Arm Lift

An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, removes lax, excess, sagging skin from the upper arms which occurs often with age and weight fluctuations. Diet and exercise cannot tighten excess skin, which can cause discomfort and a lack of confidence. Only an arm lift can immediately address excess skin on the upper arm and every procedure is designed to suit the needs and goals of the patient. An arm lift can sculpt and reshape the upper arm from the shoulder to the elbow, and is often paired with liposuction to remove stubborn fat deposits.

There are three primary types of brachioplasty:

  • Standard Brachioplasty

  • Limited Incision Brachioplasty

  • Extended Brachioplasty

The standard brachioplasty removes a moderate amount of skin and adipose tissue from the upper arm, and often includes liposuction. A limited incision brachioplasty requires a shorter incision and is best for patients whose excess skin and fat is close to the armpit. An extended brachioplasty extends the incision from a standard brachioplasty to the chest region and can be useful for patients with excessive, unwanted chest or breast tissue or who create an unwanted bulge with their bra strap.

Benefits of An Arm Lift

The benefits of an arm lift include:

  • Immediate, long-lasting results

  • Arm lifts help a person appear younger and more slender

  • The exact location and length of the incision is based on the patient and in some cases can be hidden under short sleeves

  • Reduces or eliminates chafing and rubbing caused by excess arm skin

Brachioplasty can also be part of a “mommy makeover,” which is a term used to describe a combination of surgeries some women opt for when they are post-partum. However, you do not need to be a parent (or even a woman) to work with a Spectrum Plastic Surgery doctor in choosing your suite of surgeries. An arm lift isn’t as commonly picked in a mommy makeover as a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, or liposuction, but it is a popular procedure for both men and women. A thigh lift is another popular plastic procedure that may complement an arm lift.

Arm Lift | Spectrum Plastic Surgery, Scottsdale, Arizona

Benefits of An Arm Lift

The benefits of an arm lift include:

  • Immediate, long-lasting results

  • Arm lifts help a person appear younger and more slender

  • The exact location and length of the incision is based on the patient and in some cases can be hidden under short sleeves

  • Reduces or eliminates chafing and rubbing caused by excess arm skin

Brachioplasty can also be part of a “mommy makeover,” which is a term used to describe a combination of surgeries some women opt for when they are post-partum. However, you do not need to be a parent (or even a woman) to work with a Spectrum Plastic Surgery doctor in choosing your suite of surgeries. An arm lift isn’t as commonly picked in a mommy makeover as a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, or liposuction, but it is a popular procedure for both men and women. A thigh lift is another popular plastic procedure that may complement an arm lift.

More Information on Arm Lifts and Recovery

The recovery for a brachioplasty is dependent on the type of arm lift you have and your general health. Since many patients combine a brachioplasty with other surgical procedures, recovery times are not standardized. On average, a full brachioplasty requires 1 – 2 weeks of rest and time off of work for most occupations. Most patients can resume driving after about 10 days.

Swelling and bruising is expected immediately after the procedure. It’s important to have someone you trust to help take care of you and your needs for a few days after your procedure. Most patients have brachioplasty on both arms, which can make basic self-care a challenge for up to one week. Patients can often return to exercise and most activities of daily living about 4 – 6 weeks after the procedure. Your specific timeline will be detailed prior to your surgery as you work with Spectrum Plastic Surgery doctors to customize your procedure.

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Patient Reviews

Before and after galleries, as well as reviews, can be key components in choosing a Brachioplasty surgeon. Below, you will find a selection of reviews for Dr. Geoghegan and Dr. Stutman.

By Anonymous, 72 years old, Real Patient Review*

“I had a gastric bypass at age 60. I finally just got tired of hiding my arms and having to go to larger size clothes. I obviously have other areas that could use plastic surgery but the arm lift was my priority … If I ever decided to have any other plastic surgery done Dr. Geoghegan would be my only choice.”

By MT, Real Patient Review*

“Surgery [with Dr. Stutman] was not as painful as expected. Got rid of all my extra skin and stretch marks! Great experience.”

By Anonymous, Real Patient Review*

“Dr. Stutman did a fantastic job at fixing the mess from the other surgeon. I still don’t know how he did it, but I’m glad he did! Nothing but highest regard for this surgeon.”

By Anonymous, Real Patient Review*

“Dr G…. is simply AMAZING!!! She went out of her way to get my surgery done before the end of 2014 to save ME money. She scheduled me for Christmas Eve. She was very attentive and answered all my questions happily without ever making me feel like I was taking up her time or anything to that effect.”

See What People Are Saying

Patient Reviews

Before and after galleries, as well as reviews, can be key components in choosing a Brachioplasty surgeon. Below, you will find a selection of reviews for Dr. Geoghegan and Dr. Stutman.

By Anonymous, 72 years old, Real Patient Review*

“I had a gastric bypass at age 60. I finally just got tired of hiding my arms and having to go to larger size clothes. I obviously have other areas that could use plastic surgery but the arm lift was my priority … If I ever decided to have any other plastic surgery done Dr. Geoghegan would be my only choice.”

By MT, Real Patient Review*

“Surgery [with Dr. Stutman] was not as painful as expected. Got rid of all my extra skin and stretch marks! Great experience.”

By Anonymous, Real Patient Review*

“Dr. Stutman did a fantastic job at fixing the mess from the other surgeon. I still don’t know how he did it, but I’m glad he did! Nothing but highest regard for this surgeon.”

By Anonymous, Real Patient Review*

“Dr G…. is simply AMAZING!!! She went out of her way to get my surgery done before the end of 2014 to save ME money. She scheduled me for Christmas Eve. She was very attentive and answered all my questions happily without ever making me feel like I was taking up her time or anything to that effect.”