Are you unhappy about having bingo wings and wish you could do something about them? Bingo wings or loose, sagging skin on the upper arms is common and can be associated as part of the natural ageing process.
If bingo wins are affecting your confidence, clothing choices or lifestyle, there are lots of things available to help you strengthen your arms and to improve the appearance of sagging skin on the upper arms.
Bingo wings gained its name during the 90s when people playing the game bingo would raise their arms and wiggle their tickets in the air to announce they had won. On doing this, the upper arm would become visible, and any loose skin would jiggle about and said to take on the appearance of wings flapping. But what causes bingo wings?
Bingo wings are typically seen on women more than men, but men can have them too. They are caused when fat deposits on the upper arms droop down and take on the look of flaps or wings.
Another way that bingo wings may form is due to weight loss or simply growing older. Both of these can create loose skin on the upper arms or increase the drooping effect of the skin.
The upper arms have areas of shallow and deep layers of fat, and with age, the superficial layer of fat grows in size. This leads to a fatty growth on the upper underside of the arm, which shows as loose, flabby skin when the arms are raised.
The upper arm area loses firmness if you suddenly lose weight and also as you grow older. While this is a natural occurrence, it can lead to feelings of insecurity. More so during the summer months when it is too warm to cover up these areas. Three out of four women in the UK have admitted that they dislike their upper arm fat so much that they even refuse to do simple things such as lifting the arm to wave.
Each month more than 3600 people Google ‘how to get rid of bingo wings’. Furthermore, ‘exercise for bingo wings’ brings back more than 8 million results. This shows there are many people wanting to know how to improve their upper arms.
Thankfully, there are several different ways to improve the look of bingo wings, aka droopy skin.
So, what treatments are available to help improve the look of bingo wings? The most suitable for you is going to depend on how much fat deposit has built up on the upper arms, your age and how active you are.
If bingo wings are just beginning to show or you want to avoid them in the first place you might want to consider some of the natural treatments, which include:
One way of reducing or keeping bingo wings at bay is to lift dumbbells or kettlebells. If you don’t have these and don’t want to purchase them, you can use old milk bottle containers or 1-litre plastic water bottles and fill them with water or sand.
Just hold the dumbbells or bottles in your hands at your sides and slowly raise your arms outwards to the sides. Hold for a few seconds, then bring them back down to your sides. Repeat this five to ten times. You can do this every day or every other day to help tighten up the loose skin on your upper arms. Don’t mistake lifting light weights for weight training; using light, repetitive weights will not make your arms bulky. Instead, it will strengthen and tone the muscles.
If you are active and able, you can do push-ups to help tighten up any loose skin on your upper arms and get rid of your bingo wings.
Traditional push-ups, pushing your upper body up using your arms, are a great form of exercise for the arms along with the shoulders and upper chest. It can also strengthen the core too, so it’s a great exercise if your wrists feel comfortable in this exercise.
This is a gentle exercise that anyone can do, whether standing up or sitting down. Just raise both arms out to the side and then take them around in a circle. You can repeat this several times and do this exercise every day to help strengthen your upper arms and reduce flab.
Swimming is an excellent form of exercise for everyone, and it can help with upper arm fat. You can do a range of styles, breaststroke, front crawl, backstroke etc., as all of them means you are using resistance (the water).
Depending on how much loose skin you have on your arms, consider going a step further and having minimally invasive surgical treatment. This, in combination with exercise to maintain the results, can be a great way to improve your self-confidence.
There are several treatment options for bingo wings available at Hans Place, and these include:
Vaser liposuction is a suitable type of treatment for tightening and toning flabby upper arms by removing stubborn fat. This cosmetic treatment provides impressive results, and you can keep these results with exercise following treatment.
This type of treatment works by breaking down the fat and emulsifying it so that it’s easy to remove through aspiration while at the same time preserving any tissue surrounding the fat.
Renuvion is another type of minimally invasive treatment that can help to reduce loose skin on the upper arms. This type of treatment tightens the skin along with any soft tissue below.
The treatment gives instant results, and results are seen and will continue to improve for up to one year after having treatment. With this treatment, you have a small incision in which a small wand is inserted, which sends out radio-frequency energy that is cooled by helium. This contracts tissue cells along with boosting collagen to instantly firm the area.
With Vaser liposuction and Renuvion combined, you have a powerhouse of treatments that can help improve the appearance of bingo wings.
If you decide that a minimally invasive treatment is a more suitable option for you as it will provide the boost in self-confidence that you need, contact us. You can book a consultation to discuss which treatment or combination of treatments may be more suitable for you.