They’re usually referred to as “the bat wings.” That unwanted flabby, loose skin that dangles from the under part of the arm. One of the latest trends in plastic surgery targets that area between the underarm and elbow and tightens the skin giving you a lean look. It’s called brachioplasty, also known as arm lift surgery.
Many patients seeking brachioplasty have recently lost a lot of weight and that has left excess skin on many areas of the body. However, age and genetic factors can also lead to the batwing effect creating a droopy or sagging skin in the upper arms.
The surgeon will create an incision from the armpit to the elbow. The surgeon then removes the excess skin and fat. Expect there to be a scar when you’re done. Each patient is different and the length of the scar is different for each surgery. Many patients return home needing to wear long sleeve shirts until the scar fully heals. If you don’t have much excess fat, then a mini-arm lift might be more suitable. It leaves a much smaller scar located in the armpit where people won’t see it.
As with any surgery, swelling and some bruising is to be expected and you may be required to wear a compression sock over the wound. Women who have had a mastectomy should check whether they would make a suitable candidate.