We all know about the unflattering ‘bingo wings’. They are loose flesh that hangs from the upper arms and wobbles as we move our arms around. They are the reason we shy away from sleeveless tops, and why we always pose with our hands on our waist for photos.
There are many reasons why people have bingo wings. Genetics is one of the reasons. Some people are just predisposed to them because the areas under their arms are more susceptible to fat growth.
The other common factor is ageing. As skin loses elasticity as one gets older, it can appear saggier and this happens to the skin on all parts of our body, including the underside of our arms.
The annoying thing about bingo wings is that even a person of healthy weight may have them. This is because they are attributed to excess fat that occurs in those stubborn pockets under our arms that simply refuses to go away.
Put your arms to form an L, shake them – what do you see? If the underside of your arms are jiggling and you’re bothered by it, it’s probably time to start doing something about this pesky feature.
The key to getting rid of bingo wings is to lose body fat at the arm area. But do you know what can truly help with targeted fat reduction?
We consulted Dr. Ivan Puah, the medical director of Amaris B. Clinic, who has been performing body sculpting procedures for more than 15 years to understand more about how targeted fat reduction works.
Fibres and proteins may give your body a sense of satiety, managing your appetite and help you control your diet better, but this can only help you achieve overall weight loss. You can certainly keep up with this diet plan if your goal is weight loss, but it’s not going to target stubborn fat tissues around your arms.
Cardio or strength training? Or are you doing arm exercises in a bid to reduce the appearance of bingo wings?
Unfortunately, these will not translate to targeted fat loss too.
A fitness plan that involves both cardio and strength-training is probably the best way to achieve weight loss and reduced body fat percentage. This can help you achieve leaner muscles, but you’re likely to still find your stubborn areas more wobbly compared to the rest of your body.
There are several reasons why adequate sleep is good for health. Our body repairs itself when we’re sleeping, which is important if you want to ensure better wellness and healthier skin.
In fact, it seems like scientists are also drawing the link between having sufficient sleep and improvement of metabolism. Studies show that when you’re not having enough rest, cortisol (also known as the “stress hormone”) spikes.
When this happens, your body is instructed by the hormone to conserve energy by holding on to fat. Adequate sleep helps to balance your body’s hormones, which in turn improves metabolism, and regulates unhealthy food cravings.
Of course, this means that you should turn in early and get that beauty rest that you need, but if you’re hoping that it’ll help you lose those bingo wings – let’s just say it’s a fat hope.
Dr. Puah says that dieting, exercising, and having adequate rest can help lose weight or reduce overall body fat percentage, and these are important activities to achieve general health and wellness. However, they’re not useful when it comes to targeted fat reduction or body shaping.
“When one loses weight, one loses fat and other tissues indiscriminately,” he explains.
“Based on each individual’s genetic predisposition, susceptible areas may lose more tissues while stubborn ones would see less obvious results.”
In other words, if your stubborn fat area is around your arms, losing weight will not help make that particular area look better or more proportionate compared to the rest of the body.
Considering genetics and age are two factors that are pretty hard to reverse, it’s an uphill challenge to eliminate bingo wings.
Dr Puah shares that there is an increasing number of patients who consult him for solutions to get rid of bingo wings. One scientifically proven way to achieve targeted fat reduction he would recommend his patients is VASER Lipo, an improved version of liposuction that utilises ultrasound wave technology to liquefy and eliminate stubborn fat tissues effectively.
This body sculpting fat reduction treatment can be performed under local anesthesia, which makes it an ideal option for many patients.
A one-time procedure, it eliminates the fat tissues at treated area immediately and safely. Unlike other non-invasive treatments, it is able to remove fat tissues from your arms without affecting other important connective tissues.
On top of removing fat tissues, it also stimulates collagen production for skin tightening. What this means is that you can achieve arms that don’t just look slimmer, but also appear more toned.
What many patients appreciate is how VASER Lipo is able to remove fat tissues permanently; the treated areas would be able to maintain their sculpted look if you pursue a balanced diet and active lifestyle. There is also minimal pain and downtime compared to traditional liposuction.
Singapore’s Ministry of Health has strict regulations for administering liposuction, and it can only be performed by doctors who are accredited by the governing authority.