Taking Care of “Batwings”

I haven’t heard of this term until recently, and I do think the name is pretty stupid, but with the exposure of Michelle Obama’s finely toned arms, more and more people are talking about the “Batwing” procedure. “Batwing” is slang for the loose skin of the upper arm that many people get with aging and weight loss. We have two surgeries to treat it: liposuction and brachioplasty. I’m not a big fan of either procedure, since liposuction doesn’t tighten up the arm skin and a brachioplasty results in a long scar. Nevertheless, I will often liposuction the upper arms of people who complain about excessive fat there. It can be effective.

Maybe we can come up with a better slang term someday.

To read an interview I did for Truth in Aging.com on treating “batwings,” click here.

Photo credit: TruthinAging.com

Thanks for reading.
Michigan-based Plastic Surgeon
Anthony Youn, M.D.

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  1. I have called them Grandma Arms for the last few years. Not so politically correct…

    Comment by Laura on March 17, 2009 at 12:23 pm

  2. Also called Bingo Wings in the UK due to the flapping of elderly ladies underarms when playing bingo.

    Comment by Anonymous on March 17, 2009 at 3:47 pm

  3. Author Stephanie Klein called batwings “the Haddassah wave.” I like that terminology better.

    Comment by Ellen Gerstein on March 18, 2009 at 9:11 am

  4. Love Mrs. Obama’s toned arms – an inspiration to me. Yesterday and this afternoon after seeing her picture on your site, Dr. Youn, I worked out with the 5-lb weights again. Jennifer Aniston too – an amazing inspiration….sigh!

    Comment by Anonymous on March 19, 2009 at 8:46 pm

  5. A German slang word for “Batwings” is “Winkfleisch”. This is also not so nice, but I like it…

    Comment by Anonymous on March 27, 2009 at 10:53 am

  6. We call them extra-friendly arms, they keep on waving after you’ve stopped.

    Comment by Anonymous on March 28, 2009 at 4:09 pm

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