Saggy arms, sometimes referred to as “bat wings,” can cause emotional and physical discomfort for our patients. Surgical procedures like an arm lift can be used to improve this condition, but not everyone is a candidate for or wants to undergo surgery. Luckily, we offer many non-surgical skin tightening and skin rejuvenating treatments for saggy arms at our Kelowna skin care clinic.
What Causes Saggy Arms?
Saggy arms are often caused by a combination of loose skin and excess fat that can develop with natural aging, significant weight loss, and other factors. As we age, collagen and elastin production slow down and breakdown increases with the skin losing elasticity. Collagen and elastin are proteins that give skin its youthfulness, elasticity, firmness, and volume. Hormonal changes that come with aging can also have an impact on how fat is distributed throughout the body.
Weight loss is another common cause of saggy arms, especially if the weight is gained and lost quickly. Women experience this during pregnancy, but anyone can have loose skin resulting from weight loss. Weight gain stretches the skin and it cannot always “snap back” with a toned figure. This often leaves people feeling self-conscious even after their weight loss efforts. Sagging skin also impacts mobility, dressing and can cause skin irritation or physical discomfort.
How Can I Prevent Saggy Arms?
Saggy arms can always be prevented by maintaining healthy skin and holistic health, slowing down skin aging and limit skin laxity that comes with aging. The sun is one of the main contributors to skin aging since UV exposure breaks down collagen and tissues. Avoid prolonged sun exposure and use broad-spectrum sunscreen daily.
Medical-grade skincare products can also maintain the youthfulness of your skin and slow down the effects of aging. We offer skincare from ZO Skin Health with clinically tested ingredients that are proven to treat and prevent a variety of skin conditions. Serums containing growth factors, retinol, or antioxidants are great choices for wrinkle and firming treatment, that can boost collagen production.
Non-Surgical Skin Tightening Treatments
At Cerulean Medical Institute, we offer a variety of non-surgical cosmetic treatments to improve the appearance of sagging arms.
RF and Ultrasound Body Contouring
At Cerulean Medical Institute, we use an advanced combination of radiofrequency (RF) energy and ultrasonic energy for skin tightening and body contouring in Kelowna. RF and ultrasound energy heat the deep tissues of the skin, stimulating the body’s natural healing process and new tissue regeneration. Our popular non-invasive body contouring procedure can lift and tighten skin on the arms while smoothing wrinkles and eliminating stubborn pockets of fat.
Microneedling is sometimes called collagen induction therapy because this is exactly what it does. Microneedling creates microscopic stimuli on the surface of the skin to trigger the body’s natural healing process and the resulting production of collagen. New collagen lifts and tightens loose skin for a youthful effect. Treatment is minimally invasive, and patients often feel no discomfort since a topical numbing cream is applied to the upper arms.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing uses non-invasive laser-generated heat to stimulate collagen production and new, healthy tissues. This laser treatment is a great choice for patients who want to improve sagging or wrinkled arm skin while treating sunspots or age spots. Improvements can gradually be seen with a series of treatments scheduled 4 weeks apart.
Who Should Consider Non-Surgical Skin Tightening for Saggy Arms?
Men and women of all ages who are bothered by the appearance of loose skin on their arms can benefit from non-surgical skin tightening in Kelowna. Loose skin can make it difficult to find clothes that fit properly, and it can cause a loss of confidence that makes people isolate themselves from social settings. An additional need for treatment is if patients have physical symptoms caused by their sagging skin.
Excessive skin that rubs together can lead to skin irritations and rashes. Sagging skin also makes exercise and physical activity more difficult, further limiting people from engaging in social activities and daily tasks. It’s important to have realistic expectations for your skin tightening procedure. While non-surgical options can have a dramatic impact on mild to moderate skin laxity, complete elimination of sagging might not be possible for more severe skin laxity.
Which Treatment for Saggy Arms is Right for You?
The right treatment depends on your cosmetic goals, skin quality, lifestyle factors, etc. For example, if you are looking for a treatment that combines skin tightening and fat reduction, RF body contouring may be a better option than microneedling.
Dr. Chetty will help you determine the right treatment at your consultation. He will discuss each treatment in more detail and ask you questions about your medical history and existing skin conditions to determine the best treatment plan.
Schedule a Consultation
Are you ready to tighten and firm your arms? Maybe you’ve been gradually noticing sagging skin as you age. No matter the reason for your saggy arms, our skin care experts can help you achieve a more toned figure and smoother skin with a nonsurgical skin tightening treatment at Cerulean Medical Institute. Give our Kelowna office a call on (778) 760-5050 to schedule your consultation today!