Do you have excess fat on your upper arms? An arm lift or arm liposuction can reduce fat and leave your arms trim and toned. Here are some things everyone should know before considering an arm lift or arm liposuction.
Upper Arm Fat
Fat often accumulates in the upper arms as a result of aging and weight gain. Unfortunately it’s an area that is difficult to target even for people with a great workout routine. As a solution many people turn to arm lift surgery or liposuction to reduce arm fat.
Arm lift surgery and liposuction both contour the upper arms, but the choice of procedure depends on several factors. Let’s take a closer look at both techniques below.
The Arm Lift
An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is done to improve the shape and appearance of the upper arms. This typically involves removing excess tissue and tightening the underlying tissue that supports the arm and gives it definition. The goal of an arm lift surgery is to give the arm a more proportionate appearance.
Brachioplasty is an outpatient procedure that is normally done under general anesthesia. The incision for arm lift surgery is typically made on the inner arm from the armpit to the elbow, but the length of the incision will vary depending on the amount of fatty tissue that has to be removed. A shorter incision may be required if less fat needs to be taken out.
Having arm liposuction can be an effective way to get rid of surplus fat to sculpt and tone the arms.
Arm liposuction is often done using the tumescent technique in which local anesthesia is injected into the treatment site at the outset. After the arms are numbed, the surgeon will make tiny incisions to insert a cannula (small hollow tube) under the skin. The cannula is used to break up the fatty tissue, which is then removed using a suction device attached to the cannula.
There may be swelling, bruising, and tingling after liposuction, but this usually resolves within 2-4 weeks. However, there are some times when swelling may persist for up to 2 months.
Which is Right For You: An Arm Lift or Liposuction?
An arm lift is a more extensive procedure when compared to liposuction. The surgery focuses on removing extra skin and tightening and toning the arms. Often, people that have undergone significant weight loss and have a lot of sagging skin on their upper arms opt for this procedure.
In contrast, liposuction of the upper arms is recommended for individuals that have excess fat, but also have good skin tone. People with good skin tone can achieve contoured arms with liposuction alone. It’s important to remember that liposuction only removes fat, it does not tighten the skin. People with skin quality issues or sagging skin will not get their desired results with this procedure.
Also, there are times when both an arm lift and liposuction may need to be done in combination, so as to achieve an optimal effect. To figure out what procedure is right for you, consult with a board certified plastic surgeon. Find one near you here: https://www.cosmediclist.com/find-a-doctor/