Liposuction of the arms provides excellent cosmetic results. The arms are one of the areas that consistently yield the highest level of patient satisfaction and happiness.
Am I a good candidate for arms liposuction?
Not everyone is a good candidate. But for appropriate patients, the results are most satisfying. Liposuction of the arms is almost exclusively a procedure for women. Exercise of the arms does not reduce the volume of fat located on the arms. A heavy bulky arm gives the appearance obesity, a thinner arm helps to give the appearance of a thinner body.
Older liposuction techniques would also often include an additional excision of skin from inner side of the arm with resulting unsightly scars. With tumescent liposuction of the arms using microcannulas excision of skin might not be necessary.
The aesthetic goal of arm liposuction is for a woman to feel more attractive in social situations while wearing short sleeve clothing. The typical social activities involve standing or walking, sedately sitting at a table while eating or drinking, or seated at a desk writing, typing or conversing on a telephone. The goal of arm liposuction is 1) to improve a disproportionate appearance of the arm, while maintaining the quality of female beauty, 2) to allow the patient to feel more comfortable and less self-conscious when wearing a sleeveless blouse, 3) to achieve a thinner appearance of the arms when the arms are in a relaxed, dependent position alongside of the torso. The goal is not to remove the maximum possible amount of fat. Arms that are disproportionately skinny with an otherwise obese body, might appear deformed rather than attractive.
Front Arm Fat Pads
These are located on the chest just in front of the arm-pit. These fat pads become more prominent with age and with gaining weight. However, in some relatively thin women, the anterior arm fat pad can be disproportionately large. A tightly fitting bra causes the fat pads to bulge unattractively above the bra. These fat pads can be treated by liposuction using microcannulas.
Posterior Arm Fat Pads
These are located just behind the arm-pit on the side of the back. In some women these fat pads can be a cosmetic problem. It is often convenient to do liposuction of the posterior arm fat pads at the same time as liposuction of the arms.
After Arm Liposuction
After surgery care for liposuction of the arms is relatively simple with only a moderate degree of compression necessary for only a few days. Drainage from the arms usually lasts less than a couple of days after surgery. Dressings consist of absorbent pads, initially held in place by tubular elastic netting, over which are wrapped elastic non-adhesive ace-type bandages. The patient can usually remove and re-apply these dressings without assistance. Postoperative improvement is rapid. Virtually every patient attains significant degree improvement within a few days after surgery.