Get Those Arms Ready for Summer

The skin. It’s the body’s largest organ, so it should get some respect. But it sure is susceptible to the passage of time and the effects of gravity. Your upper arms aren’t immune. 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, connoting images of the dreaded bat wings.

Having excess skin and sagging on the upper arms can make you crazy during the warm weather. You avoid swimsuits, sleeveless blouses, all of the clothes that make the warm weather so enjoyable. And that’s no way to live in sunny San Diego.

But an arm lift, medically known as a brachioplasty, can firm up and contour those arms and get you ready for the summer. Here’s some information about arm lifts with Dr. Kearney.

Who should get an arm lift?

If your loose, flappy upper arms bother you, it’s probably time for an arm lift. If you avoid wearing sleeveless blouses more than Kate Moss avoids fried chicken, then you may need to consider 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 a more contoured appearance. 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 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.

Recovery

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.

Tired of those flappy upper arms? Come in for a consultation with Dr. Kearney. Call us at (858) 677-9352.

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