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A brachioplasty, also known as an arm lift, is a procedure to remove excess skin and soft tissue, as well as fat from the upper arm which some refer to as “bingo wings” or “bat wings”.  The upper arm is defined as beginning from the elbow to the axilla or armpit. In Toronto, Dr. Mulholland’s expertise in skin tightening techniques and wrinkle reduction fractional technology that improves the outcome of arm lift surgery.

In addition, the use of modern, high-energy systems such as SmartLipo and BodyTite, facilitate additional skin contraction over and above the excision itself.  Finally, the scar and excision can be minimized by the use of these newer technologies.

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Arm Lift Procedure in Toronto

Brachioplasty surgery, whether mini axillary arm lifts or full upper arm excisions can easily be performed under local anesthesia with oral sedation.  This avoids the risks of general anesthesia or IV sedation.  For those patients who are quite anxious or would like a general anesthetic, that is also available.

The area of excess skin, fat, wrinkles and cellulitic deformity are outlined in conjunction with the patient prior to the procedure.  The skin incision, either a “mini” arm lift confined to the upper armpit or more standard arm lift, which is performed on the upper inner arm between the bicep muscle and the tricep muscle in a defined groove that will hide the scar, is marked out.  Once local anesthesia is infiltrated into the area the procedure is painless.  The fat and excess skin hiding in the upper inner arm can be removed with modern liposuction techniques.

The whole arm lift procedure takes approximately 45 minutes per arm and with the use of local anesthesia, it is very comfortable. Patients can go home following the procedure. There is no need for overnight care and patients return back to the clinic approximately four times over 2 weeks for dressing changes, the first being wound check and a dressing change in the first few days.

Candidates for Brachioplasty Surgery

Candidates for the surgery are those patients who have realistic expectations and are willing to accept a well-hidden scar (a scar that can be lasered after to remove the redness or discoloration if needed post operatively) and have no medical conditions. Those individuals with uncontrolled medical conditions such as diabetes or autoimmune diseases or areas of non-healing wounds or cancerous tissue in the area of the proposed lift surgery are not good candidates for this procedure.

General Questions Regarding Arm Lift

Here are some common questions patients may have regarding the surgery

Is the Brachioplasty Procedure Painful?

Once the local anesthetic is infiltrated, the area is frozen during the procedure and there is no pain.  Post-operatively there is often a very little a bruise, discomfort and a “paper cut” type of discomfort to the arm excision, but generally the pain is quite tolerable and classified as discomfort and can be controlled with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications.

How long is the recovery following a Brachioplasty Procedure?

Toronto arm lift and brachioplasty patients who undergo an arm lift procedure generally require between 7 and 10 days off work.  If they have a sedentary office type job they can be back to work in 5-7 days following the arm lift, but longer if the job entails a lot of heavy lifting and arm work.

How will I look after surgery?

As the arm lift scar is hidden in the upper inner arm and there is very little bruising, generally patients can hide the surgical site quite easily in long sleeved clothing.  The scar generally remodels over time and is treated in a complimentary fashion for one year after the procedure.  Generally, once the scar has healed, it can be treated with laser work to take the redness out. Topical silicone gel strips are used to flatten a raised scar and a compression garment is required to compress the area and allows adequate wound healing.  This garment can be worn down to the middle of the forearm and like liposuction, garmenting is used to facilitate a “shrink wrapping” of the skin.

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What kind of results can I expect following surgery?

Because Dr. Mulholland incorporates high-tech modern liposuction techniques such as SmartLipo and BodyTite, he can get additional tightening over and above the skin removal.  As well, under the skin heating technology such as RFAL FaceTite and fractional technology such as Fractora, ematrix, Fraxel for fine lines, sun damaged skin, unwanted fat can be removed at the same time as the extra skin. This gives an excellent post-operative cosmetic tightening of the upper arm.  You can expect tremendous rejuvenation of the area with a tighter, more shapely form upper arm that will look good in blouses and tank tops and short t-shirts and bathing wear.

What are patients saying about their Brachioplasty Surgery?

Most Toronto brachioplasty patients are extremely satisfied with the results of their brachioplasty.  The skin is less wrinkled and youthful.  The excess fat is removed, the arm is slimmer and the upper arm appears better in any type of modified short or tank top bathing wear type sleeveless clothing.

How long will the results last?

The results of an arm lift or brachioplasty surgery, like a facelift or body lift, will last for the rest of your life.  The upper arm skin will age, but slowly and in general will still look good 10-20 years after the procedure.  Unlike some more dependent areas such as a jawline or neck, repeat surgery is rarely required for arm lift surgery and patients can count on a lifetime of improvement.


Patients find that maintenance is not required to maintain the tight skin of the upper arm.  If there is ongoing photo damage, sun damage or fine lines, fractional technologies such as Fractora or eMatrix or the Fraxel can continue to improve ongoing damage caused by the sun. In general, once the scar has been treated with a laser and has faded to white, no ongoing scar and management is required.

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Brachioplasty generally costs in the range of $4,000.00 to $8,000.00 depending on the extent of loose tissue, the degree of excess fat of the upper arm and any ancillary techniques needed for fine lines, wrinkles or cellulite.

There is financing available for the procedure and many patients will finance arm lift or brachioplasty over 5-6 years.

Cost of Arm Lift Surgery in Toronto

Why choose SpaMedica 

Dr. Mulholland and SpaMedica, Toronto cosmetic surgery clinic, have a reputation for excellent surgery by the blending of high-tech technologies for the safe and effective removal of fat, skin contraction and fractional technologies for skin smoothing performed at the time of the brachioplasty and arm lift.


To schedule a brachioplasty consult at SpaMedica simply click on the schedule a consultation consult form, complete the “ask a question form” or fill out the LIVE CHAT section and submit by e-mail.  A client service representative will respond to your email within one business day.  Alternatively, simply call 1-877-695-2835 and a client service representative will be with you promptly.

We look forward to seeing you and improving your upper arm contour.


Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Skin Care Spa:
66 Avenue Road Suite 4
Toronto, Ontario M5R 3N8
Tel: 1-877-695-2835