Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

Brachioplasty in Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ

What is a Brachioplasty?

Brachioplasty, more commonly known as an arm lift, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that reshapes the under portion of your upper arm, from the axilla to the elbow.

Getting a brachioplasty in Scottsdale with Dr. Michele DeVito, you will see a reduction of excess sagging skin and a lessening of pockets of fat in your upper arm area and, best of all, this procedure will tighten the underlying supportive tissue that helps to define the shape of your upper arm. If you need fat reduction during your procedure, it may require both excision and liposuction, in addition to removing loose skin from the back of your arms.

A brachioplasty has quickly become one of the most desired plastic surgery procedures. A statistics report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons indicates that there were 17,338 brachioplasty surgeries in 2018, compared to 338 in 2000.

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Best Candidates for Brachioplasty

Anyone in good physical health is a good candidate for brachioplasty. The upper arms tend to be a troublesome area for many people because of loose, excess skin and fat. Along with proper diet and exercise, liposuction can help refine the upper arms giving them a firm, well-defined appearance.

For men and women who have loose skin with minimal elasticity, an arm lift surgery may be necessary to achieve the desired results. Exercise may strengthen and improve the underlying muscle tone of the upper arm, but it cannot address excess skin that has lost elasticity, or underlying weakened tissues and localized fat deposits.

Preparing for an Arm Lift

Scottsdale brachioplasty surgeon, Dr. DeVito, will review your current health and your medical history in preparing for your arm lift procedure. She may request lab work, a chest x-ray and an electrocardiogram.

There are a number of things you will need to do in preparation to ensure you get the best brachioplasty Phoenix has to offer you. You should stop smoking at least a month before your scheduled surgery, because it slows healing and increases your risk of infection. There will probably be an adjustment to your current medications and supplements, as you may need to stop taking anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen a couple of weeks before your surgery.

Arm Lift Procedure

During your brachioplasty procedure, you may receive local anesthesia and sedation for you to be comfortable. Or you may receive general anesthesia to be asleep throughout the duration of your surgery. The entire arm lift procedure generally takes from two to three hours. Most patients report that there is no significant pain with the procedure.

Depending on your specific procedure, incisions may be minimized and made on the inside and/or back of the arm. An incision is made on the inside of your upper arm that can extend from the underarm to the elbow. Sometimes, liposuction is used for fat reduction. The underlying tissue is reshaped with internal sutures, while the skin is smoothed over the new contour of your arm.

Recovering from an Arm Lift

Most upper arm lift procedures are an outpatient procedure with immediate and visible results. It is normal to feel some pain, including numbness, for a few days after your surgery. Most people return to work and resume their normal activities after a few days.

There will be some swelling and bruising for a few weeks. You should refrain from strenuous exercise and other rigorous tasks until you are medically cleared. A compression garment may also be necessary for a few weeks, to allow the skin to adhere to the underlying tissues.

A dressing or bandage may be placed on your incisions while your arm may be wrapped in an elastic bandage to minimize swelling and give your arm support during the healing process.

It’s a good idea to keep your arms elevated as much as possible for a few days and to move around to prevent blood clots. Avoid sunlight to prevent scars from becoming too dark and the skin from developing irregular pigmentation.

Top 10 Benefits of an Arm Lift

There are many great advantages of deciding that it is time for an arm lift. Here are the top 10 benefits of getting an arm lift with Scottsdale brachioplasty expert, Dr Michele DeVito:

  1. You will regain elasticity in your arms
  2. People will notice your improved contours
  3. Your scars will barely be noticeable being hidden in the inner arm, at the armpit or at the back of the arm
  4. You will get a more appealing appearance between your armpit and your elbow, as excess fat and skin that hangs below your arms will be eradicated
  5. Expect the tone and shape of your arms to change for a smoother and toned appearance, because the surgery will get rid of the flabbiness in your arms
  6. Your body will appear more balanced because, without that excess fat, your arms will be proportionate to the rest of your body
  7. You will feel and look stronger when working out, because your excess skin and tissue have been removed from your arm, causing any exercise with your arm to be easier and give better results
  8. Your self-esteem will be restored, because you will no longer feel self-conscious when you lift your arms
  9. People will now see your new toned arms
  10. You will be able to wear what you want like a smaller shirt size or a sleeveless shirt

Arm Lift Surgery FAQs

What are the Results?

The results of your arm surgery will be long-lasting as long as you continue to be in good physical health and maintain a stable weight.

Is it permanent?

Most of the improvements from a brachioplasty are relatively permanent. Remember that your skin will continue to lose some firmness as you age so it is important to maintain a stable weight to help retain your results.

Is it Safe? What are the Risks?

There is a very low incidence of complications with a brachioplasty procedure. There are possible complications associated with an arm lift such as bad reaction to anesthesia, bleeding, blood clots, fluid accumulation, seroma, hematoma, and/or scarring, and infection.

Will there be a Scar?

Your scar will not completely disappear, but should not be too visible six months after your surgery. State-of-the-art sutures can now minimize the scars. Most of the incisions are made under the arm from the elbow towards your body.

How Much Does an Arm Lift Cost?

The cost of an upper arm lift can vary based on what needs to be done. Scottsdale brachioplasty surgeon, Dr. Michele DeVito, provides the highest quality of care and service using her years of experience as a plastic surgeon. Call our office to discuss your insurance and some of our ongoing specials in more details.


During your consultation, you will get a chance to speak about your concerns and your goals with Dr. DeVito, the Phoenix brachioplasty specialist, who will explain your procedure and its risks. She will give you information about what to expect during and after your procedure, including your recovery at home.

Dr. DeVito is a renowned Phoenix plastic surgeon, board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of both the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the prestigious American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. She specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face and body, and cares about her patients. Dr. DeVito goes the extra mile to make you feel comfortable and offer you one of the best brachioplasty Scottsdale has available to you.

Contact DeVito Plastic Surgery Center to schedule a consultation with Dr Michele DeVito for a brachioplasty in Scottsdale .

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