No matter how many triceps exercises we do, or how nearly we reach our “ideal” weight, for many of us the flesh of the upper arms is one of those places that can defy the benefits of diet and exercise. 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. It seems that 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. It is a sign of growing older that can be both premature and relentless in what it says about you. The good news is that you can put a stop to those tales.
Results You Can See Right Away
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.
The Things You Liked to 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. People say they feel more outgoing, willing to socialize, and “show up” for life. We withdraw little by little when we don’t feel confident of our appearance. So, when we begin to feel better about how we look, the difference begins with our outlook and extends even to how we spend our time.
The Options to Consider with a Guide
Because there are a variety of surgical and non-surgical answers to seeing loose tissue on the upper arms, your options depend on your own unique situation. 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.
To assess your own situation properly, and frame those options for your best selection, 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 click here, and we’ll make an appointment to get together.