Introduction to Arm Lift Surgery

At Celebrity Plastics, we understand that true beauty goes beyond appearances. It’s about feeling confident, embracing your unique self, and celebrating every aspect of your individuality, from the sands to the city. That’s why we’re so thrilled to introduce the Keyes Signature Arm Lift, a transformative experience tailored to the vibrant spirit of Miami, FL. Dr. Michael Keyes and our expert team are dedicated to helping you rediscover your inner radiance and unleash your full potential with this life-changing procedure.

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What is an Arm Lift?

An Arm Lift, also known as Brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to improve the appearance of the upper arms by reducing excess skin and fat. It addresses common concerns such as sagging skin and loss of firmness that can occur due to factors like aging, weight fluctuations, or genetics.

Arm Lift surgery in Miami, FL, is typically performed under general anesthesia, and the duration of the procedure can vary depending on the extent of correction required. With our Arm Lift, we combine the artistry of plastic surgery with a personal touch that’s as warm and inviting as Miami’s sun-kissed shores. Our mission is to empower your confidence, ensuring that you not only look your best, but feel your best as well. Let’s embark on this journey together, embracing beauty and self-assurance that reflects the unique energy of your own celebrity in our great city of Miami.

What Are the Different Types of Arm Lifts?

Every patient has their own unique needs based on their cosmetic journey, which is why Dr. Michael Keyes has trained and practiced the following different techniques for addressing loose skin and excessive fat in the upper arms.

Lipo on the Arms

Liposuction is a very popular cosmetic procedure and while it’s commonly used to get rid of excess, stubborn fat in the stomach and mid-section, under the skillful hands of a cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Michael Keyes, it can be used to help permanently remove fat in the arms. As the least-invasive technique to contour the upper arms, Liposuction on the Arms also has minimal scarring and a shorter recovery time.

This approach is primarily used to address the fat in the arms, which tends to leave loose, sagging skin if there is poor skin elasticity. This approach is better for younger patients or those with good skin elasticity in the upper arms, allowing for smoother and slimmer contour results.

Hidden/Minimal incision Brachioplasty

A Minimal Incision Brachioplasty is a less invasive approach to a Traditional Arm Lift that can still address excessive loose skin. Dr. Keyes will create an incision in your armpit for limited scarring visibility, with most patients finding this procedure to be relatively painless during their recovery. Lipo on the Arms can be used in conjunction with this technique to remove excess fat, but we recommend this for patients who have adequate skin elasticity and minimal excess skin.

Traditional Brachioplasty

A Traditional Arm Lift is used to remove excess skin and fat from the upper arm, followed by tightening the skin for a more pleasant arm shape. Dr. Keyes will make an incision along the underside of the upper arm beginning at the armpit and continuing down to the elbow. Unfortunately, the nature of this technique does leave a more significant-looking scar.

Extended Brachioplasty

An Extended Arm Lift is typically utilized for patients who have experienced massive weight loss because it goes beyond what a Traditional Brachioplasty can do. Not only will it address loose skin and excess fat, but also sagging that appears on the side of the chest, further improving the appearance of the upper arms. When Dr. Keyes performs this technique, he will need to make an incision under your arm that extends from the elbow up to the chest wall, which does leave a more extensive scar.

Fish-incision Brachioplasty

Similar to a Traditional Arm Lift, a Fish-incision Brachioplasty addresses both the remaining excess skin and fat after extreme weight loss. What makes these two techniques so different is the shape of the incision and the resulting scar. Rather than making a straight incision like the traditional approach, Dr. Keyes makes an “S-shaped” cut along the bicep, making it practically invisible from front and back views. The Fish-incision is best for patients who prefer to have a scar in the inner arm rather than the bottom portion of the upper arm.

Crescent Brachioplasty

A Crescent Brachioplasty, also called a “Mini-Arm Lift”, is an Arm Lift technique that is best for patients who have minimal fat and skin from traditional weight loss. The approach gets its name from the “crescent-shaped” incision made near the armpit, hiding the scar in your arm’s natural folds. Compared to a traditional brachioplasty, the scars are shorter and do not extend towards the elbow.

What are the benefits of an Arm Lift?

Our Arm Lift patients in and traveling to Miami can enjoy the following benefits from the procedure

  • Toned and sculpted arms: The primary benefit of an Arm Lift is achieving toned and sculpted arms by removing excess skin and fat, resulting in a smoother and more defined appearance.
  • Improved Arm Contours: An Arm Lift can address concerns related to sagging or loose skin, especially after significant weight loss or due to the natural aging process.
  • Boost in confidence: By enhancing the appearance of the arms, individuals often experience increased self-confidence and a more positive body image.
  • Better fitting clothing: After an Arm Lift, patients find that clothing, especially sleeveless tops and dresses, fits more comfortably and flatters their arms.
  • Increased range in motion: For some individuals with excess skin, an Arm Lift can improve arm mobility and flexibility.
  • Long-lasting results: Once excess skin and fat are removed, the results of an Arm Lift are generally long-lasting, provided a healthy lifestyle is maintained.
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Who are the best candidates for the Arm Lift procedure?

The best candidates for an Arm Lift procedure are individuals in Miami seeking to address specific concerns related to their upper arms. These are people who often resonate with the following characteristics:

  • Sagging skin
  • Good overall health
  • Stable weight
  • Non-smokers
  • Commitment to post-op care
  • Realistic expectations

What’s the first step?

The first step toward achieving beautifully sculpted arms through an Arm Lift in Miami is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michael Keyes at Celebrity Plastics. This initial consultation is a personalized and essential part of the process. During this appointment, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss your goals, concerns, and expectations for the procedure.

Dr. Keyes will take the time to evaluate your unique case, including the quality of your skin, the extent of sagging, and any other relevant factors.

What to expect on the day of Arm Lift surgery

The Arm Lift procedure typically takes a few hours, during which Dr. Keyes will skillfully remove excess skin and fat from your arms, creating a firmer, more contoured appearance. His masterful technique helps to reduce scarring, and once the surgery is complete, you will be moved to a recovery area where you will be monitored as you wake from anesthesia.

Procedure timeline


The first step to getting your arm lift surgery is to contact Celebrity Plastics and schedule a consultation through our patient coordinator.


Your adventure begins with a consultation with our experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Keyes. This is your opportunity to share your goals, concerns, and aspirations. Dr. Keyes will assess your unique anatomy and develop a personalized plan that aligns with your vision for your arms.

Pre-operative preparation

Once you and Dr. Keyes have decided to proceed with your Arm Lift, pre-operative preparations will be made to make your experience world-class. You may receive specific instructions, including avoiding certain medications that could increase the risk of bleeding.


The day of your Arm Lift Surgery is the most significant step on your journey. You’ll arrive at our state-of-the-art facility and meet our team of professionals who are ready to transform your arms to the contour of your dreams. Dr. Keyes will skillfully perform the procedure, sculpting your arms to achieve your desired results. The surgery typically takes around 3 to 4 hours.

Recovery and post-operative care

Following the surgery, you’ll begin your recovery journey. Although you may experience some initial discomfort and swelling, you’ll have the opportunity to rest and recover under our expert care and will be monitored in a recovery area until you are stable. You may experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort during the initial recovery period, this is completely normal and will subside in a short amount of time. The next few weeks are all about healing and rejuvenation. You’ll need to wear a compression garment to support your arms’ new contours and minimize swelling. Dr. Keyes will provide detailed post-operative instructions to help you navigate this crucial stage.

Results and follow-up

Now for the most exciting part, the results! As time passes, your arms will gradually reveal their transformed appearance. The scars from the surgery will begin to fade, and you’ll notice your upper arms becoming firmer and more defined. Your renewed confidence and pride in your arms are the most rewarding aspects of this incredible journey.

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Arm Lift Recovery

Following your Arm Lift procedure at Celebrity Plastics in Miami, FL, you can expect a recovery process that combines personalized care and the luxury that comes with a touch of celebrity treatment.

During the initial days, it’s quite normal to experience some swelling and mild discomfort in your arms. Dr. Michael Keyes and his team will provide you with detailed recovery instructions tailored to your unique needs. They will guide you in managing post-operative discomfort, and you may receive prescribed pain medications to ensure a comfortable recovery. Some of these instructions will include Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) therapy to help reduce any discomfort and minimize swelling, and compression therapy to help with swelling and prevent blood clotting.

Your lymphatic system is part of your body’s defense mechanism that consists of an internal network that works to maintain your body’s health. Lymph is the fluid in this system that carries immune cells, proteins, hormones, toxins, and fatty acids throughout your body. Sometimes after surgery, your lymphatic system tends to decrease the efficiency of lymph production, which can result in inflammation and other health issues. MLD stimulates the flow of lymph which hastens the removal of toxins from your body.

Post-op compression therapy is equally important because, after any trauma your body experiences, it attempts to protect itself through inflammation or edema (excess fluid trapped in the body’s tissues). The compression bandage can make the recovery process more successful by reducing the collection of fluid and increasing blood flow. The optimal duration of compression therapy can vary between weeks, months, and even long-term based on the surgery.

Dr. Keyes and Celebrity Plastics prioritize your recovery journey, helping you regain confidence in your arm’s appearance and ensuring you receive the star-quality treatment you deserve. Your arms will gradually reveal their improved contours, and the discomfort will subside, leaving you with results that are nothing short of red carpet-worthy.

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How much does an Arm Lift cost in Miami, FL?

The cost of an Arm Lift in Miami, FL, can vary depending on several factors, including the extent of the procedure, specific techniques used, and your unique treatment plan. To get an accurate cost estimate, it’s best to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michael Keyes. Once we meet, we can provide you with detailed information on the pricing and financing options available, ensuring you have all the information you need for your Arm Lift journey.

Why choose Dr. Keyes?

Board-eligible plastic surgeon Michael Keyes, M.D. founded Celebrity Plastics where he could specialize in breast and body contouring procedures such as Breast Augmentation, Abdominal Etching, Brazilian Butt Lifts, Arm Lifts, and so much more. He is a proud and active member of the Social Media Subcommittee for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. With a combined following of over 370K+, Dr. Keyes has spoken about social media & plastic surgery at national meetings around the USA. After receiving his Bachelor of Science focused on Integrative Biology from the University of Florida, Dr. Keyes received his Doctorate of Medicine from the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami.

He spent five years of residency in General Surgery at the Grand Strand Health in Myrtle Beach, SC, followed by his plastic surgery fellowship training at the University of Louisville where he earned the honor of receiving the “Clinical Achievement Award” for breaking the record of most operative cases logged in the history of the program. Dr. Keyes carries numerous certifications and has been elected as a “World Top 100 Doctor – Class of 2022” by The Global Summits Institute.

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