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
"Dr Chidester and his staff are amazing. I was impressed from the moment I walked in the door. I highly recommend his office. They are attentive to detail, very thorough about details, and they care about their patients. Plus Dr Chidester is an amazing dancer, Haha! You need to follow him on IG @drchiddy if you already don’t and see his fun tiktok dances."- B.C. / Google / Feb 25, 2021
"Dr Chidester and his team are hands down the best. Worth the wait, get on a list. I am so happy with his work and expertise. He also found a hernia and repaired it while fixing my abdominal separation. I’m so grateful he would take the time to do that. I always felt I was in the best of hands. His PA Meg is so sweet and calming too."- M.K. / Google / Feb 25, 2021
"Dr. Chidester did a fantastic job on my mommy makeover. I had a breast augmentation (375 cc), lift, galaform, internal bra, liposuction on my flanks and back, and a tummy tuck. I drove from out of town and stayed in a nearby hotel for 5 days. I say him 24 hours after surgery and on day 5 to get my drains taken out. He has great bedside manner and his nurses are amazing. By day four, I was off all of the pain meds and only used Tylenol. By day 6, I felt good enough to go in a plane ride over the Grand Canyon. I am 8 weeks post op and am still in awe with the way my scars are healing. I am back to almost all of the activities I was prior to the surgery. No doubt.... the best experience you will have!!! I have no regrets and would do it all over again with Dr. Chiddy."- B.C. / Google / Feb 18, 2021
"Dr. Chidester removed a large bump that had been growing for the last six years on the back of my hand, directly beneath my pinky and ring fingers. If I hit that bump accidently on anything, I got a sharp pain that shot up from the bump up to my elbow, not a pleasant thing to go through. I had seen two doctors about the bump, and the only thing they offered up was to drain it, and warned me that it would start filling up with fluid again, especially "at my age"! This was not the case with Dr. Chidister, he examined the bump and said that he could remove it in just a few minutes, but it had to be done at Lone Peak Hospital because of Covid restrictions. The hospital and staff there are amazing! Well, the surgery was done, and I was out of there in just a few hours. On the third day after surgery I accidentally hit my hand on something, and I waited for the pain but there was none! I had not been in any pain, AT ALL my hand was tender where the bump used to be, but NO PAIN, I never even had to take as aspirin! I'm so blessed to have been guided to Dr. Chidester, he is an amazing doctor, he must have hand picked his staff because EVERY one I came in contact with, was friendly, outgoing, and professional. DR. CHIDESTER AND STAFF, YOU ARE THE BEST! Thank you all for taking care of me I'm thrilled to have had you all on my team! P.S. That bump turned out to be a tumor...no cancer!"- K.F. / Google / Feb 13, 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.
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.