If you frequently conceal your arms because you feel insecure about the appearance of loose, sagging skin or excess fat, you are not alone. Fortunately, various body contouring procedures can help you restore your confidence and expand your wardrobe. The treatment that offers the most dramatic results is the arm lift. Also known as a Brachioplasty, arm lifts contour your upper arms and help diminish the unwanted side effects of age, genetics, or major weight loss, revealing a smoother, more toned silhouette.

If you are considering an arm lift in San Luis Obispo County, or have questions about our other surgical and non-invasive treatment options, reach out to Charles Chalekson, MD, Inc today.

What Is an Arm Lift?

An arm lift is a plastic surgery procedure that utilizes multiple techniques to tighten sagging skin and supportive tissue. This helps to improve tone and definition in ways that diet and exercise alone cannot.

Traditional Arm Lift

The size and location of incisions will depend on the severity of skin laxity. A traditional arm lift is best suited for individuals with a more considerable amount of excess and loose tissue. During this treatment, an incision is made along the underside of the upper arm from the underarm to the elbow, and loose skin and fat are surgically removed. Internal stitches are then used to tighten and secure the underlying supportive tissues, and the remaining skin is pulled taught, and carefully aligned over the new contour of the arms. If loose skin extends onto the sides of the chest, an extended arm lift may be necessary to address your concerns fully.

Renuvion Arm Lift

For individuals with more mild amounts of excess skin, a Renuvion arm lift might be considered.  It involves very small incisions that allow for delivery of a special energized plasma under your tissues to allow your body to create new collagen around the skin that helps to tighten the soft tissue tightening around the upper arm.

How Long Is the Recovery Period?

Recovery times vary, but you will likely need some time off work. Most patients can move around in a day or two and fully recover within two weeks, but you may have bruising, swelling, and soreness around the treated area. You should use compression garments or wraps for a few weeks during recovery to aid with edema and avoid strenuous exercise for approximately a month.

Am I a Good Candidate for an Arm Lift?

You could be an ideal candidate for an arm lift in San Luis Obispo County if you want to remove extra skin and stubborn pockets of fat from your upper arms. Other considerations include maintaining a reasonably steady weight, being in overall good health, and having realistic expectations of surgery. The best way to know if this or any procedure is right for you is by having a comprehensive consultation. At this visit, we will review your health history, aesthetic goals, and anatomy to fully customize a treatment plan or surgical technique that best fits your unique needs.

Additionally, your surgeon may advise you to stop smoking since nicotine products prevent healthy circulation and healing. You may also need to discontinue using blood-thinning supplements. Dr. Chalekson will ask you to disclose all the medication you are taking and may recommend appropriate modifications in the weeks preceding your operation. You will also be given detailed pre- and post-operative instructions as well as a guide on what to expect from recovery.

Consider Scheduling a San Luis Obispo County Arm Lift Consultation

Your physique should be a reflection of how you feel on the inside. If the appearance of your arms is affecting your quality of life or otherwise failing to showcase your true self, we can help. An arm lift can restore your confidence and allow you more freedom when choosing what you wear.

To learn more about an arm lift in San Luis Obispo County, contact our team at Chalekson MD, Inc. As a premier plastic surgery destination, we welcome patients from across the country and throughout California, including San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Templeton, Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach, Cambria, Morro Bay, Santa Barbara, and Santa Maria.


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