Battling batwings. Ms Angelica Kavouni offers solutions for those sagging arms

Image    Battling batwings: as numbers of women seeking solutions to flabby upper arms skyrocket, Angelica discusses causes and cures

Not just an ageing issue for the over 40’s, sagging upper arm skin is now a concern for many women 20+, thanks mainly to increasing obesity trends.  Weight fluctuation has a big influence on skin laxity – constant demands of stretching and shrinking can take its toll on the skin and, when you add both the pull of gravity and ageing process, you can say ‘goodbye’ to toned arms and ‘hello’ to growing batwings.

Drooping of skin is caused when the anchoring tissue system loosens and supporting fat disappears.  Until now, this area has been notoriously difficult to treat, with women having two choices – to cover up or undergo surgical intervention, involving a long incision from armpit to elbow (a conventional brachioplasty).

Angelica comments: “Surgical armlift has been the standard solution for loose underarm skin, but I am happy to say we now have effective non-surgical options for women with early skin laxity who seek a degree of tightening.”

Non-surgical batwing treatments:

  • Smartllpo is a laser body sculpting system and the perfect tool to tackle problem areas

such as flabby arms.  Excess fat pockets are ‘melted’ and removed using suction apparatus.  The device also heats the surface of the skin promoting collagen formation, which in turn helps to tighten the skin.

  • Thermage. Radio frequency waves are delivered to the deep dermis, which causes a

heat reaction. The body automatically tries to heal the heated tissues, and this process results in collagen production, which in turn improves the texture, elasticity and supporting matrix of the skin. Skin is left contoured, smooth, and taught. Only one treatment required.

Ideal candidates:

Those with mild to moderate skin laxity have the best results

Downtime: a few days of bruising and swelling with Smartlipo; no downtime with Thermage

Results: You should enjoy the results for 3+ years

Cost:  Smartlipo from £4200.00 / Thermage from £3500.00

Surgical armlift/brachioplasty is a procedure to remove excess skin and fatty tissue from the upper arm, and offers women an instant solution to sagging skin.

The incision runs from the armpit to elbow and usually heals very well to an almost invisible line.

Downtime: This procedure is performed as a day case and recovery can take up to two weeks

Results: effect will last for around 10 years, less if weight fluctuates

Cost: from £5500.00

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About Ms Angelica Kavouni FRCS EBOPRAS

Ms Angelica Kavouni MD FRCS EBOPRAS On the UK’s specialist register and member of EBOPRAS, Ms Angelica Kavouni is one of the UK's most requested female cosmetic surgeons. A regular TV and print media commentator, Angelica has become known for her minimal scarring facelift and breast surgery. An increasing number of women also seek her for female body contouring of all varieties from straight forward liposculpting to ‘Yummy Mummy’ combination surgery, involving any type of breast enhancement with tummy tuck and/or labiaplasty. Also passionate about non-invasive anti-ageing, Angelica has set up her own in-house medispa (the Kosmesis Skin Clinic) featuring several key aesthetic skincare devices, which compliment her surgical practice. Kosmesis Skin Clinic is a unique skincare destination. Not only a stand-alone non-surgical unit housing state-of-the-art solutions for all skin issues, the Kosmesis Skin Clinic acts as an invaluable adjunct to the surgical facility also based at 129 Harley Street. Our experienced aesthetic nurse practitioners work to Medical Director Ms Angelica Kavouni’s own exact standards, delivering high-end care to all patients. Def: Kos-me-sis…preservation, restoration, or enhancement of natural appearance
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