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Getting Rid of Bingo Wings

Bingo wings are just another byproduct of the aging process, when the skin loses its natural elasticity, causing it to sag.

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You may have heard of bingo wings - the folds of loose skin and fat that hang from the undersides of the upper arms, often associated with women of a certain age.

But it is not fair to brand bingo wings a ‘woman’s problem’, as men can also suffer from wobbly upper arms.

Bingo wings are just another byproduct of the aging process, when the skin loses its natural elasticity, causing it to sag.

Anyone can get bingo wings, but the problem is worse for people suffering from obesity. This is because the skin stretches more quickly if there is the weight of extra fat hanging from it. But even after losing this excess weight, problematic loose skin remains.

The appearance of bingo wings can be made worse by sun damage, as exposure to UV light can accelerate the aging process, meaning the skin loses its natural elasticity, leading to sagging and wrinkling. Genetics can also play a part in the development of bingo wings.

Bingo wings can cause physical discomfort. Those who have them may find it difficult to fit into long sleeved clothing comfortably, while the thought of bearing their arms in a strappy top fills them with anxiety.

But how can you get rid of bingo wings? We will explore the options available to you below.

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Exercise

Exercise can help to tone the upper arms, and anyone concerned about the appearance of bingo wings should consider introducing resistance training to their exercise regimen.

If fat in the upper arms is the problem, then weight training and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) are good ways to tackle the problem. A HIIT workout involves short bouts of intense work lasting anywhere from 10 to 60 seconds, followed immediately by a period of active recovery for a similar time. This cycle is repeated several times during the workout.

If sagging skin on the upper arms is an issue, then you should look to build up your muscles in the area with press ups, tricep dips, shoulder presses, arm circles and bicep circles. Lifting weights will also help to build muscles in the arms, shoulders and chest area.

However, the effectiveness of exercise on bingo wings varies from person to person. In some cases these exercises can help to lessen the appearance of sagging underarms, but not always. If there are significant amounts of excess sagging skin, left behind by weight loss for example, then a surgical procedure is usually the only option for getting rid of bingo wings.

However an exercise routine which includes a mixture of resistance training and cardio is beneficial for your overall health, so we would recommend introducing arm and upper body exercises into your workout if you do not do them already.

Non-surgical treatments

There are some non-surgical treatments which may be used to help with the appearance of wobbling or sagging skin on the upper arms.

Ultherapy uses ultrasound technology to lift and tighten the skin. Alternatively, Profhilo is used to firm the skin in the upper arm area, resulting in a smoother, younger-looking arm. 

The benefit of non-surgical treatments is that they involve no incisions, they are quick to perform and there is no downtime afterwards. However non-surgical treatments are not as effective as a surgical arm lift for getting rid of bingo wings. 

If you have a lot of fat or sagging skin, then non-surgical treatments will not be an option for you.

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Brachioplasty

Also known as an arm lift or arm reduction, brachioplasty is a surgical procedure to remove loose skin and excess fat deposits on the upper arm. The procedure involves a combination of skin excision and liposuction.

Firstly lipo is used to gently remove fat from the arm. The loose skin hanging down underneath the arm is then removed.

There are three different types of arm lift that we offer here at the Cadogan Clinic: mini brachioplasty (for people with little excess skin and fat in the upper arms), standard brachioplasty (for those with a moderate amount of excess skin and fat) and extended brachioplasty. 

Mini brachioplasty involves a single crescent-shaped incision under the armpit, while a standard brachioplasty involves two separate incisions, one stretching from the armpit to just above the elbow, and another on the back of the arm from the armpit to just above the elbow. During this particular procedure, the fat and excess skin are removed and the underlying tissues are then tightened and reshaped.

Extended brachioplasty sees the surgeon make an incision from the elbow, through the armpit, and into the side of the chest. This technique is rarely used as it can cause scarring extending to the side of the chest.

An arm lift is a quick and effective way of getting rid of bingo wings, giving definition to untoned arms and bringing the arms back into proportion with the rest of the body.

Liposuction or skin excision only

Occasionally an arm lift can be performed with liposuction only, without the need for skin excision. Liposuction only is most common in younger patients who still have a good amount of skin elasticity. 

Skin excision-only procedures are most common among thinner patients who have lost a large amount of weight, leaving excess skin behind.

In conclusion, arm lift surgery is the only way to get rid of troublesome bingo wings for good. 

The brachioplasty results will be permanent so long as you maintain your body weight following surgery.

The aging process will continue from your new post-procedure point, and skin laxity will gradually increase over time. But of course the aging process will have restarted from a far better point, so it should be many years before any sagging becomes noticeable again.

We have invited a selection of the country's very best consultants to join us at the Cadogan Clinic so that you can be sure that you will be seeing one of the top arm lift practitioners in the country. Book an appointment with one of our experts here at the clinic and find out how we can help to get rid of your bingo wings for good.


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A brachioplasty is a surgical procedure to remove loose skin and excess fat deposits on the upper arm.

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