arm lift Surgery

in Toronto

Toned Arms You Can Show Off

Massive weight loss and the effects of aging cause the skin in your upper arms to sag.

Arm Lift Facts

Brachioplasty, or arm lift surgery, is one of the only ways to address upper arm sag

The procedure is designed to improve the contour of the upper arms from the elbow to the armpit, tightening loose skin and eliminating any undesirable folds and sagging. While wearing long-sleeved shirts and shawls may cover up the problem, you’re missing out on the freedom of wearing season-appropriate clothing, not being embarrassed and possessing the confidence in knowing you have toned arms that are fitter and more attractive.

How to create a leaner body contour with more muscular definition

An arm lift, or Brachioplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes excess fat and skin in the upper arms.

With your comfort our primary concern, we will extend to you the personalized care you expect. Your first appointment at our clinic is scheduled with a board certified plastic surgeon who has experience in performing routine to complex reconstructive and cosmetic surgical procedures of the face and body. Your medical consultation involves accurate, honest and detailed information regarding your Brachioplasty, as well as a review of your lifestyle and attitude. This enables you to make an informed decision based on the reliable professional medical opinion of your surgeon.


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Are you a candidate?

An arm lift is to improve the contour of your arms, but you should have realistic expectations of what the surgery can do for you. Improvement is key, not perfection. You should be generally healthy and prepared to follow pre and post- surgical care instructions so that your experience is a safer and more satisfying.


Your surgeon will collect all relevant information and discuss your goals. During this stage, you will be asked questions related to your medical history, use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco and the medication or vitamins you currently take. Take advantage of this time to voice any of your concerns regarding the surgery and ask questions you may have regarding the treatment and results.


In the time leading up to your arm lift surgery, your surgeon may ask you to take certain steps to ensure the success of the procedure. You may need to avoid or begin taking specific medications and/or supplements, stop smoking, undergo lab tests or a medical evaluation and follow a specific dietary plan. You should also make arrangements to have a friend or family member pick you up from your appointment and help you out at home for at least the first night of recovery.

Your surgery

The procedure takes about three hours. General anesthesia is administered.

Before the surgery begins you will have discussed whether to undergo intravenous or general anesthesia. Once your choice of anesthetic has been administered, your surgeon will make incisions (usually to the inside and back of the arm) that allow for a tightening and reshaping of the supportive tissues underneath the skin. Internal and external sutures are applied after the skin has conformed to the new arm contour. If your arm lift requires fat removal, your surgeon will also use liposuction or traditional excision techniques.

Following your surgery

Dressings will be applied to the operating area and, in some cases, a thin tube may be placed under the skin to drain excess blood or fluid. Your surgeon will let you know whether absorbable sutures or stitches have been used. Traditional stitches will need to be removed after one to two weeks.

Before coming home, you’ll receive post-surgical care instructions. You may be given prescriptions that assist with discomfort, the healing process or help ward off infection. You’ll also receive details on when to resume normal activities and exercise.

Your results

You’ll notice the difference in your appearance almost immediately, but will have to wait for bruising and swelling to reduce before the change becomes completely clear. Results are long lasting and can be best maintained by sticking to a regime of healthy eating and regular exercise. Some firmness will be lost over time with age, but the benefits of your lift will remain for a long time, giving you upper arms with improved shape and tone.


Your surgeon will describe the risks inherent to arm lift surgery so that you understand whether or not the procedure is right for you. Risks include infection, bleeding, unfavourable scarring, skin loss, persistent pain, blood clots and other issues that could require additional surgery. Despite the general safety of this procedure, it’s essential that patients be well informed of any problems that may arise.

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