I am 50 yrs old and have this disgusting creepy wrinklied skin on the inside of my arms where the elbow bends. I am thin and lift weights on a regular basis. Haven't lost any weight. Is there any tightening procedure that might work on this area? Could this issue be caused from lack of iron?
Crepey Wrinkled Skin on the Inside of Arm
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Options for non surgical arm lift in Los Angeles
Crepey skin on the inside of arms
Crepey skin is just side effect of aging that has no real treatment. It is due to genetics, weight loss, and sun damage. Some people, when they lose subcutaneous fat with age, will develop crepey skin on their arms. This is not associated with massive weight loss, only the predictable loss of fat under the skin which starts in the fourth and fifth decades of life.
To remove excess skin, a surgical brachioplasty is helpful. However, the trade off of having a scar if you do not have tremendous excess skin may or may not be worth it for you. If it's just a matter of the quality of the skin, topical treatments like mild chemical peels, lasers, and microneedling may allow for subtle improvement. I also recommend that you keep your skin well-hydrated with good moisturizers.
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Crepey Arm Skin
A variety of conditions can cause crepey wrinkled inner arm skin. The treatment of this problem is entirely dependent upon the causation of the problem. In some cases, non-surgical methods of treatment might be helpful. Examples might include the use of lasers, chemical peels and a variety of topical agents. When significant amounts of loose skin are present, a brachioplasty may be necessary.
Unfortunately, without pictures or a physical examination, it's virtually impossible to make a specific treatment recommendation. For this reason, it's important to consult a board certified plastic surgeon with experience in this area. This surgeon should be able to perform an exam and formulate an appropriate treatment plan.
Wrinkled skin of the arms
Thin wrinkled skin is not due to lack of iron just loss of skin elasticity with aging and photodamage. A suggestion would be to try a radiofrequency treatment like Exilis.
Improving Think, Crepey, Wrinkled Skin of the Arms
Dear new me,
Thin, crepey, wrinkled skin is often associated with aging. There is no magic bullet for treating this condition, but there are several treatments that *may* help soften the condition.
Treatment options include:
*Nonsurgical treatments such as noninvasive energy based skin tightening treatments such as Exilis or Ultherapy; skin resurfacing with fractionated laser or IPL; collagen induction therapy; injectable fillers, etc.
*Minimally invasive procedures such as subdermal skin tightening using laser or radiofrequency
*Surgery such as the armlift
Please keep in mind that this condition is very difficult to treat and the effectiveness of these treatments are very modest for most, though occasionally some patients do experience significant improvement. Realistic expectations are important, and be very careful if any provider promises you otherwise.
There is an emerging field of regenerative medicine that may be able to help this condition better in the future.
Please see an experienced, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon or Cosmetic Dermatologist to discuss your concerns.
Larry Fan, MD
Non surgical treatment for wrinkled skin inside arms
Good luck with your quest for skinnier arms and elbows.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
Sincerely, Dr. Katzen
Wrinkled skin under arms
There are many causes for flabby arms. Incisions can be very small or large depending on location of fat. If one has flabby arms, the best indicator of the treatment would be the elasticity of the skin. If the skin has good elasticity, then Liposuction alone may be the answer. If not, then an arm lift to resect the excess skin is best. However, the best indication for an arm lift, and the most gratifying are those who have lost a lot of weight. The skin is usually flabby and overstretched. It is simple and effective to remove the skin that has been stretched past its capacity. No Liposuction, or other noninvasive modalitiy will help the skin become more firm around the arms. The length and type of the incision will vary depending upon the location and the amount of fat in the arms. The cost will also vary by geographic locale. Most will run anywhere from $3500-$7000. I would advise you to visit with a board certified plastic surgeon to have treatment recommendations specific to your concerns.
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