Arm Lift

Conveniently located to serve the areas of Mesa, Tempe, Gilbert and Scottsdale, AZ

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An arm lift is a surgical rejuvenation that addresses sagging skin and excess flab along the upper arms. If you struggle with “bat wings” that dangle every time you raise your hand to wave or perform daily chores, brachioplasty surgery can help.

Dr. Robert Bonillas is a leading expert in the field of aesthetic contouring. Under his expert leadership, Scottsdale Plastics can transform lax, loose skin into a physique you will be proud to display. Contact us online or call our office at (480) 245-6380. We are proud to serve the needs of Scottsdale, Arizona and beyond. Dr. Bonillas also offers virtual consultations to embrace your lifestyle choices and meet your cosmetic needs. 

About Arm Lift Surgery

Diet and exercise are admirable. Indeed, they are the best ways to get in shape and maintain your physique. But when eating right and working out fail to deliver the results you demand, perhaps a surgical intervention is necessary.

Brachioplasty contours the upper arms by gently removing loose skin that obscures your musculature. You may also require VASER liposuction to skillfully reduce unwanted pockets of fat in your treatment area. Dr. Bonillas will bathe your excess bulk with tumescent fluid to loosen fat cells from their surroundings. The VASER sound waves further break down unwanted fat, getting it ready for extraction. With the help of a thin tube called a cannula, Dr. Bonillas will sculpt the upper arms of your dreams

Arm Lift After Weight Loss

Even if you have already lost a significant amount of weight, your skin may not have “bounced back” to your liking. Brachioplasty is ideal for bringing your appendages into alignment with the slim new you.[1] [2]  After removing any redundant skin bunching up in the upper arm region, Dr. Bonillas will suture your incisions closed. He can re-drape the skin along your limbs to reflect the sleek, powerful dimensions you desire.

Before and After Photos

Benefits of Booking Dr. Bonillas

An arm lift is a delicate, precise operation. The purpose of this page is to give you an overview, but the complexities of the brachioplasty procedure are immense. One of the main rewards of collaborating with Dr. Bonillas is benefitting from his vast expertise. An arm lift is not simply adjusting the outermost layer of skin as if it were a sleeve of fabric. Dr. Bonillas understands the difficulties of maneuvering the many layers of soft tissue, muscle and fascia beneath the surface.

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Fascia is a term that describes the interwoven bands of fibrous tissue interwoven throughout the body.[3] Whenever you manipulate the fascia, you must take great care to honor the proportions of the arm. If a brachioplasty is performed too tightly, the procedure may inhibit your range of motion. On the other hand, if a surgeon fails to contour the upper arms correctly, the area may continue to look wrinkled and droopy.

Dr. Bonillas strikes the perfect balance with his focused approach to an arm lift. Arms move freely, appear more streamlined, and deliver overall harmony. To experience the benefits of brachioplasty at Scottsdale Plastics, please contact us at your earliest convenience. 

Eligible Candidates

Brachioplasty is ideal for men and women who wish to achieve greater symmetry and sleekness along their upper arms. Eligible patients should be at or near their goal weight and have realistic expectations for their enhancement. An arm lift is not a weight loss solution. In fact, it is often performed on individuals who have already shed significant amounts of weight, yet still have loose skin on their limbs. 

You may be asked to provide X-rays and bloodwork before qualifying for brachioplasty. Dr. Bonillas can determine your candidacy for an arm lift after your comprehensive consultation

Personal Consultation in Scottsdale

Your silhouette tells a story. Every muscle demonstrates your disciplined fitness regimen while every fat deposit reminds you that you still have work to do. Dr. Bonillas can translate your story into tangible results. He is ready to listen to your medical history and future goals, so call (480) 245-6380 and schedule a consultation at Scottsdale Plastics.

Communication is vital to enhancement. As part of a continued effort to provide world-class communication to our Arizona communities, we regularly update our Beauty Talk Blog. As we said: your skin tells a story, and we want to join your narrative. As you read through our posts, be sure to make note of any questions that arise. Bring your curiosity and queries to Dr. Bonillas on the date of your consultation. He can answer any concerns you may have and recommend the right course of action for you, whether it be an arm lift or another set of treatments.


During your consultation, you will receive detailed instructions to prepare you for brachioplasty surgery. These directions are tailored to your anatomy and needs, so please follow them closely. In general, it is a great idea to quit smoking at least three weeks before any invasive procedure. Tobacco products impede the healing process, and we want you to succeed with open arms.

You may also be advised to stop taking certain blood-thinning supplements like aspirin or ibuprofen. Please be ready to share a list or your current medications as part of your consultation process. 

Arm Lift Procedure

Arm Lift Procedure Scottsdale

Safety and satisfaction are the twin pillars of Scottsdale Plastics’ philosophy. They are like two arms, balancing each other and building up each visitor we have. From the moment you arrive, we want you to feel right at home. Dr. Bonillas will review your case and explain all the details therein. He will trace your skin with a surgical marker to indicate his cosmetic strategy so you can get a preview of your results.

You will receive the appropriate level of anesthetic to keep you comfortable throughout the brachioplasty procedure. Dr. Bonillas will skillfully conceal his incision in the armpit and underarm regions. These incisions allow the doctor proper access to the underlying structures of your upper arm.

After gently vacuuming away any unwanted fat and removing excess skin, Dr. Bonillas will gently suture your incisions closed. The duration of an arm lift varies depending on the extent of the area you want to be treated. In general, brachioplasty surgery lasts 2-3 hours.

Healthy Recovery

Immediately following your arm lift, a medical professional will monitor your progress. Once you are ready to resume your recovery at home, you will be released into the care of a loved one. Dr. Bonillas will fit you for a compression garment to facilitate a speedy recovery.

You may be invited back to Scottsdale Plastics to have drains removed from your treatment area. Drains are especially helpful if you received liposuction as part of your brachioplasty, as the tumescent fluid needs to gently exit your upper arms.

You may be ready to return to work within 1-2 weeks, but please do not rush your recuperation. Avoid strenuous activities, especially ones that require upper body exertion. 

Amazing Results

To eliminate “bat wings” and/or the “hammock” effect, an arm lift is your optimal procedure. Past patients have enjoyed wonderful results, and they are not shy about telling us! One look at their glowing reviews will illustrate Dr. Bonillas’ dedication and commitment to aesthetic improvement.

Complementary Procedures 

The human body is much more than a collection of parts. Each feature flows into the next in a seamless, powerful manner. That is why an arm lift should always take its surrounding elements into consideration. 

For example, women who are interested in brachioplasty may want to explore our suite of breast enhancement procedures as well. Dr. Bonillas can lift, reduce, or enlarge the proportions of the chest in relation to a patient’s newly contoured arms. Men who struggle with gynecomastia (enlarged breasts) may also benefit from a chest shaping procedure to match their transformative arm lift.

If lax skin occurs in more than just the upper arms, a body lift may be the best solution. Dr. Bonillas can gently remove redundant skin along the thighs, midsection and, of course, the arms. Regardless of your unique situation, Scottsdale Plastics can help. Contact us online to schedule an appointment and start down the road to rejuvenation, courtesy of the unparalleled Dr. Bonillas. 


How much does an arm lift cost in Scottsdale, Arizona?

The exact cost of brachioplasty depends on how extensive the procedure is and how many components the surgery entails. Dr. Bonillas will provide transparent pricing as part of your comprehensive consultation. In the meantime, be sure to visit our financing page to learn about our payment policies. You can also call (480) 245-6380 to discuss your arm lift questions and budgetary concerns. 


  1. Pascal, J. F., Louarn, C. L. (2005). Brachioplasty. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. 29, 423–429. 
  2. Strauch, B., Greenspun, D., Levine, J., & Baum, T. (2004). A technique of brachioplasty. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 113 (3) 1044-1048. DOI: 10.1097/01.PRS.0000105648.54174.11
  3. Lockwood, T. (1995). Brachioplasty with superficial fascial system suspension. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 96 (4) 912-920. DOI: 10.1097/00006534-199509001-00022