Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

Offered at our convenient location in Cottonwood Heights, Utah

Arm Lift

Arms are made for hugging. When you wrap your upper limbs around that special someone, you simply want to throw away your inhibitions and embrace unity. But if you are insecure about the look or feel of your arms, it can really ruin the moment. You may shy away from open displays of affection, or limit your hugs to brief, perfunctory expressions.

An arm lift can cast aside your self-doubt and usher in a new era of confidence. As we age, our features sag, often creating under-arm flab or “bat wings.” To reverse the spread of your upper arm area, consider a visit with Dr. Dave Clayton. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon proudly serving the Cottonwood Heights, Utah area. To learn how Clayton Plastic Surgery can address your upper arm distress, schedule a consultation at your earliest convenience.

What Is an Arm Lift?

A brachioplasty (arm lift) is a surgical procedure that contours and tightens your upper appendages to reveal the strong, sleek structure within. Dr. Clayton begins by making a careful incision along the inner line of the arm to conceal it from everyday view. This incision runs from the elbow up the axilla (armpit) to create the opening necessary for optimal reshaping.

The exact method of your individualized brachioplasty will depend on the nature of your anatomy. If you struggle with excess fat stores in your upper arm, then your surgery will most likely entail liposuction. Dr. Clayton can insert a thin vacuum tube in the posteromedial region of your elbow to remove unwanted fat. This tube, called a cannula, also contours as it goes to design a newly tapered look in your upper arm area.

Arm Lift

In addition to fat removal, Dr. Clayton has mastered the other crucial component of brachioplasty: skin tightening. If you lose weight, your skin may not bounce back like it did when you were younger. Over time, skin loses its elasticity due to the reduced production of collagen, the protein that supports and maintains a network of fibroblasts. This network maintains cell growth and helps replace dead skin with new, healthy skin.

As our bodies age, ptosis sets in.[1] Ptosis is the sagging dynamic that weighs down certain parts of the body like the neck, breasts, and even eyebrows. When ptosis affects the upper arms, a brachioplasty may be the best solution. Dr. Clayton can assess your upper arms and determine the right course of action for you during a private consultation at our Cottonwood Heights, Utah office

The Benefits of Brachioplasty

A brachioplasty from Dr. Clayton can truly take the weight of the world off your shoulders. Patients who receive an arm lift from Clayton Plastic Surgery will experience a boost in confidence as they feel their physique rise up firmly and proudly.

You can show off your biceps and triceps without worrying about the flabby underarm protrusions that may currently mar your aesthetic.

Even if you are not the type to bare your shoulders, a brachioplasty will help you fit into your favorite shirts, sweaters, and jackets without suffering the familiar pinch of ill-fitting garments on or around your arms.

In addition to these cosmetic benefits of arm lift surgery, the psychological rewards are numerous. Every time you enter a room or meet a new person, you can worry less about what they think of your upper arms and more about what you want to say, hear, and learn. By increasing your confidence, a brachioplasty procedure can free you up to forge meaningful connections and lasting friendships.

Ideal Candidates for an Arm Lift

Do you have “flappy” skin hanging from your upper arms? Would you like a tighter, toned silhouette? Do you live in the Cottonwood Heights, Utah area? Do you plan to visit our beautiful stretch of the west in the near future? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you may be a perfect candidate for brachioplasty.

Eligible patients are men and women in good health who wish to improve the size and/or shape of their upper arms. Dr. Clayton can assess your needs and goals during your tailored consultation to gauge the right strategy for you.

Book a Personal Consultation in Cottonwood Heights, UT

Cosmetic enhancement is a personal journey. Your body is your own, and we at Clayton Plastic Surgery respect and celebrate your choices. If you want an expert copilot on your quest to be the best, consider an appointment with Dr. Dave Clayton.

Dr. Clayton has mastered the fine art of aesthetics. He was the first surgeon in Utah ever to perform a liposuction procedure. The year was 1983, and he has continued to innovate and hone his techniques since then. To schedule your individualized meeting with one of the best plastic surgeons in the state, please call our support staff at (801) 937-9650. We look forward to bringing youth and vibrance to your upper arms!

Preparation for an Arm Lift

The best way to prepare for brachioplasty surgery is to ask lots of questions during your consultation. Dr. Clayton can discuss diet, exercise, and skincare tips to keep in mind as you get ready for your procedure date. You should plan to quit smoking during this preparation period to promote ideal circulation

You should arrange for a loved one to transport you to and from the clinic on the day of your surgery. Dr. Clayton will provide you a list of any medications you may need prior to your procedure. Please do your best to fill these prescriptions ahead of time so that you can focus on your recovery after your brachioplasty.

The Brachioplasty Procedure

From the moment you arrive on the day of your procedure, the Clayton Plastic Surgery team will put you at ease. You will receive the proper anesthesia for your bespoke arm lift surgery. Dr. Clayton will make the necessary incision, which he may position along the inside of the arm or along the contours of the armpit, depending on the extent of your aesthetic needs.

Once the incision is made, Dr. Clayton can begin the process of removing unwanted fat and skin from the upper arms. Brachioplasty is a delicate procedure due to the fact that fat deposits co-mingle with layers of muscle all along the length and circumference of the arms and shoulders. These layers are divided by connective tissue called fascia, which consists largely of collagen.[2] These sheets of fascia must be treated with extreme consideration. If they are pulled too tight, it may inhibit the patient’s range of motion and general comfort. If the fascia is not reduced enough, the upper arms will continue to sag, creating a “hammock” effect. Fortunately, Dr. Clayton is well-versed and wondrously experienced when it comes to the contouring of upper arm tissue.

As the brachioplasty procedure draws to a close, Dr. Clayon will carefully suture the skin back together. The resulting profile will reflect a slimmer, stronger upper body – your arm lift will raise eyebrows!


A trained medical professional will monitor your progress in the hours following your brachioplasty procedure. You will most likely be fitted with elastic bandages that can adjust to your new arms as the swelling subsides over the next few days.

Dr. Clayton advises that you avoid raising your arms above your head for the first three to four weeks. Strenuous activity should be minimized for about six weeks, especially movements that exert excessive strain on your upper body. The caring staff at Clayton Plastic Surgery will schedule a follow-up appointment within a few days of your surgery to remove any drains or stitches that need to come out. Leave the details to us; you should spend your time enjoying the liberating benefits of your arm lift!

Remarkable Results

Dr. Clayton’s stunning work will manifest itself over several waves. First, you will immediately notice the reduction in excess fat and skin from your upper arm region. Next, as the swelling goes down, your arms will adapt to their new contours. Finally, after about two months of healing and strengthening, your musculature will cozy up to its slim, sleek enclosure. Your skin and soft tissue will harmonize, creating the upper body of your dreams!


What does an arm lift surgery cost in Utah?

Every procedure is unique, so pricing inevitably varies. To learn how the attentive team at Clayton Plastic Surgery in Cottonwood Heights, Utah can deliver ravishing results at the right price, contact us today. Dr. Clayton is head and shoulders above the competition!

What is bilateral brachioplasty?

When you receive an arm lift on both sides of your body, this is called a bilateral brachioplasty.

Is an arm lift procedure safe?

Yes. Dr. Clayton prioritizes your comfort and care above all else. To schedule your private consultation, please call (801) 937-9650 and let Clayton Plastic Surgery know how we can address your upper arm aesthetic needs. 


  1. 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 
  2. Lockwood, T. (1995). Brachioplasty with superficial fascial system suspension. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 96(4):912-920. DOI: 10.1097/00006534-199509001-00022