Lipo of the upper arms is becoming an increasingly popular treatment among women these days. So-called “bat wings” are a common problem, and it’s an issue that many women seek liposuction to resolve. However, having arm liposuction before and after middle age can have different results. This is something that anyone considering this procedure should be aware of.

Bat Wings – A Middle-Aged Problem

Bat wings are unsightly areas of excess fat in the upper arm that can lead to a lack of self-confidence. Women who have this problem avoid wearing strappy tops and dresses and hide their arms in sleeves. This can be limiting when it comes to wardrobe choices. It is also uncomfortable in the summer. It’s no wonder, then, that so many people who experience this issue want to have arm lipo. One consideration to keep in mind is that many women who suffer from this problem are middle-aged or older. When it comes to liposuction, age can be an important factor. 

Why Is Age an Issue for Liposuction?

Liposuction permanently removes the fat cells from the treated area. The procedure restores a slimmer, more toned appearance. In the case of the upper arms, it can remove the excess fat. However, the procedure cannot remove excess skin. 

When having arm lipo, skin elasticity is a key consideration. When you remove the fat cells, the skin must be able to contract back into position. This means that the skin must have sufficient stretch to return to tautness. In younger women, skin tends to have better elasticity. This means the surgeon can remove the fat, and the skin of the arms will eventually return to a taut appearance. 

When it comes to older women, though, the skin is naturally less elastic. This can cause a problem when having liposuction. When the surgeon removes the fat cells, the skin may become looser and saggier. Without sufficient elasticity in the skin, the arms will continue to have loose skin after the surgeon has finished the procedure. The arms will not return to a taut appearance. This loose skin may look even worse than it did before the surgery.

Evaluating Elasticity

Since skin elasticity is a concern for women who are planning arm liposuction, a skilled surgeon’s evaluation is vital. An experienced cosmetic surgeon will be able to advise whether the procedure is suitable. Some older women still retain sufficient elasticity in their upper arms for arm lipo to be viable. Yet, others will not be able to benefit from this type of surgery. When you attend your consultation, your surgeon will be able to examine your skin elasticity. He or she will then be able to let you know whether you will be suitable for the procedure.

Are There Any Other Options to Reduce My Bat Wings?

If you have excess skin on your upper arms and excess fat, liposuction may not work for you. This is especially the case if you are older and your skin has lost its natural elasticity. Luckily, there are still options available to help you reduce your bat wings. A brachioplasty, or arm lift, is a suitable alternative. This procedure can remove both skin and fat. As a result, you can achieve beautifully slim and toned upper arms without needing good skin elasticity. Many older women choose this procedure and experience an excellent outcome.

The suitability of arm liposuction before and after middle age will depend on each individual’s skin. Arrange your consultation with Dr. Su at Artistic Lipo and Plastic Surgery today, and you can obtain expert advice.