Plastic Surgery 101

Woman has 'bat wings' on biceps. How should she get rid of them?

Q: I am a 35-year-old woman and workout a lot. I have found that I have extra skin around my biceps that look like bat wings. Is there anything I can do short of surgery?

A: Many years ago, the only solution for that would have been to have it cut away with the likelihood of a scar. Another option would have been to start an intense exercise schedule and develop large muscles! Fortunately, now there are several different noninvasive procedures that can improve the skin laxity in that area. There are many tightening machines that are used now throughout the body in order to tighten skin ( too many to list). If however it is not just your skin and you have fat, cool sculpting can work extremely well in this area.

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Dr. Carlos Wolf

Cool sculpting is a process that freezes the fat while preserving the skin. In the past, the applicators we’re not suited well for this area. More recently , coolsculpting has developed applicators that work very well and require less time to get better results. Coolsculpting works over a period of several months by destroying fat cells and at the same time contracting the skin over the area. This is an extremely satisfying procedure for both the patient and the practitioner. The key point here, is that you go to someone who understands what the problem is. If you have only skin laxity, cool sculpting is not for you.

Selecting the proper doctor is the most important requirement to having a satisfying procedure.

Dr. Carlos Wolf is a partner in Miami Plastic Surgery and is board certified. Email your questions to him at Follow him at @CarlosWolfMD.