Any solutions for wrinkles on the elbows?

Dear Dr. Irwin- I am 49 years old and on the thin side. My biggest area of concern is the area above my elbows. I have fairly muscular defined arms however I have a "hood" over my elbows that drives me crazy-I am wearing shirts that are 3/4 -everyone thinks I ma crazy when I point it out to them but I HATE IT!! Has there been any developments in Thermage for this area?? I read your Thermage info where it talked about a newer tip in development for other body parts. Or, is this something that a plastic surgeon could possibly treat?? Thanks- Patty

This is a tough one.  I’ve never heard of a plastic surgeon doing this but that doesn’t mean there isn’t somewhere someone doing it!  If a plastic surgeon just removed the loose skin, I don’t think it would heal well unless the elbows were immobilized (not a good idea).  Otherwise, the scar would just stretch and widen every time you bent your elbow.

 I have these too so I experimented with a syringe of Juvederm Ultra Plus injected into the skin around my elbow to see how it looked.  It did improve it a little, but frankly, I doubt most of us women would want to spend this much (a syringe each elbow would total about $1,000) for minimal improvement.

 CO2 laser (fractionated) might improve it but I’ve never seen anything published on this.  I think the body Thermage tip, unless they find a way to improve it, would not be worth the money for this area.

 Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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