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What is an arm lift?

When significant weight loss occurs, the skin on the upper arms can become loose and saggy and cause the dreaded “bat wings” that keep on waving after you’ve said goodbye. An arm lift in Chicago, or brachioplasty, removes excess arm skin and fat, giving you slimmer, firmer arms and the confidence to wear sleeveless shirts and dresses again.

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Otto Placik has helped thousands of patients from Chicago and the neighboring suburbs improve the appearance of their upper arms with an arm lift. In addition to arm lift surgery, Dr. Placik offers a variety of body contouring procedures to help men and women just like you look and feel their best.

Please contact us online or call our Chicago or Arlington Heights plastic surgery offices for more information on an arm lift, including prices.

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Chicago

Dr. Otto Joseph Placik Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon in Chicago and an active member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University where he also completed residencies in general and plastic and reconstructive surgery.


About Arm Lifts

Patients who experience dramatic weight loss often find that the skin on their upper arms doesn’t contract to fit their new slimmer shape or show off their muscle tone. Even without a significant change in weight, the natural effects of age and gravity can bring about a loss of elasticity in upper arm skin, particularly in women. Achieving a sleeker, more contoured look to the arms can improve the silhouette of your entire body.

How is an arm lift performed?

There are different ways to perform an arm lift, and Dr. Placik will decide which method is best for you after a physical examination. Typically, an incision will be made from the armpit to the elbow on the inside or back of the arm in order to remove the excess skin and fatty tissue. Dr. Placik then sutures and dresses the incision. To achieve even better results, Dr. Placik may include liposuction near the upper arm or the surrounding transition areas as well. Some patients may be able to get satisfactory results with a mini-arm lift or minimal scar technique, which requires a smaller incision and removes less skin.

Chicago Arm Lift Diagram

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Arm Lift Recovery

A Chicago arm lift will require the use of general anesthesia, although patients typically go home the same day as their surgery. After surgery, you will have dressings wrapped around the upper arms to protect the incisions and Dr. Placik may write a prescription to help control any pain or discomfort you experience during your recovery. Despite some initial swelling, most patients return to work and other daily activities within a week or so after an arm lift. The appearance of the scars will continue to improve over time, but are typically not noticeable since they’re located discreetly on the inside of the arm, where they’re hidden by the body.

Arm Lift FAQ

Am I a good candidate for arm lift surgery?

The best candidates for an arm lift in Chicago are not significantly overweight and simply want to enhance their existing figure by removing excess arm skin. Nonsmokers who are in good health and have realistic expectations about their procedure will see the most satisfactory results. Patients must accept the presence of a visible scar.

Can other body contouring procedures be performed at the same time as an arm lift?

Patients with excess skin in the upper arms will usually have excess skin in other areas, particularly as the result of significant weight loss. Other post-weight loss body contouring procedures include a thigh lift and a tummy tuck. Dr. Placik will discuss options for combining surgeries during your consultation.

How much does an arm lift cost?

The cost of an arm lift will vary based on the type of surgical approach Dr. Placik determines will best meet your cosmetic goals. The addition of other body contouring procedures into your surgery will also affect the total fee. The surgery costs will include the anesthesiologist’s fee, Dr. Placik’s surgical fee and the fee associated with the use of the surgical center. Dr. Placik and his staff strive to provide excellent value and can help you with [url] cosmetic surgery financing [/url] to make your procedure even more affordable.

Will my arm lift results be permanent?

The results from an arm lift should last a very long time as long as the patient remains committed to a healthy lifestyle and long-term weight maintenance. Significant fluctuations in weight or continued loss of skin elasticity due to age may affect the results over time.

What are the risks of an arm lift?

Just like with any surgical procedure, there are some potential risks related to arm lifts. Although an arm lift is a relatively safe and routine procedure, some of the side effects that can occur are bleeding, infection or negative reaction to anesthesia. Dr. Placik will take the time to thoroughly discuss all possible complications with you before your surgery to ensure you’re well-informed.

Dr. Placik promises you his best possible care and attention. If you would like to schedule a private consultation to learn more about an arm lift, please contact us online or call us at 847-398-1660.


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation


Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Updated March 24th, 2020

With businesses all around us closing by either mandate or voluntarily you may be wondering how long we will continue to operate, or even why we are still open at this point.

After serious consideration and in line with the recommendations of our State and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we are limiting the practice until April 7th.

We are diligently monitoring conditions and recommendations from professional organizations such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and understand that the situation is ever-changing and may alter our plans at any point in the future

As physicians, we are cognizant of protecting our own patient population most at risk and the need to conserve our own limited resources. Actions have already been taken to postpone or cancel appointments and surgeries for patients who are best served staying home to limit potential exposure. We have also canceled or rescheduled appointments for services that are not immediately necessary in many cases.

Effective immediately the following will occur:

  • All procedures and in-person consultations will be limited until April 7th. This may be revised in the following week.
  • The office will be (not fully) staffed, and we will see our urgent post-surgical follow-ups.
  • We are instituting Virtual Consultations for all potential patients.
  • Many surgeries are rescheduled and some of the ones that are committed will occur on a per case basis.
  • No patient will ever have any financial recourse for our fees for rescheduling their procedures.

We are constantly updating our services and staffing according to the local and national recommendations and will always place your health and well-being as our top priority.

We continue to exercise all the latest recommendations that are handed down by the CDC. These include:

Staff have been fully informed and trained to understand the disease process and its modes of transmission.

  • All staff, vendors and ancillary personnel are being asked to refrain from coming to this office if they have any signs or symptoms of a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Every patient is also being asked to refrain from coming to the office if they have any symptoms.
  • We are asking our patients about any pertinent travel history.
  • Hand-washing continues to be the most important mode of prevention. Although it is a part of what we constantly do, now we are doing so with heightened vigilance and attention.
  • We have instituted a “no handshakes no hug” policy for now.
  • We have asked all vendors that any unnecessary meetings are canceled until further notice.
  • Any exit and entrance from our office are followed by a protocol of changing shoes, scrubs and sanitization.
  • As we are an (NO accredited) medical facility, we are constantly sanitizing all surfaces. We have now vamped that up and our routine, multiple times a day, wiping down all surfaces, desks, door handles, keyboards and restroom facilities. (We have assigned a person that does so on a constant basis.)

As previous communications have shared, procedures and protocols have been put in place (and continue to evolve) to protect our employees in the workplace. However, no one can guarantee the absolute protection from infection or potential exposure despite recommended precautions being taken.

The virus can be transmitted before an infected person starts exhibiting symptoms. It is possible for a person to be infected and also not experience symptoms. We are doing everything possible to prevent people exposed or exhibiting symptoms from access to our facilities. Even with all of our precautions, exposure to patients with the COVID-19 virus can happen. When we become aware of any potential exposure, our response is immediate and actions are taken to protect everyone directly involved.

Experts are predicting that 40% of the Chicagoland population will be infected within the next month. Current information demonstrates that for 97% of the people infected the symptoms will be mild or flu-like. 3-5% of patients will require hospital care, and the mortality rate is less than 2%.

Risk of exposure will occur at every touchpoint of our daily lives outside of our home-- including gas stations, grocery stores, and medical facilities.

Although Covid-19 is a serious issue, we strongly believe that it will pass and hopefully make our infrastructure and our ability to deal with pandemics in this Country even better than it currently is. We are monitoring this situation on a real-time basis and will not sit back until we know that we have done everything possible to avoid unnecessary exposure.

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