Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure that involves removing fat from many different sites on the body. It is also known as liposculpture suction lipectomy, lipoplasty or simply lipo. Liposuction can be performed on many different areas of the body including
- Outer thighs (saddlebags)
- Flanks (love handles)
- Inner thighs
- Inner knees
- Upper arms
- Submental (Chin, gullet)
- Gynecomastia(male breast tissue)
Below we will discuss arm liposuction, its benefits, what candidates are appropriate for this liposuction, the actual procedure, the risks and effects, the recovery time and care guidelines, the cost and some before and after pictures.
Arm liposuction is the removal of fat and excess skin from the arm, reducing the circumference and reshaping the upper arm area. In order to maximize the effectiveness of the procedure, we go through a consultation process to determine how effective the procedure will be on each individual patient and what can be done to improve the success of the procedure.
The Benefits of Arm Liposuction
The main aim of upper arm liposuction is to improve the uneven appearance of the arms, by removing fat in the arm areas. Additionally, there are a number of other benefits that result from arm liposuction including
- A thinner and more toned appearance of the arms
- Trim, firm arms that have a more youthful appearance
- A boost to your self confidence
- The minimization of fatty deposits around the upper arm region
- Minimal scarring (almost invisible)
If you are looking for these kind of benefits from a cosmetic surgery procedure, you may be a candidate for arm liposuction, read on to find out if you are an appropriate candidate for arm liposuction.
Who is a Candidate for Arm Liposuction?
While arm liposuction is effective at removing fat from your arms, it is not a substitute for diet and exercise. Arm liposuction assists in removing those stubborn areas of fat that just won’t budge. It is good for people that are generally healthy, eat well and do some form of exercise regularly. It is especially effective for those people that have bulkiness in their arms, that feel a reduction in this will make them feel less self-conscious and feel more content with themselves. It is not for people who are extremely overweight, those who don’t regularly exercise and those who have a bad diet. If you are unsure whether you are an appropriate candidate or not, please contact us and we will determine if you an appropriate candidate for arm liposuction.
The type of liposuction we use when performing arm liposuction is called tumescent suction assisted fine cannula lipo or more simply Suction assisted Liposuction (SAL). This is the standard method of liposuction and typically yields the best and safest results for most patients. In this procedure, a small cannula is inserted through a small incision and this is then attached to a vacuum device. The surgeon will then push and pull the cannula in a forwards and backwards motion, carefully through the fat layer which breaks up fat cells and then draws them out of the body by suction. Additionally, the tumescent technique means that general anesthetic is not needed and local anesthetic is used instead as well as the procedure minimizing blood loss during the procedure. The procedure typically takes around two hours to perform, but this time varies from patient to patient due to factors such as the amount of fat in the arms and the shape of the arms.
There are a number of risks associated with most forms of surgery and arm liposuction is no exception. However, we implement numerous safety procedures to ensure minimal risk is involved in your procedure to make you feel safe and comfortable. Risks that are specific to arm liposuction include
- The patient not maintaining a low fat diet, allowing fat to return to the arm
- If the fat is removed from the arms, the skin may not return to its previous state, leaving unnatural folds in the skin. This is not the case with every patient and we do our best to prevent this from occurring. Additionally if it does occur, there a number of procedures that can be undergone to fix this issue, such as a Brachioplasty( arm -lift)
The major risks associated with cosmetic surgery in general are
- Dissatisfaction with results
- Health Status
- Anesthesia Risks
- Social and Psychological Risks
To learn more about the risks associated with cosmetic surgery and what we do to prevent them, take a look at our article on the risks of cosmetic surgery.
Recovery and care guidelines
Every person’s recovery is different and recovery time depends on numerous factors such as how you care for yourself after the surgery, your health status, the success of the procedure, the type of procedure as well as numerous other factors. To assist you in your recovery, below you will find information about recovery and care guidelines after your procedure.
As you recover from your arm liposuction procedure, a compression garment or elastic bandages may cover treatment areas, once your procedure is completed. This is done to help control swelling and to compress the skin to your new body contours. In addition to this, small temporary drains are sometimes placed in existing incisions beneath the skin in order to remove excess blood or fluid. This ensures that your results will be as effective as possible.
After this, you will be given specific instructions on how to care for yourself after the procedure that may include:
- When to follow up with your cosmetic surgeon
- Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and to reduce the potential for infection
- How to care for the surgical site and drains
- Specific concerns and issues to look for at the surgical site or in your general health
On top of this, make sure that you ask your cosmetic surgeon questions about what you can expect during your recovery period. Questions may include:
- What medication will I be given or prescribed after the procedure?
- Where will I be taken after my procedure is complete?
- Will I have dressings/bandages after the procedure?
- Are stitches removed? When?
- When can I resume normal activity and exercise?
- When do I return for follow-up care?
The swelling may take several months to fully dissipate. While it does this, your contours and your enhanced self-image should continue to develop. However, you can typically return to your normal schedule the day after, but allow a few weeks to go by before undergoing normal exercise. If you are unsure about how long to wait before returning to your normal activities, talk to your doctor who will explain when it will be safe for you to return to your normal activities.
Cost varies significantly depending on factors such as personal health, the difficulty of the procedure, if it is done in conjunction with other procedures as well as numerous other factors. So either give us a call or come in for a consultation and we will provide you with an estimate of how much the surgery will cost for you so that you can determine what cosmetic procedures you want.
Dr Wayne Young is one of the best cosmetic surgeons in Sydney, using his extensive training in both plastic and cosmetic surgery to achieve fantastic results. He listens to his patients and develops a wonderful rapport, discovering the changes they want and showing how much he really cares, allowing him to fulfill his goal to “not only make beautiful people, but to make people’s lives beautiful”. Dr Young is very effective at performing arm liposuction in Sydney and gives you the results you want. This is what sets Dr Young apart from his contemporaries and has allowed him to become one of the best cosmetic surgeons in Sydney.