The Jacobs Center for Cosmetic Surgery

Arm Lift

Brachioplasty in Healdsburg and the San Francisco area

An arm lift at the San Francisco Bay Area's Jacobs Center, also known as a brachioplasty, addresses excess skin and fat of the upper arms. Together with careful liposuction, this procedure can restore tone and proportion to the upper arms.* The type of lift and the length of scar depends largely on the extent of extra tissue and desired goals after the procedure. For many San Francisco-area patients, this means the scar can be hidden in the armpit, but some patients, including those who have had major weight changes, require a longer scar down the inside back of the arm. Included with an arm lift procedure is usually some degree of liposuction to blend in the surrounding contour and to encourage skin tightening.

Talk to a member of The Jacobs Center team about an arm lift in the Bay Area by calling the San Francisco office (415.433.0303) or Healdsburg office (707.473.0220).

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The Healdsburg facility allows an arm lift to be performed with just local medication, with sedation, or under general anesthesia, depending on the amount of work to be done and each patient's personal preferences. Patients are recommended to take one week off of work after getting this surgery. Pain is usually easily controlled with medication for the first couple of days.* Drains are not typically needed for this operation. Patients are asked to wear a custom-measured surgical compression garment for the first two weeks after surgery to minimize swelling. Patients who undergo arm lifts can continue to use their upper arms following surgery. Though every patient is unique, generally the only limitations are in raising their arms above their head, and strenuous activities, which are reintroduced gradually starting two weeks after surgery.

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Weight fluctuations, age, and heredity can all cause drooping or sagging skin in the upper arms. While exercise can improve the tone of the underlying muscle, loss of elasticity in the skin or fatty deposits can be harder to control. An arm lift can improve definition by tightening and smoothing the supportive tissue and removing excess fat. It is often combined with other body contouring procedures, including breast surgery, tummy tucks, and thigh lifts. Fat grafting to the hand is another adjunct procedure that may be performed. Combining procedures often reduces total costs and has the benefit of one healing period.

Dr. Eric Culbertson
Dr. Eric Culbertson Associations

American Board of Plastic Surgery-certified surgeon for breast & body-focused procedures, Dr. Culbertson personally strives to achieve natural yet undeniable results that bolster one's self esteem and reinforce, rather than change, one's identity.

Moving forward

If you're considering getting an arm lift, call us to set up a free consultation. Call the Healdsburg office at 707.473.0220 or the San Francisco office at 415.433.0303.

* Patient Results May Vary

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