Sagging and fatty upper arms, commonly known as the dreaded ‘bingo wings’, can be a major source of distress to many women and women, but until the advent of VASER they were traditionally difficult to treat.
If you’re overweight or even if you’ve lost lots of weight in the past then it can be near impossible to tone up and tighten loose skin on the upper arms with exercise alone. Even women who have been very slim and toned all their lives will suffer from sagging skin on the upper arms as our metabolism slows down as we age and we naturally lose skin elasticity and tissue volume.
The surgical solution to bingo wings is known as a brachioplasty – an incision is made part or all of the way down the inside of the upper arm and excess skin and fatty tissue is removed, before the skin is stitched together. Although the arms will be much tauter, the recovery after a brachioplasty can be prolonged and you will be left with a long scar on the arm that can be difficult to hide. Many men and women find they still have to wear long sleeves to hide the scar.
Liposuction of the upper arms is possible but it will not reduce excess skin and liposuction is less suited to treating areas such as the upper arms which require a degree of delicacy and skill to produce the desired contours.
VASER Liposelection has emerged as an effective alternative treatment for the upper arms, leaving them looking and feeling more defined, toned and taut. As well as removing fat cells, the ultrasound energy heats the tissues causing collagen fibres to shrink and contract so for those patients with a moderate degree of skin laxity you see a pleasing tightening of the skin on the upper arms.
In the hands of Dr Joshua Berkowitz, VASER is a very gentle treatment which can produce detailed, precise results, perfect for the arms and other delicate areas that do not respond as well to more invasive procedures. Recovery is also much less prolonged after VASER then other procedures, which is ideal for an area such as the arms that is more difficult to rest post-procedure.