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What Is An Arm Lift?

An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that helps to tighten and tone the upper arms. The procedure involves removing excess skin and fat from the arms to create a more youthful and sculpted appearance. An arm lift is for individuals who have lost significant weight, experienced skin laxity due to aging, or simply want to achieve more defined arm contours. Dr. Z customizes each arm lift procedure to address every patient’s unique needs and goals.

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Arm Lift Corrects:

  • Excess skin on the upper arms
  • Flabby or sagging upper arms
  • Loss of skin elasticity due to aging or weight loss
  • Stubborn pockets of fat on the upper arms
  • Difficulty fitting into certain types of clothing
  • Self-consciousness and insecurity about the appearance of the arms
  • Lack of confidence in social situations or when wearing revealing clothing

To learn more if an arm lift in Los Gatos is right for you, contact our office for an appointment.

Your Arm Lift Session

On the day of surgery, you will be given local anesthesia with sedation to ensure your comfort. Dr. Z will make incisions on the undersides of your arms, usually in the armpit area or along the back of the arm. He will remove excess skin and fat through these incisions, tighten the remaining skin, and reshape the arm to create a more toned appearance.

The duration of arm lift surgery varies depending on the extent of the correction needed but typically takes 1-2 hours. Once the procedure is finished, your arms will be bandaged and placed in a compression garment to reduce swelling and support healing. Dr. Z and his team will provide detailed aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth recovery.

Your Journey to Recovery: Side Effects & Downtime

In the first few days after the procedure, you may experience pain, swelling, and bruising in the treated area. You may also have limited mobility and need to avoid strenuous activities. Dr. Z and his team will provide detailed aftercare instructions to minimize these effects. Most patients return to work within two to four weeks after their arm lift in Los Gatos, but full recovery may take several months.

Candidates for Arm Lift:

  • Have excess skin and fat on their upper arms
  • Have tried diet and exercise but have been unable to achieve toned arms
  • Are in good overall health
  • Are free from medical conditions that could increase the risk of complications
  • Are at a stable, healthy weight and not planning significant weight loss in the future
  • Are non-smokers or willing to quit smoking before and after the procedure
  • Have realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure
  • Are committed to following post-operative care instructions provided by their surgeon
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Aftercare Guidelines:

  • Wear the compression garment provided by your surgeon
  • Take any prescribed pain medication as directed by your surgeon
  • Keep your arms elevated above the heart to reduce swelling
  • Avoid strenuous activities or heavy lifting for at least six weeks
  • Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with your surgeon
  • Keep the incision sites clean and dry to prevent infection
  • Avoid exposing the incision sites to direct sunlight until they are fully healed
  • Be patient and allow your body time to heal

For any questions following your arm lift in Los Gatos, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

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Why Choose Dr. Z For An Arm Lift In Los Gatos?

Dr. Z, a Stanford-trained plastic and reconstructive surgeon with expertise in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, is dedicated to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals. He listens carefully to each patient’s needs and educates them on the available tools to achieve their desired outcome. His personalized approach ensures each patient is thrilled with their results. Don’t wait to achieve the toned, defined arms you desire — schedule a consultation today.

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