What Are “Bat Wings” and What Can Be Done about Them?

Plastic Surgeon & Medical Spa Serving Newport Beach, Irvine, Santa Ana & Nearby Areas of Orange County, California

Posted: May 21, 2017

Due to several factors including weight gain, aging and genetics, the skin can lose its elasticity and loosen over time. This affects the appearance of various body areas, including the upper arms. Many people refer to the unsightly sagging and drooping of skin on the upper arms as “bat wings.” While targeted bicep and tricep exercises can help build muscle tone and shed fat, they do not treat loose skin. Dr. Richard Lee, a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Newport Beach and the surrounding area, offers several effective and long-lasting solutions for patients who are embarrassed by bat wings.

Arm Lift and Liposuction

Arm lift is a body contouring procedure that aims to reshape the arms for a smoother and sculpted contour. The procedure removes excess, drooping skin, and tightens and lifts the remaining skin and tissue for a leaner and more attractive appearance. Dr. Lee is meticulous when creating the incisions in order to minimize the appearance of scars and create the most aesthetically pleasing result. Arm lift is generally recommended for individuals who have had significant weight fluctuations, including massive weight loss patients.

In some cases, Dr. Lee recommends combining arm lift with liposuction in order to remove targeted fat deposits. Or, if the patient has stubborn fat and no significant skin laxity in the arms, the doctor may decide that liposuction alone can produce optimal results. Liposuction is ideal for patients with stubborn fat that is resistant to diet and exercise.

Following arm lift and liposuction, patients are advised to lead a healthy lifestyle, which includes eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly. Doing so can help maintain their leaner and sculpted arms for years to come.

Say Goodbye to “Bat Wings”

If you find yourself constantly hiding your arms under long-sleeved shirts or jackets, Dr. Lee encourages you to learn more about your cosmetic treatment options. The talented plastic surgeon has helped countless patients look and feel confident once again through arm lift and other body contouring procedures. During your personal consultation, Dr. Lee will examine your arms and work with you to design a treatment plan that best achieves your desired look.

To schedule your appointment, please call Newport Body at (949) 548-9312 or send us an email.