Why Is It So Hard to Lose Fat in Your Upper Arms?

As the calendar officially heads toward summer, a lot of people are looking forward to getting outside and sporting their warm weather attire. But, while everyone can enjoy the longer and warmer days, some people may not feel as comfortable donning a T-shirt or tank top.

If your upper arms don’t look the way you want, wearing a T-shirt may make you self-conscious. Stubborn fat in the upper arms is a common problem, especially for women, and it often remains even with diet and exercise. Thankfully, there is a way to finally lose that fat in your arms. It’s called CoolSculpting®.

In this blog, Scott B. Callahan, PA-C, of Dolce Vida Med Spa explains the basics of upper arm fat, why women are more susceptible, and how CoolSculpting can come to the rescue.

On stubborn fat

One of the most frustrating things about trying to lose fat in certain areas is that you can’t spot-reduce fat. Doing crunches or dumbbells will help with overall fat reduction, but doing 1,000 crunches won’t flatten your stomach any more than doing 25 crunches with a normal workout will.

The same goes for food. A high protein diet could help improve your body composition and increase fat loss, but no diet can specifically make your arms slimmer. In fact, everyone loses fat at different paces and in different orders. For example, some people may be unable to lose fat in their lower body until they first lose fat in their upper body.

Women and upper arm fat

Women, if you feel like the men in your life are able to lose arm fat with ease, it’s not your imagination. Some studies have shown that low levels of testosterone can lead to the storage of excess fat in the upper arm region.

As a woman ages, the level of testosterone in her body starts to drop, and her arms may start to store more fat. Pair this with a slowing metabolism, and you have the perfect recipe for stubborn upper arm fat.

What can CoolSculpting do?

CoolSculpting is a body contour tool that uses cold to permanently eliminate fat cells. In fact, it can destroy 20-25% of fat cells in a targeted area. It’s an FDA-cleared treatment that can target fat in many areas, such as the following:

This treatment can also reduce fat in the upper arms.

How are treatments performed?

CoolSculpting is a noninvasive way to lose fat, and it doesn’t harm surrounding tissues. A gel is applied to the treatment area, and a treatment applicator is placed on your arm. The cooling action then destroys the fat cells.

CoolSculpting treatments aren’t painful, require no anesthesia, and don’t require any downtime. Although you may feel some mild cold, stinging, tingling, cramping, or aching, the treatment will numb any feelings away, and you’ll be done in less than 30 minutes.

While the fat cells will be destroyed immediately, it will take time for your body to eliminate the fat cells. In the days and weeks that follow, your body will remove the fat cells as waste. You’ll start to notice changes in the targeted areas in 1-3 months, and you’ll see the final results in about six months. At that point, you can decide to pursue more treatments if necessary. 

Do you want to see if CoolSculpting can help you get rid of your stubborn upper arm fat? Learn more by booking an appointment online or over the phone with Dolce Vida Med Spa today.

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