Arm Lift San Conveniently located to serve San Ramon and San Francisco
An arm lift in San Ramon is a surgical procedure used to contour and sculpt sagging upper arms. Also called a brachioplasty, this body-contouring option is an ideal choice for patients who have excess sagging skin and excess fat on their upper arms.
Am I Good Candidate for an Arm Lift?
The best candidates for an arm lift surgery are individuals whose bodies have already fully developed into adulthood. If the body is still changing due to puberty and natural growth, this can negatively affect the results of the procedure.
This procedure is best done for candidates with loose upper arm skin. It is also recommended for individuals who have a BMI (body mass index) below 35. Reduced blood flow in fat tissues makes wound healing slower. Patients with excess weight also have a greater chance of experiencing side effects when general anesthesia is administered.
Another factor to consider is smoking. Smoking can cause blood clots and infections by decreasing the oxygen supply in the bloodstream. Quitting smoking for four to six weeks can prevent complications before and after an arm lift surgery.
How to Prepare for an Arm Lift
Brachioplasty patients should not consume food and drinks for eight to twelve hours before the procedure. Eating within this period can risk vomiting during surgery or aspiration, which occurs when food and drink go down your airway.
Weeks from the surgery, it is recommended to eat protein-rich foods such as pork, chicken, seafood, tofu, and low-fat dairy products to aid in healing after the surgery.
Before the day of the surgery, secure transportation to and from the facility, and have a friend or family member there for additional safety and assistance.
Several options exist for tightening and contouring the upper arm. Loose skin and fatty tissue can be tightened by removing the excess skin and fat with an incision if there is a lot of laxity, or the arm can be contoured with liposuction if the problem is mainly excess fat. Excising the excess skin results in a scar along the inner portion of the arm or a scar in the axilla, if there is less loose skin. Contouring the arm can allow the patient to wear clothes without the sleeves being tight and improve the appearance of the arms even in sleeveless garments. While exercise and weight resistance training can improve the appearance of the top of the arms, the underneath has less muscle and more loose skin. The scar will take approximately a year to fade and will then often fade back to the natural skin color and can be barely noticeable.
The procedure takes 2-3 hours depending on the amount of loose skin and the procedure can be performed as an outpatient procedure or with an overnight stay depending on the how extensive the procedure is and the patient’s general health. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia in a fully accredited private surgery center.
Arm Lift Recovery
Activity level and weight resistance is restricted for 2-3 weeks and then light aerobic exercise for 3-4 weeks with adding weight resistance and increasing intensity to a full work out by 6-8 weeks.
Get Started Today
The best way to learn more about the arm lift in Sam Ramon is by arranging an informative consultation. Contact the office of Dr. Place to schedule your consultation.