How Can I Address Saggy Arms After 60?

Saggy arms are a common problem as we get older, especially among women. Once you reach the age of 60, it’s likely that you will have some loose skin on your body. Some of that loose skin will no doubt be on your upper arms. The result can be an unattractive “bat wing” – the skin and fat that hangs down when you raise your arms. Although sagging arms aren’t desirable, the good news is that there is something you can do, even after 60. Here, we’ll look at some of the options open to you.

Why Do I Have Saggy Arms Now I’m Over 60?

Collagen and elastin in our skin give our skin the elasticity it needs to snap back into shape. As we age, the natural aging process causes elastin and collagen to decrease in the skin. As a result, the skin cannot “snap back.” Also, as we get older, we tend to do less physical activity. That can result in weight gain as well as less muscle-building ability, which can result in saggy arms. Although it’s entirely normal to have some skin sagging after 60, it isn’t desirable. Many people are keen to improve the appearance of sagging skin as they age. Surgery can help to address this issue.

Will Dieting Help?

Some people believe that dieting will help to improve the appearance of sagging arms. Unfortunately, it may not be that simple. If your arms are large because you’re obese, it’s possible that losing weight overall may help. But you can’t spot-reduce fat in any area, including the arms. It’s possible that even if you lose weight, the fat will disappear from elsewhere on your body. Your arms may remain stubbornly saggy. For many over-60s, the problem isn’t just excess fat; it’s excess skin, too, and dieting won’t address loose skin.

Also read – Will Saggy Arms Go Away by Themselves?

Will Exercising Help?

Exercising can help to build muscle to tone the arms but can’t address loose skin. Building muscle in the arms can help to improve the appearance of sagging skin in some cases. Some helpful exercises you may wish to try include:

  • Lifting weights
  • Tricep dips
  • Bicep curls
  • Push-Ups
  • Side Planks

There is, however, no guarantee that working out your arms will help. If your skin is loose, building muscle cannot tighten it.

Is Surgery the Answer?

If you have excess fat causing your upper arms to sag, arm liposuction may help. This procedure permanently removes excess fat on the upper arm, creating a slimmer, more toned look. For many people over 60, though, liposuction may not be sufficient. Liposuction cannot address excess skin. Therefore, a brachioplasty (arm lift) may be a better solution.

If you are considering any kind of arm surgery, you must be in good overall health. That may be another consideration to keep in mind if you are over 60. You should seek an appointment with a skilled and experienced surgeon who can determine if you are a suitable candidate.

Contact the ArtLipo team today in Tampa, Florida. We can determine which procedure is best for your saggy arms and let you know if you’re a suitable candidate.