Have you noticed that your upper arms are starting to look sagging, droopy, and, well, old? It can come as a surprise, but it happens to most of us as we age. If you have noticed this and it bothers you, you might want to consider an arm lift procedure (also known as “brachioplasty”). Here are 3 things to know about brachioplasty! 

  1. Exercise can help, but people can have flabby upper arms despite their health and exercise routines. Unless you spend hours per week at the gym (and have for years), the odds are that you are going to see some loose “batwing” skin on your arms. This can be caused not only by aging (the upper arms generally start to get saggy in our 30s), but also by hormones and/or genetics.
  2. Even losing weight can cause flabby arms. It really isn’t fair, but even after you’ve done all the work to lose weight, excess skin can remain and make the arms look droopy. Brachioplasty can get rid of this extra skin and tighten up the underlying tissue.
  3. Even going out in the sun can cause flabby arms. UV radiation from the sun can do all kinds of damage – including reducing the elasticity in the skin, which contributes to the “batwing” effect.

Taking good care of yourself, staying in shape, and wearing sunscreen are all good tips for avoiding flabby arms, but very often you can do all of these things and still have them (frustrating, isn’t it?). Perhaps the most important thing to know about this procedure is how great you will feel afterwards – brachioplasty contours and tones the arms by getting rid of excess skin and fat and smoothing out the tissue, so you no longer have to feel self-conscious or embarrassed when you want to wear a short-sleeve shirt or your bathing suit. 

Flabby upper arms may be a part of growing old for many of us, and they can be difficult to get rid of, but you don’t have to live with them. Call Specialists in Plastic Surgery in Raleigh, North Carolina, at (919) 785-0505, for a brachioplasty consultation today!

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