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
"Finding a great doctor is a secret that's worth sharing. I've been so pleased with my experience ! If you're ever looking for a new doctor, call John Williams MD, Plastic Surgery. The best way to describe my experience, he took ANY/ALL anxiety I had about the surgery and threw it out the window. He's incredibly easy to talk to and listens so well he is the kind of doctors your sad about being done with the experience with. 10/10 would recommend and I will be sending my closest friends here!I had Breast Augmentation and he got it EXACTLY how I wanted them, they came out PERFECT, I could honestly not have imagined having a better experience!"- O. / RealSelf / Apr 19, 2021
"Finding a great doctor is a secret that's worth sharing. I've been so pleased with my experience ! If you're ever looking for a new doctor, call John Williams MD, Plastic Surgery. The best way to describe my experience, he took ANY/ALL anxiety I had about the surgery and threw it out the window. He’s incredibly easy to talk to and listens so well he is the kind of doctors your sad about being done with the experience with. 10/10 would recommend and I will be sending my closest friends here! I had Breast Augmentation and he got it EXACTLY how I wanted them, they came out PERFECT, I could honestly not have imagined having a better experience!"- D.S. / Google / Apr 16, 2021
"Just had a tummy tuck, breast lift with a reduction, and some liposuction done 3 weeks ago. Dr. Williams is a surgical genius. My results are already awesome and I can’t wait to see how much better they are going to be as the minimal swelling continues to go down. Highly recommend this doctor and his office."- E.D. / Yelp / Jan 28, 2021
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.