Bingo wings are a common and frustrating problem that many older women experience. They form as loose areas of skin and excess fat on the upper arm wobble when the arm is shaken or lifted.
They can cause a lot of embarrassment and affect self-confidence – in fact, in one study three out of four women said they were unhappy with the appearance of their arms. However, there are excellent treatments available that can help.
What causes bingo wings?
Bingo wings are commonly associated with the natural ageing process. However, they can also be caused by extreme weight loss or poor muscle mass and some women are genetically predisposed to accumulating fat on the upper arms.
Also, once you reach the age of 30, your muscle mass starts to decline. Without exercising to build-up muscle mass, your body will start to lose its tone. In the upper arms, the skin can sag due to a lack of muscle mass to hold up the tissue.
Why are women so prone to bingo wings?
The reason bingo wings are more prevalent in women is down to hormones. Stress and hormonal changes make women more prone to developing fat in certain areas of the body. Men also tend to do more weight training on the upper body than women. This combination of factors make bingo wings a lot more common in women than in men.
ASSOCIATED PROCEDURES: Liposuction, CoolSculpting, Arm Lift
TREATMENT OPTION: COOLSCULPTING
CoolSculpting® technology safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin while leaving the skin itself unaffected.
The treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), then die. Over time, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells, leaving a more sculpted you. No surgery, no anaesthesia, no downtime.
As well as treating stubborn pockets of fat on the body, CoolSculpting is ideal for eradicating bingo wings.FIND OUT MORE
TREATMENT OPTION: LIPOSUCTION
Lipo isn’t just for the body. Liposuction, or fat removal surgery, is also known as liposculpture or lipoplasty. Essentially liposuction is the targeted removal of fatty deposits with the use of cannulae and a vacuum. It can be performed on men and women and virtually anywhere on the body.
Common areas for liposuction include the abdomen, hips, flanks, inner and outer thighs, knees and it is also an effective treatment for bingo wings.FIND OUT MORE
TREATMENT OPTION: ARM LIFT
Brachioplasty, also known as an arm lift, is a surgical procedure that reduces the circumference of the upper arms and removes excess lax skin.
The arm lift surgery targets what is often referred to as ‘bingo wings’ and is usually performed in conjunction with liposuction to improve the overall contours of the arms. This surgery is suitable for men and women and is often performed on patients at our London clinic who have experienced sudden weight fluctuations.FIND OUT MORE