Arm liposuction is an ideal for women looking to get rid of flabby arms, and the procedure is especially popular in the summer or before special occasions, like weddings. Arm liposuction permanently removes upper arm fat and helps stimulate skin tightening. The procedure takes about an hour and recovery is quick – most patients immediately return to normal activities the same day and feel mild to moderate soreness the following day.
More About Arm Liposculpture
Most women are genetically predisposed to fat accumulation in the upper arms. With age, the upper arm skin loses thickness and elasticity. This natural aging process of the skin combined with fat accumulation leads to the common but undesired “bat wing” effect.
Unfortunately, diet and exercise will not reverse or correct upper arm flabbiness. The way your arms look is largely determined by genetics – even relatively thin or young women can suffer from flabby, hanging arms. Arm liposuction safely removes underarm fat and helps correct for skin laxity, resulting in a smoother, smaller and younger looking arms.
What are the benefits of arm liposuction?
Arm liposuction provides a more youthful appearance and thinner contour to the arms. There is a reduction of flabbiness and fat in the upper arms and improved appearance in related folds of skin and fat on the upper chest near the armpit, which are particularly apparent when the arms are down at the sides. The results are permanent and unlike brachioplasty, arm liposuction leaves no unsightly scars and does not require any stitches.
What results can I expect from arm liposuction?
Arm liposuction results are impressive and can restore a youthful and shapely appearance. The procedure can remove about 70% of the fat that can be pinched on the arm and help correct arm flabbiness and skin laxity. A good result is apparent in 2 to 9 weeks and results improve over the next 6 months as new collagen forms and the skin retracts. Unlike other areas of the body, the arms rarely swell after the procedure, so patients see initial results quickly. The degree of bruising varies from person to person, but the elbow area commonly turns a light yellow or purple for 2 weeks after the procedure. Patients are able to wear tank tops and short sleeve clothing with improved confidence in about 4-6 weeks.
Am I a good candidate for arm liposuction?
Arm liposuction is a very safe procedure and is performed on women of all ages. Most women who have fat accumulation in the upper arms or are unhappy with the flabbiness of their arms will greatly benefit from arm liposuction. Dr. Milstein’s refined micro-liposculpture technique stimulates collagen formation and most women, even those who consider their skin lax, are very pleased with their skin retraction.
If you have had gastric bypass surgery or have lost more than 100 pounds, you may benefit from a combination of arm liposuction and brachioplasty surgery to help remove redundant skin.
What areas of the arms can be treated?
Almost the entire arm can be treated with arm liposuction. Most women accumulate fat on the under side of the upper arm. Upper arm liposculpture removes the fat on the under side of the upper arm and includes the fat on and above the elbow. Women with very large arms often select to treat the upper arms and the forearms together, which results in a nicely tapered arm and smaller wrist. For women who have fat only on their upper arms, the forearm is usually not treated. Women who prefer very small forearms or women who have previously undergone upper arm liposculpture or brachioplasty can choose to treat the forearms without treating the upper arms.
Can arm liposuction be combined with other procedures?
Yes. Arm liposuction is often performed in combination with liposuction of other areas, including the bra rolls on the back and the front bra roll (the armpit bulge). It is also commonly performed at the same time other regions of the body, such as the chin, abdomen or thighs, are treated. The number of areas you can have treated at one time depends on your height and weight. Not all patients will be able to treat an unlimited number of areas in one procedure.
How does arm liposuction compare to brachioplasty?
For most women, brachioplasty is an unnecessarily invasive procedure with greater risk of serious complications, prolonged downtime with slower and more painful recovery, and results in significant and permanent scaring. Furthermore, for most women, liposuction results in a better cosmetic outcome with smoother and more precise results.
Brachioplasty is an invasive surgical procedure that involves large incisions to remove skin and fat tissue. The surgery is performed under heavy anesthesia, often times requiring overnight observation. Due to the extensive tissue trauma, patients must plan for 3-4 weeks off work and will have lifetime scars of 6-10″ in length, which thicken for up to 1 year after surgery. However, for individuals who have undergone gastric bypass surgery or lost more than 100 pounds, brachioplasty may be required for reduction of redundant skin.