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Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
Salt Lake City & Moab, UT

What is Arm Lift Surgery?

Brachioplasty is the removal of loose skin on the upper arms. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Leland Chick performs this procedure for many patients who have undergone massive weight loss, or those who simply desire a more toned look.

How Long Does an Arm Lift Take?

The arm lift procedure takes about 1.5 hours and is often combined with other procedures such as breast lift or post-bariatric plastic surgery.

Will There Be Scarring?

The major drawback to arm lift surgery is that there is a significant scar extending from the armpit to near the elbow on the inside of the arm. The scar will take about two weeks to fully heal. This is a good time to apply proper treatments to minimize the visibility of the scar.

What Should I Expect During My Recovery?

The majority of the recovery period usually takes about two weeks. After that SLC and Moab patients are able to continue with their daily activities and work, if it’s not too physically demanding. Patients are advised to wait a bit longer before returning to their exercise routines. It’s best to at least wait six weeks after surgery to do any kind of strenuous activity such as weight lifting or working out.

Arm lift patients are encouraged to wear an elastic sleeve or ace wraps as necessary for about two to three weeks to help contain swelling. After that, patients can go on without it once the swelling goes away.

Are There Any Risks to an Arm Lift?

The potential complications of brachioplasty are infections, wound healing complications, bad scars, and transient swelling of the lower arms. It is not recommended for obese patients, most patients with lymphedema, or patients who have had a mastectomy.

If you wish to learn more about arm lift surgery in Utah, schedule an in-person consultation at our Salt Lake City practice with Dr. Leland Chick. Patients will be able to learn more details about the procedure and find out if they are the right candidate. Financial options are also available. Appointments can be made online or by calling (801) 322-1188.

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