It seems that all we must do to see our upper arms sag is just get older. No matter how many triceps exercises we do, or how nearly we reach our “ideal” weight, for many of us the flesh of the upper arms is one of those places that can defy the benefits of diet and exercise. Weight loss can contribute to the loosening of skin there, but even sun damage or the natural loss of fat from under the skin in our 40s and 50s is very often enough to start the sag.

The net result is loose tissue that can flap or wave when we move our arms, and sometimes a crepe-like texture on the skin of the inner arms. In addition to calling attention to itself, this look can contribute to a droopier overall appearance of the upper body. It is a sign of growing older that can be both premature and relentless in what it says about you. The good news is that you can put a stop to those tales of premature aging.

Turning the Page Quickly

In an upper arm lift, a board-certified plastic surgeon reshapes the upper arm by tightening loose skin and removing pockets of fat that may have collected beneath it. The length, location, and shape of incision that is used depend on each person’s individual situation.

Results are visible almost immediately. Swelling subsides over the course of several days and healing progresses for a few weeks. A compression sleeve or elastic bandage may be among your surgeon’s post-operative instructions to keep swelling to a minimum and help speed the new contour that results.

To the Front of the Closet Again

Putting summer dresses and tops back in the front of the closet is just one of the outcomes people report after an arm lift. People say they feel more outgoing, willing to socialize and “show up” for life. We withdraw little by little when we don’t feel confident of our appearance. So, when we begin to feel better about how we look, the difference begins with our outlook, and extends even to how we spend our time.

A Personal Guide to Your Options

Your options for firming the upper arm depend on your own unique situation, because there are a variety of surgical and non-surgical answers to seeing loose tissue on the upper arms. In some cases, topical treatments like mild chemical peels, lasers, and microneedling may allow for subtle improvement. Liposuction, too, can be part of the answer, and it sometimes is used in conjunction with an arm lift.

It all begins with a comforting talk between you and an experienced professional. With the options available, you can be confident. We would welcome the chance to begin that conversation – and that new sense of confidence – with you.