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Arm Lift

Tight, well-defined upper arms signify health and physical fitness. While exercise can build these muscles, it cannot eliminate excess skin and fat that may obscure them. An arm lift in Toronto with Dr. Marc DuPéré tones the upper arms by removing this excess tissue, resulting in sleeker, fit-looking arms.

Tighten your upper arms with an arm lift performed by a Royal College-certified plastic surgeon. Request a consultation with Dr. Marc DuPéré or call our office at (416) 929-9800.

Arm Lift
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This patient had worked very hard to lose almost 100 pounds.  She loved the weight loose but hated the drooping, sagging appearance of her upper arms.  This excess, flabby skin is a condition that cannot be corrected through exercise.  Through a referral from a friend, she scheduled a... Read On

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How Can an Arm Lift Help?

Flabby arms can result from aging, genetics or significant weight loss. An arm lift eliminates sagging and tightens the upper arms by:

  • Removing excess skin and fat
  • Re-contouring the arm
  • Tightening lax skin to create a smooth appearance

Dr. DuPéré's Arm Lift Techniques

Arm lifts take place under general anesthesia or IV sedation with local anesthesia. Several techniques exist depending on the amount of excess skin. The mini-arm lift, most appropriate for mild arm sagginess, involves an incision tucked in nicely in the underarm hair-bearing area. For significant weight loss patients (usually more than 100 pounds of weight loss), a full-length upper arm incision might be indicated. This can also be combined with a breast lift and an upper torso lift.

For patients requiring liposuction with their arm lift, Dr. DuPéré may use the harvested fat for fat grafting and stem cell transfer to re-contour other areas of the body.

Dr. DuPéré often performs arm lift surgery as part of surgery after weight loss.

Recovering From an Arm Lift

Most patients having only an arm lift can go home the same day. If needed, we can arrange a supervised overnight stay.

Dr. DuPéré will place dressings or bandages on your incisions following your arm lift. He uses mostly dissolving internal sutures and removes the few external ones after a week. You can usually resume showering within 5 to 7 days. Patients must wear a compression garment for 4 weeks.

Lymphatic drainage, offered at our med spa, can also help with your recovery.

Risks and Complications

Every surgery comes with potential risks. Though serious complications are rare, Dr. DuPéré warns all arm lift patients of risks such as: scarring, opening of the wound, discomfort for 1 to 4 weeks, bleeding and bruising around the surgical sites, loss of sensation over the surgical site and around the scar, fluid accumulation (seroma and hematomas), infection (extremely rare), nerve and vessel injury (a risk with any surgery), skin necrosis (possibly treatable with wound care) and general anesthesia-related issues.

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