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You’re Not a Flying Mammal — You Don’t Need Bat Wings!

As our skin loosens and sags with age, few areas are more noticeable, particularly during summertime and its sleeveless fashions, than your upper arms. When you move your arm, the underside of your upper arm can swing and flap. This unfortunate phenomenon is colloquially known as having “bat wings.”

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 is long gone. Now your arms flap when you move them.

And, while bat wings are fine for comic books, they have no place in your life. Fortunately, an arm lift from Dr. Malamet can return your upper arms to their former firmer, more contoured state.

Do you need an arm lift?

arm liftIf you move your arm and the underside of the upper portion adjacent to your armpit swings, it’s probably time for an arm lift. If you avoid wearing sleeveless blouses all summer, it’s probably time for an arm lift.

If you have loose, excess, or sagging skin on your upper arms that doesn’t respond to exercise an arm lift is the only way to tighten things up.

The procedure

An arm lift removes 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. Malamet then removes excess fat and skin, and tightens the underlying muscles. When the procedure is complete, you’ll wear compression garments around your upper arms during your recovery 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. But known that some swelling can last up to three months. Scars will fade over the next 18 months to where they will not be overly noticeable.

Tired of those bat wings? Leave them to Batman. Let Dr. Malamet give you back the toned upper arms of your youth with an arm lift. Call to set up a consultation, 818-380-3130.