Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Call to arms!

The skin of the upper arms can become very loose and hangs when the arms are lifted. This skin has many nick names and none are flattering. The skin is referred to as bat wings in the US and in the UK they are called bingo wings. The cause of this loose skin is limited exercise and weight gain.

Many patients can firm this area with weight loss and exercise. For those that cannot do it by improving their fitness there are plastic surgery procedures that can help. Liposuction can remove excess fat and surgery can remove skin. The procedure is called a brachioplasty or arm lift.

It is done as an out-patient in an hour or two. Recovery is rapid and consists or wrapping the arms to support the new shape for a few weeks. The more loose skin you have the longer your scar will be.  Excess fat requires liposuction alone if the skin has good tone. If there is a small amount of loose skin then removal of skin in the armpit may be required.  Full bat wings require a long scar from elbow to armpit.

Here is a before and after patient.

The Rosato Plastic Surgery Center is having a call to “arms”. For more information or to schedule a consultation call the Rosato Plastic Surgery Center at 772-562-5859.


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