Dr. Butterfield is a plastic surgeon in Glenwood Springs and Basalt, Colorado that specializes in brachioplasty, also known as an arm lift. This is a procedure that removes excess skin and fat on the underside of the upper arm where a loss of elasticity exists due to weight loss. This procedure creates a more contoured, shapelier appearance and is often a necessary step in the weight loss transformation. Brachioplasty is among the top 5 cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S. today. Dr. Butterfield often incorporates an armpit lift, simultaneously with an arm lift. During the initial consultation, a detailed surgical plan will be created that meets the patient’s aesthetic goals.
"Dr. Butterfield is an amazing human being and plastic surgeon! I was on vacation in Aspen and had an awful accident. I was referred to Valley View Hospital by the Aspen hospital because they didn’t have any plastic surgeon on call there. When I arrived at the hospital, the nursing staff and ER Dr were so kind and helpful. They called the plastic surgeon that was on call but she had the day off. So, she came in on her day off to help me out! She took me to her office and put my injuries back together. I’m truly grateful and thankful to Dr. Butterfield. She was very kind and made my very scary situation, comforting and calming! I would highly recommend Dr Butterfield for any reconstruction surgery. She did amazing things with my eye injury."- S.H. / Google / Nov 13, 2018
"Bea is absolutely THE BEST at facial peels I've seen her twice and couldn't be happier with the results! My skin looks amazing. She has such a gentle touch and is so informative about skin care. The Clear and Brilliant is also a total game changer! I've gotten so many compliments on how great my skin looks since seeing Bea, I've already scheduled another visit!"- M.H. / Google / Oct 06, 2018
"Everything about the staff and the experience with my surgery was the best it could be. ALL of the women are SO friendly and accommodating. Dr Butterfield is amazing at what she does and made my experience as painless and enjoyable as could be. I’m so grateful that I was referred to them considering my ‘un-fun’ circumstances of getting a chunk of my hand removed. I want to hug them all."- K.W. / Google / Apr 24, 2018
"Outstanding - I've been dealing with acne scars for 20 years and have tried almost every product and procedure out there. When i first came to Dr. Butterfield, it was for Botox as I had given up on any effective treatment for scarring. She recommended Fraxel. I went into it without any expectations of results. I couldn't believe when the healing started after several weeks and there was noticeable improvement in my skin. For someone with acne scars, this is life changing. I've always been very self-conscious and saddened anytime i saw my face in a picture. Now i don't mind having my picture taken. I feel beautiful and confident and that's because of Dr. Butterfield and Bea's skill and knowledge. Bea Sarver performs my fraxel treatment and her attention to detail and expertise with the equipment is amazing. She has studied the laser's capability and how to adjust it to achieve the results based on skin type and severity of scarring. Likely why the Fraxel treatment i had from a previous provider didn't produce the results that Bea did. She takes pride in improving my skin. I hope that both Bea and Dr. Butterfield understand how much they've changed my life. Everyone in the office is caring and attentive. I cannot recommend this practice enough. I've been to countless doctors over the years for treatment of scars but it was Dr. Butterfield and Bea that actually produced results. I cannot thank them and their entire team enough."- Anonymous / Vitals / Mar 17, 2018
"Dr. Butterfield listened to my questions and concerns and gave me honest and caring answers. Everyone that works in this 5 star ?? office is kind and attentive. Our valley is extremely fortunate to have Dr Butterfield."- D.Z. / Google / Dec 24, 2017
During arm lift surgery, an incision is made along the inner arm, from the armpit down towards the elbow. Once this incision has been made, liposuction may be used to remove excess fat, and any loose skin will be trimmed away. Depending on the extent of the surgery, a draining tube may be placed to help control bleeding. In patients with excessive drooping, where there is looseness within the internal tissue structures, a tightening technique will be used internally. These surgical efforts will result in a smaller circumference of the upper arm.
Brachioplasty is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and typically takes around 2 hours to complete. It is considered an outpatient procedure. If this surgery is combined with another body contouring procedure, then the patient may be required to stay overnight in the hospital. Following surgery, the arm should be kept elevated to help control swelling and promote circulation. Patients will experience a slow return of normal function. Arm and hand strength, specifically, will be weak for the first several weeks as the internal tissues heal.
The average cost for an arm lift procedure is between $5,000-$6,500. This price will increase if the surgery is combined with another body contouring procedure.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $5,000 - $6,500
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Arm Lift FAQ’s
Liposuction or Lift?
Patients that have excess fat inside their arms may be candidates for liposuction, but arm lift patients typically do not have excess fat as their primary problem. These individuals have excessive sagging and loose, hanging skin. The only way to correct this problem is through a brachioplasty procedure. Patients who have relatively good skin tone but also have excess fat in the arms can sometimes achieve their desired results with an exercise and diet regime that incorporates the use of weights.
What About Scarring?
It’s important that patients understand scarring is a part of this procedure. It is recommended that patients avoid sun exposure during the first year to protect the incisions from any additional discoloration. Most patients believe the scars are a small trade-off for a new, shapelier arm. We will discuss scar care to help assist in the healing process.
It is common for arm lift patients to combine this surgery with another procedure. Some common techniques often combined during what is known as an “upper body lift” include liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and breast surgery (breast lift). During your consultation, each surgery will be discussed and recommendations will be made on whether these procedures should be done at the same time.
How Toned Will I Look?
An arm lift is performed to remove hanging skin and fat. The only way to build muscle is through strength training. Following surgery, once the arms are fully healed, patients can resume exercise and weight training. This is a great way to add shape to the arms by toning and strengthening them.