Don’t Fear that Sleeveless Blouse

Arm Lift San Diego & La Jolla, CAAs we age, it seems every part of our bodies has developed a little more sashay. It’s because our underlying support tissues and our skin have both become looser as the years have passed.

With all of the sleeveless fashions we wear in San Diego, there’s one place where this slackening is most unwelcome — the underside of our upper arms. Significant weight gain or weight loss, or simply the relentless march of time, can create loose skin on the upper arms. This results in unsightly, inelastic flabby areas on the bottom of both upper arms, sometimes referred to as “bat wings.”

Dr. Kearney can deal with this problem with a plastic surgery procedure called brachioplasty, commonly known as an arm lift. This procedure removes excess skin and fat in the upper arms.

Sometimes if a person is overweight, he or she will simply assume that losing the weight will firm the upper arms back up. The reality is that this may exacerbate the problem. The same is true of performing only liposuction on the upper arm area. And no matter how many triceps dips you do, that loose skin isn’t going anywhere!

An arm lift, sometimes done in conjunction with liposuction, is the path recommended by Dr. Kearney.

How is an arm lift done?

In an arm lift, Dr. Kearney will make an incision either on the inside or on the back of the arm near the elbow. The length and pattern of the incision, which could extend all the way up to the underarm, will depend on the amount and location of the excess skin present. Fat deposits in the area may be removed through excision or liposuction. Once the fat has been removed, the supportive tissues in the arm are tightened and contoured using internal sutures. The skin is then re-draped and smoothed to conform to the new tighter contour.

What results can I expect?

There will be bruising and swelling, but your new firmer upper arms will be noticeable immediately after the procedure. Dr. Kearney will have you in compression sleeves to help minimize the swelling and to help your skin adapt to its new contours. There will also be some scarring, but it fades relatively quickly.

An arm lift can bring long-lasting results, especially when the patient maintains a stable weight and exercises regularly. However, the firmness of the arms may still be affected by the natural effects of aging.

Don’t be afraid of sleeveless fashions! Get an arm lift with Dr. Kearney. Call us at (858) 677-9352 to schedule a consultation.

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After careful consideration and at the request of our state, and concern for the health and safety of our patients, we are cancelling all non-essential appointments and surgical procedures starting on 3-20-20. Please take note below of the ways that we are available to you over the next couple of weeks:

  • Appointments:Dr. Kearney will still be seeing a small number of post operative appointments over the next couple of weeks as well as any patients that require immediate attention or medical care, by appointment only. We are calling and emailing all patients who currently have appointments scheduled in the next 2 weeks to notify them and reschedule
  • Phone: We will be working remotely and able to answer questions as well as schedule future appointments and surgeries by calling our main number: 858.677.9352. Please note, however, that we will have reduced hours over the next couple of weeks so be sure to call during these times: M-F 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you have an urgent matter outside of these hours and need to speak to Dr. Kearney please call 619-270-4935.
  • Answering machine: Please do NOT leave important messages on the after hours greeting during the next 2 weeks as they may not be checked in a timely manner. Instead, we ask you to call or email during the above hours and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
  • Email: We will have access to email and our patient scheduling system and will be available to check and respond to emails M-F from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you reach us outside of these hours please allow 24-48 hours for a response. You can continue to email the patient coordinator you’ve been in contact with or simply use [email protected]
  • Virtual consultations: Can’t come in for an appointment right now? No problem! Dr. Kearney is able to offer phone consultations during the next couple of weeks. Simply email us at [email protected] or call 858-677-9352 during the above hours and we will let you know the simple steps to take.

We apologize for any inconvenience the above changes may cause and are hoping things return to “normal” as soon as possible. Please stay safe and healthy and let’s all try to remain as positive as possible during this time of uncertainty.

We appreciate all of you and look forward to seeing you again very soon!

Sincerely,

Dr. Kearney and staff

858.677.9352

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