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The upper arms are a common trouble spot for excess skin and tissue. Age, weight loss, genetics and other factors can contribute to flabby upper arms or “bat wings.” Droopy upper arms can make some people self-conscious. Many people hide their upper arms under shirts and cover-ups even when they are at the beach. A solution to sagging skin or fat on the upper arms is brachioplasty, or an arm lift. Maia Plastic Surgery offers a short-scar arm lift at our clinic in the Washington, DC, area.

Loose skin on the upper arms is a common issue after weight loss, but that is not the only cause of the dreaded “bat wing.” Skin loses elasticity as you get older, and it is also common to lose some muscle with age. The jiggly skin and tissue under the upper arms are not always avoidable, as genetics can play a factor as well. While exercise can help tone the muscle on the upper arms, it cannot reduce excess or loose skin. To tighten and firm excess upper arm skin, cosmetic plastic surgery is the only long-term solution.

Crescent Lift in the Armpit

Traditional brachioplasty requires an incision that extends from the armpit down the arm to remove excess skin and fat. Not everyone needs this procedure to address excess fat and skin on the upper arms. A more discreet option is the short-scar arm lift, which uses a smaller incision hidden in the armpit. This is also known as a crescent lift in the armpit. This procedure can be used to liposuction fat from the upper arm and excise some extra skin to tighten and firm flabby upper arms.

If you want to transform your “bat wings” into firm, youthful upper arms, contact our team at Maia Plastic Surgery. We offer the short scar arm lift for a discreet alternative to traditional brachioplasty. To discuss whether you are a candidate for a crescent lift in armpit procedure, contact our practice today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Maia at our facility in Tysons Corner, VA.

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I recently had Dysport injected by NP Kristina, and I could not be happier with the outcome. I can already see some of the results few days post-injections! I love how quickly Dysport softens the wrinkles, without giving you the "frozen look". Just in time for the upcoming holidays! Earlier this year, I did 3 Morpheus-8 treatments to my face and neck, and I am CONSTANTLY being complimented on how good my skin looks. Worth every penny! I also had fillers injected by Dr. Maia and Kristina. Dr. Maia did my under-eye, which I am obsessed about... what a change! Kristina injected my lips, chin, jawline, and cheeks. My face looks more proportional and guess what.... I FINALLY HAVE A CHIN :) Thank you, Dr. Maia, Kristina, and the Team. You're the best. I will surely be back for more.

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I had tummy tuck and muscle repair with Dr. Maia 3 months ago. I couldn't be happier. I am 44 and I got my 25 year old body back after tummy tuck with Dr. Maia. The initial consult was great. The surgery was fast. The post op care was excellent. Dr. Maia and team assured me that I had great post recovery and everything going okay. I had no complication whatsoever. The incission was very small and low which I love. She is amazing and caring surgeon. He teams are very responsive and wonderful. I am very happy with the result and everything.

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