When your body has more calories than it needs, it converts these calories into fat. For a lot of women, that fat tends to accumulate around the armpits, back and upper arms, as well as the midriff and thighs.
Extra fat under your arms and on your back can make you feel uncomfortable with and without your clothes. Underarm fat can make your bra dig into your skin and make wearing sleeveless tops and dresses an embarrassment. If a combination of exercise and diet have not helped you lose this fat, you want want a little help in the form of fat removal.
Most of us at some point in out life find that annoying bit of fat seeping out over the top of the bra straps or under the arms – it can happen post-pregnancy, during the menapause or simply due to a few too many calories. Whatever the cause, there is a remedy for it. Added to that, as we age our skin loses elasticity and becomes lose and saggy, muscle tone diminishes and we can be left with droopy back. What can be done to get rid of it? Bodytite®, Body-Jet®.
Loose or crepey skin on the upper arms, or ‘bingo wings’ as they are often called, suddenly appears out of nowhere! You don’t even need to be overweight to have flabby upper arms, fat will naturally accumulate there and the ageing process plus sun damage means we lose skin elasticity making the skin saggy and wrinkly. If joining the gym doesn’t work for you (and it doesn’t for most of us!) here are some treatments that will remove fat and tighten that loose skin.
Surgical Arm Lift and Reduction (Brachioplasty)
Arm reduction and lift (Brachioplasty) is a procedure that surgically removes excess skin from the under side of the upper arm. It is usually performed on patients with loose and sagging skin on the upper arms, either after drastic weight loss, or from the passing of time and general ageing. Sometimes, liposuction is also used to remove excess fat from the armpit or fat at the same time. An arm lift is most appropriate for patient who are at their best weight.
An upper arm reduction or an arm lift is performed under a general anaesthetic, that means you are asleep.The procedure usually takes about two hours. An incision is made from the armpit to the elbow. Skin and fat are removed, the remaining tissues all be stitched together to give a tighter, smoother inner arm. Small drains are often inserted to help fluid drain away from the wound, dressings are applied along with elasticated bandages to give support. Pain relief medication will also be given to you.
Most patients stay in hospital overnight and the drains are removed and dressings are changed the next day. It will take about two weeks to initially recover from this procedure, with no heavy lifting for six to eight weeks.
You will need to wear a tight fitting arm garment for the first two weeks day and night to support the area. Your scars will be permanent but will eventually start to fade, this may take up to 12 months, silicone gel tape can help with the healing process, talk to your surgeon about it.