Arm lift surgery, or brachioplasty, is a cosmetic procedure designed to remove excess skin and flab on the upper arms often referred to as “bat wings” and its popularity has skyrocketed according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Based on statistics from ASPS women having arm lifts have increased an incredible 4,378% over the past decade.

Arm Lift SurgeryPart of the popularity in the procedure can be attributed to more people being successful in losing significant amounts of weight. With a large weight loss, stretched skin that has lost its elasticity cannot tighten enough to match a new, slimmer body shape and upper arms are especially prone to this condition. The other reason for arm lifts rise in popularity is due, in part, by sleeveless fashions for women and more focus on the toned arms of celebrities such as Michelle Obama, Madonna, Jennifer Aniston and Kelly Ripa.

There are several reasons why arm skin sags besides just weight changes. Loose skin flaps can also develop on the upper arms of people because of genetics and aging. And, loose skin is often a condition for sun worshipers whose skin has lost elasticity after years of sun damage.

A healthy diet and exercise program can do much to address the upper arm’s muscle tone quality and improve its condition, but generally diet and exercise are not especially helpful in rectifying the problem of hanging skin and the buildup of fatty deposits in the upper arms.

Regardless of what causes the loose skin on the upper arms, it can make people self-conscious and reluctant to wear sleeveless clothing. If you have “bat wings” despite a good diet and exercise regimen and are tired of lifting weights in hopes of achieving sculpted arms but are not seeing the desired results, then an arm lift should be considered.