Removing Fat for More Toned Arms
Certain areas of the body are prone to accumulating stubborn pockets of fat. In most cases, these areas are ideal for targeted liposuction when lifestyle modifications like diet and exercise aren’t doing the trick. Liposuction permanently removes fat cells from the treated area by sucking them out. Once removed, they are either discarded or transferred to another area of the body via autologous fat grafting.
The upper arm is one common area a trained plastic surgeon like Dr. Karen Szymanski can treat with liposuction. Fat deposits along the bicep and triceps can make you feel self-conscious in sleeveless tops and swimwear. Liposuction can help you create slimmer arms, remove flabby tissue, and reduce the hanging down of excess arm fat.
What Should You Expect With Lipo of the Upper Arm?
During a consultation, you will discuss your goals for treatment with the team, and we will review realistic expectations and possibly review before and after photos of similar therapies.
On the day of the procedure, we will make tiny incisions, placed in inconspicuous areas, to access the upper arms. Dr. Szymanski will numb the site – this typically stings a bit and then uses specialized tools to break up the fat and remove it.
Liposuction is typically performed using local anesthesia where the treated area or areas are numbed using injected medication. You may also be prescribed oral medications to help you feel relaxed and comfortable during the procedure or administered medication to make you drowsy during the treatment. We will discuss your preferences during your consultation.
After the procedure, you can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Dr. Szymanski may recommend a compression garment to aid in your comfort and healing. Bruising generally resolves in a few weeks, and inflammation should subside to see full results in a month or two.
Limitations of Liposuction in the Upper Arm
In some cases, excess skin is also a factor in the upper arm’s appearance. Liposuction removes fat but does not change the laxity of the skin in the area. If the skin has adequate laxity, liposuction can offer excellent results. Patients who have experienced significant fluctuations in weight or older may not experience the same results. It may be recommended to explore treatments like arm lifts or tucks in these cases.
Getting Started with Lipo for the Upper Arm
The first step is scheduling a consultation with Dr. Szymanski. Together, we can explore if liposuction is an appropriate treatment for you and discuss the next steps for treatment.