William Vinyard, MD, FACS

Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon

Should You Liposuction Your Arms?

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Whether you plan on donning a sexy dress for an evening out, or wearing a bikini to the beach with your friends over the weekend, one of the most common areas of self-doubt for women is the arms. As women get older, it’s normal to experience aging of the arms, especially the underarms around the armpit area. The skin droops and underarms get fatty.

This arm fat is difficult to get rid of, regardless of how much working out or dieting one does. That’s where liposuction steps in. For many women, it’s the best possible way to achieve the slim look they desire while maintaining proper body proportions. So let’s start with the basics as we evaluate one simple question… should you liposuction your arms?

What Are The Two Main Goals Of Arm Liposuction?

#1. Restoring Your Self-Confidence

Wearing sleeveless clothing doesn’t have to make you self-conscious! Liposuction is not only a tool for fat removal, but an efficient surgery for crafting patients’ bodies into their ideal vision of themselves. Are you self-aware when it comes to your arms being extra large or fatty? If you answer yes to this question, you should schedule a consultation to discuss arm liposuction.

Once your arms are slimmed and gorgeous again, your self-confidence will soar. Wearing everything from sleeveless evening gowns to shirts to bikinis is entirely within your reach. Imagine walking around knowing that you look absolutely incredible. Imagine having nothing to be self-conscious about! You can be just as confident as the Hollywood stars strutting around their red carpets.

#2. Ensuring A Proportional Look To Your Arms

Instead of overly thick, flabby underarms, Dr. Vinyard can help you achieve arms that are narrow and have the proper slim proportions to match your body. The benefit of liposuction is its ability to eliminate controllable amounts of fat in very specific areas. Arm liposuction surgery is no exception.

Dr. Vinyard is able to remove careful amounts of fat from your arms to ensure the precise outcome that you desire, in contrast to non-invasive treatments which are a bit less exact with their results. Non-surgical options tend to cause general area improvement rather than carefully, fine-tuned sculpting.

Liposuctioning the arms allows Dr. Vinyard to select the specific amount of fat to remove to create the perfect aesthetic appearance for your body. Your arms can be stunningly proportional again. Dr. Vinyard doesn't simply make use of liposuction to remove undesirable fat, but does it with a detailed aesthetic objective in mind.

How Is Arm Liposuction Performed?

The liposuction surgery of the arms is an invasive, but not an overwhelmingly difficult process. The surgery will likely take place at your surgeon’s office. (Be certain that the surgeon you select is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and is known for their expert, professional results.) Prior to your liposuction, Dr. Vinyard will note the precise areas of your body to be treated then begin the surgical operation.

During the treatment, it is probable that only local anesthetic is used. Rather than being unconscious, the anesthetic is only applied to the area undergoing surgery. This procedure results in quicker healing and improved outcomes.

Two lacerations are cut in the arms: one near the elbow joint, the other toward the back of the underarm. This allows the elimination of undesirable fat while maintaining control over the slimming of your arms. As soon as the lacerations are made, Dr. Vinyard will insert a cannula, the steel tube used during liposuction procedures. With a smooth backward and forward motion along the skin's surface area, he utilizes the cannula to aid in breaking up the fat cells, which are then sucked out of the body.

This treatment leaves the skin, capillaries, nerves, and muscles intact, reducing both recovery and scarring as much as possible. Because of that, you'll go home the day of the treatment. It’s important to remember to have a friend or spouse to drive you home after the surgery, however, since your arms will be extremely bruised and swollen.

Can Liposuction Also Address The Bra Roll Area?

In resolving the upper arm issues, Dr. Vinyard will address not only the underarm area, but the area just behind the armpits as well. When arms build up fat, it is rarely limited to the single underarm area. Bra rolls are a severe issue for women since they are so noticeable when they bulge out underneath clothing, pajamas, or swimsuits.

By addressing the bra roll area behind the underarm, along with the arms, this method is ideal for any individual looking for an aesthetic improvement in their arms as it ensures longer lasting results. If you thin out the arms, but not the bra roll area, you will still have a bit of a pudgy, bloated appearance. Removing some excess fat from the bra roll area increases the overall appearance of the shoulder and back area, ensuring that you will walk away from the surgical treatment with the results that you are looking for.

How Long Will Recovery From Arm Liposuction Take?

#1. No Driving

Remember that you will need a friend to drive you home from the appointment. It won’t be possible for you to drive yourself home the day of the surgery, or for several days after you have the surgical procedure. Prepare ahead for a friend, family member, or spouse to drive you home.

#2. Take Your Antibiotics

Your doctor will likely write you a prescription for antibiotics, which it is advisable that you fill before the surgery in order to minimize your efforts afterwards. Remember to always carefully follow the instructions given to you by your surgeon.

#3. You Will Need Time On Bedrest

When you arrive home the afternoon of your surgery, it’s critical that you rest. You will likely experience some pain for the first 2 or 3 days, as the sutures heal. Your surgeon may also require you to utilize a compression sling to help minimize the scarring from the incisions.

Following a liposuction procedure, you should expect to need some downtime. Arm liposuction is less severe than traditional liposuction, but it is still an invasive surgical procedure. You will still have four incisions made on your body. You must still beware infection. These are all factors which must be taken into consideration when you are anticipating your recovery time frame, location, and activities.

#4. You Will Be Unable To Lift Heavy Objects

Lifting more than ten pounds or being overly active will not be possible for up to six weeks after the procedure. If you have small children, you must keep in mind that rough housing or lifting them will also not be possible for a few weeks.

#5. Help Around The House

This also applies to the kitchen. Lifting heavy objects or being overly active will be simply impossible for a few days while you recover. It might be necessary to get help around the house, in the kitchen, and with your children or grandchildren for the week after the surgery.

#6. Be Patient & Give Your Body Time To Heal

Expect bruising, swelling, and soreness for at least a few weeks, along with needing to take prescription antibiotics to prevent infection. Be patient with your arms and allow them to recover fully before pushing the envelope. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities within two weeks.

Will My Arm Liposuction Outcome Be Permanent?

The fat cells are completely removed during the liposuction surgical procedure. However, if you put extra weight back on, that will result in the creation of new fat cells, which will eventually cause the regrowth of fat in the underarm area.

To ensure the maintenance of your brand-new arm shape after the surgical procedure, follow a healthy lifestyle which includes lots of lean protein, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products. Don’t forget to exercise regularly. Once you’ve gotten rid of the fat through liposuction, make sure to keep it off for good!

In determining whether arm liposuction is the optimal option for you, you should keep all of these things in mind. Will you be able to take a few days of downtime to recover? Do you want a specific, slimming aesthetic appearance?

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.