3 Ways to Tighten Up Your Flabby Arms
Anna K. Fryxell
Whether you call them chicken wings or bat wings, many of us fall victim to flabby arms. Sure, they can be easily covered up with long sleeved attire, but where’s the fun in that? Try one of these three ways to say goodbye to your flabby arms, and we’ll have you saying hello to that sexy spaghetti strap dress in no time!
1. Exercise Fix
If you want to tighten up your arms through exercise, you’re going to want to target the biceps, triceps and the muscles that form the shoulders. “Toning these muscle groups will help to tighten up the appearance of the upper arm,” says Marina del Rey, CA, Equinox personal trainer Erin Pugliese. Try doing bicep curls with a barbell or dumbbell and hammer curls to tone the biceps. As for the triceps, do tricep extensions, dips or push downs to help strengthen and tone the back of the arm. Lateral raises are a great way to shape the shoulder.
Pugliese recommends doing two exercises for each muscle for three sets of eight to 10 reps. Do this with lighter weights twice a week, and then once a week, do it with heavier weights to create more definition.
But weight lifting can only get you so far, “Lifting weights will help define the muscles, but to get rid of the flab, you will need to decrease body fat,” says Pugliese. Do this by doing more cardio exercises and by eating a healthy diet. “If there is a thick layer of fat over the muscles, it doesn't matter how much you work to define them, you won't see that sexy toning until you decrease the layer of fat over your muscles.”
2. Non-Invasive Fix
For those looking for a quick and painless way to tighten up their flabby arms, TriPollar is a good option. This treatment takes advantage of advanced radiofrequency technology to reduce the circumference of the arm and decrease fat. A full treatment course typically consists of six to eight sessions and the device can be used on all skin types and colors.
“This is the first time we are seeing remarkable results with radiofrequency without the pain,” says Manhattan Beach, CA, dermatologist Glynis Ablon, MD. “Knowing that I’m able to make my patients feel more confident about themselves with a simple, safe and painless procedure is truly satisfying.”
3. Surgical Fix
An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is ideal for someone who has a lot of excess skin due to weight loss or some other reason. The procedure involves the surgeon making an incision in the armpit to the inside of the upper arm, depending on the amount of correction needed. From there, the tissue is tightened and reshaped and the sagging skin is decreased.
“It's generally reserved for those who have loose skin in the upper arm or triceps area, if someone is troubled by skin hanging from the elbow to the armpit when they raise their arm,” says Beverly Hills, CA, plastic surgeon Leslie Stevens. “If it's just fat and there is still good skin elasticity, then we can just use liposuction if no skin needs to be excised.”