Flabby Upper Arms?

Upper Arm Lift and Arm Liposuction Surgery

Got Wings?

Some people have what’s commonly called “bat wings,” “bingo wings” or “tuck-shop arms.” Fortunately, upper arm lift surgery by Dr Patrick Briggs of Melbourne can help you get your arm skin to a more comfortable level. In our blog “all about upper arm lift surgery” we discuss bilateral Brachioplasty procedures.

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What is a Bilateral Brachioplasty?

A bilateral Brachioplasty is upper arm skin & arm circumference reduction surgery. Bilateral means the surgery is performed on both arms. Some people with a problem on only one side of their body might choose a unilateral Brachioplasty but most patients have a bilateral procedure, meaning the redundant (excess) skin folds and unwanted arm-fat is reduced on both arms. The incision is usually but not always made on the inside of the arm between the armpit and elbow to help reduce the visibility of the arm surgery scar when the hands are by the sides.

Upper arm surgery to reduce flappy arm skin is one of the body lift / body contouring and skin reduction surgeries available to men and women who have excess skin folds due to overcoming obesity, or simply genetics, ageing and body mass index changes (weight fluctuations) that resulted in stretched skin that expands larger than the underlying support structures and hence, results in a sagging, drooping upper arm condition many in Australia call ‘bingo wings’ or ‘tuck shop arms’.

Bingo Wing Arms and Arm Reduction

  • Flabbiness, a large circumference of the upper arms, and loose upper arm skin near the triceps area is a VERY common skin condition. It often occurs in people who have either lost body weight, had a reduction in skin elasticity or muscle firmness due to ageing, menopause or skin atrophy, and people who have higher fat-to-muscle ratios in their upper arms.
  • This leaves women and men with flappy ‘upper arm’ wings that may prohibit what they can wear, or how comfortable they feel in public.
  • It is particularly common in formerly obese individuals who have lost weight and are left with skin folds requiring skin reduction surgery.
  • No amount of exercise will reduce skin, although having a high muscle-to-fat ratio can sometimes help.
  • Redundant, loose skin and areas of arm fat that are exercise-resistant need a surgical solution if you’re wanting thinner, firmer looking upper arms after weight loss or loose skin concners.

What are Bat Wings or Arm Wings?

Arm wings are flabby, saggy upper arm skin that typically results from a combination of factors such as those listed below. Why do so many women and men have them in later life?

  • Sagging skin on the arms or body may relate to skin laxity problems or skin stretching from weight changes or yo-yo-dieting.
  • Hormonal changes, weight changes and genetics all play a part.
  • The person’s weight and height (which are used in calculating a BMI) also play a part.
  • Many individuals over the age of 40 or 50 find they have some excess skin on their upper arm area.
  • Females are often more impacted by this condition than are males and are more likely to seek plastic surgery to adjust and reduce their upper arm volume for comfort, exercise freedoms and skin chaffing reduction.
  • Is it difficult to fit into some sleeves shirts?
  • Are you embarrassed when you want to wear something sleeveless in summer?
  • Are you uncomfortable with the flapping sound of upper arm skin that droops and sags from the triceps area?

Some individuals do end up with quite a bit of excess, redundant skin that is saggy or flabby and interferes with clothing choices. They try to exercise but nothing seems to make a major difference. So what’s the surgical solution?

  • Brachioplasty surgery is one potential solution for some patients who are bothered by the appearance and girth of their upper arms.
  • It does leave a scar, quite a lengthy one compared so some other procedures (but most serious body contouring procedures do leave rather long scars, other than breast augmentation on its own, which leaves a smaller scar of less than 3 to 4 cm for many patients)
  • The upper arm surgery scar, however, is typically strategically placed to be less visible (or even not visible) when the arms are by the sides.
  • The surgery also uses upper arm liposuction as well as surgical excision (this can vary depending on the patient).

A mature scar is seen on the inside of the arm in this patient education/Arm Lift Surgery photograph.

The Benefits of Arm Reduction

Surgery benefits are primarily in the areas of quality of life that surround:

  • Comfort
  • Skin health/fewer areas of chaffing or excess sweating
  • Self-confidence
  • Convenience during summer
  • Clothing choices
  • Exercise
  • Sounds (less flapping)
  • Easier overhead stretching or lifting without saggy upper arm skin getting in the way

For people with extreme degrees of excess skin folds on their upper arm area (between the armpit and the elbow), upper arm lift surgery may significantly enhance their quality of life and improve comfort and clothing choices.

Send an enquiry or phone us on (03) 8849 1444 today to ask about scheduling a no-obligation appointment with Dr Briggs or send an enquiry form – be sure to ask for your Guide to Arm Lift Surgery.

  • You may find most fashions with sleeves either highly uncomfortable or impossible to wear
  • Comfortable clothing becomes difficult to find
  • You may be very hesitant to go sleeveless, even in summer

Comfort and Large, Flabby Upper Arm Skin

  • Excess skin may flap when moving or exercising (a disconcerting sound for some people)
  • Concerned about raising arms, especially over the head (saggy skin becomes more obvious)
  • Arm bulk and sagging skin folds around the upper arm may also interfere with your comfort levels

Social Impact of Flabby Upper Arms

  • People may make hurtful comments about your upper arm appearance
  • Patients have reported feeling mistakenly judged as being “lazy” because of their arm size
  • You may feel self-conscious about your arms in social situations

All About Upper Arm Lift

  • Brachioplasty procedure is a surgical reduction of skin and subcutaneous tissue (fatty tissue) from your upper arm area.
  • The treated area usually extends from below your armpit to a variable distance towards the elbow.
  • Most Brachioplasty procedures also involve liposuction of the arm area prior to removing redundant (excess) skin.
  • The incision line is strategically placed to best minimise the visibility of the scar when arms are by your side.
  • A good Brachioplasty surgeon knows where to place the incision line for best overall results and optimal scar healing management.
  • Incision line scars can take 12 to 18 months to reach maturity (some patients scars mature earlier).
  • There are also healing aids and scar management treatments that can minimise or flatten scars.
Dr Patrick Briggs Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Dr Patrick Briggs
FRCS (Plas)

Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in Melbourne

Dr Patrick Briggs is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon. Both he and his team are dedicated to excellence in patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.

Not only does he offer high-quality results he also offers natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results. Furthermore, he is experienced in Breast, Body and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice. 

Dr Patrick Briggs is an expert in breast, face and body surgery for men and women.

How can we help?

Dr Briggs’ Patient Coordinators take pleasure in assisting you with any questions when considering a plastic surgery procedure. Please call the Hawthorn East clinic in Melbourne between 8 am – 6 pm on Weekdays.

Phone 1300 264 811Email us or Book a free 15-minute Call with Dr Patrick Briggs’s team.

What Next?

Want more information about your Procedure?

  • For more information about pricing and payment methods, please visit our page on Surgery Payment options.
  • Talk to our Patient Care Team from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday on 1300 264 811.
Dr Patrick Briggs consultation

What to Bring to Your Consultation

  • If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
  • Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
  • You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.

How to Book a Consultation

  • Dr Briggs Consultation fee is $300.
  • A referral from your GP or your specialist is helpful but not essential. However,
  • To claim any Medicare or Health Insurance you will need a referral.
  • Please contact the Patient Care Team at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery today to book your consultation.