Arm Lift in Louisville, Lexington, Kentucky


An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is done for patients with excess skin of the upper arm that can hang when the arm is in an upright position. Frequently, these patients have seen significant weight loss that produces extra skin.

Intended Results

A tighter skin appearance of the upper arm. A reduction of the subcutaneous fat of the upper arm.

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Procedure Descriptions

Arm lifts are performed under a general anesthetic in an ambulatory setting. Tumescent infiltration of numbing medicine in the arm is followed by liposuction of the upper arm. An incision is made along the inner aspect of the arm and excess skin is removed. A light dressing is placed about the upper arm and replaced by a stocking-type compression garment that is worn for about a week. Sutures melt away on their own.

Recuperation and Healing

Patients will have mild pain lasting just a few days which is easily controlled by oral medications. Swelling and bruising usually resolve in a week to 10 days. The scar will improve over time, becoming a thin line usually within a year.

Other Options

Liposculpture and skin tightening with Exilis™ are an alternative to arm lift with skin removal. Liposculpture, tummy tucks, and cosmetic breast procedures can be done at the same time.


The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can only be determined at consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual.