What is an arm lift?

When Dr. Hamilton performs an arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, at an accredited hospital in Calgary, his goal is to reshape the under portion of the patient's upper arm, from the underarm region to the elbow.

Streamlining your appearance with an arm lift

Issues such as changes in weight, aging and even heredity can cause your upper arms to have a sagging or drooping appearance, as a result of loose skin.

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Even though exercise may improve the underlying muscle tone of the upper arms and keep them strong, issues such as excess skin that has lost elasticity or underlying weakened tissues and localized fat deposits cannot be addressed by this method alone.

If the underside of your upper arms appears loose and full due to excess skin and fat, or has a sagging appearance, an arm lift, performed by Dr. Hamilton at an accredited hospital in Calgary, may be an appropriate option for you.

An arm lift procedure can:

  • Reduce excess skin and fat between the underarm and the elbow
  • Reshape your arm to result in smoother skin and contours
  • Result in a more toned and proportionate appearance

Arm lift the procedure

Dr. Hamilton performs the surgical procedure known as an arm lift, or brachioplasty, at an accredited hospital in Calgary. His goal is to reshape the under portion of the upper arm, from the underarm region to the elbow. By doing this, Dr. Hamilton will

  • Reduce or eliminates surplus sagging skin that may droop downward
  • Tighten and smoothes the underlying supportive tissue that highlights the shape of the upper arm
  • Reduce the concentrated pockets of fat in the area of the upper arm

Am I a candidate for an arm lift?

In general, candidates for an arm lift performed by Dr. Hamilton are:

  • Adults with a considerable amount of loose skin on their upper arms
  • Adults of any age who are not significantly overweight and whose weight is generally stable
  • Healthy people who are free of any medical conditions which may interfere with the healing process or increase the risks during surgery
  • Individuals with realistic expectations
  • Non-smokers

Your consultation with Dr. Hamilton

The success and safety of your arm lift procedure will depend significantly on your complete candor during your consultation with Dr. Hamilton at his medical facility in Calgary. The doctor will ask a number of questions about your health, lifestyle and the result you're hoping for. It is important to be open and honest with Dr. Hamilton.

The doctor will inquire

Dr. Hamilton will discuss a number of issues during your consultation at a Calgary accredited hospital, including:

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Dr. Hamilton is Chief, Division of Plastic Surgery at Peter Lougheed Hospital in Calgary, and is Assistant Professor (Clinical) Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Calgary Medical School. He sits on the Surgical Executive Committee, Peter Lougheed Hospital, Calgary, Alberta, and is also Director of the Hand Clinic at Peter Lougheed Hospital.

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  • Your reasons for wanting arm lift surgery
  • Your expectations and the outcome you're hoping for
  • Any medical conditions or drug allergies you may have
  • Recent medical treatments you have had or are having
  • Any previous surgeries you may have had
  • Any medications you may be taking, as well as any herbal supplements, vitamins, alcohol, tobacco and drugs

Dr. Hamilton may also:

  • Evaluate your general health, making note of any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Evaluate your choices for surgery and recommend a specific course of treatment
  • Discuss the likely outcomes of arm lift surgery including any risks or potential complications
  • Take photographs for your medical record

Preparing For Surgery

Prior to surgery, Dr. Hamilton may ask you to:

  • Have a medical evaluation, including specific lab tests
  • Begin taking certain medications or adjust your current medications
  • Avoid taking Aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding
  • Stop smoking

Special instructions from Dr. Hamilton will cover:

  • Your activities on the day of surgery
  • The administration of anesthesia during your arm lift surgery
  • Care and follow-up after your surgery

Dr. Hamilton will also confirm where your procedure will be performed.

If you need additional information to know more about your procedure feel free to call at 587.353.0244.

The results

The smoother, tighter profile on your arms is apparent almost immediately, following your arm lift. Even though the initial outcome may be somewhat masked by swelling and bruising, your new upper arm, sculpted and toned, is significantly enhanced, both in appearance and feel.


Bandages or dressings may be applied to your incisions, following your surgery. Swelling will be minimized by wrapping your arms in an elastic bandage or a compression garment.

Dr. Hamilton will give you special instructions that will include:

  • Caring for the surgical site
  • Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection
  • Scheduling follow up consultations with Dr. Hamilton at the accredited hospital in Calgary

Long-lasting results

The results of arm lift surgery performed by Dr. Hamilton will be long-lasting. However, you must maintain a stable weight and remain generally fit. As you age, it is natural for your body to lose some firmness. Nevertheless, most of the improvement in your arms should be fairly permanent.

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