For some, decreased levels of collagen and elastin are the main culprits behind saggy arms; others are unable to get rid of the flab because of weight gain. “Liposuction is an excellent choice for those with minimal skin laxity and excess fat that is localized to the upper arm area that’s resistant to change with diet and exercise,” says Mountlake Terrace, WA, plastic surgeon Richard Baxter, MD. “But, for those with a minimal amount of excess fat and mild to moderate skin laxity, skin-tightening technologies such as Thermage might be more appropriate. It targets collagen production and tends to work better on younger patients before collagen levels diminish too much,” he adds. When there is a lot of excess skin, especially after weight loss, an arm lift, or brachioplasty, which unavoidably results in a scar along the inner part of the upper arm, may be more suitable.
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