Significant fluctuations in weight, growing older and even heredity can cause your upper arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance. Exercise may strengthen and improve the underlying muscle tone of the upper arm, but it cannot address excess skin that has lost elasticity or underlying weakened tissues and localized fat deposits. Minimally invasive procedures such as liposuction may remove the extra fatty tissue, but it will leave your arms loose and sagging.

Nothing short of surgical excision of the extra skin and fat in your arms will effectively eliminate the bat wing like appearance of your arms. An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that reshapes the under portion of the upper arm, from the underarm region to the elbow. If the underside of your upper arms are sagging or appear loose and full due to excess skin and fat, an arm lift may be right for you.

An arm lift is performed to:

  • Reduce excess skin and fat between the underarm and the elbow
  • Reshape your arm to result in smoother skin and contours
  • Result in a more toned and proportionate appearance

Excess tissue under the arms is unattractive, especially when wearing short sleeve shirts or tank tops. When taken to the extreme, this excess tissue looks like bat-wings. While liposuction can often remove the excess fatty tissue and tighten the collagen and overlying skin, too much arm skin laxity may require direct excision of the skin and underlying soft tissue. It will re-contour your arms to give them a more youthful shape. The drawback to this procedure is that the single longitudinal scar that is required to remove the excess tissue is not very attractive and are the least attractive scars in the body after complete healing. However, these scars can be hidden on the inside of your arm or behind your arm, depending on your preference.

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