The undersides of the arms, the elbows and the area where the arms connect to the chest near the armpits, are some of the crepiest areas on the body. “Women get it so bad here,” says Sacramento, CA, dermatologist Suzanne Kilmer, MD. “Part of the reason why it’s so apparent on the undersides of the arms is because of hormonal changes due to menopause. As estrogen levels drop in the body, collagen is diminished, so there’s less supportive collagen in the arms and thinning skin becomes more noticeable.” When you lose weight in your arms, which can be an area that fluctuates, the skin becomes stretched out too.
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A skin-tightening treatment, which helps firm skin by inciting new collagen to be made, may be needed. And, because the arms are a hard area to treat, a more accurate microinvasive skin tightener, such as ThermiTight, may be your best option. It works differently than more traditional radio-frequency treatments in that it “injects” energy deep into the skin with tiny probes (the areas are first injected with anesthetic, so you won’t feel much during the treatment). The results take up to six months to see and some doctors say they are not yet certain if they are long-term. You may be swollen for a few days afterward, but the brand claims you typically only need one 60-minute treatment for it to work.
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