Arm Lift

The skin on the upper arms is particularly inelastic frequently resulting in excess unsightly loose skin that sags. This is part of the normal aging process, though it can be significantly exacerbated by fluctuations in weight. Arm lift surgery is a procedure that is designed to remove such excess fat and skin from the upper arms, returning them to a smoother, more toned appearance.


Dr. Chivers can determine whether arm lift surgery is the right option for you during your initial consultation. In general, candidates are individuals who are in good health and experience one of the following:

  • Disproportionately large upper arms compared to lower arms and body mass.
  • Poorly toned and/or wrinkled skin on the upper arms.
  • Dissatisfaction with the shape, texture and appearance of the arms.
  • Willingness to accept a lengthwise permanent scar in exchange for the above cosmetic enhancements of an arm lift.

The Procedure

Arm lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia. During the procedure, Dr. Chivers will make an incision that runs from your underarm to your elbow. He will then remove excess fat and skin and finish with surgical stitches that are designed to leave as little scarring as possible. The final scar will be on the back of the arm and usually minimally visible, although this scarring will be permanent and should be considered prior to deciding upon proceeding with surgery.


Although arm lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia, it doesn’t require an overnight stay in the hospital. Surgical staff will monitor you for a short time after the procedure is completed and then you may return home with follow-up arranged.

You are likely to experience mild to moderate pain for a few week, which can be adequately controlled with pain medication. Mild activity may resume 1-2 weeks following surgery. Strenuous activities should be avoided for about 6 weeks.

Follow-up instructions at a glance:

  • Dressings are changed the day after surgery and at 1 week.
  • Pain medication and antibiotics are prescribed for the first week following surgery. Any post-operative pain is typically mild to moderate.
  • Patients are able to walk the day after surgery.
  • Incisions are to be kept dry for the first week. Patients can shower after that.
  • Patients are able to return to light duties at work typically after 2 weeks.
  • Ends of dissolving sutures are trimmed at 3 weeks.
  • Contouring garment given to the patient is to be worn for 6 weeks and until the final follow-up.
  • Patients are able to resume full activities and to exercise after 6 weeks.
  • Immersion of incisions in baths, hot tubs, pools, oceans should be avoided for 6 weeks.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you are looking to get arm lift surgery in Toronto, simply contact the Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre to book an appointment with Dr. Chivers. During the consultation, Dr. Chivers will examine you and discuss the procedure in detail with you to ensure that it is the right option for you.

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