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Most people who have a major weight loss will have some degree of loose skin on their arms. Although the problem can make you self-conscious about your arms or make exercising uncomfortable, there are ways to can minimize the problem.
Give It Time
When you are proud of your weight loss accomplishments, it is easy to stay fixated on your loose skin. Although time will not eliminate copious amounts of loose skin, it is difficult to see how much loose skin you truly have if you have not maintained your weight loss for a while. For some people, maintaining their weight loss for a year or more is necessary to allow the skin to retract as much as possible. You might find after you become adjusted to your new body that you continue to dislike the loose skin, but it is not a daily obsession and you are less self-conscious about it. Once you have given yourself and your body time to adjust, then you should consider what options are available for skin removal.
Lifting weights is an often overlooked part of minimizing excess skin, especially if you were primarily focused on cardio to lose weight. When you can build your biceps and triceps, combined with time to allow the skin to retract, you will typically find the loose skin is less dramatic. Of course, building muscle will take time, so it is important to focus on other weight-lifting goals rather than what your arms look like. Aim to steadily increase the amount of weight you can lift or possibly engage in a strength sport, such as weightlifting or powerlifting. As you improve in the sport, you will naturally see improved muscle development in your upper-body.
Brachioplasty, or an arm lift, is the cosmetic procedure used to remove excess skin on the upper-arms. It is important to have several consultations with different plastic surgeons to determine which options are available to you. Different surgeons may have their own preferred technique for removing excess skin. For some people, they may be limited on the techniques available if they have significant amounts of excess skin. You will also need to accept that you will have a large and possibly noticeable scar, which surgeons try to conceal as much as possible. Additionally, it might be impossible to remove all excess skin, especially if your arms were quite large. You may also want to discuss with your surgeon about any other procedures available after you have healed to help fade the scar, such as laser treatments, or to minimize stretch marks, which can also be a concern for people who had larger arms.
Although dealing with significant loose skin after major weight loss can make you uncomfortable, there are options to help. Gaining muscle mass can reduce the amount of excess skin you have, leaving less that needs to be removed with surgery.Share