Gravity is the ultimate superhero. It has no match when it comes to unrelenting power and duration. Just ask your skin, which gets owned by the forces of gravity every day, pulling it downward, making it hang and sag.
The underside of your upper arms is particularly susceptible to the pull of gravity and it can result in the dreaded phenomenon known as “bat wings.” And, while the Dark Knight could benefit from having bat wings in his arsenal, most regular, non-vengeance-seeking humans aren’t so fond of them.
Bat wings? You know them — those unsightly, inelastic flabby areas on the underside of both upper arms.
Dr. Fedele, although he doesn’t have his own DC Comic, is a superhero of sorts when it comes to battling this unfortunate sign of aging. He can fix your bat wings with a plastic surgery procedure called brachioplasty, commonly known as an arm lift. This procedure removes excess skin and fat in the upper arms.
If a person is overweight, there is a perception that simply losing weight will firm up the upper arms. Actually, this can make the problem worse. The same is true of performing only liposuction on the upper arm area.
An arm lift, sometimes done in conjunction with liposuction, is the path recommended path by Dr. Fedele.
How does Dr. Fedele perform an arm lift?
For an arm lift, Dr. Fedele makes the incision either on the inside or on the back of the arm near the elbow. The length and pattern of the incision, which could extend all the way up to the underarm, will depend on the amount and location of the excess skin present. Fat deposits in the area may be removed through excision or liposuction. Once the fat has been removed, the supportive tissues in the arm are tightened and contoured using internal sutures. The skin is then re-draped and smoothed to conform to the new tighter contour.
What results can I expect?
After an arm lift, there will be bruising and swelling, but your new firmer upper arms will be noticeable immediately after the procedure. There will also be a scar, but it is usually hidden on the underside of your arm. You’ll need to wear compression sleeves during your recovery to help your arms adapt to their new contours.
An arm lift can bring long-lasting results, especially when the patient maintains a stable weight and exercises regularly. However, the firmness of the arms may still be affected by the natural effects of aging.
Interested in losing those bat wings? Call Dr. Fedele at 216-464-1616 and let’s talk about an arm lift.