Arm Lift

A common complaint among individuals is that their upper arms sag, or have loose skin that they wish they could eliminate. Age, genetics, and weight changes can all contribute to the appearance of excess skin on the arms that hangs loosely. An arm lift procedure, also known as a brachioplasty, can help to reduce excess skin of the arms, and provide a tighter, more toned appearance to your upper body.

Educate Yourself on Your Procedure

If you are considering an arm lift procedure, please continue reading for further information on this procedure and what you can expect. If you have any questions about arm lift surgery or any of our other procedures, please contact us.

What are the Benefits of an Arm Lift Procedure?

Arm Lift patients often pursue surgery for a number of reasons including:

  • Removal of excess, loose skin on the arms
  • Tightening of sagging skin on arms
  • Smoothening of arm contours
  • Confidence wearing short sleeved or sleeveless tops

Like the thousands of patients who undergo this procedure every year, you too can acquire the smooth, toned arms you’ve always wanted, and gain the confidence you deserve.

Preparing for Your Arm Lift Procedure

What is the first step in pursuing the arm lift procedure?
The first step when considering arm lift surgery is to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Barr. The consultation process provides an opportunity for you to obtain important information about the procedure and to have all of your questions answered prior to proceeding with surgery.   It also enables Dr. Barr to properly assess you and determine whether you are a suitable candidate for arm lift surgery.

You should be prepared to discuss your medical history, including any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments you have received, previous surgeries, all current medications, as well as any significant weight gain or loss.

During your consultation Dr. Barr will carefully examine your arms and assess your general health. Different surgical approaches and options will be discussed and he will explain which surgical approach would be best suited to you based on your individual characteristics and aesthetic goals.

The benefits, risks and potential complications associated with arm lift surgery will be thoroughly explained during your consultation. The information provided at this initial consultation will be comprehensive and thorough, and should enable you to make an informed decision as to whether or not the arm lift procedure is the right choice for you. An instruction package which includes instructions for both before and after surgery will be provided to you at the time of consultation,

Am I a candidate for an arm lift procedure?
Ideal candidates for arm lift procedures are healthy men and women who have realistic expectations of surgical outcomes. You may be a good candidate for a brachioplasty procedure if you:

  • Have loose, sagging excess skin on the upper arms
  • Have arms that are disproportionately large compared to the rest of your body
  • Have hanging skin on your upper arms that cannot be toned or eliminated with exercise
  • Are in good physical and mental health
  • Have reached a stable weight
Can I combine another surgery with my arm lift procedure?
It may be possible to schedule another surgery at the same time as your arm lift procedure. You should be prepared to discuss all possibilities during your consultation with Dr. Barr.

The Procedure

What will I need to do prior to my arm lift surgery?
Prior to surgery you will be scheduled for a pre-op session with a Registered Nurse to review your medical history and your post-op instructions. She will review all of the information you should know in order to prepare yourself for surgery.
Where will my arm lift procedure be performed?
Your procedure will be performed within the state-of-the-art facilities of Barr Plastic Surgery, located within the Northern Ontario Surgical Centre.

Northern Ontario Surgical Centre has been awarded accreditation by the CAAASF (Canadian Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities) for meeting the standards of a hospital in regards to monitoring, emergency and resuscitation equipment. With two levels and entrances that conceal the actual size of the facility, the centre itself spans 8000 square feet and incorporates fully equipped major and minor operating rooms, a monitored multi-bed recovery area, 10 laser and treatment rooms, spacious consultation areas, private offices to discuss financing options, elegant waiting areas and a private waiting room and secure rear entrance/exit for additional privacy when desired.

How is an arm lift procedure performed?
An arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty, is a procedure that reshapes the underside of the upper arm from the elbow to the armpit. The excess skin and fat deposits are removed and the tissue is tightened, leading to a smaller and shapelier arm appearance. An arm lift procedure takes up to 3 hours depending on the amount of correction needed, and is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anaesthesia.

An incision will be made on either the inside or back of the arm. The inner tissues will be tightened and any excess skin will be removed. Liposuction may be used to remove fatty tissue during the procedure. The particular procedure and areas for incisions that are best suited to your needs will be discussed with you at length during consultation.

Who will administer the anaesthetic?
A board-certified anesthesiologist will administer your anaesthetic, stay with you during the entire operation, and will be there as you wake up.

Who can I contact if I have any questions or concerns?
During office hours our patient coordinators and nursing staff are available to answer any questions or concerns following your surgery. After hours, Dr. Barr is available by pager.


How much does an arm lift procedure cost?
Pricing for your procedure will depend on whether you have concurrent procedures along with your brachioplasty, and will be provided to you during your consultation.

Patients choosing to invest in their self-confidence and happiness through cosmetic surgery have many options available to make this investment more manageable. Our Patient Coordinators are familiar with various payment options and can facilitate the process for you.

Is full payment required or do you offer a financing plan?

Affording your procedure can be made simpler by using Medicard which enables you to pay for your surgery with monthly payments. Please note that this company is not affiliated in any way with Barr Plastic Surgery. For more information on how financing can help you afford your procedure, visit:


  •  Fax, online, phone application
  • Approval within 1 business day
  • Payment terms: 6 months to 5 years
  • No down payment
  • Rates based on overall credit history (11.9% – 25%)
  • No penalties for early payments
Is my procedure covered by insurance?
Brachioplasty is considered cosmetic surgery and therefore not usually covered by private or provincial insurance such as OHIP.

What is included in the surgical fee?
The facility fee, surgeon, nurses, anaesthesia and anaesthetist, surgical supplies, and equipment used are all covered in the fees.

You will also be provided with prescriptions for medications to be taken after surgery. These prescriptions are subject to the same coverage you would receive from your medical insurance. If you do not have personal insurance, these medications will pose an additional cost to you.

Is a deposit required? When is it due?
There is a $500 deposit for any surgery under $5,000 and a $1000 deposit for any surgery over $5000.
This deposit is payable upon scheduling your arm lift surgery date.  This fee is non-refundable should you change, reschedule or cancel your surgery within 4 weeks of the surgery date.
When is payment for the surgery due?
Payment for your surgery is due 14 days prior to your surgery date. Payment can be made by:

  • Cash
  • Certified Cheques
  • Mastercard or VISA
  • E-transfers
  • Financing plan


Will I need to stay overnight following my surgery?
Arm lift surgery is an outpatient procedure and does not require an overnight stay at Barr Plastic Surgery. Following your surgery you will need a friend or family member to pick you up and care for you for 24-48 hours. This person should be familiar with your prescriptions and post-surgery instructions.
How long will it take me to recover from my arm lift procedure?
Dr. Barr’s extensive experience in performing the arm lift procedure will help to ensure that your post-operative recovery is minimized. Following your surgery, you will be discharged with dressings in place. You may be given compression garments to help minimize swelling after surgery.

You should refrain from any participating in any physical activity for the first week following your arm lift procedure. You are encouraged to keep your arms propped up on pillows during this time in order to decrease swelling and any discomfort. During the first 1 to 2 weeks your arms will feel tight and sore, and you may have mild bruising. Generally most patients begin light activity two weeks following your surgery. Arm exercises should be avoided for approximately 4 weeks after arm lift surgery.

Dr. Barr and his medical team will monitor your progress with follow up visits, and any changes to your physical activity levels will depend on your rate of recovery.

Will I have scarring?
Dr. Barr takes every precaution to make ensure your scarring is as minimal as possible. However, as with any surgery, there is a risk of scarring from the incisions. Once your incisions have healed there are products that can be used to minimize the redness in scars as well as improve the texture. Reusable silicone strips as well as medical grade topical scar creams are available for purchase that will help to reduce the discolouration found in new scars. Precautions that should be taken to minimize scarring will be discussed during consultation.

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