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Why Are Your Upper Arms Flabby?

Getting rid of excess fat and flab on any area of your body requires dedication and hard work. But you stay motivated by knowing the results you see will be well worth your sacrifice … unless, of course, you’re trying to tone up those flabby upper arms.

Sometimes called “bat wings” for their pendulous appearance, the flabby upper arm area is one of the toughest areas to tone. In fact, most people find their upper arms defy even the most grueling exercise and toning program, remaining loose and floppy after months of hard work.

Fortunately, Baheri Wellness Center offers treatments developed especially for the hard-to-tone upper arm area. As a leading medical spa in Beverly Hills, California, Baheri Wellness Center specializes in custom body-sculpting treatment options to banish those bat wings so you feel more attractive and toned. Body sculpting is popular — in fact, thousands of women and men undergo body contouring treatments each year in the United States. Here’s why arm flab happens — and how body sculpting can help you get rid of it once and for all.

From fab to flab

Plenty of people gain flab and fat in their upper arms as a result of overall weight gain. After all, when you eat more than you should and don’t get enough physical activity, it’s almost certain you’re going to gain weight, and those pounds can wind up “sticking” to just about any area of your body, including your upper arms. 

But weight gain is just one cause of flabby upper arms. Even if you’re trim and fit, your arms can still look loose and saggy as you get older. And for that, you can thank your parents and your hormones.

Body shape

Body shape can vary — often dramatically — from one person to another, and those differences can also affect how you gain weight. For instance, some people may notice those excess pounds showing up first on their tummy, their butt, or their thighs. 

Your body shape is dictated largely by your genes. If you have a genetic predisposition to accumulate body fat in your upper arms, that’s one reason you’ll see weight gain there — and one reason it can be so hard to shed those pounds, even with plenty of exercise and dieting. 

Hormones

Shifting hormone levels can cause dramatic changes in our bodies (and our lives), especially as we get older and our bodies produce fewer of the so-called sex hormones, estrogen and testosterone. But while declining estrogen can be blamed for many of the changes associated with menopause, arm flab is most likely associated with a drop in testosterone. (Yes, women have testosterone, too.)

When testosterone levels dip, it can be harder to tone up muscles in every part of your body. That’s one reason women and men tend to have less muscle mass as they age. When you have less muscle tissue, it’s a lot harder to slim down those hard-to-tone areas like your upper arms. That means no matter how many chair lifts and pushups you do, you’re still not going to get the slim, sleek upper arms you want.

Banish those bat wings

Diet and exercise may not help you tone up those flabby upper arms, but that doesn’t mean you’re locked into a life of long sleeves. Mehran Baheri, MD, offers body contouring treatments using the state-of-the-art Contoura system by Inmode. The Contoura system uses proprietary technology to get rid of stubborn fat pockets in your upper arms (and other areas, too), leaving behind smoother, sleeker, trimmer contours. 

There’s a new year just around the corner, and that means now is the perfect time to make a new change in your life. Scheduling a consultation and treatment now means your arms will look their best by the time spring and summer arrive, so you can flaunt your arms and feel fabulous doing it. Call 424-309-1478 or book an appointment online and let us help you feel your confident best.

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