Are some upper arms resistant to diet and exercise?

Women touching underarmRegardless of effort, body type and significant weight loss can prevent some women from achieving tight and toned upper arms, according to cosmetic surgeons in the US. “Working out and watching calorie intake is the first and optimal course of action to tone and strengthen the upper arms, but sometimes even consistent weight-lifting and arm-targeted exercises help only minimally or not at all,” said Dr Nebil Bill Aydin, assistant professor of surgery at the New York Medical College and reconstructive and cosmetic surgeon with the New York Group for Plastic Surgery.“[Substantial weight loss can leave] an abundance of excess, loose skin on the upper arms… For others, the wings of fat and skin that develop with age are a result of genetics or having a particular body type.” Last year, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported around 15,500 arm lift procedures were performed in 2012 – 98 per cent of which were on women. One option for the arms is direct removal of excess skin and fat in a surgical procedure called brachioplasty. The benefit is that the upper arms become quite tight, while the drawback is a scar that extends from the elbow to the armpit on the inside of the arm. “I've had patients who couldn't wear sleeveless tops or bathing suits because they were so self-conscious,” said Dr Aydin. “Just gaining upper arm tone can provide an incredible boost in self-esteem and confidence. Certainly diet and an exercise plan that includes a focus on arm muscles are the ideal paths to upper arm toning, but for some women plastic surgery is the only way to overcome nature and be able to confidently bare their upper arms.”