Goodbye, bat wings! Hello to slimmer, toned upper arms

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery

Dec 17, 2014 9:00:00 AM

getting an upper arm liftExperiencing significant weight loss and managing to keep weight off is cause for celebration. Losing weight is no easy chore, and keeping weight off may prove harder than losing it, but there are numerous benefits for those who do. Losing weight can improve your overall health reduce the risk for serious diseases. It is easier to move. Sitting in an airplane or movie theater seat is more comfortable. Clothes fit better, and you can often shop in the regular section of a store rather than those reserved for larger shoppers. However, one major side effect of losing a significant amount of weight is being left with excessively saggy skin.

Some patients may also have uneven fat deposits that don’t respond to any amount of exercise or diet. In the upper arms, this can lead to “bat wings” or a flap of skin and tissue that hangs down from the back of the arm when arms are lifted in the air. Bat wings can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Thankfully, there are options for treating this excess skin as well as the uneven fat deposits that may be present.

If you are mooning over the upper arms of Michelle Obama, Jennifer Aniston, or Kelly Ripa, you are not alone. While there may be many reasons for seeking out an arm lift, which is also known as brachioplasty or upper arm liposuction, many women set their sights on having arms that resemble those of these fit ladies. While brachioplasty and liposuction can’t necessarily give you the exact same look, they may get you closer to your ideal look. With these procedures, you may be able to lose excess skin and fat, and show off your arms in the cute tops and swimsuits that many of us hope to wear.

Arm reduction surgery, or an upper arm lift, reduces the amount of excess sagging skin, often significantly, and tightens the underlying supportive tissues. The procedure may also remove excess pockets of fat beneath the skin that don’t respond to exercise or diet. Brachioplasty is often combined with liposuction to remove or sculpt fat deposits. The end goal is generally to create a smooth, contoured appearance. During your consultation, your surgeon will examine your arms and discuss with you the best approach to meeting your upper arm goals. For some patients, a brachioplasty alone will be ideal, while other patients may benefit most from a combined brachioplasty and liposuction procedure. Patients without significant excess skin may benefit from liposuction alone.

Before undergoing brachioplasty, be sure to have a thorough, in-depth conversation about the procedure with your plastic surgeon, including a discussion about incision placement and the visibility of incisions after surgery. Although your surgeon should make incisions in the least conspicuous areas possible, there is no truly hidden part of the arm, and your incision marks may be visible after surgery and recovery. Your surgeon may be able to provide suggestions on how to minimize the visibility of these marks. The comfort and improvement in your upper arms, however, may be so great that you won’t mind having a few incision marks in exchange for the freedom to lift your arm in a wave or to give a hug without worrying about a flap of dangling, saggy skin.

To learn more about your options for treating excess skin or fat in the upper arms, call Monarch Plastic Surgery today. For our Leawood and Lansing offices, call (913) 663-3838 or our North Kansas City office at (816)436-3262.

Topics: Body Contouring, brachioplasty

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