C. U. Kesh Nawada, M.D.

1121 1st St S, Winter Haven, FL 33880

Arm Lift Surgery (Brachioplasty) - Winter Haven, Tampa, Orlando, Central FL

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Arm Lift Overview

The natural effects of aging or weight loss may leave a person with excess loose skin on their arms, commonly known as "bat wings".  Unfortunately, sometimes simple dieting and toning exercises are not enough to make the arms as smooth and tight as they desire. This sagging of the upper arms can be corrected, by restoring a natural youthful contour through an arm lift, also known as brachioplasty. Central Florida plastic surgeon, Dr. Kesh Nawada, is highly trained and experienced in arm lift surgery and other body contouring procedures. Patients can expect to show off their new toned and smooth arms following their procedure in his onsite surgical facility in Winter Haven, FL. An arm lift is typically performed on patients who have experienced rapid, massive weight loss, an older patient who is seeking to remove the common flabby arm side effect that comes with aging, or someone of moderate age and size who simply has unwanted excess skin on the upper arms. During the patient's initial consultation, Dr. Nawada will listen to the patient's needs and goals and then develop a treatment plan that includes an arm lift and/or arm liposuction.

Arm Lift Surgical Technique

During arm lift surgery, an incision is made along the inner arm, from the armpit down towards the elbow. Once this incision has been made, liposuction may be used to remove excess fat, and any loose skin will be trimmed away. Depending on the extent of the surgery, a draining tube may be placed to help control bleeding. In patients with excessive drooping, where there is looseness within the internal tissue structures, a tightening technique will be used internally. These surgical efforts will result in a smaller circumference of the upper arm.

Arm Lift During/After Surgery

Brachioplasty is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and typically takes around 2 hours to complete. It is considered an outpatient procedure. If this surgery is combined with another body contouring procedure, then the patient may be required to stay overnight in the hospital. Following surgery, the arm should be kept elevated to help control swelling and promote circulation. Patients will experience a slow return of normal function.  Arm and hand strength, specifically, will be weak for the first several weeks as the internal tissues heal.

Arm Lift Expected Cost

The average cost for an arm lift procedure is between $5,000-$6,500. This price will increase if the surgery is combined with another body contouring procedure. 

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Average Cost  
$6,500 - $8,500
Recovery Time  
1-6 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
1-2 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
2 Weeks
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Arm Lift FAQ’s

Liposuction or Lift?

Patients that have excess fat inside their arms may be candidates for liposuction, but arm lift patients typically do not have excess fat as their primary problem. These individuals have excessive sagging and loose, hanging skin. The only way to correct this problem is through a brachioplasty procedure. Patients who have relatively good skin tone but also have excess fat in the arms can sometimes achieve their desired results with an exercise and diet regime that incorporates the use of weights.

What About Scarring?

It’s important that patients understand scarring is a part of this procedure. It is recommended that patients avoid sun exposure during the first year to protect the incisions from any additional discoloration. Most patients believe the scars are a small trade-off for a new, shapelier arm. We will discuss scar care to help assist in the healing process.

Combination Surgery?

It is common for arm lift patients to combine this surgery with another procedure. Some common techniques often combined during what is known as an “upper body lift” include liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and breast surgery (breast lift). During your consultation, each surgery will be discussed and recommendations will be made on whether these procedures should be done at the same time.

How Toned Will I Look?

An arm lift is performed to remove hanging skin and fat. The only way to build muscle is through strength training. Following surgery, once the arms are fully healed, patients can resume exercise and weight training. This is a great way to add shape to the arms by toning and strengthening them.

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* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary. Prices given are for information only and can vary from patient to patient, or case by case, based on many factors like age, conditions and size of the anatomical area(s) needing to be dealt with and/or medical conditions and length of surgery, etc. Quoted prices may include: Surgeon’s Fee, Facility Fee, Anesthesia Fee and the cost of Post-Op Garments (Liposuction patients only).