Sagging, flabby arms can affect anyone; however, due to genetics, the problem more prevalently impacts women. Since you can’t control the body areas where you lose fat, arms with sagging skin need a different approach. Exercise alone will not address the problem of hanging skin, and losing weight can actually make the problem worse.
At MacDonald Plastic Surgery, Dr. Jeannie MacDonald can answer your questions about arm lifts to help you determine if this procedure can help you achieve your goals.
What Causes Sagging Arms?
Loose, hanging skin and stubborn fat deposits can be a source of embarrassment to some people, causing them to cover up in even the hottest weather. But what do we do to stop sagging arms? Actually, a number of factors are associated with sagging arms:
- Aging skin
- Genetic factors
- Higher body fat mass
- Loss of muscle mass and development in the arms
Unfortunately, even with a rigorous exercise routine, the skin that causes sagging upper arms typically does not tighten and tone, as you cannot spot-reduce fat from specific areas of the body, especially the upper arms. So, just like doing thousands of crunches can’t burn belly fat, no amount of arm exercises will burn arm fat or tighten hanging skin.
When the skin of the arms gets stretched out due to age and loss of collagen and elastic, losing weight may actually make sagging arm skin worse and requires the help of a professional. With the help of a highly trained plastic surgeon like board-certified Dr. MacDonald, even the saggiest arms can become the toned and tightened arms of your dreams with arm lift surgery.
Arm Lift to the Rescue
Loose upper arm skin can be a notoriously challenging problem to target through weight loss and exercise. The best way to address sagging upper arm skin is an arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty. An arm lift typically involves using a combination of liposuction and surgery to remove excess fat and excise loose skin from your underarm to your elbow in order to restore a firm, toned, youthful appearance to the upper arms.
Am I A Candidate for Arm Lift?
If loose skin and fat deposits make you feel self-conscious about your upper arms, you may benefit from an arm lift. For women or men who have lost a significant amount of weight or have lost skin elasticity due to aging, this procedure is particularly beneficial to restore the firmness and overall appearance of their upper arms.
Though small amounts of fat are removed with excess skin, an arm lift is a contouring procedure and is not intended as a weight-loss method. For best results, patients should be at or near a reasonable body weight before surgery.
Choosing Dr. Jeannie MacDonald as Your Arm Lift Provider
Dr. Jeannie MacDonald develops individual treatment plans to ensure natural-looking results, making her one of the best arm lift providers in Vancouver.
Contact us today to learn more about partnering with one of Vancouver’s best arm lift providers!