It’s so close to us, but it’s still beyond our reach in so many ways. The flesh of the upper arms is one of those places that can defy the benefits of diet and exercise. For many people, it doesn’t seem to matter how many triceps exercises we do, or how nearly we reach our “ideal” weight. All we have to do to see our upper arms sag is just get older.
The net result is loose tissue that can flap or wave when we move our arms, and sometimes a crepe-like texture on the skin of the inner arms. In addition to calling attention to itself this look can contribute to a droopier overall appearance of the upper body.
Yes, weight loss or sun damage can contribute to the loosening of skin there, but even the natural loss of fat from under the skin in our 40s and 50s is very often enough to start the sag.
However it shows up, this is a sign of growing older that can be both premature and relentless in what it tells about you. The good news is that you can put a stop to those tales.
A Direct Answer to Sagging Skin
In an upper arm lift, a plastic surgeon reshapes the upper arm by tightening loose skin and removing pockets of fat that may have collected beneath it. The length, location, and shape of the incision that is used depend on each person’s individual situation.
Results are visible almost immediately, although swelling subsides over several days and healing progresses for a few weeks. A compression sleeve or elastic bandage may be among your surgeon’s post-operative instructions to keep swelling to a minimum and help speed the new contour that results.
Changing How You Feel – And What You Wear
Putting summer dresses and tops back in the front of the closet is just one of the outcomes people report after an arm lift. Many report feeling more outgoing, willing to socialize and “show up” for life. The slight adjustments we make as we go when we don’t feel confident of our appearance may go unnoticed, but they add up. So, when we begin to feel better about how we look, the difference can be noticeable in our whole outlook.
Choosing Your Options with An Expert
Liposuction can be part of the answer, and it sometimes is used in conjunction with an arm lift. In some cases, topical treatments like mild chemical peels, lasers, and microneedling may allow for subtle improvement. Because there are a variety of surgical and non-surgical answers, your options as always depend on your own unique situation. To assess that properly and frame those options for your informed choice, a talk with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon is the right start.
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