Bats Need to Have Flappy Arms, You Don’t!

Gravity is a tough so and so. Although it does keep us from flying off into space (nice), it also pulls every inch of our skin downward every second of every day (bad). The upper arms are not immune to gravity, developing what is commonly referred to as “bat wings.” You could go live on the International Space Station to combat its effects, or you could have Dr. Kirwin perform an arm lift.

The problem is that as you age, particularly if you’ve gained and lost a good deal of weight, the elasticity in the skin and support tissue of your upper arms has gone the way of the Passenger Pigeon. Now your arms flap when you move them, connoting images of the dreaded bat wings.

And, while bat wings are fine for those who live on the ceiling of caves, they have no place in your life. An arm lift from Dr. Kirwan can be back firmer, more contoured arms.

Who should get an arm lift?

arm liftIf your loose, flappy upper arms bother you, it’s probably time for an arm lift. Some people think liposuction will help in these cases, but that will actually make the problem worse. Why? Liposuction does nothing to correct looseness in the skin.

Generally, you could have the procedure if you have loose, excess, or sagging skin on your upper arms that doesn’t respond to exercise. Or, if you’ve lost lots of weight, yet the excess skin on your upper arms didn’t go away with the weight, an arm lift can help.

The procedure

The goal of an arm lift is to eliminate the excess skin and fat from the upper arms, creating a more contoured appearance. An incision is made on either the bottom of your arm or the backside. It runs usually from the elbow to the armpit. Dr. Kirwan removes excess fat, tightens the underlying muscles, and removes excess skin. In some cases, he will include liposuction with the arm lift if fat pockets are a concern. When the procedure is complete, you’ll go home with compression garments around your upper arms to help them adapt to their new smaller, tighter contour.


Most arm lift patients return to work after one week, and can resume normal exercise and activity within a month. Full results can take up to a year to show themselves. And there will be scarring and it will be visible, but the scars will fade over the next 18 months to where they will not be overly noticeable.

Tired of those bat wings? Leave them to those winged mammals. Let Dr. Kirwan give you back firm, contoured upper arms with an arm lift. Call our Norwalk, New York, or London offices to set up a consultation.

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