Bingo wings – otherwise known as the skin on the underside of your upper arms – can often be an area of the body where people can be self-conscious. It is an area of the body which is particularly prone to excess fat and is an area which can be hard to tackle with healthy eating and exercise. This is why some people choose to look at surgical options such as liposuction of bingo wings.
What are bingo wings?
Bingo wings is another term for the excess fat which is located beneath the arms. This is often more visible when the arm is raised as is in motion.
Bingo wings form when there is a lack of muscle definition in the arms. It can also be caused after undergoing a large weight loss. Bingo wings can also become more prominent as we naturally age and begin to lose skin laxity.
Bingo wings can cause problems with self-confidence and cause people to alter what style of clothing they wear, opting for clothes with long sleeves.
Am I a suitable candidate for liposuction of bingo wings?
You will be eligible to undergo surgery if you:
- Have excess fat on the underside of the arms which you are wanting to remove
- Are 18 years or older
- Are physically and mentally healthy
- Have reasonable skin laxity
- Have reasonable expectations about what the procedure can achieve
If you have excess skin, rather than excess fat, beneath the arms, you will not be considered eligible. Instead, you may wish to undergo an arm lift to remove the excess skin. If necessary, liposuction can be performed at the same time as the arm lift.
You will have to be a non-smoker, or be able to stop smoking at least two weeks before the procedure, as well as stop smoking during the recovery period.
How is bingo wing liposuction performed?
Bingo wing liposuction will be performed under a local anaesthetic. However, if you do not wish to be awake for the procedure, you may opt for a general anaesthetic. At Centre for Surgery, we exclusively use TIVA anaesthesia. You will be able to wake up much quicker, and will not experience that groggy feeling often associated with a traditional general anaesthetic.
Liposuction procedures at Centre for Surgery are performed using the PAL lipo method. This is a liposuction method which is commonly used by Centre for Surgery. Unlike other methods of liposuction, PAL lipo does not involve the use of heat, reducing the chance of bruising and swelling afterwards, and the chance of damage to the body during the procedure.
The arm is first injected with a solution which is a mixture of a local anaesthetic and a vasocontrictor. This not only numbs the area, reducing the risk of pain and discomfort but also reduces the risk of bleeding. Next, small incisions are made. Liposuction is then used to aspirate the fat globules, which ensures the blood vessels and stromal network are not damaged. A small, vibrating cannula is then used to break up the fat cells. Finally, the surgeon will sculpt the final layer of fat to ensure you achieve even looking results.
Bingo wing liposuction will be performed as a day case, and you will be able to return home one the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off.
What can I expect from the recovery period?
After bingo wing liposuction, you may experience some swelling, bruising and redness, particularly around the incision site. You may wish to apply an ice pack to the area or take pain medication if necessary. The swelling will reside after 7 to 10 days.
You will have to wear a compression garment on your arms. This will help to reduce swelling and ensure your arms stay in the best shape possible.
You may need to take two to three days off work. This will vary from person to person, and some people may need a longer period of time to recover. If your job is physically demanding and involves lots of heavy lifting, you may need to take a longer period of time off work.
You will have to avoid any strenuous physical exercise for at least two weeks, which includes heavy lifting. If you have to look after young children you may have to consider this when planning your recovery period. After two weeks you will be able to start light activities again.
Are you interested in bingo wing liposuction? Centre for Surgery currently offers this procedure. Contact us today to find out more or to book your consultation.