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The arm lift is typically done in a single procedure under general anesthesia. The goal of the arm lift procedure is to enhance and contour the upper arm area while restoring a person’s confidence in their appearance. The result of an arm lift in Minneapolis-St. Paul is a more contoured and streamlined upper arm appearance that’s free from excess skin. 

What is an Arm Lift? 

If you are experiencing excess skin on your upper arms that sag or have localized pockets of fat on your upper arm area, you may be able to benefit from an arm lift. An arm lift also called a Brachioplasty, is a cosmetic procedure done to correct excess sagging or drooping skin on the upper arms. Excess upper arm fat or skin can occur due to a variety of factors, including weight fluctuations, age, or hereditary reasons. Oftentimes, this condition cannot be remedied through exercise. Thankfully, Dr. Rocheford in Minneapolis-St. Paul offers arm lift surgery to correct unwanted arm flaps for a boost in self-confidence. 

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“Dr. Rocheford and her team are the best of the best. The results of my breast lift and reduction surgery are better than I ever hoped. I love how I look, the way clothes fit, and freedom from the weight and strain on my upper body that I lived with way too long. Every detail from pre-op, to surgery day to post op care went smoothly. Any questions I had along the way were answered promptly. I felt safe, well cared for and that I was valued, listened to and the entire team was working to see that I had a good outcome. Dr. Rocheford succeeded brilliantly in giving me that good outcome. My life is better, from both a physical and emotional standpoint. I highly recommend Dr. Rocheford as a plastic surgeon, but also for the excellence of every aspect of her practice.”

“I am three months post-op from my abdominoplasty and I couldn’t be happier with my results. Best decision I ever made! I got my confidence back after having two kids back to back. Everything about the process from consultation through post-operation was very well thought out and organized. Dr. Rocheford is approachable, kind, answered all my questions, and made me comfortable right away during my consultation. Day of my surgery her and her team again made me feel calm and it almost felt like a spa day! Everyone is so friendly, warm, and welcoming. I can’t emphasize enough how highly I recommend Dr. Rocheford and her team. I know I will definitely be going back for anything I may want/need in the future!”

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Cost of an Arm Lift 

imgArm Lift: $9,400

This includes your surgical fee and all follow-up visits with Dr. Rocheford. This estimate also includes the facility fee and anesthesia costs. This is an estimate and may be different depending on your specific situation. It does not include the cost of your pre-operative physical, lab tests, or medications. Dr. Rocheford charges $100 for consultations, and that fee is deducted from the price of your surgery or in-office procedure. 


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Details of an Arm Lift Surgery: 

  • Surgery:  Surgery is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia; time varies according to what procedures are being done. 
  • Discomfort:  Moderate to severe. Anticipate 3 to 14 days of pain medication. 
  • Bruising:  Expect moderate bruising in the upper arm areas; it should improve in two to four weeks. 
  • Swelling:  There may be redness after treatment; this usually disappears within 24 to 48 hours. 
  • Sun Exposure:  Peaks at 3 days; improves in two to four weeks. You can use ice to reduce swelling; do not use frozen gel packs. 
  • Stitches:  Internal stitches dissolve; however, this surgery does leave a scar, which can extend from the armpit down to the elbow. 
  • Work:  If you are a non-labor worker, you can return to work once you are done with your pain medication. If you perform manual labor or are extremely active in your job, it’s recommended that you return to work after three weeks of recovery. 
  • Exercise:  You can return to your normal exercise routine after four to six weeks of recovery. 
  • Final Results:  Final results are visible anywhere between six months to a year after the procedure. 

How to Prepare for an Arm Lift 

Before undergoing arm lift surgery, you may be asked to have lab testing done or undergo a medical evaluation. Patients should also stop smoking at least six weeks before surgery to ensure optimal healing. You will be asked to avoid taking blood thinners, such as aspirin, herbal supplements, or anti-inflammatory drugs as well. 

Who is a Good Candidate for an Arm Lift? 

An arm lift procedure is best suited for men and women who are having trouble slimming their arms or have excess skin due to significant weight loss. Individuals who feel that their arms are much larger in comparison to the rest of their bodies may also be interested in this procedure. 

Ideal arm lift candidates are those who are healthy, non-smokers and are at a stable weight. Those who have realistic expectations for their procedure are often happiest with their surgical outcomes. The decision to undergo plastic surgery is a personal one, and it is important that patients make this decision based on their own personal goals. A consultation with Dr. Rocheford can help to better determine if this procedure is a good fit for you. 

What Is an Arm Lift Recovery Process Like? 

Arm lift surgery is an outpatient procedure, so patients will return home to recover. Following arm lift surgery, patients may experience moderate bruising, swelling, and redness in the treatment area, though an ice pack can be used to decrease any swelling. Discomfort may be controlled with medication. Internal stitches that have been placed will dissolve on their own, though a scar will occur from the armpit to the elbow. Most patients can return to their desk jobs once they have finished their pain medication. However, patients who have an active job are advised to dedicate three weeks of recovery before returning. Final results can be seen between six months to a year post-procedure. 

Schedule a Consultation 

If you’re ready to discuss your arm lift options, now is a great time to schedule your consultation with Dr. Heather Rocheford at our plastic surgery offices, serving the Twin Cities Metro area including St. Paul, Minneapolis, Woodbury, and beyond. Simply request a consultation online or call Rocheford Plastic Surgery at 651-739-1100 today to schedule your appointment. 

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Arm Lift FAQ’s 

What is an Arm Lift? 

An arm lift (Brachioplasty) is an innovative procedure that addresses many of the aesthetic concerns of individuals with excess skin on their arms or arms that are disproportionate to the rest of their bodies. The arm lift is typically done in a single session on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. The goal of the arm lift is to streamline and contour the appearance of the upper arms. 

Can underarm fat be removed? 

Yes. If you have excess fat in your upper arm, this can often be removed with an arm lift. Liposuction is also an option for surgically removing fat. 

Do arm lift scars fade? 

Yes. Dr. Rocheford can recommend instructions for the most effective scar care treatment that will help minimize the appearance of arm lift scars. One way to help reduce scars from darkening is by keeping them out of the sun. 

Do compression garments help with loose skin? 

While compression garments are often used following plastic surgery procedures to help reduce swelling, they are not capable of removing excess or loose skin. To maintain your surgical results, it is important to wear your compression garments during your recovery.

Patient Resources

Whether a new or returning patient, we have plenty of resources to either help you get started or learn more about the procedure process. From patient forms to blogs, we have all the resources you’ll need to prepare yourself for your appointment.

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