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Understanding the Pros and Cons of Bingo Wing Surgery | Antony Fitton Plastic Surgery | Plymouth & Truro

Understanding the Pros and Cons of Bingo Wing Surgery

Bingo wings, that pesky flab under the arms, can be a source of insecurity for many individuals, leading them to seek solutions like arm lift surgery. But before going under the knife, it’s essential to weigh up the pros and cons carefully. In this article, we’ll delve into what arm lift surgery entails, what causes bingo wings, treatment options, and the risks associated with the procedure.

Surgical intervention helps tighten and contour the arms, resulting in a more toned and youthful appearance.

Is Arm Lift Surgery Right for You?

What is Arm Lift Surgery? (Bingo Wing Removal)

Arm lift surgery, medically known as brachioplasty, is a cosmetic procedure aimed at improving the appearance of the upper arms by removing excess skin and fat. This surgical intervention helps tighten and contour the arms, resulting in a more toned and youthful appearance.

What Causes Bingo Wings?

Bingo wings develop due to various factors, including ageing, genetics, weight fluctuations, and loss of skin elasticity. As we age, our skin loses collagen and elastin, leading to sagging and loose skin, particularly in areas like the arms. Additionally, significant weight loss can leave behind excess skin, exacerbating the appearance of bingo wings.

How Can I Treat Bingo Wings?

Several non-surgical and surgical options are available for treating bingo wings:

1. Exercise:

Strength training exercises targeting the triceps muscles can help tone and firm the arms, reducing the appearance of bingo wings.

2. Lifestyle Changes:

Maintaining a healthy diet, exercise and weight can prevent further accumulation of fat in the arms.

3. Non-Invasive Procedures:

Non-surgical treatments like laser therapy and radiofrequency can help tighten loose skin, albeit with less dramatic results compared to surgery.

4. Arm Lift Surgery:

For individuals with significant excess skin and fat, arm lift surgery offers a more permanent solution to reduce bingo wings.

Understanding the Pros and Cons of Bingo Wing Surgery | Antony Fitton Plastic Surgery | Plymouth & Truro
For individuals with significant excess skin and fat, arm lift surgery offers a more permanent solution to reduce bingo wings.

Why Do Women Get Bingo Wings More Than Men?

While both men and women can develop bingo wings, women are more prone to this condition due to differences in body composition and hormonal factors. Women tend to have higher percentages of body fat and less muscle mass than men, making them more susceptible to storing fat in areas like the arms.

Arm Lift Surgery Risks

As with any surgical procedure, arm lift surgery carries inherent risks and potential complications, including:


1. Infection:

There is a risk of infection at the surgical site, which can delay healing and require additional treatment.

2. Scarring:

Arm lift surgery involves incisions, which may result in visible scars, although they typically fade over time.

3. Hematoma:

Bleeding under the skin can lead to the formation of a hematoma, requiring drainage.

4. Nerve Damage:

Damage to nearby nerves during surgery can cause temporary or permanent numbness or weakness in the arms.

5. Poor Wound Healing:

Certain factors like smoking and underlying medical conditions can impair wound healing, increasing the risk of complications.

Arm lift surgery can be a transformative procedure for individuals struggling with the appearance of bingo wings, providing long-lasting results and improved confidence.

However, it’s crucial to carefully consider the pros and cons, including the risks associated with surgery, before making a decision. Consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon, like Antony Fitton, can help you determine if arm lift surgery is the right choice for you.

Remember, the goal is not just aesthetic improvement but also ensuring your safety and well-being throughout the process.

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Following your consultation, the price you are quoted includes everything and there are no extra or hidden costs. Advice, treatment and aftercare are all part of our package to ensure your experience is positive from beginning to end.


Managing your expectations about plastic surgery is important regardless of which procedure you wish to have done. It’s critical to have realistic expectations about plastic surgery and to also ensure you are on the same page as your surgeon.

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About your Plastic Surgeon: Mr Antony Fitton

MB, BS(hons)., MD., FRCS(eng)., FRCS(plast).

Mr Antony Fitton qualified at the Royal London Hospital in 1989 with distinction in Surgery. He holds an MB, BS(Hons)., MD., FRCS(eng). and FRCS(plast). (Fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons).

He is a member of BAPRAS (British Association for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons), BAAPS (British Association for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons), and BSSH (British Society for Surgery of the Hand).

Mr Fitton has received the Paton & Masser Award and the CM Matthews Award from the Royal College of Surgeons of England for his research in nerve injury.

Mr Fitton is licensed as a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon by the GMC.
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