The Top 4 Ways to Fight the Arm Jiggle
Toned arms have a way of making the entire body look fit and strong. Unfortunately for many of us, our arms are just out of shape. This is a result of increased fat deposits that happen naturally with pregnancies, age, and gravity. Sagging skin and collagen weakness often add to the problem with loose skin and hanging fat. Sometimes even our best efforts at the gym go unrewarded and we are left with that pesky “arm jiggle”.
Is there anything we can do about flabby arms and loose skin? Absolutely – read on to find out!
Fight the Arm Jiggle #1: Targeted Workouts
Taking care of your body with exercise is a good first step. Many online resources describe exactly how to tone your arms with targeted workouts. One study cited the triangle push-up as the single most effective exercise to get rid of arm jiggle. Triceps kickbacks and dips proved to be great options too.
PopSugar offers a variety of fitness videos to help with body contouring. Many take just 5 minutes to do! These targeted workouts for flabby arms fit easily into the daily schedule and keep the arm jiggle at bay. Here’s a good example:
Fight the Arm Jiggle #2: CoolSculpting
Sometimes targeted workouts fall short on delivering sculpted, toned arms. Don’t give up! We have popular plastic surgery options to fight the arm jiggle as well. CoolSculpting is a noninvasive, FDA approved procedure that selectively freezes fat that you can pinch or pull off your body. It’s not uncommon to see a decrease in visible fat by up to 25%, with final results visible generally around at 3 months.
CoolSculpting is an effective option for targeting unwanted fat in the arms in folks with minimal excess skin and a moderate amount of fat. Even better, downtime with CoolSculpting is minimal. Typically you return to your daily activities the same day. Mild bruising, soreness and numbness may persist for a few weeks after the procedure before resolving. Learn more about the recovery timeline for CoolSculpting with our Recovery Calculator, and how much CoolSculpting costs with the Cost Calculator.
Fight the Arm Jiggle #3: Liposuction
Liposuction is one of the top 3 most popular plastic surgery procedures in the U.S. How does it work? Lipo involves a tiny (about one quarter of an inch) incision in the skin. Metal cannulae (tubes) are used to aspirate or suck the fat out in a safe and consistent manner to reveal your underlying silhouette. In the arms, lipo can help reduce the padding so your muscles are more visible under a thinner overlying layer of skin and fat. This approach might be preferable if you have a significant amount of arm fat but good strong collagen, which enables the skin to tighten down after the underlying fat is removed.
Liposuction has the advantage over CoolSculpting that it is simply very effective at removing a lot more fat in one treatment. However, the downtime is a bit longer before returning to your normal routine and activities. You’ll find liposuction cost and a recovery timeline on our Cost Calculator and Recovery Calculator as well.
Fight the Arm Jiggle #4: Arm Lift
What do we do when our arms have both excess fat and hanging skin? In these cases, an Arm Lift (or Brachioplasty) is by far the most powerful way to re-contour the arm. Arm Lift surgery involves Liposuction to remove the arm fat, followed by surgical techniques to cut out the excess arm skin that is left behind after the lipo.
Arm Lift surgery is often performed after major weight loss to deal with loose skin where no amount of exercise can tighten it up. When tackling arm jiggle that involves both fat and loose skin, an Arm Lift is often considered the best approach. It does, however, come with a higher cost and longer recovery period. If you are not sure which approach is right for you – don’t worry. That’s why you come and see the pros! During your visit we determine which procedure would meet your goals and minimize your potential downtime. Visit our Cost Calculator and Recovery Calculator to compare procedures.
Top 4 Ways to Fight the Arm Jiggle
There you have it – 4 great options to fight the arm jiggle! Here’s a quick summary to help you decide which one is right for you:
- Targeted Workouts – perfect for smaller amounts of arm fat that respond to exercise.
- CoolSculpting – to fix that little bit of arm flab that has trouble going away – target that last inch!
- Liposuction – for more arm jiggle, this is a more effective treatment for arms with a fair amount of fat.
- Arm Lift – done to treat both flabby arms with extra fat and loose or sagging skin.
Schedule a consultation and let board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tannan help you navigate the variety of options to fight the arm jiggle. With a little bit of help, we can reveal your sculpted, toned arms that reflect a confident and brilliant you!