Why You’re Losing Definition in Your Upper Arms and How a Brachioplasty Can Fix It

Feb 14, 2024

If you’re losing definition in your upper arms, you’re not alone. It’s a natural part of the aging process, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be delayed! We explore the reasons behind sagging in the upper arms and steps you can take to reverse signs of aging, including the long-lasting transformative effects of a brachioplasty.

Collagen and Elastin and The Roles They Play

If you’ve ever heard of an anti-aging treatment talk about its collagen and elastin-stimulating abilities, it’s because they are a vital part of your skin’s function. Collagen and elastin are proteins that maintain your skin’s youthful texture and tone. They also help your skin recover from damage or injuries. While collagen and elastin are similar in function, they play two different roles for your skin.



This protein provides the structure for your skin. Collagen keeps the skin plump and firm (which makes it a popular anti-aging ingredient) and can also give the skin a youthful glow. 



Elastin, like elastic, makes the skin stretch. This protein helps the skin mold to the body, giving it the ability to bounce back after growth or stretching.

It’s natural for the levels of collagen and elastin to decrease over time, resulting in less firm, dull, and sagging skin that may have trouble recovering like it used to. Rapid or significant weight loss, as well as childbirth, can also have a significant strain on your skin, making elastin less effective. That is why you may notice stretch marks on your skin!  Understanding how these proteins affect your skin can also help us understand why our upper arms may lose their definition over time.

How We Lose Definition

Along with collagen and elastin loss, there are other factors that can cause sagging in your arms. As we age, it’s a natural part of the process to lose muscle mass. The decline in muscle tone can make the skin lax and cause your arms to appear less defined. This is often more noticeable in women due to the challenges they face in building and maintaining muscle compared to men. Your skin can also stretch out if you’ve had significant weight loss or gain, making your arms appear less toned. But there are ways you can reduce or even reverse signs of aging and laxity in your arms, and your local plastic surgeon can help! 


What is a Brachioplasty?

A brachioplasty, commonly known as an arm lift, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to reduce excess skin in the arms, so you can enjoy a slimmer and tighter appearance. A board-certified plastic surgeon will work closely with you to establish your goals and customize the treatment to suit your needs and unique body type. A brachioplasty is a great option if you want long-lasting results, and is a viable choice for anyone who wants to enhance the natural contours of their arms. If it sounds like an arm lift aligns with your goals, take the first step toward your desired look and schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon!

Additional Measures

While brachioplasty is not a weight loss procedure, you can ask your plastic surgeon about additional measures you can take to enhance the results:



Liposuction can target and remove excess fat in the arms, for a slimmer appearance.



For smaller fat deposits, non-invasive treatments like CoolSculpting® can help you permanently remove fat and enhance or maintain your results.



Microneedling is an effective, minimally invasive treatment that stimulates collagen production. Morpheus8 can be used after a brachioplasty to maintain long-lasting, tighter skin.

Another procedure that goes well with a brachioplasty that you can discuss with your plastic surgeon is a breast lift, or mastopexy. Like an arm lift, breast lifts address excess or sagging skin, and can restore a more youthful appearance! It’s not uncommon to combine breast lifts with a brachioplasty as they have similar scar patterns, allowing you to combine your arm lift scars with your breast lift scars for a more seamless look. If you want to address all-around skin laxity in your upper body, then be sure to ask about a breast lift with your brachioplasty at your consultation!

Proactive Solutions

While you can’t entirely prevent your arms from losing their youthful appearance, you can delay signs of aging with proper care, with or without a brachioplasty. Incorporate these actions into your daily routine to maintain your results and prevent further sagging:


Taking Care of Your Skin

Following a consistent skincare routine is important to prevent collagen loss and keep the skin looking youthful and tight.


Stay Hydrated and Eat Well

Good skin starts from the inside. Staying hydrated and maintaining a balanced diet supports collagen and elastin retention. You can also take collagen supplements like Skinade.



Regular exercise, especially strength training, helps keep the muscles defined and preserves the shape of your arms.

Take The Next Steps

If you decide that a brachioplasty is the solution you’re looking for, we can help take the next steps. At Gayoso Plastic Surgery and MedSpa, our skilled plastic surgeons are ready to help you make the change you want to see. Schedule your consultation today to begin your transformative journey, see the changes you desire, and feel confident and empowered in your body.

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