Arm Lift Overview
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.
"I loved working with Dr. Butterfield, Bea and ALL the staff! Every follow up appointment felt like a family reunion because they are all so caring! I was happy with my results and would chose Mount Sopris Plastic Surgery again and again!"- J.P. / Google / Jan 25, 2020
"If i could give 100 stars, I would! Dr. Butterfield is a highly talented surgical artist with an eye for aesthetic perfection. From the moment I walked into her office, I felt confident in my decision to use Mt. Sopris Plastic Surgery. The waiting room and office were clean, comfortable and inviting while the office staff were knowledgeable, accommodating and friendly. I was quite nervous on the day of my procedure especially once inside the procedure room; Nurse Bea recognized my anxiety quickly resolved it with reassurments the procedure was quick and painless. 14 gears ago, I pierced my ears and 12 years ago, I began gauging the holes. After getting married and having children (among many other reasons), I felt the droopy holes were no longer representative of the man I am today. Everytime I looked in the mirror, my ears reminded me of stupid decisions in the past. In just under 15 minutes per ear, Dr. Butterfield erased the dissatisfaction and regret I held onto for so many years c"- A. / Healthgrades / Jun 13, 2020
"Dr Butterfield is incredible in every way - from her understanding nature and gentleness towards patients to her knowledge about best practices with plastic surgery to her perfectionism with her work. Anyone in her care is in good hands. And the team of women who surround her add an extra layer of care, support and kindness to the experience."- M.S. / Google / Jan 25, 2020
"I had my eye lid surgery done by Dr. Butterfield 18 day ago and the scars had almost disappeared. to achieve the results I obtained it is required to have a doctor who is skillful with a creative imagination and art. She has a beutiful smile and a good aura which inspires trust."- J.B. / Google / Sep 08, 2019
"Dr. Butterfield is one of the kindest, most compassionate, straightforward and honest doctors I have ever met with. She took the time (a LOT of time) to explain all of my options and was honest with me about what would and wouldn’t work for my situation. Dr. Butterfield made me feel confident with my decision and is not a doctor that will talk you into something that is not necessary. If you are searching for a professional, compassionate, honest physician, you do not need to look any further because you will not find anyone better than Dr. Butterfield."- C.F. / Google / Jun 06, 2019
Arm Lift Surgical Technique
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.
Arm Lift During/After Surgery
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.
Arm Lift Expected Cost
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.