Thigh, buttock and arm lifts (removal of redundant skin or fat)

What are thigh, buttock and arm lifts?

Thigh, buttock and arm lifts reshape the area to improve body contours. This is a surgical procedure, removing loose skin or excess fat.

Not normally funded treatment or procedure:

Thigh, buttock and arm lifts are not usually funded by the patient’s local NHS commissioning organisation. This is because thigh, buttock and arm lift, removal of redundant skin or fat is deemed to be a cosmetic procedure.

The clinician in charge of the care of the patient’s specific condition, usually a hospital doctor, can assist the application, if there is exceptional clinical need for the treatment to be funded. The patient’s clinician must evidence clinical exceptionality and must be supported by the patient’s local NHS commissioning organisation. See separate leaflet for more information on Individual Funding Requests (IFRs).

Advice and further guidance:

  • For more information search ‘cosmetic procedures’ at
  • Choosing Wisely UK is part of a global initiative aimed at improving conversations between patients and their doctors and nurses.

Treatment policy for patients covered by NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG

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