As we age, it isn’t just the skin on our face that loses its elasticity. As our collagen and elastin levels deplete, the arms are also a common place for the skin to develop a loose or crepey appearance. Sagging happens because collagen, your skin’s structural support, diminishes with age, contributing to volume loss, skin laxity and wrinkle formation. Fortunately, technological options for skin tightening is constantly evolving, so when it comes to sagging skin, there are plenty of treatments that can help.
What causes loose skin?
Ageing is the most common cause of loose, sagging skin which, of course, cannot be avoided. As we get older, collagen and elastin deplete, which has a widespread effect on the body, causing the skin to become thinner and dryer with increased wrinkles and sagging.
A sudden loss of weight within a short period of time can also lead to sagging skin, particularly for large amounts of weight. This is because the skin that has expanded to accommodate the body fat doesn’t contract after weight loss, so the extra skin area ends up loose and sagging with gravity.
Excessive sun exposure can also break down the collagen and elastin in our skin, leading to wrinkles and sagging skin. Frequent unprotected sun exposure prematurely ages your skin and results in the loss of collagen and reduced skin elasticity. In fact, an astonishing 90% of visible ageing is caused by exposure to the sun’s UV rays.
So, how can we address it?
Profhilo restores lost collagen and elastin stores with its breakthrough hyaluronic acid formulation. This unique formulation rebuilds collagen proteins whilst firming and lifting the skin in a clinically proven way.
Profhilo is one of the most effective skin boosters available on the market today, thanks to its ability to stimulate four different types of collagen and elastin within the skin. Its bio-remodelling and tissue-healing properties help to plump out fine lines whilst tightening sagging pockets of skin and smoothing crepeyness – making it an ideal solution for loose, sagging arms. The result is tighter and firmer-looking skin with improved elasticity and bounce.
Taking things a step further, Profound RF is one of the most effective ways to achieve an arm lift without surgery. Whether you’d like to reduce the subcutaneous fat or tighten loose, crepey skin, we can combine two Profound RF microneedling tips in a single treatment, which means less downtime, recovery, and even better results. One tip specifically targets the subcutaneous tissue or the deeper parts of the skin to decrease bulk from unwanted fat. The dermal tip, which treats the more superficial layers of the skin, helps tighten the laxity or looseness of the skin.
The upper arms contain deep fat and subcutaneous fat layers, but as we age, the subcutaneous layer of fat that sits just beneath our skin often increases in size. This can lead directly to fatty deposits collecting around our upper arms, which are often called ‘bingo wings.’ If your sagging skin results from excess fat under the arms, CoolSculpting is the ideal treatment to sculpt the area and reduce stubborn pockets of fat beneath the skin whilst leaving the skin unaffected.
The treated fat cells are crystallised (frozen), and then die. Over time, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells, leaving your arms looking more defined.
If you’d like to learn more about the various options for reducing loose, sagging skin on the arms, click here to enquire or book a consultation.