Do arm lift tapes create natural-looking results?
It probably works for people who don't have a lot of loose skin on their arms. I lost a lot of weight and my arms are the only part of my body that I can't really hide during the summer. I'm not sure if I'm ready to undergo another surgery after my gastric bypass, so arm lift tape sounded like a good temporary solution, until I get the money (and courage) to go see a cosmetic doctor again. Should I expect a very fake-looking arm lift with this tape?
I had never heard of arm lift tapes until recently. I looked up different brands and images of these tapes to see if they truly do work and I’m sorry to report that they do not. Really a clever idea, but definitely not something for the real everyday world. The instructions say to wear them with a shirt with sleeves to prevent them from being seen. Isn’t that the point of the lift tape – so that you can wear shirts and tank tops that show off your arms because they would be “lifted” instead of sagging? I just didn’t make sense to me. Also, when the tape is worn, it is noticeable and visible because the tape begins to wrinkle up as the day goes on. Sometimes, depending on the heat, the tape will actually come completely off the arm due to sweat and the wrinkling. I've heard of people actually becoming allergic to the tape too, so if you have sensitive skin, I would be on the cautious side. I think you should speak with a board certified plastic surgeon if you are really serious about making a change in your life, especially if you are looking for more permanent results.
I invested in some arm lift tape for shaping. I don't have too much of that problem area, but enough that I wanted to do something about it. It's like Spanx for your arms, lol! I was careful to wear it under a fitted long sleeved shirt. I can't personally imagine wearing the tape with a sleeveless or short-sleeved shirt. I mean, it does give you natural looking results from afar, but up close and sleeveless is another story. It's not really an alternative to a surgical procedure, but if you only have a little upper arm skin to manage, it is a whole lot cheaper and there's no general anesthesia required. LOL!
Well, not gonna lie, if you wear a short-sleeved shirt with your arm-lift tape, your arms are going to clearly look like they've got tape on them. If you're doing it for the shaping and planning to wear, say a fitted 3/4 sleeve shirt over the tape, it's worth a try. It's a decent investment. I first purchased the tape being in a similar situation to you. I got it specifically for some family photos coming up. It's not comfortable, but I feel like it did give me a cleaner line. I wore fitted sleeves to cover the tape. When the photos came back, I almost looked toned through the fabric! So, sure, try out the tape. It's affordable enough that you should just make the investment for the sake of knowing for yourself whether there's some specific instance in your life where it will come in handy. It's not a miracle, and won't give you professional arm lift results, but for me it went to good use. I'd recommend it on a case by case basis.
Honestly, I wouldn't waste your money on arm lift tape. While some brands do work better than others, I was disappointed when I tried the tape before I caved and opted for plastic surgery. The arm lift tape did provide a slight temporary slimming effect on my upper arms, but the whole point of my trying to correct the excess skin on my arms was so I could wear sleeveless shirts and dresses again. You can't wear sleeveless with this tape because it shows. Personally, I believe you are better off to wait until you save up the money and go for the arm lift surgery which is a one time cost and doesn't require you to wear tape on your arms. I really think you'd be disappointed with the tape showing when you go sleeveless.
I went in for a surgical arm lift, and the results have been night and day. You won't see any loose skin or fat on the under part of my arms. I no longer hide my arms and summers are great. I wasn't sure if I was ready to go through with cosmetic surgery, but my arm lift was a great idea. Arm lift tape never gave me the natural looking arm I wanted but the results of a real arm lift are great. An arm lift procedure is just better.
Arm lift tape was something that I considered before finally taking the plunge and getting a surgical arm lift. I'm sorry to say it, but the results didn't look natural at all and they were quite minimal. They didn't give me much of a noticeable difference. I have seen some ladies pull it off though and the arm lift tapes are usually quite affordable, so it couldn't hurt to try. I've noticed that even minimal results can be a big help with self confidence, especially in swimsuit season!