Brachioplasty / Arm Lift

Arm Reduction (Brachioplasty)

One of the cosmetic procedures currently growing in popularity is arm lift surgery (also known as brachioplasty). This procedure is performed to remove excess skin and fat from the upper arms to create a smooth, toned appearance. Whether due to fluctuations in weight resulting in excess skin, or simply the normal effects of aging, many patients visit Kanata Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery to seek improvement in the appearance of their arms.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an arm lift?

An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that:An arm lift is a surgical procedure which removes excess skin and fat from the upper arms, generally from the armpit to the elbow. The resulting scar from surgery is located on the back of the arm to make it appear as inconspicuous as possible. Occasionally liposuction is added to the operation to improve definition and provide a more sculpted appearance. The surgical area for correction can also be extended onto the upper chest for further contour enhancement. The operation typically takes 2-3 hours and surgical drains are sometimes used.

  • Reduces excess sagging skin that droops downward
  • Tightens and smoothes the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm
  • Reduces localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region

Fluctuations in weight, growing older, and heredity can cause your upper arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance. This is a condition that cannot be corrected through exercise. Arm lift surgery may be right for you if the underside of your upper arms are sagging or appear loose and full due to excess skin and fat.

Am I a candidate?

Patients who inquire about brachioplasty surgery often complain of sagging, extra skin and fat on the upper arms and seek a more toned and youthful appearance. Brachioplasty surgery is a safe and effective procedure used to dramatically improve the appearance of the upper arms. If you are interested in brachioplasty surgery, the best place to start is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lacey at Kanata Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery. At your appointment the surgeons will listen to your concerns and determine if you would benefit from arm lift surgery. You will have opportunities to ask questions with the surgeons and can review before and after photos from past patients.

Where does the procedure take place?

All surgery happens on-site at Kanata Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery. We are the only private plastic surgery operating facility in Ottawa and are entirely dedicated to providing the best possible experience for our cosmetic surgery patients. Our location allows you to avoid travelling out of town for your surgery and provides a private, relaxing environment for you to recover. Our facility meets and exceeds all national and provincial safety guidelines, and is staffed with well-trained, experienced health care professionals to give you the best possible surgical experience. Scientific research has demonstrated that cosmetic surgery performed in such dedicated facilities have lower complication rates compared to similar procedures done in hospitals. Our facility has been operating for more than ten years with thousands of cosmetic surgeries having been performed on patients from all over Canada.

What can I expect for my recovery?

Brachioplasty is performed as day surgery and patients are able to go home the same day as their procedure. Surgical dressings are left on until the first follow-up visit one week after surgery. Patients usually take 2 weeks off of work after surgery, although heavy lifting and strenuous exercise are restricted for 1 month post-operatively.

How do I book my surgery?

The first step in to schedule an appointment to see Dr. Lacey. Please call (613) 591-1099 to speak to our office staff or contact us by email at Our surgeons and staff would be happy to meet you and discuss whether or not an arm lift would be right for you.