Upper arm fat or “bat wings” are a major aesthetic concern among both men and women. Caused by factors such as excessive weight loss, heredity, and natural aging, flabby upper arms most often do not respond to even rigorous diet and exercise. The only option that was available to address the problem was a traditional arm lift or brachioplasty. However, while this cosmetic surgical procedure can remove a large amount of fat, it involves extensive downtime and long scars which are difficult to camouflage. Today, there is a solution to these concerns – the scarless BodyTite arm lift. This innovative procedure involves no incisions, unsightly scars, or long downtime and provides excellent results.
BodyTite radiofrequency-assisted liposuction (RFAL) in Manhattan is performed by plastic surgeons who have extensive expertise in using the FDA-approved BodyTite device. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Scarless Arm Lift:
- What is BodyTite Arm Lift (Scarless)?
Brachioplasty or invasive arm lift surgery was the only option to address flabby arms or batwings, but as it involves long scars and extensive downtime. The BodyTite arm lift or Armtite is an innovative minimally-invasive procedure that makes it easy to get rid of that excess upper arm fat without surgery. Invented by plastic surgeons Dr. Spero Theodorou and Dr. Christopher T. Chia of bodySCULPT® in NYC, this innovative technique can provide an ideal patient with smooth, shapely arms without the unavoidable visible scars, long downtime and incisions associated with traditional arm lift surgery. The minimally-invasive procedure, BodyTite™ on arms (ArmTite), is performed using the FDA-approved BodyTite radiofrequency-assisted liposuction (RFAL) platform.
- How is ArmTite different from Traditional Arm Lift Surgery?
Traditional invasive arm lift surgery or brachioplasty requires administering general anesthesia to create a long incision to extract the unwanted fat from the upper arm region, and involves surgical trauma, long downtime, and slow healing. BodyTite melts the stubborn fat pockets and reshape arms without surgery. Unlike traditional liposuction, BodyTite arm lift leaves no scars and is recognized for its special ability to tighten the skin up to 40%. It is an ideal option for patients who are not severe enough for traditional brachioplasty. Expert surgeons perform the procedure under local anesthesia, avoiding the usual risks associated with general anesthesia.
- What happens during the Procedure?
The procedure begins with administering local anesthesia to the treatment area. A tiny incision is then made in the skin of the upper arm to insert the cannula used for BodyTite treatment. The RF energy delivered via the cannula gently liquefies the unwanted fat cells quickly, allowing them to be easily removed. Performed on an outpatient basis, this procedure takes approximately 30-45 minutes, though this would depend on the extent of the area treated and other individual considerations. The procedure simultaneously tightens the skin and coagulates the tissues, which helps the surgeon sculpt the arms to achieve the ideal shape.
- How does BodyTite Tighten Skin?
BodyTite in NYC uses bipolar radiofrequency technology for superior skin tightening effects. The device features two parallel probes, one that passes below the skin and the other that passes directly above the skin. The radiofrequency energy passes between the two probes, melting fat on the inside while simultaneously causing skin to contract and tighten, allowing the surgeon sculpt the arms to achieve the ideal shape.
- Who is a Good Candidate for the BodyTite Arm Lift?
The BodyTite arm lift is a suitable option for patients with loose, crepe-like skin in the lower inner arm area near the arm pit and not much extra fatty tissue. They should have good skin elasticity and a stable weight. It’s important to follow your surgeon’s instructions on exercise and other matters to obtain optimal results. Importantly, a healthy lifestyle is necessary to maintain the outcomes.
- What are the benefits of this Treatment?
- Arm lift without scars
- Outpatient procedure
- Re-contouring effects are immediately visible
- Significant skin tightening
- Minimal pain, swelling and bruising
- Short downtime
- Quick recovery
- What is Recovery Time for Arm Lift?
With minimal surgical trauma and downtime, the procedure allows most patients return to routine activities within 48 hours, without experiencing any risks or complications. However, recovery time and results will vary based on the area treated and the amount of fat removed. Best results appear 6-12 weeks after the procedure. One study found that 81% patients returned to work within 1-3 days of the procedure. However, arm exercises should be delayed for at least 6-8 weeks.
As this arm lift involves a specialized liposuction technique, it’s important that you choose a plastic surgeon who is an expert at it. An experienced plastic surgeon can provide effective, long-lasting results for the Scarless BodyTite arm lit in NYC. In an AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practice, you can expect end-to-end care and support all through the treatment, right from initial consultation till full recovery.