Arm Lift

A common concern among women is sagging skin in the upper arms, often referred to as "bat wings." This condition can stem from loose skin, excess fat, or a combination of both. Loose skin may develop due to aging, genetic factors, or substantial weight loss.
Loose-hanging skin often causes embarrassment and can make it challenging to feel confident in sleeveless clothing or swimsuits. Unfortunately, diet, exercise, or liposuction alone cannot repair this issue. In such cases, the most effective solution to achieve toned arms is through brachioplasty, or arm lift surgery. Dr. Ali, a triple board-certified plastic surgeon in Montreal, performs arm lifts that reveal beautifully contoured upper arms you'll be proud to show off.

Surgical Technique

An arm lift procedure typically takes 1-3 hours to complete. Dr. Ali performs all procedures at his private certified facility in Montreal, Quebec, where you will receive attentive care from a board-certified anesthesiologist and Dr. Ali’s expert surgical team. The length of the incision for an arm lift varies based on the amount of excess skin to be removed.

Typically, the incision extends from the underarm to the elbow. In cases where less skin removal is needed, a semi-circular incision may be made under the arms. Liposuction is used to remove excess fat if necessary. Any surplus skin is trimmed away, and internal sutures are used to tighten and reshape the underlying tissues.

The choices available will depend on your skin's quality and the extent of excess skin and fat. Dr. Ali will assist you in selecting the best option to meet your specific needs and goals. Incisions are typically closed with absorbable stitches or stitches that will be removed within 1-2 weeks.


Following your surgery, Dr. Ali may recommend spending some time in one of Station L’s recovery rooms, where you will receive attentive care from our highly-trained registered nursing staff. For patients residing within 20 miles of our facility, Dr. Ali can arrange for a plastic surgery nurse to visit your home and assist with your recovery. The nurse will monitor your progress, change dressings, help with medications, and provide Dr. Ali with updates on your condition. Typically, after six weeks, you can resume normal activities without restrictions, such as heavy lifting.


Best Candidates?
Arm Lipo?
Seeing Results?

Best Candidates?

Arm lift surgery achieves the following goals:

  • Eliminates the appearance of “bat wings,” the loose skin which hangs from the upper arms
  • Reduces the excess accumulation of fat which can give the arms a flabby appearance
  • Restores a firmer, slimmer appearance to the arms through techniques to tighten the skin and underlying supportive tissues.
  • Allows you to wear sleeveless styles and swimwear with greater confidence

Arm Lipo?

In some cases, excess fat may cause the upper arms to appear flabby. If the patient has relatively young and healthy skin, this issue can often be resolved with liposuction alone. This procedure involves using a thin cannula to suction fatty tissue and does not necessitate a larger incision. Your consultation with Dr. Ali will determine the most suitable arm lift procedure to achieve your desired outcomes.

Seeing Results?

To minimize swelling and aid in achieving your new body contours, you may wear a compression garment for about 4 weeks post-surgery. Bruising and swelling typically subside within 1-2 weeks. Many patients can return to work within a week and resume exercise in approximately 4 weeks. The results of an arm lift are usually enduring as long as you maintain a stable weight.

Dr. Ali Izadpanah, 
Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Ali Izadpanah, a renowned triple board-certified plastic surgeon based in Montreal, is celebrated for his unparalleled expertise and unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional patient care.
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