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Will an Arm Lift Help with My Stretch Marks?

January 9, 2015

Stretch marks are common phenomena that many people develop at some point in their lives. However, just because they are common doesn’t make them any less frustrating.

Arm Lift Procedure

How do Stretch Marks Form?

Stretch marks are a type of mild scarring that occurs when skin is stretched quickly after the underlying body part grows rapidly. Things like a childhood growth spurts, weight gain, hormonal changes, or pregnancy can all lead to stretch marks.

They can appear anywhere on the body, but are particularly common on areas that carry extra weight like upper arms, thighs, abdomen, hips and breasts.

Unfortunately, even if you address the underlying cause of the stretch marks, the marks themselves can persist. Many topical ointments and creams claim to cure stretch marks, but they are often over hyped and do not perform as well as you’d hope.

The good news is that an arm lift can help remove those pesky stretch marks in certain cases.

How do Arm Lifts Help Stretch Marks?

The key for the ideal candidate is that his or her arms also have excess loose skin. When the stretch marks are accompanied by loose skin, an arm lift can produce fantastic results for both conditions. The arm lift will remove that extra skin and remove the stretch marked areas.

There are a couple of factors that can lead to you having loose skin on your arms.

For some people, diet changes and exercise are enough to lose a significant amount of extra weight. For others, surgical procedures like gastric bypass surgery or gastric banding are the best choice for successful weight loss. 

No matter how the weight was lost, individuals often notice a lot of extra skin left over since there is less fat and flesh underneath to fill it out. Further exercise can improve muscle tone, but it does nothing to improve the lose skin.

Natural ageing can also lead to looser skin around the arms since skin loses some of its elasticity with time.

If you suffer from both loose skin and stretch marks on your arms, then you are a great candidate for an arm lift.

There is some scarring associated with an arm lift, however with proper after care, these incisions will be far less noticeable than stretch marks. A modified arm lift will leave a smaller scar, while a full arm lift requires a longer incision and will leave a somewhat bigger scar. Still, in both types of arm lifts, the benefits far outweigh any residual scarring.


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