About Arm Lift Surgery
A frustrating side effect of losing weight or getting older is the appearance of excess skin. Dr. Jerry Chidester, or Dr. Chiddy, offers arm lift surgery or brachioplasty to help patients who have difficulties tightening and toning the arms with diet and exercise. Loose skin from the elbow to the upper arm is very typical for many patients. Often, it occurs as patients start to age or because of significant weight loss. To combat the look of a saggy arm, an arm lift effectively and safely excises sagging skin and removes unwanted fat. Dr. Chiddy is an expert plastic surgeon who has years of experience helping patients enhance their beautiful features through fat removal and skin tightening techniques. If you want to learn more information about how brachioplasty can improve the shape of your arms, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chiddy.
"Did you know Dr. Chisester is also a reconstructive hand surgeon and hand specialist? My father was having major trouble with his hands for over a year. I direct messaged Dr. Chisester on Instagram and not only did HE respond, he took time to explain things my dad could do until he was able to get an appointment. My dad expressed how much he loved Dr. C during his appointments. He has amazing bed aide manner, an amazing staff, and truly cares about his patients, their happiness and really makes sure he provides stellar service! My dad was so happy with with him that I know for a fact if I ever chose plastic surgery or need a hand specialist he’s the only doctor I would contact and the only doctor I will recommend! Do yourself a favor and get on his books ASAP!!! Thank you Dr. Chidester and staff!!"- C.S. / Google / Jun 24, 2020
"I haven’t even had my consultation yet. But in just talking with the staff and asking questions hey are by far the best and nicest group of people! I’m OBSESSED with the Instagram pages where Dr. Chiddy educates on procedures and will take so much time to answer questions. I love the dynamic of hime and his wife being such a great team in running the practice. Super down to earth and honest and great people!"- B.B. / Google / Apr 17, 2021
"Dr. Chid is the best!!! I went to a consultation and he made me feel so comfortable! He always answers my questions on social media. I’ve never met a surgeon so dedicated to his clients. I can’t wait to get my surgery done in August!!!"- B.M. / Google / Apr 17, 2021
"Dr Chidester is amazing! I felt comfortable and well informed through the entire process of my procedure and care. I could tell he really cared about my well being and that I was happy with everything. He made my husband feel comfortable too! His staff is also so great! Always felt so welcome and taken care of! I would 100% recommend Dr Chiddy and his team! He is wonderful at what he does! His bedside manner is out of this world. Thank you Dr Chiddy and team, we so appreciate your work!!!"- J.L. / Google / Apr 16, 2021
"I had a totally different experience with Dr Chidister’s office and a reconstruction of a breast augmentation I had done less than seven years ago. My pain and swelling was absolutely nonexistent, and I was up and moving around my house the next day. I have cried tears of joy and how my breast augmentation has turned out and I’m not even six months postop I have never been happier or more impressed by a surgeon and the time he takes to know each of his patients and provides them exactly what they are looking for"- K.G. / Google / Apr 16, 2021
Is An Arm Lift Right For You?
An arm lift is a plastic surgery that uses several innovative techniques to slim and excise extra skin. If you avoid sleeveless clothes because of the saggy skin on your arms and you want them to look trim and contoured again, you are a good candidate for an arm lift. Patients should be in good overall health so the skin can heal properly. Some of the main issues for potential arm lift candidates may include excess sagging skin on the upper arms and the decrease of elasticity. Before the surgery, we strongly recommend that patients be near their ideal weight.
Your upper arm lift surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure in our private AAAASF-accredited surgical suite. Dr. Chiddy can combine an upper arm lift with other surgeries, including a mommy makeover, tummy tuck, or thigh lift. During your consultation, please let us know if you have other cosmetic concerns so we can create a treatment plan that addresses your needs. To help keep you comfortable throughout your 1 – 3-hour procedure, we will administer general anesthesia. Next, the unwanted skin is excised, starting at the elbow up to the underarm. Dr. Chiddy will try and place your incisions in the least visible area because you will have a scar after the procedure. Some patients may also require liposuction to remove stubborn fat. If you do need liposuction, Dr. Chiddy will perform this at the same time as your lift. Once the skin is tightened, your incisions are closed with sutures. To encourage proper healing, you will have to keep the incisions clean, bandaged, and wear compression garments.
What to Expect
Your recovery period will last around two weeks and will require elevating the arm. After this surgery, give yourself time to heal. You use your arms for almost everything so Dr. Chiddy encourages patients to ease their way back to daily activities. If needed, some patients may require a follow-up appointment to remove the sutures. This appointment should happen ten days after the surgery. Additionally, you will need to wear compression garments until the recommended time. We will ensure you have detailed aftercare instructions, including information about how long you need to wear compression sleeves. For the next 4 – 5 weeks, patients should avoid all strenuous activity with the exception of short walks. If you develop excessive swelling, uncontrolled bleeding, fluid buildup (hematoma), infection, loss of feeling in the hands or arms, or heavy scarring, please contact our office for assistance.
Arm lift FAQs
Should I get liposuction or an arm lift?
Patients with excess fat in their arms may be candidates for liposuction. But if your main issue is sagging skin that hags down, an arm lift may be your best solution. The best candidates for an arm lift have relatively good skin tone, but it's best to meet with Dr. Chidester first. We can share advice, as well as before and after photos, so you can make an informed decision.
Does an arm lift cause scars?
An arm lift requires incisions to remove excess skin, which means you can expect some scars. However, Dr. Chidester makes every effort to place small incisions in inconspicuous areas — so scars are not noticeable. After surgery, we can recommend skin care products and tips — so the incisions heal flat on the skin. Our team also suggests avoiding sun exposure in the treated areas.
How toned will I look after arm lift surgery?
An arm lift removes hanging skin so you can appear slimmer and more toned. Patients of Dr. Chidester love their new results, which is why they work hard to maintain them. The best way to accomplish this is through proper diet and exercise after recovery. Strength training and arm exercises are other ways to keep your arms looking great for years.
Get Back Your Shape
We know how difficult it can be to lose weight, especially large amounts of it. Don't let your awesome accomplishment be impacted by feeling self-conscious about your arms. Located near Greater Salt Lake City, Dr. Chiddy is proud to offer his community a treatment opportunity that helps them live more comfortably and confidently. During your consultation, Dr. Chiddy will listen to your concerns and create a treatment plan that works best for you. Once he has your treatment plan ready, his front office staff will discuss the cost and provide financing information with Prosper and Mountain America Credit Union. This exciting procedure offers emotional and physical benefits. If you're at or near a healthy, stable weight and still cannot eliminate the flab and skin that hangs off your arms, please call and schedule a private consultation with Dr. Chiddy in Draper, UT.