Unhappy with the bat wings on your arms? Sure it’s a terrible description but that’s how patients describe the extra fat and skin on their upper arms. Depending on your situation, arm lipo or an arm lift is the way to go.
What’s the difference between an arm lift and arm lipo?
Patients with significant amounts of excess skin and fat will probably need an arm lift (like the patient above). When you have a great deal of excess skin, liposuction alone may result in residual sagging skin. To remove the skin, your only option is skin removal through an arm lift. Unfortunately, an arm lift results in a scar from the arm pit down to the elbow. Your surgeon can attempt to hide the scar by placing it on the inner aspect of the arm. The scar used to be placed on the back of the arm so it was invisible in before and after photos. But anyone walking behind you could see the scar on the back of the arm.
An arm lift is usually required in someone that’s had massive weight loss in a short period of time, i.e. surgical weight loss. Once the patient’s weight loss has stabilized over 3 months after massive weight loss surgery, they can move forward with an arm lift.
If you mostly have excess fat, then arm lipo may be enough. Liposuction deflates the arms and leave some skin behind. However, the skin has a good chance of tightening and conforming to the new underlying arm. The ability of the arm skin to tighten is evident in the photo below. Regardless of what type of liposuction is employed – traditional vs laser lipo- the skin will tighten.