Are “Bat Wings” a problem for you?
The face and neck are not the only places where the aging process can take its toll. The same skin laxity that causes wrinkles and sagging skin in these areas can also affect the appearance of the upper arms. The loose, hanging skin that plagues the upper arms, often referred to as bat wings, is not something that can be addressed with diet and exercise. While the problem is typically caused by the natural aging process, it can also be due to massive weight loss after bariatric surgery. No matter what the reason for your flabby upper arms might be, Dr. Mordkovich can help you create a more aesthetically pleasing contour with a surgical procedure known as brachioplasty or an upper arm lift.
Is it time to consider brachioplasty?
Loose skin and isolated areas of fat underneath the upper arm can make you self-conscious about your appearance, particularly when wearing sleeveless clothing or participating in some activities. The problem is most common in women, although men that have undergone massive weight loss may also consider this procedure as part of their body contouring plan. You may try to eliminate the problem by tightening up the triceps, but strength conditioning won’t do anything to resolve the excess, hanging skin in the area. Surgical excision will be the only way to reverse this issue and create a smoother, more youthful upper arm profile.
Making the Right Choice
Before you schedule your upper arm lift, you will have a consultation with Dr. Mordkovich to decide whether this surgery will provide you with the best results. He will have you stand in front of a mirror and hold up your arms at 90-degree angles so he can see just how much extra skin you have. While you hold up your arms, he will assess the amount of excess fatty tissue that adds weight and puts stress on the skin, causing it to droop. If there is a significant amount of fat in the area exacerbating the sagging appearance, liposuction can be combined with the arm lift to produce the best possible results.
Your Upper Arm Lift Procedure
An upper arm lift is a surgery used to remove localized fat deposits and excess skin to tighten up the arms and create a smoother, firmer contour. There are a series of upper arm lift techniques ranging from slightly less invasive to more so if needed. The choice of method will vary after your consultation with Dr. Mordkovich, allowing him to tailor your procedure to your precise needs and desired outcome.
Techniques available for this procedure include:
Standard Upper Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
Dr. Mordkovich will make an incision along the length of the arm from the underarm to the elbow to remove fatty tissue and skin. This technique is for patients that have a significant amount of skin and tissue to remove. Liposuction may be added during surgery to eliminate localized fatty deposits and improve your result overall.
Limited Excision Upper Arm Lift
This technique is reserved for patients that need minimal correction to produce a positive result. After creating incisions in the armpit, Dr. Mordkovich will remove a small amount of fat, pull in any excess skin for removal, and close the incision. This technique produces the least amount of post-operative scarring and requires a shorter recovery period than other arm lift procedures.
Extended Upper Arm Lift
This surgery is recommended for patients that have undergone massive weight loss and require contouring to help the skin conform to the more slender profile. Dr. Mordkovich will cover the full length of the upper arm to remove an extensive amount of loose skin and fat. He will then redrape the remaining skin to enhance the contour and definition of the arm. An extended arm lift is the most invasive option, but it also produces the most dramatic results and works particularly well for post-bariatric surgery patients.
Recovery from Upper Arm Lift Surgery
Recovery from an upper arm lift can take some time, due to the extended incision that is usually used for this procedure. You will likely experience a degree of swelling after surgery, which can be managed with the compression garment you are given before you go home and by keeping your arms elevated as much as possible. Oral pain medication will also be prescribed to keep you comfortable during the early days of your healing process. You should be able to perform most tasks within two to three weeks, although heavy lifting and strenuous exercise will be restricted for longer.
It can be hard to see the results of your upper arm lift right away, since bruising and swelling may hide your outcome for a period. Once these side effects subside, which can take up to six months, you will see what the new shape of your arm will look like. Those results will be long-lasting, allowing you to enjoy your results for many years in most cases.
An arm lift is one option for patients that want to sculpt a smoother, more youthful contour to the upper arm. Call Cross Hudson Plastic Surgery today at 201-751-9490 to schedule your consultation for an upper arm lift.