If the underside of your arms is sagging, an arm lift is the best solution
An arm lift or brachioplasty is a cosmetic surgery to remove excess skin from your upper arms. Weight changes, aging and heredity can give your arm an excess of unsightly skin. This can seriously hamper your ability to participate in certain physical activities that can improve your health. This is a condition that unfortunately can not be corrected by exercise. After all the work you’ve done to lose weight, should not you have the freedom to wear what you want and look at you the way you want?
Arm Lift - The Essentials
During your arm lift consultation, our plastic surgeon will discuss techniques, recovery, complications, and costs.
The best candidates are people with a small excess of skin. The incision is vertical and lies in the fold of the armpit (mini-brachioplasty). The scar will be hidden in its natural folds. This technique is intended for patients who have mild skin excess and mainly located on the top of the inner side of the arm. Despite its effectiveness, the result is less obvious than with the first technique.
This technique consists of a so-called “longitudinal” scar, that is to say along the inner face of the arm up to the elbow. More precisely, it consists in making a vertical (so-called longitudinal) incision on the inside of the arm. Its length varies according to the amount of skin to be removed. This technique is indicated for large amounts of excess skin.
Arm lift with “longitudinal” incision along the outer or lower side of the arm up to the elbow
There is another technique, called mixed, which combines the first two. It is an excellent compromise because it reduces the length of the incision made on the inside of the arms (about 10 cm maximum).
Arm Lift Considerations
During your consultation, Dr. Chen Lee makes a careful clinical examination to determine the type of surgery and technique most appropriate for you (choice of incision, whether or not simultaneous liposuction). He will explain the precise information on the course of the intervention, post-operative follow-ups, and the result. A usual preoperative assessment will be given as a prescription if you wish to reserve date of surgery after your consultation
Dr. Chen Lee will introduce you to the entire surgical team, anesthesiologist, nurses. He will make sure to answer your last worries and make the drawings on your arms. It is very important to be fasting since midnight the day before and not having taken aspirin-based medicine, aspirin 2 weeks before surgery. In general, Dr. Chen Lee makes sure to see you again before you leave the surgery center the same day.
Financing & Convalescence
During your first consultation, Dr. Chen Lee explains in detail the surgery and the possible techniques and recommendations for your specific case. He will show you photos before and after while explaining his way of seeing things. He will examine your arms to make a diagnosis and recommend if there should be liposuction with your brachioplasty.
The cost of a brachioplasty or arm lift in Montreal includes the fees of the surgeon, the anesthesiologist, and the nurses. Also the expenses of the operating room and of hospitalization, the price of the medical supplies and the follow-up for 2 years. Rates do not include review fees. If you need a touch-up and you choose general anesthesia, you will have to pay for it. However, the revision may be minimal under local anesthesia, for example, a revision of your scar. The price always depends on the complexity of the surgery and the technique used. The price range is $ 6000 + taxes at $ 7500 + taxes. The fixed price is given to you after your consultation once you have established with Dr. Chen Lee what will be the best technique for your arm lift.
Surgeries are payable in cash, certified checks (bank drafts), Interac or Visa / Mastercard credit cards. We also work with and an independent credit company that offers financial payment plans for cosmetic surgery procedures. However, you should be aware that the interest rates and administration fees of this specialized company are higher than traditional financial institutions. It is often better to negotiate a loan through your personal bank or financial institution. We encourage you to do your homework and compare the true financial cost of these various financial options.
We recommend 2 weeks of a work stoppage to have a better experience during your convalescence. Some women with office work (non-physical) may return to work 7 to 10 days later. However, it always depends on each person.
FAQ - ARM LIFT
Brachioplasty surgery or arm lift can be combined with liposuction of the arms or other cosmetic surgeries. Generally, brachioplasty is done in 2 hours. You can resume your normal activities (with certain restrictions) after a few days. Our arm lift procedures in Montreal are performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia.
It is natural that you have a lot of questions about cosmetic breast implant surgery. With his expertise, Dr. Chen Lee is committed to helping you understand the risks and make informed decisions about your procedure.
The best candidates for the arm lift are the people with the inner skin of the upper arms mos, flaccid, sagging. The change of the skin is often due to the natural aging of the skin with gravity, a significant weight loss or genetics. It is also important to be in good health and have a stable weight. If you are considering losing weight it is strongly recommended to wait until you have your healthy weight before undergoing an arm lift.
The time of arm lift usually lasts 2 to 3 hours depending on the complexity of the surgery. However, it takes half a day at the surgery center. You do not go out immediately after the surgery. Cosmetic surgeries start very early in the morning, so chances are you can go home early in the afternoon.
The result of the arm lift is appreciated within 6 to 12 months after surgery. Most often, good correction of fatty infiltration and loosening of the skin is observed, which clearly improves the morphology of the arms. The improvement on the functional level is also very good. The goal of this surgery is to improve, not to achieve perfection. If your wishes are realistic, the result should give you great satisfaction. It is nevertheless a delicate surgery for which the greatest rigor does not in any way protect a number of imperfections or complications.
The exit will usually take place on the day of brachioplasty. It is important that someone picks you up at the surgery center and stays with you for the first 24 hours or so. With surgeries starting early in the morning, you can probably return home in the afternoon. You can not come alone or by taxi. It is also quite possible to spend the night at the surgery center, there is no contraindication, however, the costs will be at your expense.
Any intense sports activity is prohibited for at least 4 to 6 weeks to ensure optimal healing and avoid any risk of complications. Depending on your healing speed, it may be that after 4 weeks Dr. Lee gives you the green light to gradually resume your exercises. If you have a question about physical activity, be sure to ask Dr. Chen Lee during your follow-up.
We recommend a 2 weeks work stoppage. Recovery is different for everyone. In general, most women can get up and walk alone the day after the surgery. However, it is important to avoid most of your usual activities such as cooking, cleaning, carrying weight (groceries or children) and driving for 7 to 14 days.
As with a large number of surgical procedures, the arm lift includes certain risks and/or complications. The procedure can cause the appearance of bruising (blue) and edema that will regress, spontaneously, after 10 to 20 days. Not very painful, in general, the intervention can cause genes limited to some phenomena of tightness and slenderness that can be treated by the usual analgesics.
Preparation for Arm Lift
- Avoid nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (Aspirin, Advil, etc.)
- Stop smoking, do not use e-cigarettes, avoid nicotine and marijuana
- Do not drink alcohol
- Continue prescription medications (unless advised otherwise)
Day of Surgery
- Stay fasted from midnight prior to surgery (no food, no drinks)
- Be punctual – Arrive on time to the surgery facility
- Wear loose clothing – Avoid the use of cosmetics
- Come accompanied by a responsible person (transportation home)
Advice after Arm Lift
- Do not cook, clean, carry weight (groceries or children), or drive
- Take your medications as prescribed
- Notify us promptly of unexpected symptomatology
- Do your best to rest and relax for 2 weeks