Arms – Women’s Liposuction

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Upper arm liposuction is almost exclusively a procedure for women. With age and with genetic predisposition, women may accumulate fat over the upper arms, giving a disproportionate and bulky appearance. The “pendulous” appearance of the arms is evident when our patients try to illustrate their upper arm fat by lifting their arms up by their side. Many women will notice increased fat in the upper arms in their early 20s and this will increase with time, often at a disproportionate rate to other areas of the body. I have found that upper arm fatty tissue is more common in women who have a pear-shaped body and in these cases, there will also be excessive fat accumulation in the buttocks and legs but very little fat in the abdominal region and flanks. Many of these women will have an hour glass figure but will be unhappy with heaviness in the upper arms and thighs/lower legs.

Exercise and dietary modification does very little to reduce this fat and this reflects the fact that this fat has been genetically directed to accumulate in this area. Some women may find it almost impossible to wear a jacket that fits and will shy away from open sleeve dresses or shirts.

Fortunately, upper arm Tumescent Liposculpture provides excellent results. Through two simple incisions in the elbow area and one small incision near the armpit, it is possible to reduce these fatty deposits easily with consistent results. There is excellent skin retraction which in turn results in a firm and taut triceps area.

Liposculpture vs Liposuction

Liposculpture is a safer and more effective form of Liposuction that can be performed on an outpatient basis, without the need for general anaesthetic and with less down-time and post-operative discomfort.

Liposculpture is ideal for removing fat from areas of the body otherwise resistant to dietary modification and regular exercise. It is not intended as a means for generalised weight loss.

Arm Liposuction Summary

  • Procedure Time
    2-3 hours

  • Back to Work:
    2-3 days

  • Anaesthetic:
    Local

  • Full Recovery:
    1-2 weeks

  • Results:
    Immediate - will improve with time

  • Common Side Effects:
    Bruising & Swelling

Arm Liposuction Before & After

Women's Arm Liposuction - Key Facts

Frequently Asked Questions
How do we perform liposculpture of the upper arms?

Upper Arm Liposculpture is a relatively painless and quick procedure. Laser Assisted Lipolysis (Liposculpture and Combined Laser Lipolysis) is the preferred method of Neck Liposculpture at Sculpture Clinic™. Manual Liposuction is also an option and can provide excellent results. We prefer a Powered Liposuction Device such as the Microair™ as it improves the efficiency and safety of the suctioning process.

This procedure is carried out completely under local anaesthesia and under very strict protocols. An anti-anxiety tablet may be given about an hour prior to the procedure to help patients relax and to reduce anxiety. Following the prepping process, patients will be asked to lie on their side and local anaesthetic will be applied to the Upper Arm Area. The anaesthetic will be allowed to settle in for at least half an hour before suctioning begins. Several 2 mm incisions are then made at the level of the elbow on each side.

Micro-Cannulae are used for the procedure and clever use of a criss-cross Liposculpture technique will help attain the most even and uniform results. As mentioned, a specialised laser fibre may be used in conjunction with the micro-cannula to ensure that the procedure is as minimally traumatic as possible but also to maximise skin tightening (retraction). Most patients will have very little discomfort following the procedure as a result.

It is important that the Surgeon is not too aggressive with Liposculpture of the Arms, as this may result in a lumpy, uneven appearance. Use of Laser Power Assisted Liposuction equipment can give very smooth, aesthetically pleasing results.

How long does arm liposculpture take?

Most procedures will take from between 2 hours to complete.

What areas are treated during upper arm liposculpture?

The most discerning of Cosmetic Liposuctionists will always approach the upper arms and back fat as one unit. As such, several areas may require treatment. Quite often, the fatty tissue in the upper arm will extend into the front and back areas, making these areas bulge particularly when wearing a bra.

The areas that may be treated in addition to the Upper Arm are:

  1. Area of Chest where it joins the arm (Anterior Axillary Fat Pad)
  2. Area of Back where it joins the arm (Posterior Axillary Region)
  3. Flanks (Infrascapular Region)

It is important that all areas of the breast are treated to obtain a natural and clean result.

Who are the best candidates for upper arm liposculpture?

In general, any woman with excessive fatty tissue and loose skin of the upper arms, will benefit from Liposculpture. However, it is important to note that younger, healthier skin will retract far better.

Who is not a good candidate for upper arm liposculpture?

Women who don’t have very much fat in the upper arm, but instead have lots of loose skin, will not be good candidates for this procedure. This can be seen most often in patients who have lost a lot of fat and have ended up with a lot of loose skin.

After Care
What support garments are required?

A special Arm and Chest Garment will be applied immediately following the procedure. It is to be worn for at least 2 weeks. At Sculpture Clinic, we use the very best Garments which provide comfort and effective compression.

How much time off work will I need?

Generally speaking, we advise 2-3 days off work. You are to avoid heavy lifting for 2-3 weeks. After this time, you can return to normal gym activities and exercise depending on your level of comfort.

Is arm liposculpture permanent?

Yes! The reduction in the size of the Upper Arms will be permanent and will remain so, even with significant weight gain. It is the intention that the Upper Arms will now be in proportion with the rest of the body.

Are there any scars?

The small entry holes used to pass the fine cannulae, are approximately 2mm wide. These small holes are never to be sutured and will settle very quickly, becoming barely visible after several weeks.

What is the cost of abdominal liposculpture?

The cost of this procedure will vary according to the number of areas that require treatment. Upper Arm Liposculpture is usually combined with anterior and posterior fat pads and flanks. There are also “Theatre” and “Consumable” fees which are added to the overall fee.

An accurate costing will be provided to you following your initial consultation and will be discussed in depth with our Patient Advisor.