What is Arm Liposuction?
When you wave, does your upper arm wave, too? Do you avoid wearing sleeveless tops and dresses? Do you wear long sleeves, even when it's too warm for them? If the answers are "yes," chances are, you're self-conscious about the appearance of your upper arms. Even if you eat well and exercise regularly, you may still accumulate fat in your upper arms, one of the most stubborn spots on the body.
Arm liposuction is exactly what it sounds like—liposuction performed on the upper portion of one or both of your arms. Even if the rest of your body is slender, genetics, age, or previous weight gain can leave you with flabby arms that are out of balance with the rest of your body. Arm liposuction can help.
Arm Liposuction Treatment Areas
To understand how arm liposuction can help change the appearance of your arms, it's important to have a general idea of the treatment areas.
As you age, the combination of gravity, excess weight in your arms, and loss of skin elasticity can lead to the unfortunate pendulous swing of your triceps region, especially when your arm is stretched out. This is the most common arm liposuction treatment area.
The primary goal of arm liposuction in the triceps region is to reduce the weight of the arm. This will significantly reduce the pendulous aspect of the area. So, in this instance, reducing bulk is as important as reshaping.
The anterior axillary fat pad, also called the breast tail, is located in front of your underarms. The posterior axillary fat pad, also called the bra line, is located behind your underarms. Arm liposuction performed on the triceps region alone may create an awkward appearance, especially when you wear a bra or other snug garments, if the axillary regions are not addressed as well.
The axillary region contains neurovascular structures that could be damaged by arm liposuction, which could compromise arm function. Your surgeon will proceed with an abundance of caution in this area.
How is Arm Liposuction Performed?
First, we invite you to come in for a consultation. Our surgeon will thoroughly assess you and discuss your concerns, and together, you'll agree on the best approach. On the day of the surgery, your surgeon will mark the areas to be treated.
The most common method used for arm liposuction is tumescent liposuction, which is usually performed with a local anesthetic. Because you'll be awake and fully responsive during the procedure, your surgeon will often request that you position yourself in various different ways throughout the procedure so he may access the treatment areas more easily.
In most arm liposuction procedures, fat is not removed from the entire circumference of the arm, but only 270 degrees or 75% of the arm's circumference. This follow the usual fat distribution pattern in most women's arms. However, the entire arm's circumference may be targeted in heavier patients.
Multiple incisions will be made to effectively reach all angles of your arm, and to maintain symmetry between both arms. This increases your risk of scarring and skin discoloration, especially if you have darker skin. Follow your doctor's post-surgical instructions carefully to ensure your liposuction recovery goes well, and scarring is minimized.
If you've experienced dramatic weight loss, you may have excess tissue in the triceps region. Performed in conjunction with arm liposuction, brachioplasty (arm lift) may help you achieve a fully slimmed and toned arm.
In addition, back liposuction can contribute to a leaner upper body profile when performed with arm liposuction.
Arm Liposuction Recovery
Unlike liposuction on other areas of the body such as hips, thighs and abdomen, arm liposuction requires less recovery time. You can expect to be fully recovered in about a month.
As with all liposuction procedures, you'll experience some pain, swelling, and bruising in the treated areas. You'll need to keep your arms elevated for the first 24 hours following the procedure to minimize swelling and speed recovery.
The solution used during tumescent liposuction will continue to drain from your incisions for up to 48 hours following the procedure. We'll provide you with drainage pads for this purpose. The fluid should be thin in consistency, and have a pinkish or reddish tinge due to the presence of a small amount of blood. This is completely normal.
However, if the fluid that drains is thick, and is dark red like blood, contact us immediately.
Compression garments are not needed for the arms and are actually not recommended as wearing them can lead to excessive swelling of the arms and forearms.
Be sure to follow your surgeon's post-operative instructions carefully to ensure you recover as quickly as possible, and avoid liposuction complications.