Crepey skin can be particularly troublesome on the arms. It’s common for people to ignore the skin on their arms in lieu of their face and neck but it can cause inconsistencies in appearance, as the face appears smoother, healthier, and more youthful than the arms. The board-certified dermatologists at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego offer various non-surgical treatments—including Ultherapy, Sculptra, Thermage, and ThermiLift—that add volume, hydration, and luster back to crepey arm skin.
Causes of Wrinkled Crepey Skin
A common cause of crepe-like skin is the reduced production of collagen and elastin in the skin. These proteins keep the skin firm and pliable but without them, wrinkles form and skin laxity develops.
Another cause of wrinkles is the loss of dermal moisture. As people age, fewer skin cells are produced, leading to the loss of important oils that help keep the skin free of dead skin cells and other pathogens.
The loss of both skin-supporting proteins and skin hydration can occur as a result of aging and/or the accumulation of sun exposure.
One other common cause for crepey arm skin is the loss of fat from the skin due to aging, such as from significant weight loss. This results in thinner skin that is more susceptible to wrinkling and crepey texture.
Treatments for Crepey Arm Skin
San Diego’s Cosmetic Laser Dermatology offers several treatments designed to correct crepey skin and revitalize one’s appearance. The most effective ones improve skin texture as well as help increase the reduced levels of collagen and elastin.
ThermiLift Addresses Skin Laxity
ThermiLift uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to effectively treat lax skin that has the appearance and texture of crêpe paper. The revolutionary ThermiLift gently sends the RF energy deep into the skin to jumpstart collagen and elastin production, which helps “lift” the skin and gives it a smoother, firmer appearance.
In 2016, our own Dr. Mitchel Goldman and Dr. Douglas Wu led a study on the safety and effectiveness of RF energy on tightening lax, crepey arm skin using an emerging technology designed to be less invasive—subsurface thermistor-controlled monopolar radiofrequency (SMRF).
SMRF is delivered via a ThermiRF probe safely and precisely thanks to the external infrared camera that allows for constant monitoring of skin temperature. They found there was a marked improvement in skin laxity, texture, and firmness at both 30 and 90 days post-procedure.
Although further research is necessary, the benefits of this new technology look promising.
Non-Invasive Thermage for Tightening Lax Skin
Thermage also uses unique radiofrequency (RF) technology to tighten the skin—with an added touch: a cooling mechanism that cools the surface of the skin while the RF energy penetrates deep into the lower layers. This helps ensure a safe, comfortable treatment.
While ThermiLift is minimally invasive—the RF energy is delivered by a small cannula inserted just under the skin—Thermage is completely non-invasive. This means no downtime and only minimal side effects, such as mild redness or itching for a few days7-10 days.
The deep heating action helps ramp up collagen production to improve the look of skin laxity and wrinkles. It strengthens the skin’s structure at its foundation for arm skin that’s smoother, tighter, and more youthful looking.
Correct Crepey Arm Skin with Ultherapy
Another member of our staff, Dr. Sabrina Fabi, is widely thought to be among the world’s leading experts in Ultherapy; in fact, she helped pioneer this non-surgical procedure designed to lift lax skin and stimulate the production of collagen.
The secret to this procedure is focused fractionated ultrasound, which penetrates deep to strengthen and repair the skin’s support structure. As it’s nonsurgical, patients need not worry about incisions or ensuing scars. In fact, the procedure is relatively quick, is usually well tolerated, and requires almost no downtime.
Ultherapy was the first non-surgical skin tightening treatment approved by the FDA for lifting and toning skin. The procedure is safe and precise because the imaging technology allows for precise targeting of the troublesome layer(s) to be treated. It’s customizable, so the appropriate levels of energy are consistently being delivered.
The result is gradual, natural-looking improvement and skin rejuvenation that become fully evident after 4-5 months and last for over a year. Side effects such as redness, swelling, and tenderness are minimal due to the minimally-invasive nature of the treatment.
Address Volume Loss with Sculptra
With the main ingredient poly-L-lactic acid, the injectable dermal filler Sculptra restores skin fullness and volume by building collagen. It is very effective at adding volume to areas in the early stages of skin laxity. The filler reinforces the skin’s underlying support structure, which lifts the skin and gives the arm a revitalized appearance.
To make the dermal filler treatment as comfortable as possible, minimally-invasive Sculptra is injected with ultrafine needles. The revitalizing impact on crepey arm skin is gradual and natural-looking and the results can endure for as long as two years.
Visit SculptraAesthetic.com to learn more about the injectable collagen stimulator.
Contact Cosmetic Laser Dermatology to Smooth Away Crepey Arm Texture
Crepey arm skin is a common sign of aging skin but it can easily and effectively be treated with several different nonsurgical procedures. To learn more, contact Cosmetic Laser Dermatology and schedule a consultation at our San Diego office. Contact us online or call (858) 943-2113.
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