Saggy arms can occur due to weight loss, age, or a combination of both. This creates what is called a “bat wing” effect which can make a patient look bigger than they are because the arms are disproportionate to the rest of the body. Luckily, there are options for patients experiencing saggy arms. So, what is the best procedure for saggy arms?
First, an arm lift surgery is the most effective and recommended in severe cases. It does involve an incision down the arm and some patients can find this unsightly. Patients who have lost massive amounts of weight often benefit most from an arm lift because they tend to have more skin to remove.
Next, in some cases, liposuction is an option. If a patient still has good skin quality and a small to moderate amount of extra, stubborn fat, Dr. Jonov can use liposuction to remove this. Over the months following surgery, the skin should retract over the patient’s new contours.
Finally, non-surgical liposuction using deoxycholic acid can help remove fat without surgery. This often requires multiple sessions and is best for patients with a small amount of fat versus those needing more extensive fat removal or skin tightening.
Dr. Jonov is a cosmetic surgeon who specializes in plastic surgeries of the face, breast, and body at Seattle Plastic Surgery.