Arm Lift Surgery in Scottsdale

Arm lift surgery in Scottsdale, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that reshapes the upper arm by reducing excess, sagging skin that develops due to aging or because of weight loss. This surgery also tightens and smooths the underlying tissues of the arm creating a more pleasing contour. At times, the surgical plan also includes liposuction, to removes excess fat, further shaping the arm.

What is a Brachioplasty?

Arm lift, or brachioplasty, improves the appearance of the upper arm by removing excess skin and tightening tissues. Sometimes, after losing a significant amount of weight, and even with vigorous exercise, women find they have loose, hanging, and cosmetically unflattering skin on the upper arm area. Occasionally, the aging process alone is enough to create a drooping look to the upper arm. Women who are unhappy with the look of their arms may tend to avoid form-fitting clothing. They may feel self-conscious in some clothing, avoiding sleeveless tops, or try to hide their arm skin. Arm lift surgery helps to address these common physical concerns that can impact self-esteem.

The word brachioplasty comes from brachial, which means relating to the arm, and plasty, which means surgical repair or restoration. Women seeking brachioplasty tend to wish for a more youthful appearance to their arms and are willing to undergo a surgical procedure to achieve this desired result. Arm lift surgery reverses the aging, sagging arm appearance. Dr. Ashley Howarth is known in Arizona for her outstanding, rejuvenating surgical outcomes.

Choosing Your Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon


Why select Dr. Howarth for your Arm Lift Surgery in Scottsdale?

Dr. Ashley Howarth is a plastic surgeon in Scottsdale who specializes in body contouring procedures such as arm lift surgery. She understands the feelings of self-consciousness that arise when a woman is unhappy with the look of her body.

Because each patient is unique, Dr. Howarth takes ample time to evaluate and listen to concerns, carefully crafting an optimal surgical plan for the case. At the initial consultation, she will clearly explain all relevant information about the procedure and discuss expectations for the postoperative phase of arm lift surgery.

Dr. Howarth has become recognized as one of Scottsdale’s top female plastic surgeons because of her technical expertise and unparalleled compassion.

What is removed in a Brachioplasty?

Upper arms can sag or appear loose due to excess fat, tissue, and skin. Some women even describe the look of their arms as a bat wing, with moderate amounts of skin hanging low. A brachioplasty removes the excess skin and fat, tightens the tissues, and creates a more cosmetically pleasing arm contour. Sometimes liposuction is part of the surgical plan to address excess fatty tissue.

Overall, the postoperative arm will have a more youthful appearance. The amount of skin, tissue and fat removed during surgery impacts the size of the necessary surgical incision. As with all procedures, Dr. Howarth will minimize visible scarring for a pleasing aesthetic result.

Arm Lift Scottsdale with Female Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ashley Howarth

Three Types of Arm Lifts

Dr. Howarth will help you make the right choice of the type of arm lift that will be most beneficial based on your physical presentation and personal goals. There are three types of arm lifts that may be indicated: limited-incision brachioplasty, standard brachioplasty, and extended brachioplasty.

Limited-incision Brachioplasty

In a limited incision brachioplasty the area of concern is relatively small. The hanging or unattractive skin is close to the armpit. In this case, Dr. Howarth may be able pull up and tuck the excess skin into the armpit, minimizing any visible arm scars.

This type of procedure targets loose skin is in the upper arm area only, near the armpit. It is most effective when there is not too much excess fatty tissue to address.

Standard Brachioplasty

A standard brachioplasty is the procedure of choice when a woman is unhappy with excess drooping skin extending all the way from armpit to elbow. In this case, Dr. Howarth creates an incision along the inner arm to remove excess skin, tissue, and fat from the area. Even though the scar may be longer in a standard brachioplasty, most patients are quite satisfied with the look of their post-operative scars.

Extended Brachioplasty

Somewhat more involved, the extended brachioplasty addresses an additional area of tissue laxity along the chest wall. In this case, with a slightly longer incision, Dr. Howarth can correct the loose skin and tissue under the arm area as well.

This extended procedure, more often recommended when there is major weight loss, helps correct excess sagging, and creates an aesthetic result from arm to chest wall, improving the contour throughout.

What to Expect with Dr. Howarth at

Your Arm Lift Consultation

What to expect with Brachioplasty Surgery in Scottsdale Phoenix Mesa

What is the process for your Arm Lift Surgery in Scottsdale?

The first step to setting up your brachioplasty consultation in Scottsdale is to simply contact the office of Dr. Ashley Howarth and request an appointment. During the initial consultation, Dr. Howarth will review your medical history, examine your arms and your body, and create a surgical plan to best address your individualized goals. These goals will address your specific priorities and expectations.

How much does Brachioplasty Surgery cost in Scottsdale?

At your pre-surgical consultation, Dr. Howarth will carefully develop and explain your arm lift surgery procedure. Additional recommendations, such as liposuction, may be necessary to optimize results for your body and goals. Because each treatment plan is customized, we do not provide estimates for the cost of arm lift surgery prior to consultation.

Fees are based on the extent of the recommended procedures in your individualized plan. During your initial consultation, our financial coordinator will present your estimated fees and answer any financial questions you may have.

Brachioplasty Surgery Process

Am I a candidate for Arm Lift Surgery in Scottsdale?

Your personal consultation will also include plenty of time to learn if you are a good candidate for arm lift surgery. Dr. Howarth will perform a thorough physical evaluation and review your medical history. In general, a brachioplasty candidate should be in overall good health and at a stable weight. A candidate should desire a more aesthetic appearance and should be willing to undergo surgery to address excess skin, tissue, or fat in the arm.

What should I expect during the procedure?

On the day of your procedure, Dr. Howarth will carefully review your surgical plan. The surgery will take place at the Paradise Valley Cosmetic Surgery Center under general anesthesia. According to your plan, you may have drains and a compression garment applied to your surgical area postoperatively. Depending on the extent of the brachioplasty, you may return home that same day, or you may stay overnight at our on-site recovery suite.

What is recovery like after Brachioplasty Surgery in Scottsdale?

There will be a period of recovery and healing after your brachioplasty. Dr. Howarth will discuss how long it will be before you can resume your normal activities. Like most surgeries, expect to have some pain, discomfort, bruising and swelling. However, these should all be manageable symptoms. You may need to alter your typical activities and routines for a short while after arm lift surgery. This will help ensure that your results will be beautiful and long-lasting for years to come.

Traveling to Scottsdale

For Our Out of Town Patients

Considering traveling to Scottsdale for your plastic surgery? Many of our out of town patients have found the process very easy.  Located just twenty minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX), our office in Paradise Valley is a perfect location for destination plastic surgery.  We have partnered with local resorts to create the perfect surgical getaway.  Come visit Dr. Howarth and her team in Scottsdale where the sun shines over three hundred days a year!  To start the process, please request a consultation and let us know you will be traveling from out of state.

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