Cut off or work off? (Photo)
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Options for skin on arms
Sagging arms can be improved with working out
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I say -- no surgery!
you do have loose skin, but right now, we do not have a really good way to help you-- the external devices are OK-- a little result-- but not what you really want,. The problem is that surgery is too extreme and the external devices are too subtle-- but I would continue to work out, and be happy with your overall fitness level improving.
Cut off or work off?
1. Try to work it off with a combination of cardio and weight training...What do you have to lose? If that doesn't work you can always try surgery.
2. Liposuction. There are options such as SMART lipo that use laser assisted liposuction to firm and tighten the skin. Though there are limitations, based solely on the photo, you might be a candidate especially if the doctor is well versed in this type of procedure. I find in my practice that the laser allows the most dramatic results with the neck and arms.
3. Brachioplasty. I would use this as a last resort for someone like you with only minimal laxity.
See a board certified plastic surgeon or two and let them help you decide. Best wishes and take care.
Lost Weight, Now How to Fix These Arms?
Heating tissues with radio frequency, ultrasound, or laser energy can tighten skin and is often combined with liposuction. Whether you would be a good candidate for one of these modalities would require a physical examination.
Of course, surgery would result in less loose skin but would leave a scar.
Click on the link below to see the results of arm tightening after SmartLipo.
Cut off or work off?
Congratulations on losing 40 lbs! Saggy upper arms can be addressed with lipo
Deirdre Rhoad, MD
- Board certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties- Plastic Surgery
Excision or Exercise
The most important thing to consider when contemplating brachioplasty is the scarring which can be significant.
As always, discuss your concerns with a board certified plastic surgeon.
Can I work off fat in the upper arms?
The second misconception is that you can 'tone up' loose skin by exercise. You can't! I suppose that if you bulk up the muscles to an advanced degree, there will be less loose skin, but few women would like to be quite this muscular.
So, if the skin is already loose, you should consider a brachioplasty. The scar is long but is tolerated well. An EXPERIENCED Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is the person to see because any misjudgement in the amount of skin excised can produce a severe contour deformity that is difficult to fix.
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