The warmer weather means it’s time to ditch the layers, but with three out of four UK women feeling self-conscious about their arms, it’s no surprise we find it hard to embrace strappy tops or summer dresses.
The dreaded bingo wings are a combination of three main problems – reduced muscle mass, excess fat, and poor skin tone. Both men and women suffer loss of muscles mass from their 30s onwards, but women carry weight differently to men and often accumulate fat in their upper arms, particularly post-menopause. The ageing process also causes collagen and elastic production to slow down so your skin loses its elasticity and structure.
4 treatments for toned and sculpted arms
EMSCULPT is the truly non-invasive body contouring procedure which employs two different energies to visibly reduce fat by 30% and build muscle mass by up to 25% over several sessions without any downtime. It delivers the equivalent to 20,000 crunches or squats in just 30 minutes, but it can also be used on the arms to tone and sculpt.
This injectable moisturiser treatment has become the must-have anti-ageing treatment as it delivers hyaluronic acid into the dermis. It works on skin laxity by rebuilding collagen and elastin and it’s now being used on the arms to reduce the appearance of crepey, lax skin. Two treatments are performed, four weeks apart, and the result is tighter, smoother skin with more elasticity.
For patients that have good skin elasticity and moderate fat excess on the arms, liposuction can be an effective option. The patient is left with only tiny incisions and the skin should shrink to the new contours of the arms.
If there is a significant amount of excess skin, a non-surgical approach is unlikely to deliver the results you’re hoping for. During arm lift surgery, also known as a brachioplasty, Mr Alex Karidis will make a long incision from the underarm to the inside of the elbow, removing any excess skin and fat. The scars should heal well but scarring is the main consideration for those contemplating the surgical or non-surgical approach.
And for the final touch… miraDry
Bingo wings aren’t always the only reason you may keep your arms clamped to your sides. Excessive underarm sweating, particularly during the warmer months, can leave many of us feeling self-conscious about sweat stains or damp patches.
miraDry is a non-invasive treatment that safely destroys the sweat glands in your underarm area, drastically reducing the amount of sweat produced, meaning you can raise your arms with confidence.
For more advice on any of our non-surgical or surgical arm treatments, call 0207 432 8727 to arrange a consultation.