“Bat wings” or flabby arms are an aesthetic concern that many women face. Flabby upper arms are resistant to diet and exercise. Till recently, brachioplasty or invasive arm lift surgery was the only option to address the issue. Today, advances in technology and plastic surgery techniques make it easy to get rid of that excess fat with a scarless arm lift. Invented by plastic surgeons Dr. Spero Theodorou and Dr. Christopher T. Chia of bodySCULPT® in NYC, this innovative technique can provide you with smooth, shapely arms without the unavoidable visible scars associated with traditional arm lift surgery. The minimally-invasive procedure, BodyTite™ on arms (ArmTite), is performed using the FDA-approved BodyTite radiofrequency-assisted liposuction (RFAL) platform.
Saggy underarms are usually the result of weight fluctuations which cause the skin to stretch, not exercising the upper arm area, aging, reduced muscle tone, and gravitational forces. Most people find that those unwanted deposits of fat in the upper arms refuse to go away even with stringent diets and rigorous exercise.
If your concern is just excess fat, then liposuction on arms would be enough, but it would offer very little in terms of skin tightening. When excess fat and excess skin are both concerns, then BodyTite liposuction is the most reliable solution. BodyTite in NYC removes the unwanted fat pockets and tightens the excess skin between the underarm and elbow. The procedure can provide your upper arms with a toned, youthful look, with minimal side effects and discomfort, and importantly, no visible scars. Unlike traditional arm lift surgery or brachioplasty, ArmTite helps you achieve the well-shaped arms you desire without extensive downtime.
The procedure begins with administering local anesthesia to the treatment area, avoiding the usual risks associated with general anesthesia that can affect your heart rate and blood pressure. A tiny incision is then made in the skin of the upper arm to insert the cannula used for BodyTite treatment. The RF energy delivered via the cannula gently liquefies the unwanted fat cells quickly, allowing them to be easily removed.
BodyTite uses bipolar radiofrequency technology for superior skin tightening effects. The device features two parallel probes, one that passes below the skin and the other that passes directly above the skin. The radiofrequency energy passes between the two probes, melting fat on the inside while simultaneously causing skin to contract and tighten, allowing the surgeon sculpt the arms to achieve the ideal shape.
The key benefits of BodyTite for arms are:
- Arm lift without scars
- Outpatient procedure
- Recontouring effects are immediately visible
- Significant skin tightening
- Minimal pain, swelling and bruising
- Short downtime
- Quick recovery
Due to minimal surgical trauma and downtime, most patients return to routine activities soon. Depending upon the area treated and the amount of fat removed, the recovery time and results vary. Larger areas will require a longer recovery time and results is patient specific. Best results appear 6-12 weeks after the procedure. It’s important to follow your surgeon’s instructions on exercise and other matters after arm lift surgery to obtain optimal results. Importantly, a healthy lifestyle is necessary to maintain the outcomes.
As there are limits to the amount of fat that can be removed and the extent of skin that can be tightened, not everyone is a good candidate for the BodyTite arm lift. If you are a suitable candidate, ArmTite is the ideal option to resolve those saggy upper arms before summer arrives.