Bat Wings Arms

Arm Tuck or Arm Lift for loose skin and bat wings?

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Arm lift or arm tuck for bat wings?

The term "bat wings" suggest that you have significant loose skin in your upper arms. If that is the case the best treatment would be a brachioplasty or "arm lift" The demand for this procedure has increased more than 800% since 1997. This is the greatest percent change of any of the commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedures Much of the increase in popularity is due to the growing number of patients who undergo massive weight loss. In performing this procedure an incision is made on the inside of the arm extending from the elbow into the armpit. Sometimes it is necessary to extend the incision further into the armpit and sometimes past it. Utilizing this incision excess skin is removed and the wound is closed. It is very important to position the scar properly so that it is concealed as much as possible. A well-placed incision should result in a scar that is only visible when the arms are raised. This operation is normally performed as an outpatient. It is very important for the surgeon to discuss the resultant scar thoroughly with the patient preoperatively. Very commonly this scar takes a longer time to undergo the full healing and maturation process. Maturation refers to the process whereby the scar becomes less apparent. Brachioplasty scars commonly take up to 2 years to fully mature. Immediately after the operation compressive Ace wraps are placed from the fingers up to the armpit. Be sure to consult a surgeon board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery who has extensive experience in all forms of body contouring. Good luck

Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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8900 West Dodge Road
Omaha, NE 68114

Arm lift incisions

Arm lift incisions vary in terms of the amount of muscle and skin flaccidity.  You may be a good candidate for an arm lift in order to plicate the muscle and soft tissue layer of the arm. 


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Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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804 7th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Bat wing treatment

"Bat wings" vary greatly from patient to patient. In general the excess skin and underlying tissues need to be excised. The larger the wings, the longer the incisions will need to be for optimal results.

David Stoker, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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4640 Admiralty Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Brachioplasty for Loose Skin & Fat Accumulation In Arms

A variety of options exist for treating redundant upper arm tissue. These include both arm lift and arm tuck procedures. Each procedure has specific indications and their use is dependent on the anatomic deformity that’s encountered. Without pictures or a physical examination it’s virtually impossible to recommend one over the other.


                  Under these circumstances, consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon is appropriate. This surgeon should be able to formulate a treatment plan that’s appropriate for your anatomic deformity.

                  It’s important to understand that these terms may mean different things to different people. For this reason, it’s more important to focus on the anatomic deformity then a poorly defined procedure. 

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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8900 West Dodge Road
Omaha, NE 68114

Bat wings treatment

There are many causes for flabby arms.  If one has flabby arms, the best indicator of the treatment would be the elasticity of the skin.  If the skin has good elasticity, then Lipo suction alone may be the answer.  If not, then an arm lift to resect the excess skin is best.  However, the best indication for an arm lift, and the most gratifying are those who have lost a lot of weight.  The skin is usually flabby and overstretched.  It is simple and effective to remove the skin that has been stretched past its capacity.  No Liposuction, or other noninvasive modalitiy will help the skin become more firm around the arms.  The length and type of the incision will vary depending upon the location and the amount of fat in the arms.  The cost will also vary by geographic locale.  Most will run anywhere from $3500-$7000.  I would advise you to visit with a board certified plastic surgeon to have treatment recommendations specific to your concerns.

Raj S. Ambay, MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
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27716 Cashford Cir
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

Bat wings

Bat wing arms can be treated by brachioplasty. The degree of scarring will depend on the length of the incision which, in turn, would be based on the location and extent of the hanging skin in the upper arms. This is an excellent procedure but does have the tradeoff of exchanging the sagging skin for some visible scarring.

Robert L. Kraft, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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112-03 Queens Blvd
Forest Hills, NY 11375

Arm lifting for bat wings

The arm lifting procedure is a great procedure to remove excess skin and adipose tissue of the upper arms. However, this procedure carries a major drawback: difficult scarring that may require scar revision (more so, in my experience, then other procedures).

I have tried placement of the resulting scars in the bicipital  groove (between the biceps and triceps muscles)  as well as a long the inferior–lower aspect of the upper arm. I have found higher patient satisfaction with the latter approach. If the excision can be planned such that the scar falls along the frontal aspect of the lower arm, then the scar may be visible only when the patient raises his/her arms.

As with many plastic surgical procedures, the planning of the incisions and resulting scar line is critical. However, even with attention to detail, the resulting scars may not be ideal and revisionary surgery is  often necessary to improve the appearance (for example, the width) of the scars.

Thank you for the question–I hope this helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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8851 Center Drive
San Diego, CA 91942

Bat wings

A brachioplasty is a great operation to treat bat wings which develop when a patient has very loose arms most commonly after massive weight loss.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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1049 Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10028

Brachioplasty for Excess Skin in Upper Arms

A brachioplasty is essentially an upper arm lift. In this procedure, the excess hanging skin and fat in the upper arm is removed. Its the procedure used to correct the common "bat wing" of skin that manifests in patients who have lost a significant amount of weight. 

C. Bob Basu, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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6400 Fannin
Houston, TX 77030

Correction of "Bat Wings"

If the degree of skin laxity extends from the arm pit region down to the elbow, than a brachioplasty or arm lift is required to remove the excess skin. Liposuction is often added to help achieve the best contour. An arm tuck is a confusing term. Patients that have laxity at just the upper part of the arm may benefit from a short scar arm lift (which could also be called and arm tuck). TO see what id the best procedure to meet your goals, find a plastic surgeon with a lot of experience performing these procedures.

Joseph Michaels, MD
Bethesda Plastic Surgeon
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11404 Old Georgetown Rd #206
Rockville, MD 20852

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