Picture yourself hugging a loved one, waving to a friend or whipping up the batter for your favorite baked treat. Are you absorbed in the joy of these moments — or are you worried about how your arms look? Aging, weight loss and heredity can all contribute to the development of loose, sagging skin on the upper arms. Redundant skin and excess fat in this area are often unresponsive to exercise, and in some cases weight loss can even worsen it.

At Brampton Plastic Surgery, we believe everyone deserves to enjoy life with confidence. Brachioplasty surgery, also known as an arm lift, removes excess skin from the undersides of the upper arms to create a tighter and more youthful-looking appearance. If you feel limited in what you do or wear because of the way your arms look, we can help with a personalized brachioplasty procedure.

What Is Brachioplasty?

Brachioplasty is performed to tighten the skin and soft tissue envelope of the upper arms. Although eating a nutritious diet and exercising regularly are critical for maintaining your health, they cannot shrink loose, stretched skin. An arm lift is the only way to remove the extra skin and reshape the remaining tissues.

Many of our brachioplasty patients have lost a significant amount of weight or have lost skin elasticity as they’ve aged. For these men and women, surgery can dramatically improve comfort in fitted sleeves and attire that exposes the arms, as well as improve confidence when engaging in activities that require arm movement.

What Can Brachioplasty Do?

Our Ontario arm lift patients may choose to have this surgery to address any of the following concerns:

  • Excess hanging skin on the upper arms (“bat wings”)
  • Flabby upper arms that “jiggle” in motion
  • Disproportionately large upper arms compared to rest of body
  • Lack of muscle definition
  • Small amount of stubborn fat lodged in upper arms
  • Limited clothing options
  • Inability to fully enjoy the results of weight loss
  • Problems with hygiene, discomfort or irritation due to extra skin folds

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Are There Different Types of Brachioplasty?

Brachioplasty techniques vary to address different needs. Dr. Haywood will select the technique that will give you the most significant and natural-looking results with the least scarring. Patients with healthy skin tone may only require a minor incision contained within the armpit. Those with a substantial amount of loose and hanging skin require a more extensive approach involving an incision down the inner arm from the armpit to the elbow.

It is important to consider the reality of scarring as you weigh the pros and cons of surgery. A traditional brachioplasty achieves more dramatic results at the expense of a more prominent scar. Many patients find this is a trade-off they are happy to make for improved arm contours and a better outlook on life.

Who Is Considered a Candidate for Brachioplasty Surgery?

Brachioplasty is ideal for someone who has lost a significant amount of weight or anyone with sagging skin under their arms. If you have done all you can to tone and tighten your arms with a healthy lifestyle, but still have loose skin that won’t budge, an arm lift could offer the results you are looking for.

The most ideal candidate for surgery is a non-smoker with no underlying health conditions who is not on blood thinners or is able to stop blood thinners. It is a fact that smoking delays healing and puts anyone considering surgery at a higher risk. A candidate for brachioplasty should also be willing to tolerate a scar and able to maintain a stable weight.

How Is Brachioplasty Performed?

Brachioplasty is a day surgery usually performed under general anesthesia at the Brampton Civic Hospital or The Peel Urgent Care Center. Dr. Haywood begins the procedure by creating limited incisions in the underarms or longer incisions on the sides and back of the arms. The amount of skin to be removed will determine the size and location of the incision(s).

Dr. Haywood excises the redundant skin and some excess fat. She may also perform liposuction for additional sculpting of the arm. Once the appropriate adjustments have been made, Dr. Haywood brings the remaining tissues back together and sutures the incisions closed.

What Is Recovery Like After Brachioplasty Surgery?

Brachioplasty recovery requires a few days of downtime. You will be asked to refrain from any strenuous activity or lifting for four to six weeks. Bruising and swelling typically resolve within a similar time period. You may be instructed to wear a compression garment or sleeve to control swelling and keep the surgical area firmly protected.

Scarring will begin to fade around six months after surgery. Dr. Haywood will provide you with aftercare and scar prevention instructions. We carry our favorite scar treatment, Vivier Scar Gel, in-office. We suggest this product to all of our patients to reduce the appearance of scarring after surgery.

You will have follow-up appointments with Dr. Haywood as you recover and can always contact the clinic with any questions or concerns. You will also have access to home-care clinics for any urgent and wound care needs.

What Procedures Can Enhance My Brachioplasty?

On its own, brachioplasty can create more toned, taut and youthful-looking arms with lasting results. For many patients, this is an ideal result. For others, particularly those who are nearing the end of a weight loss journey, combining brachioplasty with another procedure delivers an even more satisfying outcome.

Arm lift surgery is often paired with liposuction for an enhanced contouring effect. Brachioplasty can also be combined with another body procedure, such as a tummy tuck or thigh lift, or be included as part of a full-body lift for a complete physical transformation

How Much Does Brachioplasty in Ontario Cost?

Arm lift surgeries vary in cost. The total investment required depends upon the degree of sagging skin and tissue, and whether additional procedures such as liposuction are needed to achieve the patient’s desired outcome. You will receive a quote for your procedure during your consultation with Dr. Haywood. As a sample, the cost of arm lift surgery may look something like this:



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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the risks of brachioplasty?

There are risks associated with any surgery, big or small. Basic risks include but are not limited to infection, blood clots (very rare), and drainage issues. Antibiotics are commonly used to treat any infections. To minimize the risk of blood clots, it is very important to follow Dr. Haywood’s follow-up instructions and move as much as recommended. 

Should I lose weight before having brachioplasty?

Those considering brachioplasty should have a relatively stable bodyweight that is within, or at least not significantly beyond, a healthy range for their height and body structure. If you intend to continue losing weight, it may be advisable to postpone your surgery until you have reached your goals.

Arm lift vs. liposuction — what’s the difference?

A key difference to remember is that liposuction focuses on fat and an arm lift focuses on skin. Liposuction is generally more appropriate for removing a more significant amount of fatty tissue excess. It does not have any effect on loose skin. An arm lift, on the other hand, can only remove a small focal region of excess fat, but it excels at removing and tightening drooping skin.

Will my brachioplasty scars fade?

Scarring is an unavoidable part of the surgery journey. Fortunately, scars fade with time, and generally appear white or skin-colored by the time they have reached full maturity. The placement of the incision is designed to minimize the visibility of the scar as much as possible.

Contact Us to Learn More About Ontario Arm Lift Surgery

Our goal at Brampton Plastic Surgery is to help you make confident decisions about enhancing your appearance. During a one-on-one consultation, Dr. Catherine Haywood can help you understand what’s possible with any procedure you are considering. Dr. Haywood is one of the most respected plastic surgeons in the Toronto area and has achieved acclaim for her consistently beautiful and natural results.

If aging or genetics have given you loose skin that hangs from your arms, or if you are in the process of completing your weight loss journey, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at Brampton Plastic Surgery to learn more about brachioplasty. We can be reached online or at 905-451-2285.