Will lifting heavy weights get rid of the arm flab? I prefer not to have surgery if possible. (photos)
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I don't want to have surgery. Will weight training get rid of arm flab?
Arm Contour Improvement With Weight Lifting
It's not unusual for patients to develop loose upper arm skin following a significant weight loss. When this situation arises, a variety of treatment options are available to address this problem. The specific approach utilized will depend upon the patient's anatomic findings and aesthetic goals.
Although your pictures are helpful, it's virtually impossible to make a specific recommendation without a physical examination. With that said, it's very clear that you don't want the scars associated with arm lift surgery. For this reason, weight lifting to increase the size and tone of your triceps and biceps might be a reasonable alternative. If you continue to have loose saggy skin despite spending time in the weight room, other alternatives can be considered at a later date.
It also might be reasonable to consult a board certified plastic surgeon with experience in this area. This surgeon should be able to perform a more detailed analysis of your situation and outline a treatment plan that's tailored to your specific needs.
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Will lifting heavy weights get rid of the arm flab? I prefer not to have surgery if possible.
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA
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But it takes a lot of exercise.
Sawing wood is the best upper arm exercise - it is hard work.
Two hours a week or 30 minutes a day - of vigorous exercise that mimics the strength and energy needed to saw through a tree are what you need.....most women find brachiplasty an easier alternative!
Arm lift brachioplasty arm reduction Arm liposuction
if however, you were unsatisfied with the shape of your arms I would suggest consultation with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. I would seek a plastic surgeon with a significant amount of experience with arm lifts are brachioplasties.
It is difficult to say exactly what procedure you will need. If, however, your arms look this way in 12 months, I would suggest arm liposuction. I believe this would be the best procedure based on your weight loss and age. If you were older or had lost more weight, then I would suggest a full brachioplasty with arm liposuction and with an incision from the armpit to the elbow. Good luck.
Exercise can improve muscle tone, but not the redundant skin
Only through surgery, specifically with a procedure called brachioplasty or arm lift in layman's term, can you eliminate the redundant skin. While it is true that it results in permanent scar, take note that a skilled surgeon will make every effort to hide it--e.g., within the armpit or on the inner aspect of the arm.
Scar is an inevitable tradeoff with any form of body contouring, but for the right patients who have realistic goals and expectations, the surgery almost always provides satisfying results.
Will exercise improve saggy skin.
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