Many women suffer from a problem with saggy arms, and they frequently wonder whether age is the cause. Bat wings are an all-too-common issue and can be a source of frustration and embarrassment. Many women suffer from poor self-esteem and find that they have limitations on what they can wear. Tank tops, sleeveless dresses, and swimsuits are out of the question. However, while age may be the reason for sagging skin, you should consider some other causes, too.
Age Causes Some Sagging Issues
When we get older, we lose collagen. This the primary protein that sustains the skin’s structure. It provides the elasticity and firmness that we associate with youthful skin. The aging process causes the skin to lose collagen, and the result is loose skin. As an added problem, body muscle mass typically decreases while body fat increases with age. Metabolic rate also decreases as we get older, and this results in the body burning fewer calories. Overall, this makes us more likely to gain weight. All these things cause a loss of elasticity and firmness of the skin and loosening and sagging. The arms are especially prone to this problem. However, not every woman suffering from bat wings is over the age of 40. Young women, too, can experience sagging upper arm skin. This could be for a couple of other reasons.
Weight Gain or Loss
An excess of body fat may result in sagging skin. Although this doesn’t always happen for those who experience weight gain, genetics may mean you store fat in your arms. Maintaining a healthy body weight may not always completely prevent sagging arm skin. But being overweight will increase the chance of it happening. Not only can weight gain cause sagging arms but losing weight can also result in the same problem. If you lose lots of weight in a short space of time, sagging skin may occur. The skin expands to accommodate body fat and then fails to contract when the body loses weight. The result is the sagging of that extra skin.
Sun Damage Causes Lost Elasticity
Damage caused by the sun may also cause the skin to lose elasticity. Excessive exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays breaks down elastin and collagen in the skin. This leads to sagging skin and wrinkles. UV rays accelerate the skin aging process, which causes the body to lose collagen. The area under the skin is particularly likely to lose collagen. Sagging skin is, therefore, at an increased risk of occurring.
Liposuction Treats Sagging Arms
Dieting and exercise rarely help with sagging upper arm skin. However, there are cosmetic surgery treatments that can be very effective. For patients with excess fat and excess skin, Artlipo’s Celebrity Arms liposuction procedure is ideal. It permanently removes the fat cells, sculpts the arms for a toned look, and tightens the skin. For patients with only excess skin and no excess fat, an arm lift is a solution. This procedure removes the extra skin for a tight and shapely look. Contact our team today to find out more about how we can treat your saggy arms.
Dr. Hamwi is an aesthetic plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic surgical and non-invasive procedures. After completing residencies in both plastic surgery and general surgery as well as a fellowship at Harvard University, Dr. Hamwi then went on to pursue an aesthetic surgery fellowship at one of the country’s most competitive programs in Manhattan, New York. Less than one percent of plastic surgeons have completed such specialized training.