Laser Body Reshaping – Arms
Excess hanging skin on the arms - with or without excess fat - is a common cosmetic problem in women, and in some men. The condition is well known by a number of unattractive terms, such as 'Bingo Wings', 'Bat Wings' and 'Flappy Arms' or 'Saggy Arms'. The common causes of this condition are genetics, the ageing process or significant weight loss and most cases are a result of a combination of these causes. The condition can be a source of embarrassment and prevents women from wearing some of their desired clothing.
Treatment of 'Bingo Wings' is tailored to each patient, depending on a critical analysis of the condition by an expert plastic/laser surgeon. The condition can be categorised, based on the extent/quality of hanging skin and the degree of excess fat in the area. More important is the woman’s view on the degree of scarring she will be left with in such a highly visible area.
The cosmetic surgical procedures available for this condition used to be either an arm lift or arm reduction (Brachioplasty). However, the introduction of the Cellulaze/Triplex laser workstation in July 2011 has opened a new era for the management of 'Bingo Wings'. Mild and moderate cases of these condition can now be successfully treated without paying the high price of visible scars on the upper arms. The main advantage of laser is to tighten and improve the quality of the skin by the formation of new collagen in the deep layer of the skin.
The Cellulaze/Triplex workstation delivers three different lasers to maximise the result and reduce the downtime of recovery. The 1440nm laser targets the fat while the 1320nm laser tightens the skin. The 1064nm laser seals off the tiny blood vessels to reduce post-op bruising, swelling and discomfort. Some of the severe cases of 'Bingo Wings' may also benefit from laser treatment before they have a standard arm reduction. Laser treatment can convert some of these cases to a short-scar arm reduction or even change them completely to an arm lift.
The Laser Arm Reduction procedure is a minimally-invasive surgery which is performed under local anaesthesia as walk-in, walk-out office procedure. The treated area is photographed and marked according to each part’s requirement. A local anaesthesia solution is injected through two to three small incisions. Once the area is numb, a small laser probe is introduced under the skin through the same incisions. The laser energy is then delivered to treat the fat and overlying skin. The patient is advised to wear a pressure garment for three to four weeks after surgery to maximise the result.
Compared to a standard arm reduction, laser arm reduction is much safer with less and fewer complications. Some patients who have had a laser treatment may suffer some mild swelling and bruising but this settles within a few days. Temporary loss or altered sensation has been reported but this has also settled within a few weeks. Other less common complications include infection, lumpy scars or uneven skin surface. All these complications can be effectively managed during the post-operative care all patients receive after their surgery.
An Arm Lift is a surgical procedure which is usually performed under general anaesthesia. It involves removal of an elliptical piece of skin from the armpit/top of arm area. The skin is then pulled from the upper arm towards the armpit. It results in a transverse scar in the armpit. It is only suitable for a few cases with a mild degree of 'Bingo Wings'.
Arm Reduction (Brachioplasty) is a surgical procedure which is usually performed under general anaesthesia. It involves removal of an elliptical piece of skin and fat along the arm, starting at the arm and finishing at the elbow. It results in a visible scar along the upper arm.