Arm liposuction is a surgical procedure used to remove excess fat from the upper region of the arm and the area behind the armpit, resulting to the slender appearance required to achieve a proportionate appearance of the arms.
Arm liposuction procedures
It is done in various procedures but both processes result to a surgeon helping you tone both the inner and outer parts of your upper arm, as well as the shoulders and bicep.
The surgeon modifies fat volume by sucking out fat. Once excess fat is out, liposuction stimulates the skin to tighten, good elasticity results to a smooth contour.
To begin with, SmartLipo, whether its done alone or combined with other forms of liposuction, is a procedure that uses laser light to liquefy fat and tighten the surrounding skin. A specialist melts the fat using a laser, after the melting, that’s when the suction of the fat happens.
On the other hand, a specialist can choose to use a 360° approach procedure, a situation where the excess fat in the arms’ removal is not limited to the arms but both the arms, back, wings and forearm.
If you have more excess fats in your arm, its advisable to go for both liposuction and Brachioplasty. Arm liposuction will remove the excess fats while Brachioplasty removes excess skin and fat tightening your arms.
But after Brachioplasty, you will have to keep up with the resulting scar. And arm liposuction sculpts the arm to improve overall appearance and shape of the arm.
Upper arm liposuction
The procedure is done on patients who have good elasticity of their skin, most likely young patients. The Surgeon has to determine whether the degree of retraction would be a proper one.
For older patients who need upper arm liposuction and the surgeon, thinks that their skin elasticity is not good, he/she will have to recommend an arm lift which is a removal of excess skin.
Arm liposuction cost
Before you think of any cost remember arm liposuction cost varies depending on various factors and changing an aspect of your appearance is a great investment. The factors are:
- The chosen surgeon’s level of skill and his/her reputation
- The extent and type of the work you need to be done on your arm
- The type of anesthesia and operational facilities available and suitable for you
Expected pay is between $5,000 and $10,000 at any given time. Remember arm liposuction is a cosmetic plastic surgery thus considered as elective surgery (a type of surgery) which is not always covered by a good number of insurance plans.
However, various plastic surgeons offer various flexible payment plans. So, it’s upon you to choose the plan that suits you.
Risks and complications of arm liposuction
There are a number of risks and complications associated with arm Liposuction. However, with a good provider, the risks are minimized.
If you want to see a detailed guide, then you can read our article on how to choose a good plastic surgeon for your surgery.
Below are some of the risks and complications you may encounter during or after surgery.
Contour irregularities: Your skin might results to wavy or withered appearance due to lack of uniformity during fat removal.
Heart and kidney problems: As fluids are being injected and suctioned out there is a shifts in fluid levels thus a potentially life-threatening kidney and heart problems situation is inevitable.
Fluid accumulation: After the procedure there might be temporary pockets of fluid formed under the skin, which has to be drained with a needle, leading to extra unplanned costs.
Skin infection: Although are rare but possible if there is not health care. Severe skin infection might be life-threatening.
Numbness: After the surgery,you might be temporary numb on the affected area or have a temporary nerve irritation.
Fat embolism: During suction pieces of loosened fat might be trapped in a blood vessel and gather in the lungs or travel to the brain leading to a medical emergency.
Does arm liposuction leave noticeable scars?
Most patients are often worried about the visibility of scars they are likely to get after undergoing surgery. When done properly by an experienced physician, arm liposuction does should not leave noticeable scars on your arms.
Unlike arm lift surgery, Arm liposuction is performed using a small incision that is about two 5mm. Scars formed with this incisions are very small, well hidden and heal quickly compared to those of arm lift surgery.
In order to get the best results, it is recommended that you choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has experience in arm liposuction procedure when you are ready for surgery.
Recovery tips of arm liposuction
Recovery starts once you wake up from the anesthesia your first two weeks after the surgery might be crucial.
However, the result of the procedure solidly depends on how well you take care of yourself during recovery.
Expect blood to appear from the incisions where the anesthesia was placed, from when you wake up to two days after the surgery.
Blood will be accompanied with fatty acids and some anesthesia thus cotton will be placed on the incisions to help absorb drips and should be regularly changed.
Remember, checkups are very necessary more especially 3 to 7 days after the surgery for dressing of the wound if any.
Make sure you wear a binder on your arms because they help shape them and don’t forget to take the prescribed antibiotics (prevents infections) and pain relievers (relief your pain) given by your surgeon.
Two weeks after the surgery, there will be ultrasound performed on your arms to monitor the blood circulation and reduce the swelling caused by trauma. You will still be required to wear the binder for 12 hours a day.
After your procedure, if you see loose skin, don’t worry because (80% to 90% patients) the skin cannot contract on its own.
Exercising the area immediately after the surgery can cause pain and derail healing. So, to reduce the swelling it’s advisable to either do cardio to encourage circulation in the body or take a walk.
Reasons for arm liposuction procedure:
- You need to look nice with sleeveless shirts in photos.
- You get rid of the flabby arms appearance more especially at the back of your arms.
- You need skin arms that tone easily.
- You have to reduce the excess fat which hangs out of your armpits in order to have a confident presentable look.
Before taking any risks, it’s advisable for you to remember that any given liposuction technique doesn’t matter. What matters is the experience of your surgeon; an experienced surgeon will be able to match a given liposuction technique to your needs.
Do not choose a given surgeon solely on the bases of lower cost, always remember cheap is expensive.
Make sure you check on certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and membership in ASAPS to avoid any regrets.