As you get older, the skin on your upper arms changes — sagging and becoming loose. Significant weight loss also can cause the undersides of your upper arms to droop.
While exercise can strengthen and improve muscle tone in the upper arm, it can't address excess skin that has lost elasticity.
An arm lift isn't for everyone. Your doctor might caution against an arm lift if you:
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- Are significantly overweight
- Have frequent changes in your weight
- Have a medical condition that interferes with wound healing, such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis
- Are a smoker
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