm lift and tummy tuck with liposuction. My surgeon is very friendly with a professional attitude. I'm comfortable asking him anything. Maybe you should ask your doctor what he or she thinks about your results during your follow up appointment. If your surgeon says that the results match what they had planned, you could see another doctor for a second professional opinion. Maybe you could have liposuction done to reduce the size of your arms further since the excess skin was removed in an arm lift.

My plastic surgeon partially covered the costs of my revision because of a medical complication from my first arm lift. I had to get revision surgery because of a post-op issue with the draining tubes that were put in my arms. Since that happened, I was able to both get a discount from my doctor and have him submit it to my insurance company so they could cover it. I only had to pay a fraction of the cost, thankfully! It definitely helps a bunch that I have a good relationship with my doctor, too. Best of luck.

I had arm lift surgery, and my doctor explained to me ahead of time that I had to have realistic expectations. You should look over what your doctor had said your results would be during your initial consultation. If your results don't match the expectations that you were given, your doctor may be willing to provide a revision surgery. Plastic surgery is sometimes more of an art than an exact science, so it is possible that your doctor over promised or under delivered. That's why so many websites say that you need to go to a board certified plastic surgeon who is experienced in the procedure you are undergoing. You may also need to keep in mind that your arms will be swollen after the surgery for a while and your final results will be seen after a few months.

You should have received or signed some pre-op documents about risks of the procedure as well as the doctor's coverage for the procedure and commitment to your care.

If your procedure went well with no complications or any problems caused by failure to meet the standard of care you expected then it is not likely that the doctor will cover any revisions. However, if you have documented proof that the operating physician made a mistake, you may be able to negotiate terms for an arm lift revision. You would need to seek good legal advice for that scenario if you feel justified in pursuing that course of action.

It's important to remember that sometimes you can have an arm lift, heal and recover, and then notice changes to your upper arms once again in a year or so as time and gravity begin to create sagging to your arms again or if you lose weight and notice sagging skin. What I'm trying to say is that you need to know if the doctor made a legitimate mistake, or if your had unrealistic expectations.