What is a Brachioplasty?

Brachioplasty, which is often called an arm lift or arm raise, is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure that takes away excess and sagging skin between the armpit and the elbow. Patients say an arm lift gives them a younger, toned look, as they experience a kind of rejuvenation.

Though everyone loses skin elasticity with age after a person has dropped a considerable amount of weight the excess skin on their upper arms and surrounding areas may droop and look unsightly.

I have heard from my Glendale body contouring patients that they appreciate my unique, female viewpoint. It’s important to me that my relationship with my patients be built on trust.

Brachioplasty Benefits

When undergoing any type of cosmetic surgical procedure, it is important to understand how it may affect your life. Arm lift surgery is no different. Here are some of the positive ways you may notice a change.

Arm Lift - Brachioplasty
  • When you look in the mirror you will see sharp muscle tone
  • Just knowing you look more youthful gives you confidence
  • No more long sleeves hiding those upper arms. Sleeveless clothing never looked so appealing!
  • Improved arm strength
  • No more loose skin

Arm lift plastic surgery

The brachioplasty surgical technique we recommend will depend on how much loose skin and body contouring improvement is required in the upper arm. I primarily perform two types of arm lift surgery, and they are:

Mini arm lift

Patients who require little loose skin removal may benefit from a mini arm lift procedure. During the mini-brachioplasty, I’ll make a small incision under the armpit down the inside of the upper arm to minimize scarring. A mini-lift often includes conservative liposuction and removal of excess skin. The result: a leaner more toned appearance of the upper underarm.

Full arm lift

Patients who have a considerable amount of loose skin and excess fat due to a massive weight loss often benefit most from a traditional full arm lift. These are patients who sometimes say they can’t lift their arm above the shoulder without pain. The procedure eliminates what is called “bat wings” that may be the result of dramatic weight loss. The arms show remarkable contour after this brachioplasty procedure.

A traditional brachioplasty is done under general anesthesia. This cosmetic surgery requires a large incision that begins at the armpit and runs down to the inner elbow. Though the brachioplasty scar will be partially hidden, it will be visible when the arms are extended. To be accepted for this surgery, patients must be willing to accept a visible scar in exchange for the desired contour. For one to three days after surgery, patients experience light to moderate discomfort, which is controlled with pain medication and subsides relatively quickly.

After each of these surgeries, you’ll have a compression garment around your arms.

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Brachioplasty (arm lipo) cost

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of an arm lift is $4,257. The cost may change based on your health and the extent of your surgery. You should also factor in extra money to cover any follow-up procedures you may need.

I’ll go over your total expected cost during your consultation. No surprise bills!

Why it’s critically important to choose a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

All surgery comes with some risk, we should all know this. But did you know that many doctors who perform plastic surgery are not board-certified plastic surgeons?

When a surgeon is board-certified, it means they have at least 14 years of higher education including special intensive training in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. 

It also means that in the very unlikely case of a complication, it can be handled quickly and efficiently because they have full admitting privileges at local hospitals. Non-board-certified plastic surgeons do not, thus they cannot even treat you. Additionally, Dr. Saber always works with leading board-certified anesthesiologists during her procedures to ensure patient safety, this is not always the case with all surgeons.

Aren’t all doctors who perform cosmetic plastic surgery procedures board-certified?

Sadly, no. Many are not certified to do the cosmetic procedures they are performing.  And that can lead to significant problems for any patient who has any complications. It can also mean that the surgeon who performed your procedure cannot even admit you to a hospital or provide any follow-up care at the hospital. 

Dr. Saber’s extensive training, board certification, and experience as a noted reconstructive surgeon serve as an assurance that her approach to surgery is ethical, safe, and effective.

Why choose Dr. Saber for a brachioplasty in Glendale and the Los Angeles area?

Dr. Sepideh Saber, MD, FACS offers a sensitive, female viewpoint for patients of all ages, genders, and orientations. Patients from all walks of life have praised not only their final outcomes but Dr. Saber’s caring, thoughtful approach to all types of plastic surgery, appearance, and accessibility health-related matters.

Dr. Saber graduated from Stanford University’s world-renowned medical school and did her reconstruction and plastic surgery residency at the University of Southern California (USC). She then completed a fellowship at New York University (NYU) in the extremely challenging and delicate area of hand surgery, as well as microsurgery.

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The plastic surgery and aesthetics practice of Dr. Saber is located in Glendale CA and conveniently located for patients throughout Los Angeles and the surrounding areas, including Burbank, Pasadena, Encino, South Pasadena, San Marino, La Canada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Altadena, Alhambra, San Gabriel, Rosemead, Monterey Park, North Hollywood, East Los Angeles, Commerce, Huntington Park, West Hollywood, and Downtown Los Angeles.

Dr. Saber takes her patients’ safety very seriously. Her facility’s Covid-19 patient safety procedures exceed all CDC and World Health Organization recommendations. Masks are always required in our office during the coronavirus pandemic.

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