Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

What Is an Arm Lift and What Does it Achieve?

An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that reshapes your upper arm by reducing excess fat and skin. A variety of excisional techniques and liposuction can be used to achieve an arm lift.

An arm lift can be performed for different reasons. Patients who just want a little skin tightening can have liposuction performed while other patients who may have lost weight and have excess skin or older patients whose skin is loose may also want this procedure performed. During your consultation, Dr. Kenkel will evaluate your arms and discuss your goals and expectations to determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure.

The Arm Lift After Weight Loss

After weight loss, the skin can sag leaving the patient feeling as if they are still heavy. An arm lift can be performed to remove what patients sometimes refer to as "bat wings" by excising the excess skin and fat from the upper arm. It is important to note that this incision can extend from the armpit or chest up to and sometimes below the elbow. If a patient has fat in addition to skin excess, Dr. Kenkel may elect to stage the procedure with liposuction of the arm first followed by excision several months later. Out of all the areas Dr. Kenkel treats, he believes these scars may be the most prominent not only because of the location but also in the way they heal.

To view photographs of patients who have had arm lift surgery by Dr. Kenkel, visit the arm lift portfolio section of this website.