Upper Arms Flapping Around? Lift Them!

Arm Lift Nothing stays tight forever. Just think of it. The cushions on your couch — when you bought it, they were firm and supportive. Now, they’re sunken and uneven. Your parking brake in your car — it was tight the last time it was adjusted. Now, you have to pull it all the way up, and the car can still slip.

Same deal with the skin on your upper arms. As you age, particularly if you’ve gained and lost a good deal of weight, the elasticity in the skin and support tissue of your upper arms has gone the way of the Dodo. Now your arms flap when you move them. Uh, no bueno.

But an arm lift with Dr. Kearney can bring some firmness back to those upper arms.

Who should get an arm lift?

If you move your arms quickly and the skin almost whacks you in the face, it could be time for an arm lift. If you avoid wearing sleeveless blouses more than a seal avoids watching Shark Week, it may be time for an arm lift.

Generally, you could have the procedure if you have loose, excess, or sagging skin on your upper arms that doesn’t respond to exercise. Or, if you’ve lost lots of weight, yet the excess skin on your upper arms didn’t go away with the weight, an arm lift can help.

The procedure

The goal of an arm lift is to eliminate the excess skin and fat from the upper arms, creating more taut, smaller arms. An incision is made on either the bottom of your arm or the backside. It runs usually from the elbow to the armpit. Dr. Kearney then removes excess fat, tightens the underlying muscles, and removes excess skin. When the procedure is complete, you’ll go home with compression garments around your upper arms to help them adapt to their new smaller, tighter contour.


Most arm lift patients return to work after one week, and can resume normal exercise and activity within a month. Scars will fade over the next 18 months to where they will not be overly noticeable.

Lose those loooooooooooose upper arms. Call (858) 677-9352 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kearney about an arm lift.

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