As we age, certain changes happen all over the body which makes us look older. One of the biggest components of aging that the skin loses its elasticity and starts to sag. One of the most common areas where this happens is the arms, leading to baggy or bat arms. Let us see how this can be treated.
What are bat arms?
Bat arms or baggy arms are the terms given to excess loose skin in the arms which sags. When it sags it looks like the wings of a bat, hence the term bat arms. This can be a major concern, especially when wearing sleeveless dresses
Why do bat arms happen?
There are several reasons for this
- Loss of collagen in the skin with age
- Weight gain and loss that happens with pregnancy
- After massive weight loss and bariatric surgery
- After menopause- hormonal changes lead to loss of skin elasticity and bat arms
Bat arms treatment
In mild cases, where there isn’t much extra skin and only extra fat, liposuction can be done. To learn more about liposuction click here.
In most cases where there is a lot of extra skin, the traditional treatment for sagging arms is an arm lift or brachioplasty
What is arm lift or brachioplasty?
It is a surgical procedure where extra skin in the arm is removed
- It is done under general anesthesia
- An ellipse of extra skin from the arm pit to the elbow is marked and removed
- The skin is then stitched closed.
Does arm lift leave a scar?
Brachioplasty gives a scar on the back of the arm that is not visible from the front
Arm lift recovery
It is done as a daycare case under general anesthesia. The patient goes home the same day. Sutures are present which are removed after a week. The patient can resume normal activities after 10 days
Upper body workouts can be resumed after 3-4 weeks
The scars fade over 3-6 months
Is there any scarless alternative?
Until recently there was no good alternative to an arm lift. Nonsurgical treatments were often promoted but weren’t very effective, especially when there was a lot of extra skin. Hence many patients were left unhappy as they didn’t want a scar that would be visible with sleeveless dresses.
Recently, however, there has emerged a technology which can fill this gap between less effective non surgical treatments and scarring surgery- the INMODE bodytite platform.
What is the INMODE bodytite platform?
It is a device that uses radiofrequency energy to cause skin contraction, and can therefore help with extra skin.
How is this different from other machines?
- It uses energy both below and above the skin which gives superior results to other devices
- It has a special probe named bodytite which is large and accurate enough to be used on the body safely and effectively. Other devices do not have this level of accuracy
How is BODYTITE done?
It is done as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia, patient goes home in half an hour. Hence it has a much shorter downtime than a traditional brachioplasty. The patient can resume activities in2-3 days.
Is Bodytite safe?
The device has numerous safeguards built in which ensure complete safety. The results are seen immediately, with best results after 6 weeks and improving even further over 12 months
The procedure can either be done at the same time as liposuction, or later as a secondary procedure
Who is a candidate for this procedure?
The best candidates for this procedure are those with a moderate amount of skin excess, who don’t want a surgical procedure.
Patients with sever skin excess, after massive weight loss may still require an arm lift.
To know more click here.