Scottsdale, AZ board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. John Williams, has special skills in body contouring and fat removal, specifically for the upper arm. An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, uses a diverse range of innovative cosmetic surgical techniques to remove excess skin and fat deposits from the upper arm. Maturing skin may droop on the arms or the skin may hang due to the patient having lost weight. In order to lift the arm, an incision is typically made from under the elbow along the inner arm to the armpit. Dr. Williams may use a combination of techniques, such as liposuction, for greater success. Patients requesting an arm lift may inquire about other surgeries performed at the same time as the arm lift.
"Words can not express how truly happy I am with my whole experience! I have wanted this surgery for years, but never thought I would actually voluntarily have someone cut me open. Trust in someone to do that is HUGE! Dr. Williams put me at ease immediately. After meeting and speaking with Dr. Williams I knew I was in good hands! He explained the whole process and everything I should expect (good and bad). If I had known about him before I wouldn’t have waited so long! His whole staff is fantastic, especially Adriana! Thank you for EVERYTHING! It’s been a month, I know I have a long way to go till I’m all healed, but I am already so very happy with the results! If you are looking for a great surgeon look no further!"- K.L. / Google / Sep 22, 2018
"When you place yourself if the care of others, it’s nice to feel confident and safe. This is what I found in Dr. William’s office. He gives his professional opinion and lets you make an informed decision. Dr Williams also gives you options, helping you to feel your best. Stephanie, is the aesthetician who has been wonderful, she helps you to look better at any age. She explains the procedures and lets you decide what will work best for you. When she does a treatment she takes her time, explaining along the way what she is doing and why.Dr. Williams and his staff are truly “Scottsdale’s best”!"- N.N. / Google / Sep 21, 2019
"I had been wanting my procedure for years but I was always skeptical about getting a "salesman" vibe when going for a consultation. I was in search of honesty and comfort during the process! I was beyond nervous about the after side of surgery and how recovery would go. Dr. Williams and his staff made me feel so comfortable and provided all of the honest, raw info I wanted. The procedure went amazing and recovery wasn't bad, I was up and about the next day! If you are second guessing if you should get the surgery you've been wanting, GET THE SURGERY! Don’t look any further!!! Seriously the best surgeon & team I could have ever asked for. The results, the healing process, and the communication was indescribable. Just the absolute best experience I could have ever asked for! ❤"- M.G. / Google / Jul 09, 2022
"Dr. Williams came to my rescue after multiple surgeries with another plastic surgeon that were unsuccessful. To say that Dr. Williams is a blessing is an understatement. From the first consultation, surgery day, and to every visit thereafter; I am so thankful that he spent a great deal of time explaining things, reassuring me, guiding me, and putting my worries to rest. I appreciate that his office is always available for questions and concerns, but also that he is available for weekend appointments after surgery. Dr. Williams exceeded my expecations; and I highly recommend he and his staff to anyone beginning their search for a great plastic surgeon, and even to those seeking a revision."- M.M. / Google / Apr 08, 2022
"Dr. Williams came to my rescue after multiple surgeries with another plastic surgeon that were unsuccessful. To say that Dr. Williams is a blessing is an understatement. From the first consultation, surgery day, and to every visit thereafter; I am so thankful that he spent a great deal of time explaining things, reassuring me, guiding me, and putting my worries to rest. I appreciate that his office is always available for questions and concerns, but also that he is available for weekend appointments after surgery. Dr. Williams exceeded my expecations; and I highly recommend he and his staff to anyone beginning their search for a great plastic surgeon, and even to those seeking a revision. Trust me, you’ll be in great hands."- M.P. / Yelp / Apr 07, 2022
The best candidates for an arm lift procedure are men or women who have loose and hanging skin from the underside of the upper arm. This skin keeps these individuals from wearing short sleeves or fitted clothing. Patients must be at or near their goal weight, and their weight loss should be stabilized. This surgery is not reserved for weight loss patients alone. Aging and gravity can also have a negative effect on the arms. Patients who are in good health and wish to have their arms toned and tightened may also consider this procedure.
What to Expect
The goal of a brachioplasty procedure is a toned upper arm appearance. Our talented surgeon will evaluate the skin quality and looseness and determine how much fat, tissue and skin should be removed to attain the results the patient desires. The length of the incision made during surgery will vary; patients who have healthy skin tone may only require a minor incision. Massive weight loss patients that present with excessively loose and hanging skin will require a more extensive approach. During surgery, the excess skin is trimmed and removed. Extending the lift into the armpit is sometimes required during this procedure for patients who have additional skin and fat deposits within the armpit.
Swelling is expected after brachioplasty surgery although this varies between patients. The swelling starts to resolve during the first 1-2 weeks after surgery. A compression garment or sleeve will usually be needed for 4-6 weeks to control this swelling and help keep the skin and tissue firmly protected. Most patients can resume modest arm activity in 3-4 weeks, with a complete recovery occurring in about 6-8 weeks. While scarring is unfortunately a part of this procedure, the incision resides under the arm so that it is not as noticeable. Our doctor will provide a scar treatment plan so that the incision heals in a healthy and quick manner.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $13,000 - $16,000
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 4-5 hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 6 months
- Procedure Recovery Location
Get Toned Arms Today
If you are in the process of completing your weight loss journey, or if aging and gravity has caused loose skin to hang from your arms, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our talented staff today. As a body contouring board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Williams creates tighter, youthful looking arms with lasting results.