Lombardo Cosmetic Surgery | Dr. Maria Lombardo | Rancho Mirage, CA

Arm Lift
In Rancho Mirage CA

Arm Lift CA

Gravity isn’t the friend of any part of our aging bodies. But certain areas can rely on underlying bone and muscle for support. Not the underside of the upper arms. The constant downward pull of gravity combined with the natural slackening of muscle and support tissue can leave a person with upper arms that hang. They can actually swing back and forth with movement. It can make a woman avoid wearing sleeveless blouses or dresses. Fortunately, Dr. Lombardo can perform an arm lift in Rancho Mirage to return contour to your upper arms. 

What is an arm lift?

Clinically known as brachioplasty, an arm lift reshapes the upper arms to a more toned, slimmer profile. The goal of this surgery is to tighten and remove stretched, hanging skin on the upper arms. This effectively removes the extra skin and with it the effect colloquially known as “bat wings” where the skin flaps back and forth with movement.

How is an arm lift done in rancho mirage?

This procedure involves a lengthy incision. That is unavoidable due to the length of the upper arm. For most patients, Dr. Lombardo makes an incision on the underside of the upper arm, running from the underarm to the elbow. Through this incision, she is able to remove excess fat pockets with liposuction. She repositions and tightens the underlying tissue, and trims away excess skin. 

In some cases where a patient doesn’t have extensive sagging skin, Dr. Lombardo may be able to use a minimal-incision technique. In this technique, she makes a small incision near the underarm, in lieu of one long incision on each arm. As you would assume, while this method does create a much more manageable scar, it doesn’t allow the same degree of tightening. For most patients, this more limited approach cannot deliver the tightening needed. 

Dr. Lombardo Arm Lift And Brachioplasty Before and After example

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Would I be a good candidate for a brachioplasty in Palm Springs?

There are a few reasons some people develop looser upper arms than others. If you’ve gained and then lost a good deal of weight, this has likely stretched the arm skin. This area is notorious for not being able to tighten back down after the skin has been stretched. Some people can blame genetics; they are prone to the skin and muscle loosening more than others. 

Is this a good procedure for you? That depends on how you feel about your upper arms. If the loose skin and muscle on the underside of your upper arms moves back and forth when you shift your arm, an arm lift could correct that. If you’ve consciously been avoiding showing your upper arms because of the loose skin then this could be a good surgery for you. 

It is important for a candidate to be at or near her ideal weight. This procedure is not intended for weight loss. In fact, if you gain and lose a fair amount of weight after having an arm lift, you can develop loose skin all over again. 

It’s also important to consider that this procedure creates a lengthy incision. The scar lightens quickly and becomes far less visible, but it will still be there. 

Recovering from Brachioplasty In Palm Springs

You’ll return home after surgery with bandages You’ll be given compression garments for both arms to minimize swelling and help your arms adapt to their new contour. There will be swelling, due to the tissue repositioning, but it should be gone in around two weeks. Within one to two weeks you can return to work, but special care has to be taken to avoid much lifting and strenuous activity with your arms.

Is arm lift surgery painful?

Any surgical procedure involves some pain.  Medication and ice can make it more comfortable. Pain is manageable and the area tends to heal quickly. The compression garment provides support and typically needs to be worn for 3 weeks.

risks Of an arm lift

This is a surgical procedure, so it involves the same risks as with any surgery: excessive bleeding, poor wound healing, potential infection, and the like. Otherwise, this is a low-risk procedure. The upper arms involve large muscles and limited nerve exposure, so tightening the area up is a relatively straightforward procedure. Dr. Lombardo’s patients are very satisfied with their results from her arm lifts.


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