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How to Tighten Skin on Arms

Loose skin on the arms is a common problem. It is especially likely to form as a patient gets older or if they lose a lot of weight. An arm lift or Brachioplasty is one way to tighten the arm skin. It isn’t the only option, though. 360-degree arm liposuction carried out by a suitably skilled and experienced surgeon can tighten the arm skin significantly too.

Why Is My Arm Skin Loose?

Arm skin becomes loose for two main reasons:

  • Age
  • Weight loss

If you’re aged 50 or over, there’s a good chance you may have some loose arm skin. The skin loses elasticity as we age. When the skin is less elastic, it doesn’t snap back into position like it used to. Gravity also takes its toll on the skin, causing it to hang and wrinkle, forming so-called “bat wings.”

If you were overweight but dropped a few dress sizes, your arm skin can become loose, too. Rapidly losing fat from the arms causes the skin to deflate like a balloon. The fat stretches out the skin, but when the fat is gone, the skin remains.

Some people are genetically predisposed to having saggy skin on their arms. If your mother had loose skin on her arms, you may too.

Will Arm Skin Tighten Up On Its Own?

Sometimes, if you lose a little weight, your arm skin may look stretched and loose at first. Over time, though, it will tighten back up to create a normal appearance. If you lose a lot of weight, though, your arm skin won’t tighten up entirely on its own. The skin can’t snap back into position, because of age, or because of loss of elasticity. If your skin has poor elasticity due to aging, it will also not tighten up without surgical intervention.

Is It Loose Skin or Excess Fat on my Arms?

Often, saggy upper arms are due to a mix of excess fat and loose skin.

Sometimes, the problem will primarily be due to excess fat in this area. The upper arms accumulate fat easily.

Sometimes, the problem will be excess skin only, especially if you lose a lot of weight rapidly. People who undergo bariatric surgery often find they have excess skin after shedding their excess weight. Excess skin can also form as part of the aging process.

If you arrange a consultation with a skilled cosmetic surgeon, you can get the answers you need. A surgeon will be able to tell you whether you have excess fat, excess skin, or both. They will also be able to advise you about which surgery would work best for you.

Is There A Non-Surgical Way To Tighten Arm Skin?

Many women with loose skin on their arms are afraid of having surgery. They are keen to find a non-surgical option to address their problem. Unfortunately, there are no proven solutions out there.

Many creams and lotions claim to tighten the skin. These rarely work, and even if they do, they have minimal impact. Women who try these creams usually find they have spent a lot of money and achieved zero results.

Some companies claim that they have non-surgical treatments to tighten the skin using lasers or soundwaves. Again, doctors aren’t sure these treatments are effective, and any improvement is usually minimal and short-term. Women who opt for these treatments often report that they have wasted their money.

Surgery is the best way to tighten the skin of the arms. Although it is more costly and can cause some anxiety, it is an effective and long-term solution.

Which Surgery Is Best to Tighten Skin on Arms?

There are two options when it comes to treating the arms – an arm lift (or Brachioplasty) or liposuction.

A Brachioplasty, also called an arm lift, is an invasive cosmetic surgery. It involves cutting away the excess skin on the arms. It can also remove excess fat at the same time. It is a more extensive surgery than liposuction, carried out under a general anesthetic. It’s a very effective option for anyone with excess skin, though. It tightens the whole arm to create a slim and taut look.

Liposuction is the other solution. Usually, liposuction only removes fat from the upper arms. However, a skilled cosmetic surgeon who is a specialist in liposuction can tighten the skin to some extent too. Dr. Su is a specialist in this field. His Celebrity Arms technique is highly effective. He performs 360-degree liposuction around the entire circumference of the arm. This method ensures the removal of the maximum amount of fat from the area. He also uses his Active Lipo method, which involves the patient moving and tensing their muscles during surgery. This technique also produces significant tightening of the skin. If you have a moderate amount of loose skin as well as excess fat, this surgery could help you.

Sometimes, you need both procedures to achieve optimal results. Contact ArtLipo to learn more and to arrange your consultation.

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