Our plastic surgery team is proud to offer arm lift procedures to individuals who experience excess skin on their upper arms, resulting in the "bat wing" effect.

  • Contour the upper arms
  • Correct loose and excess skin and tissue
  • Improve self-confidence and body proportion

Would an arm lift be right for me?

After significant weight loss, you may have excess skin on your upper arms. Fortunately, you can turn to arm lift procedures to correct the sagging skin. You should be a healthy, nonsmoker who is at a stable body weight and has adequate skin elasticity. You should also be willing to accept some scarring as a trade-off to achieve removal of the excess hanging skin.

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How is an arm lift performed?

The arm lift procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and takes between 1-2 hours to complete. It may be done under a local or general anesthetic. For some patients, if the skin will shrink on its own, liposuction alone may be performed.
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What can I expect after an arm lift?

You should expect recovery to last between 2-4 weeks. You will experience some swelling and bruising, which can last up to 2 weeks. Pain medication may be prescribed to manage discomfort and tape and compression garments will be worn during this time. You will probably be advised to keep your arms elevated and minimize movement during recovery from the arm lift.

As with all surgical procedures, there are risks involved with brachioplasty. Some possible complications that may arise with arm lift procedures may include changes in sensation and pigmentation, poor healing and scarring, bleeding and infection.

If you struggle with excess upper arm skin, you are encouraged to contact the plastic surgery team in Overland Park to learn more about how the arm lift procedures can correct the issue.

Need help making an appointment?

Call 913-588-2000 or request an appointment online.