Out of Town Patients

Out of Town Patients

Many of our clients travel from all over the US and other countries to have Celebrity Arms™. This is a surgery that lends itself well to flying in and leaving the day after surgery. Patients are urged to fly in the day before so that flight delays do not affect their making it to surgery. The day after surgery, Dr. Su will do an evaluation and provide you with instructions, after which you may fly or drive home. Further follow ups for the next 5 months are by phone and sending photos. We usually do a 2 week, 2month, and sometimes a 5 month follow up. It is not required that you return in person, but you are always welcome if you do!

Tampa, Florida is a great place to visit. We have great weather year round and also many different attractions for visitors. The Florida Gulf beaches are famous and we also have Busch Gardens Park in Tampa. Only an hour away is Orlando where Disneyworld and Universal Studios are. When you fly in for surgery, we will have transportation for you, as well as a number of choices of lodging that we can arrange. The airport and lodging are all within 10 minutes from our office.

How do I schedule a Office Consultation or do a Virtual Consultation?

If you live close by, or just want to fly in for your consultation, you can call to schedule a complimentary consultation where you will be able to see Dr. Su or Dr. Gruber. A personal evaluation by one of our doctors ensures that you are a good candidate for this surgery and enables you to see what your results will be like. Just make sure to let us know that you are coming in from out of town so one of the doctors will be sure to meet you during the consultation.

However, if you live far away or just cannot do an in office consultation, then we can do our Virtual Consultation. This will require that you send us some clear photos of your arms in various positions (frontal in muscle pose, back in muscle pose, arms hanging down at your side from the front). First, fill out our contact form and indicate you wish to have Celebrity Arms. We will contact you and give you instructions on how to take photos of your arms and where to send them. Our doctors will then evaluate the photos and create a drawing on your photos of the new shape you can expect, along with a price quote for the surgery. You are also always welcome to call our office anytime to speak to one of our knowledgeable staff who will be happy to answer your questions. We can also arrange for our doctors to have a phone conversation with you if needed. Once you decide to have surgery, our office manager or surgery coordinator will help you pick a date.

Preparation for surgery

After we have determined that you are a good candidate for this surgery, we will need to make sure that your health is also good. We will send you for labs and also review your health history. It is important that you do not have any major heart or lung problems, or bleeding disorders. If you smoke, we recommend that you stop for at least 2 wks before and after your surgery for the best healing. Stopping aspirin, ibuprofen, or other over the counter pain medications is also absolutely necessary for at least 1 week prior to the surgery to avoid any dangerous bleeding risk. Call our office if you are not sure about any medication that you are taking.

Follow-Up Care

Many of our clients travel from all over the US and other countries to have Celebrity Arms™. This is a surgery that lends itself well to flying in and leaving the day after surgery. The day after surgery, Dr. Su will do an evaluation and provide you with wound care and garment instructions, after which you may fly or drive home. Further, follow-ups for the next 5 months are by phone, email, and or text message including photos when needed. We usually do a 2 day, 2 weeks, 2 month, and sometimes a 5 month follow up. It is not required that you return in person, but you are always welcome if you do!

Things to do while in Tampa

Tampa, Florida is a great place to visit. We have great weather year round and also many different attractions for visitors. The Florida Gulf beaches are famous, and we also have Busch Gardens Park in Tampa. Only an hour away is Orlando where Disney World and Universal Studios are.