Arm Lift/Brachioplasty

Brachioplasty addresses loss of skin elasticity that can happen even to slim patients due to age or heredity by tightening the underlying tissues and removing excess, sagging skin. It corrects the dreaded “batwing” by removing fat deposits and excess skin along the underside of the arm and smoothing the remaining skin to give you a more sculpted, sleek, and youthful appearance practically overnight. You don’t need to hide your arms any longer. Talk to us about arm lift surgery today!

If you are experiencing excess tissue beneath your arms and think an arm lift might be right for you, contact Lexington Plastic Surgery, PLLC today by requesting a consultation or calling (859) 279-2111.


Arm Lift

Arm Lift Safety

Brachioplasty is typically a very safe procedure that has a relatively quick recovery time. As with any surgery, there are the usual risks of blood clotting, infection, and reaction to the anesthesia, all of which are unlikely but can be serious. Dr. Gerstle has been in practice for decades and takes all precautions to ensure the best, safest outcome possible.

On occasion, patients may not be fully satisfied with their new look. There may be a slight asymmetry between the arms, but keep in mind that asymmetries are intrinsic to the human body itself. Remember that your body was not perfectly symmetrical before the surgery, and it may not be post-surgery either! Nonetheless, occasionally revision surgery is desired. Keep in mind that while all measures are taken to reduce the eventual look of scars, a scar is inevitable with this procedure. The size and location of the scar will depend on your particular circumstances and the amount of skin to be removed. Other rare outcomes can include changes in sensation that can be permanent.

Dr. Gerstle will examine you thoroughly and discuss all risks as well as benefits before you proceed with arm lift surgery.

The Arm Lift Procedure

The purpose of an arm lift is to remove unwanted excess flabby skin that hangs below the bicep and to remove the fat pockets that may be “trapped” and inaccessible to exercise. These conditions can be due to age, heredity, or drastic weight loss. The result is a tighter, smoother, more sculpted upper arm.

An arm lift will typically be performed under general anesthesia. Depending on the amount of sagging skin to be removed, Dr. Gerstle will choose the appropriate incision length and location. Incisions may be made on the underside of the upper arm or in the armpit. This will give him access to tighten lax tissues and perform liposuction if required. After trimming the excess skin, he will place the remaining skin over the improved contours and close up the incisions.

The surgery will likely be completed in two hours unless you have opted to combine it with another plastic surgery procedure. After spending a few hours in recovery, you will likely be cleared to return home on the day of the surgery.

Arm Lift Post Op

Please ensure that there is someone to drive you home after the arm lift procedure. If you live alone, make sure that there is someone to assist you with meal prep and household duties for several days following the surgery. You will be provided with Dr. Gerstle’s personal cell phone so that you may contact him with any questions or concerns in the days following your surgery.

You will be sent home with bandages and instructions regarding how to maintain the compression garments we provide, which will help to minimize swelling. Be sure to follow all directions closely. If drainage tubes have been placed, Dr. Gerstle will remove them in our office within a week.

Common instructions include:

  • Follow all of the doctor’s instructions regarding pain relievers; blood thinning drugs you should be avoiding for some time following the surgery.
  • Plan to wait 2-3 days before taking a shower. Keep your bandages as dry as possible and gently clean the sutures daily to prevent infection.
  • Keep incisions covered when going out into the sun. Scars will heal more fully if kept away from the sun for up to a year.
  • Any swelling, numbness, pain, or bruising that result from the procedure will reduce over time. Use cold compresses to relieve symptoms. Some symptoms may persist for several months. Call our office with any concerns.
  • Use plenty of pillows to keep your arms elevated while you sleep the week following the surgery
  • Do the gentle exercises we recommend to prevent stiffness and blood clotting

Brachioplasty Benefits

Feeling good about your body can lead to enhanced confidence and self-esteem. Do not underestimate the change that a physical correction can make to your psychological well-being.


  • Creates a sculpted, lean appearance in the upper arm
  • Improves self-esteem
  • Eliminates rashes, chafing, itching, and other conditions that can result from redundant skin
  • Contours arms following dramatic weight loss or weight loss surgery
  • Improves motivation to work out since your efforts will build on the results of your surgery
  • Gives you more clothing options
  • Makes it easier to move and enjoy sports and other activities

The New You—Working With Dr. Gerstle

Please call our office to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Gerstle so that you can review your concerns and goals with him. After taking a detailed medical history and completing a thorough physical exam, he will present your options for improving the appearance of your arms along with any other problem areas you identify.

Once Dr. Gerstle understands your vision for your future self, he will use our in-office “Mirror Imaging” technology, which will digitally alter a photo of you so that you can see what your final results will look like. After reviewing this in detail, he will explain the procedure specific to your goals and get you scheduled for your brachioplasty along with any other procedures that can be completed at the same time.

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Arm Lift Surgery Financing

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