What is arm liposuction?
The Upper Arm Dilemma: How to get rid of that stubborn upper arm fat?
The answer could be as close as your local doctor’s office, where you can undergo a simple procedure called Arm Liposuction, or “arm lipo.”
You won’t have too many risks associated with this surgery because it doesn’t involve taking any skin or muscle off during the process; only removing unwanted excess fats from around your arms.
Arm liposuction is an effective treatment for those with the upper arm area and behind-the-arm region needing a slimmer appearance.
What is arm liposuction?
Arm liposuction is performed in various techniques, but both processes result in a surgeon helping you tone your upper arm’s inner and outer parts while also targeting the shoulders and bicep.
The surgeon modifies fat volume by sucking out excess fat from targeted areas of your body.
Once this process has been completed, tissue elasticity will be stimulated to tighten skin contours for an enhanced look that doesn’t sag or wrinkle with age!
The video below does a great job of showing the reasons, concepts, etc and then shows the process and before/after.
To see the beginning of the process, look at about that 5:45 mark.
To see the before/after, go to the very end at about the 6:25 mark
How is arm liposuction performed?
Arm liposuction is performed by a plastic surgeon who will make incisions on the arms and then remove the excess fat through these incisions. They can then inject the area, called an intra-suction, that is treated with a special type of solution. This solution helps to prevent blood clots from forming.
Arm liposuction is performed under local anesthesia and intravenous sedation (IV). The area is gently numbed with a local anesthetic, after which the surgeon makes small incisions where they make small cuts in the fat tissue. Fat cells are suctioned out of the body, and if the patient desires it, some skin may be removed as well. Excess skin is trimmed off or loosened through sutures, while the remaining skin can then be tightened over newly sculpted tissue with dissolvable stitches.
The arm liposuction procedure can be done in less than two hours, and patients see amazing results in just weeks.
How to prepare for arm liposuction
We have a dedicated article on preparing for any type of plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery procedure. You can find it here: Preparing for plastic surgery
As a quick note, you’ll want to start taking the right vitamins a couple of weeks in advance, stop drinking/smoking, and get plenty of rest ahead of time. Make sure you have verified that your ride to/from the plastic surgeon’s office or hospital is locked on. Lastly, make sure you have prepared your recovery area at home. Books to read, Netflix shows queued up, fridge by the bed, etc. If you have pets and nobody to care for them while you are out of action, be sure to factor that into your planning in terms of who will care for them, how long, pet transportation, etc.
You don’t want to worry about any of this at the last minute.
Does arm liposuction leave noticeable scars?
You can hide those scars from your liposuction treatment with strategic placement of incisions.
A doctor will make sure to place them in inconspicuous places, such as under the armpits, for best results. They’ll also fade over time, so don’t worry!
Why people are turning to arm liposuction as a treatment for excess fat on the arms
Many people who turn to arm liposuction are overweight or obese or want a leaner or more toned look for their upper arms.
For many of these individuals, excess fat builds up around the upper arms and can make it difficult to perform certain activities.
Some people also experience back pain from overstretched muscles in their neck and shoulders caused by pulling their arms back to fit into shirt sleeves with too-tight armholes.
It’s also important to recognize that many people who do not need arm liposuction choose this form of plastic surgery for purely aesthetic reasons.
For example, they may feel self-conscious about the look of their arms or dislike how loose skin hangs down from them when they reach overhead.
When paired with very low body fat percentages, underarm rolls can be a sign of poor muscle tone or lack of strength — not just excess fat.
Another reason why some people may choose to get arm lipo is that their arms are really puffy because of the fat in them, but they don’t necessarily want to lose weight or change their body shape too much.
This commonly occurs when someone has gained weight over time, had children, etc., which can cause the fat under your skin to become loose and flabby.
The risks and benefits of arm liposuction
There are a few risks to be aware of and to discuss with your surgeon. Proper preparation and recovery will help ensure these are not a problem.
- Cosmetic irregularities can result in your skin appearing bumpy or wavy. This is often a result of uneven fat removal and poor recovery efforts.
- Temporary pockets of fluid (seromas) may form under the skin and need to be drained with a needle.
- Some patients have adverse reactions to the anesthesia. If you have ever had adverse reactions before, be sure to make that very clear to your surgeon.
- Rash or mild neurological symptoms can result from the fat from the procedure escaping into the bloodstream and causing a fat embolism.
- Infections are always a risk for any surgery. Your preparation, your surgeon’s precautions during surgery, and your recovery process will all improve the odds of not having an infection.
- Nerve damage is possible, and some patients report feeling numbness in the area. Some report this is permanent.
The benefits of undergoing this procedure are that you will end up with more shapely-looking arms that fit your body frame a lot better.
You can also experience increased arm strength and a decrease in back pain if your main objective is to enhance physical function and improve appearance.
Overall, there are many positive factors associated with getting this type of surgery done. Still, it’s always important for you to weigh the pros and cons before making any decision about undergoing liposuction on your upper arms.
The main benefits of arm liposuction are that it’s short, simple, and relatively painless, and is less expensive and more affordable than traditional surgery. Arm liposuction requires only a small incision on each side where excess fat will then be suctioned out through a tiny needle.
Arm liposuction cost
The cost of arm liposuction can vary in price depending on the location of the surgery and who is performing the procedure. Cost can also be very different depending on what type of anesthesia is being used and if any other procedures are done at the same time or not. Another factor that affects total cost is whether or not general anesthesia will be used, intravenous sedation, local anesthetic with sedation, or just local anesthetic.
Depending on your surgeon and your location, you can expect to pay as little as $2,000 or as much as $10,000 to have both arms done. This is a case where the more expensive choice is likely, the better one. The average cost of arm liposuction across the country is $4,000-$6,000 for both arms.
Other ways you can reduce fat on your arms that don’t require surgery
There are a few ways you can reduce fat on your arms without surgery.
The most obvious is exercise. Remember that you cannot target reduce “fatty areas.” You must reduce your overall body fat percentage. So just doing tricep workouts, for example, won’t necessarily remove upper arm fat deposits.
Overall, body workouts are a great idea as these shape and tone everything, as are cardiovascular workouts.
You’ll also want to drink a lot of water.
When you stay hydrated, you’ll eliminate a lot of toxic fluids and toxins from your body. This will result in a lot less water being stored as fat.
Diet, of course, is on the menu (pun intended). Good food choices to reduce fat are green leafy vegetables like spinach and asparagus, salmon for protein, fruits, and nuts. Foods that you should limit or avoid include saturated fats such as burgers and cheese, anything high in refined sugar, and alcohol.
You may also consider swimming since it’s one of the best exercises for losing fat. Swimming will help you lose weight because water (or any liquid) works as a natural resistance that causes your body to burn more calories. What’s more, if you find swimming too boring or challenging, there are other ways to do water workouts, such as water yoga.
Make sure you are getting enough sleep at night. Your body repairs itself while you’re sleeping, and this is when all the cells in your body regenerate. Lack of enough sleep can cause excess stress on your body, which in turn prevents your body from running optimally, which means less effective metabolism and, yep, more fat.
Arm liposuction recovery time
Most patients can return to their daily routine in about 2 weeks but expect full recovery to take about 2 months. You’ll want to closely follow the recovery regimen that your surgeon has given you. The general rule is 10-12 weeks for a full recovery.
During this period, some soreness and bruising may persist, but this should not interfere with one’s regular schedule. After the recovery is complete, you’ll notice your arms are now slimmer and have better contours than before.
A typical recovery period after an arm liposuction surgery goes as follows: immediately after surgery, one may experience pain, swelling, and bruising; two days after surgery, these symptoms should have subsided significantly; three days later, there may still be some residual soreness and edema (swelling); by four weeks post-surgery one’s cuts are completely healed, and they are fully recovered from arm liposuction.
By five weeks post-op, most people who underwent arm liposuction start noticing weight loss in their arms. This weight loss becomes even more evident at about eight weeks after liposuction on one’s arms.
Many people who undergo arm liposuction comment that this procedure has made them more comfortable with their bodies and increased their self-esteem. This is in addition to the aesthetic improvements they may have noticed as a result of having undergone this cosmetic surgery.
Arm liposuction post-op is about 10 to 12 weeks for full recovery of the arms. This means that you must wait at least that long before returning to normal activities like swimming, aerobics, and lifting heavy objects.
Even after full recovery, your arms will remain tender for several more weeks as they heal from the surgery.
Who would be good candidates for arm liposuction?
Good candidates for arm liposuction are people who have localized fat deposits. Oftentimes, an upper arm lift is an option to remove excess skin.
If you are healthy and have a realistic idea of what liposuction can do, arm liposuction is right for you. Arm liposuction is perfect if you would like to improve the contours of your arms, but are not interested in other surgical procedures to remove excess fat or skin.
For arm liposuction surgery, who is NOT a good candidate?
People with medical conditions that may interfere with healing after arm liposuction should consult their doctor about the procedure before proceeding with it. Obesity (BMI greater than 40), history of smoking, and uncontrolled diabetes may all be reasons why you should not undergo arm liposuction. You should also avoid this procedure if you are pregnant or breastfeeding; additionally, strenuously trained athletes with increased muscle mass may also be poor candidates.
Arm liposuction is not ideal for people who are planning on becoming pregnant in the near future.
Arm liposuction will also result in scars, so if you’re not comfortable with that and/or are against plastic surgery, then arm liposuction may not be right for you.
Finally, arm lipo is a surgical procedure that carries risks that should be weighed against its benefits before deciding.
While serious complications from this procedure are rare, they do occur nevertheless – ask your surgeon about how likely it is that you might have one after undergoing the operation before deciding whether or not to go through with it.
The dangers of having arm fat
The dangers of having arm fat are that it can cause people to have a bad self-image.
People who have upper arm fat can feel embarrassed in social settings, become frustrated with their weight, and want to abandon their diet plan.
It can also lead to health problems such as heart disease, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
It is important to realize that these health problems are caused by obesity, not just upper arm fat.
Arm liposuction – conclusion
If you are considering arm liposuction, it is important to consult with your doctor first.
It will be necessary for them to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure based on factors such as your current weight and the area of fat deposits that need treatment.
The cost may vary depending on how much fat needs removing from various areas in addition to other considerations like anesthesia type or facility fees.
Recovery typically takes about one week; however, some people experience swelling around their incision site, lasting up to two weeks after surgery.