Spring may not be here quite yet, but pretty soon, warmer temperatures will call for short sleeves and tank tops. If you’re an individual dreading the warm weather due to the fact that you feel self-conscious about your arms, you can start preparing your body now so that come spring and summer, you can wear short sleeves that show off tight, toned, attractive arms.
If you’ve been living with sagging, drooping arms for an extended period of time due to weight gain or sudden weight loss, you may feel frustrated about how your arms look in short sleeves and tank tops. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to make your arms look more attractive, even if you fear that genetics are preventing you from achieving your ideal look.
Nutrition and exercise
The first steps you can take to tighten and tone your arms are to improve your nutrition and start exercising regularly. If your diet is high in sugar, sodium, and overall fat content, your body may be lacking the nutrients it needs to repair itself and become healthier. Improve your nutrition by adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet, along with other healthy, whole foods such as nuts, seeds, legumes, and sources of lean protein. These types of foods will supply your body with the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants it needs to boost your energy levels, and will complement any strength-training and exercises you may already be doing to tighten and tone your arms.
In regards to fitness, add strength-training workouts to your existing exercise regime. While cardio exercise is great for your overall health and contributes to weight loss, it often doesn’t target certain muscles you may want strengthened. To tighten and tone flabby arms, do a series of upper arm exercises, such as bicep curls or tricep dips. Over time, you’ll notice that any excess skin on your arms will begin to disappear as fat tissue converts to muscle.
Cosmetic surgery procedures
If the excess skin on your arms doesn’t respond to changes with diet or exercise, you may want to consider undergoing one or more cosmetic surgery procedures to improve the appearance of your arms.
Many individuals who have excess arm skin often opt for arm reduction surgery, which is also sometimes known as an arm lift or brachioplasty. During arm reduction surgery, your cosmetic surgeon may use liposuction to remove excess fat before removing any excess skin. Then, your surgeon will close the incisions, which are normally placed on the inside of the arms where they are less visible. Swelling and bruising may also occur, but will usually resolve two to three weeks following surgery.
An alternative to arm reduction surgery is Smartlipo, which is an FDA-approved, minimally-invasive procedure that removes small pockets of fat from your body. If you’ve managed to lose weight and tighten all other regions of your body, but are still left with saggy, upper arms, you may want to choose Smartlipo so your surgeon can specifically target the most stubborn areas. With Smartlipo, the fat cells in your arms are destroyed by a high-powered laser, which stimulates tightening of the skin. Compared to traditional liposuction, Smartlipo is associated with less downtime and a relatively shorter recovery period.
Are you interested in removing stubborn deposits of fat from your upper arms through arm reduction surgery or Smartlipo? Request a consultation with Monarch Plastic Surgery, or call us today at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing offices, or at (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City location to learn more about your options for plastic surgery.