Toronto Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

  • Price Starts at $9,999
  • Procedure Time 3 hours
  • Recovery Time 1-2 weeks

How Much Does a Brachioplasty Cost?

The cost of Brachioplasty surgery varies according to the breadth of cosmetic work. Typically, pricing for a Brachioplasty starts at $11,999.

How Long Does a Brachioplasty Take?

The Toronto Plastic Surgeons can perform the procedure in approximately 3 hours. Before they are driven home, patients will receive post-operative instructions from their doctors.

How Long Does it Take to Recover From a Brachioplasty?

An arm lift boasts a quick recovery period, with minimal discomfort particularly when compared to other types of cosmetic surgery. It generally takes 1 to 2 weeks for patients to return to light activities after a Brachioplasty.

What is a Brachioplasty

The aging process affects every part of the body, and the upper arms are no exception. In fact, one of the most common signs of aging involves sagging arms with loose skin. Not only do drooping arms create an unappealing profile, but they also prevent people from wearing form-fitting clothing or sleeveless blouses, tank tops or bathing wear. Loose skin of the arm, also called “bat wings”, is aesthetically unappealing.

Fortunately, a arm lift can reshape the upper arms by tightening the sagging skin and removing excess fat. By removing the fat and loose skin from the upper arm, the procedure can improve the overall contour of the upper arms. The Toronto Plastic Surgeons utilize innovative skin tightening techniques and wrinkle reduction technology to ensure that your upper arms remain exempt from the visible signs of the aging process.

Who is a Brachioplasty Candidate?

While there are no specific traits that dictate candidacy, proper physical health, and realistic expectations can make the recovery process more seamless. Fundamentally, a candidate for a fat arms surgery is someone who has excess fat or sagging skin on their arms due to aging or significant weight loss.

“Bat wings” can be embarrassing and an arm lift eliminates their stigmatized appearance. Patients should be in good medical condition when undergoing the procedure. In other words, they should be free from diseases such as uncontrolled diabetes or heart disease.

We invite all those interested in this procedure to reach out to Toronto Plastic Surgeons for a consultation. However, if you do not feel that this is right for you, please visit our non-surgical procedure page.

Benefits of a Brachioplasty

Confidence Boost

By tightening loose skin and removing excess fat, a Brachioplasty will boost self-confidence and self-worth.

More Clothing Options

Sagging arms may deter some people from wearing clothes they feel comfortable in, such as sleeveless shirts. However, by restoring youthful-looking arms, a Brachioplasty can help patients feel comfortable in their own skin again. 

Improved Contours

A Brachioplasty not only tightens the skin on the arms, but it will also improve deltoid and shoulder contours. 

Decreased Irregularities

Tighter, more attractive upper arm skin will make irregularities far less apparent.

Brachioplasty Risks

Like every surgery, a Brachioplasty comes with a small chance of potential complications. The best thing patients can do to minimize the likelihood of complications is to select a trusted surgeon. The team at Toronto Plastic Surgeons has years of experience performing Brachioplasty procedures. Significant complications are uncommon and, in the rare event they occur, are expertly managed.

  • Infections: Even though infections are rare, the Toronto Plastic Surgeons still take every precaution to ensure that the procedure is a smooth, seamless experience.
  • Adverse Anesthesia Effects: In some cases, the anesthesia used in the surgery can have an adverse effect on the patient. For this reason, the Toronto Plastic Surgeons carefully review the medical history of every single patient that walks through their doors.
  • Unexpected Scarring: The procedure may result in ruptures along an incision. In such cases, the Toronto Plastic Surgeons have methods in place to correct any unexpected scarring.
  • Nerve Damage: It is possible that a Brachioplasty procedure results in numbness or a change in skin sensation.

Why Choose TPS for a Brachioplasty?

By utilizing the latest technology and a personable approach that is second-to-none, Dr. Tom Bell will be able to ensure that the outcome of the procedure matches the patient’s expectations. Rest assured that, with the Toronto Plastic Surgeons, you’re in safe hands before, during, and after the procedure.

Dr. Bell is known as one of Canada’s top plastic surgeons and has preformed over 5000 body contouring procedures throughout his 25+ years of practice.

Arm Lift for Men in Toronto

Following significant weight loss, it is common for men to be left with loose, drooping arms. This can bring about many frustrating disadvantages, ranging from an unappealing physical profile to a dramatic loss of self-confidence. In addition to the blow to a patient’s youth and vitality, drooping arms can also make it difficult to wear form-fitting clothing or sleeveless shirts.

Fortunately, a Brachioplasty procedure represents a quick and cost-efficient solution. Commonly known as an arm lift, a Brachioplasty refers to a procedure that removes unwanted fat and loose skin (bat wings) from the arms to create a slimmer, more defined appearance. A Brachioplasty can completely reshape the upper arms by removing excess fat and tightening sagging skin, leading to more confidence, more clothing options, and a more desirable profile.

Ranging from $11,999, the arm lift surgeons will utilize skin tightening techniques to create youthful-looking arms that effectively counter the aging process and the effects of significant weight loss. Impressively, the recovery process is relatively quick, given the extensiveness of the cosmetic work. It typically takes 2-3 weeks for patients to recover from a Brachioplasty.

A Brachioplasty procedure is intended for both men and women. However, the procedure is common in men who have lost a significant amount of weight and who want to achieve a firmer and more sculpted appearance. The procedure’s approach and the outcome are the same for both men and women. All patients can expect to leave the Toronto Plastic Surgeons-SpaMedica surgical facilities with toned muscles, reshaped arms, and a revitalized appearance.

Are you interested in removing excess or loose skin on your upper arms? Contact us today to schedule a consultation with the Toronto Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Tom Bell and his experienced team will help you determine the best path to successful, long-lasting results.

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Different Types of Brachioplasty

There are 2 basic types of Brachioplasty:

Full Arm Lift

The incision travels in the groove between the bicep and tricep muscles along the upper arm, from the armpit to the elbow. 

Mini Upper-arm Lift

The incision is kept closer to the armpit and upper arm, and the rest of the bat wing is removed and tightened using BodyTite liposuction. This scar is well concealed, and the mini arm lift is best suited for patients with mild to moderate bat wings.

Non-Surgical Brachioplasty Alternatives

The modern advent of energy-based devices that can significantly tighten the upper arm skin has provided a good alternative to patients with mild bat wings or patients who don’t want a surgical Brachioplasty. The world’s leading skin tightening device is the Evolve Tite and, when combined with the Morpheus 8 Fractional RF Resurfacing, you can achieve very noticeable, non-surgical arm contraction, tightening and contour improvement.

How is a Brachioplasty Performed by Dr. Tom Bell?

All Brachioplasty procedures are performed within the comfort of the modern Toronto Plastic Surgeon SpaMedica Plastic Surgery suites. The surgery is entirely personalized and specifically designed by our expert team to match your desired results.

Prior to your surgery, a physician will administer anesthesia to ensure that the procedure is completely painless. During the procedure, the Toronto Plastic Surgeons will use modern liposuction techniques to remove the excess fat that creates fullness in the upper arms. Innovative skin tightening techniques will also be utilized to improve the contour of the arms. Fortunately, the use of these newer technologies can minimize the scars that might occur during the procedure.

How to Prepare for a Brachioplasty

To ensure a successful surgery, the doctor will advise that you follow certain preparations in the weeks leading up to your procedure date:

  • Smoking should be discontinued two weeks leading up to the procedure and two weeks after. Those who continue to smoke will have a longer recovery period and a greater likelihood of complications.
  • Two weeks before your procedure, patients must cease taking Aspirin or any medication that contains Aspirin.
  • Six hours prior to surgery, patients must stop consuming any food or drink. Small sips of water are permitted, however.
  • Avoid sun damage two weeks before surgery. This can be achieved by wearing sunscreen.

What to Expect After a Brachioplasty

Following your Brachioplasty, the Toronto Plastic Surgeons will give you detailed post-operative instructions to ensure a seamless recovery. Please keep in mind that you will be required to wear a tight-fitting compression garment for several weeks, as its presence will reduce swelling and tighten the skin. Initial discomfort is easily controlled with prescription pain medication, such as an NSAID, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Bruising and swelling typically subside within a month.

Brachioplasty Recovery & Timeline

After the Surgery: Patients will be required to wear a compression garment.

Day 1-3: Patients will feel mild pain, which can be controlled through prescribed medication.

Week 1: Pain will typically subside.

Week 1-2: Stitches are dissolvable, but the bandages and drainage tubes are removed. While arm mobility is more comfortable, patients are advised to avoid stretching or heavy lifting. Patients will also be allowed to return to work and perform non-strenuous daily activities. 

Week 4-6: Swelling and bruising will subside completely. Patients will also be able to resume strenuous physical activity, and the results of the procedure will become apparent.

Month 6: Scarring at the incision site should be significantly less noticeable.

Brachioplasty FAQ

How painful is it to get a Brachioplasty?

Due to the anesthesia administered during the procedure, the patient will not feel any pain during the surgery. While it is normal to experience some swelling and discomfort after the surgery, there will be no extreme or long-term pain as an arm lift is excess skin removal and there is no muscle work involved. Discomfort can be easily controlled with oral medication prescribed by the Toronto Plastic Surgeons.

How long until I can exercise again?

This will depend on the outcome of your procedure. Typically, light walking is fine in the first 2-3 weeks, as long as you continue wearing your compression garment and don’t sit in sweaty clothes afterwards. Patients can typically resume strenuous physical activity approximately 6 weeks after their Brachioplasty procedure.

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