Crepey Arm Skin Overview

Fraxel and Radiesse to rejuvenate the upper arm by Dr. Butterwick. Treatments leave skin firmer and less crepey.

The appearance of crepey skin—skin with the look and texture of crepe paper—can develop anywhere on the body, although it’s most common around the arms, followed by the cheeks, eyes, neck, hands, and legs.

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 to re-volumize, rehydrate, and rejuvenate your crepey arm skin.

Causes of Wrinkled and Crepey Arm Skin

Crepey arm skin can develop for several reasons, including:

Reduced Collagen and Elastin Production: Collagen and elastin are crucial proteins that maintain the skin’s firmness and elasticity. As people age, their bodies naturally produce less of these proteins, leading to wrinkles and skin laxity.

Loss of Dermal Moisture: The skin produces fewer skin cells and essential oils with age. This reduction in moisture levels can result in dry and thin skin, making it more prone to creping.

Sun Exposure: UV radiation from the sun can accelerate the breakdown of these essential components, leading to premature crepey skin.

Fat Loss: Significant weight loss, especially in the arms, can result in the loss of subcutaneous fat beneath the skin. This loss of fat can lead to thinner skin, which is more susceptible to wrinkling and crepey texture.

Contact Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego for crepey arm skin treatment without surgery. We now offer same-day appointments.

Treatment Options

San Diego’s Cosmetic Laser Dermatology offers several treatments designed to correct crepey skin and revitalize one’s appearance. The most effective treatments improve skin texture as well as help increase the reduced levels of collagen and elastin in the skin. The end results are smoother, younger-looking arms.


dermatologist treating patient's crepey skinThermiLift uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to effectively treat crepey skin. This revolutionary procedure gently sends 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 Mitchel Goldman, MD, and Douglas Wu, MD, PhD, 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.


Cosmetic Laser Dermatology’s Sabrina Fabi, MD, helped pioneer crepey arm skin treatment with Ultherapy. This non-surgical procedure is 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. Patients need not worry about incisions or ensuing scars, as the treatment is non-surgical. Ultherapy 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.


Fraxel laser resurfacing is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that helps tighten crepey arm skin by stimulating collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin. The laser energy creates controlled micro-injuries in the skin, prompting the body’s natural healing response and collagen remodeling. Over time, this process leads to firmer, more youthful-looking skin and a reduction in the appearance of crepiness on the arms.


With the main ingredient poly-L-lactic acid, the injectable dermal filler Sculptra is a non-invasive method of restoring 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.


Fraxel and Radiesse to rejuvenate upper arm by Dr. Butterwick. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Fraxel and Radiesse to Rejuvenate Upper Arm by Dr. Butterwick
Fraxel and Radiesse to rejuvenate upper arm by Dr. Butterwick. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Fraxel and Radiesse to Rejuvenate Upper Arm by Dr. Butterwick
Actual un-retouched patient before and after ThermiTight treatment to tighten crepey arm skin by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after ThermiTight to tighten crepey skin on the upper arm by Dr. Fabi


Sculptra to Treat Crepey Skin of the Inner Arm (0:54)


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