For many people, it doesn’t seem to matter how many triceps exercises we do or how nearly we reach our “ideal” weight, the flesh of the upper arms is one of those places that can defy the benefits of diet and exercise. All we must do to see our upper arms sag is just get older. 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.
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.
However, is shows up, this is a sign of growing older that can be both premature and relentless in what it says about you. Not a friendly voice at any age. The good news is that you can put a stop to those tales.
Giving Sagging Skin a Direct Answer
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 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.
An Upturn for the Wardrobe – And For the Frame of Mind
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.
Essential to The Solution: An Expert Opinion
In some cases, topical treatments such as mild chemical peels, lasers, and microneedling may allow for subtle improvement. Liposuction, too, can be part of the answer, and it sometimes is used in conjunction with an arm lift. Because there are a variety of surgical and non-surgical answers to lose tissue on the upper arms, your options 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.
Let’s have that talk. Just call us at 912-920-2090 or request a complimentary arm lift consultation.