Problem Area - Thick Arms
The Problem is thick arms. The main reason is fat. The arms are one of the common areas of fat distribution and accumulation in the female. It is one of the “problem” areas. The problem is often compounded with cellulite in that area and stretch marks. Like all fat in the female body, the fat in the arms is under hormonal control as well (estrogen and progesterone).
The objective with liposuction is NOT to remove the maximum amount of fat possible. Removing too much –resulting in arms that are disproportionately thin- may make them look deformed rather than attractive.
Who is it for?
This procedure produces great results but it is not for everyone. The patients who do well are the patients that have good quality skin and good elasticity. This procedure is for those with excess arm fat and good skin elasticity. If the patient suffers from excessive fat and excessive skin or poor quality skin then that patient will require an arm lift instead of liposuction. In some cases some patients do best with a combination of both an arm lift and arm liposuction.
There is usually no alternative. People can lose a lot of weight but if their arms are a problem, “stubborn” area they will not be able to achieve the look of a beautiful shapely arm just by weight reduction and exercise. Liposuction for the arms is not only a procedure to reduce the fat content of the arms but furthermore and more importantly to reshape them and give them a beautiful contour and the look of toned arms.
What to expect
I use microcannulas and one incision only just above the elbow crease. The incision is 2-3 mm long and by placing it in a natural crease of the elbow it eventually heals without being visible. Rarely another tiny incision placed in the arm pit may be utilized which heals without leaving visible marks.
The use of microcannulas ensures a smoother outcome-without leaving any contour irregularities of the skin. The skin should be smooth and even after the surgery. The traditional liposuction tumescent technique yields excellent outcomes. The whole circumference of the arm can be liposuctioned if that is needed.
All liposuction procedures cause inflammation which translates to some discomfort. This discomfort however is limited however with this procedure. I often tell me patients they will feel their arms sore just like when they have an intense work out of the arms. The arms are wrapped with bandages after the surgery and the bandages are removed the next day. I place no drains in the arms for this surgery. I allow free range of motion from the same day of surgery. The patients do not need to stay in the hospital and go home the same day after the surgery.
The beautiful results can be seen immediately after surgery and continue to improve for the first six months after surgery (as the postoperative edema goes completely away).
Patients can return to work within 2-3 days following surgery.
The possible complications of arm liposuction are basically the same as liposuction of other areas. With proper patient selection the risks are minimal.
The operation can be done with either of three choices:
- General anesthesia
- Local anesthesia and sedation
- Local anesthesia only