Upper Arm Liposuction Overview

Upper arm liposuction is a popular form of liposuction, performed to remove areas of fat on the upper arms that have not responded to diet or exercise. Upper arm liposuction is particularly popular with women who are unhappy with the appearance of their upper arms. Some people also decide to have a brachioplasty, or arm lift, a surgical procedure to remove excess loose skin on the upper arm. An arm lift can be performed in conjunction with an arm liposuction to make the arm appear thinner and younger.

Liposuction is a thriving area of cosmetic surgery. New liposuction techniques and treatment methods are continuously being developed to improve results and safety.

Am I a Candidate for Upper Arm Liposuction?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, liposuction was the third most popular surgical cosmetic procedure in 2006, with almost 303,000 procedures performed. However, the society does not break down this statistic into what parts of the body were treated, so it is not known how many liposuction procedures were performed on the arms compared to other body parts. Liposuction can be done on several sites at the same time, such as arms and abdomen or thighs.

Deciding to have arm liposuction, or any cosmetic surgery, is a serious matter. You should be in good overall health and free of any active diseases or other pre-existing medical conditions that could make you unable to endure the surgery and recovery. You should also have skin that is elastic enough to allow it to heal properly after the procedure and adapt to the new shape of the arms. If your skin is not sufficiently elastic, you might need an arm lift.

You may not be a good candidate for upper arm liposuction if you have ever had surgery on the lymph nodes in your armpit or upper chest area, such as having lymph nodes removed during a mastectomy or lumpectomy. You should discuss this with your surgeon.

Besides being in good physical health, you should be in good mental and emotional health. As with any surgery, the recovery time for liposuction can difficult and slow. It requires patience and mental stability. Some people go through a period of depression after surgery, so its important for you to be mentally and emotionally healthy to ensure this temporary depression does not worsen a pre-existing problem.

You should also have realistic expectations of what liposuction on your arms can do for you. Liposuction is recommended for people who are already within 20% of their ideal weight. It is not intended to be a weight loss surgery, but rather a procedure to remove stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to dieting and exercise. You should discuss how you want to look with your surgeon to ensure that your goals can be attained through surgery.

Medical insurance usually will not cover the costs associated with arm liposuction. You will be responsible for the costs of the procedure. Financing is available, however.

Although there are many benefits to arm liposuction, the procedure is not right for everyone. The contraindications for upper-arm liposuction are the same as for liposuction anywhere else on the body. You can read more about whether or not you are a good candidate at Liposuction.

Arm Liposuction Techniques

There are several different liposuction techniques, but in all of them, a surgeon inserts a narrow tube called a cannula through a small incision in the skin. He or she works the tip of the cannula back and forth through the fat to be removed, breaking up this fat. As the fat is broken up, a strong vacuum device sucks it out of the body through the cannula. The most common liposuction techniques used now are wet, superwet, tumescent, ultrasonic-assisted, power-assisted and laser-assisted.

How Arm Liposuction Is Performed

The length of time needed for an upper arm liposuction will depend on the technique used and on the amount of fat to be removed, but usually the procedure takes an hour or two. If other procedures, such as liposuction on other areas or breast enhancement are done at the same time, the overall surgery time will be longer.

In a typical arm liposuction procedure, the surgeon makes small incisions just above the elbows. These incisions are used at the entry points for cannulas used to break down and suction out fat.

An arm liposuction has several phases, including:

Preparation: During the preparation phase, your surgeon will put marks on you to indicate where the incisions will be made and the areas of fat to be treated. You will be scrubbed with an antimicrobial agent to minimize the risk of infection. An intravenous (IV) line will be started and you will be hooked up to devices that will keep track of your heart rate and other vital signs. The IV will be used to maintain your hydration levels or to administer medications during the procedure.

Anesthesia: Before your surgery date, you and your surgeon should discuss the choice of anesthesia. Several types of anesthesia can be used for an arm liposuction, including general anesthesia, light sedation, or local anesthesia, with or without a mild sedative. Arm liposuction patients are usually comfortable with local anesthesia, where the arms are numbed, because the volume of fat being removed is usually small. However, if other areas are to be treated or other procedures will be combined with the liposuction, your surgeon may advise using another form of anesthesia.

Upper Arm Liposuction Procedure: After anesthesia is administered, the surgery starts. Your surgeon will make the incisions and follow the premarked guidelines to break up and remove arm fat. After the liposuction is complete, a dressing is applied to protect the incisions.

Arm Liposuction Recovery: During recovery, you are awakened and moved to a recovery room where staff members can monitor your vital statistics for a few hours. Some people will feel pain, nausea, emotional anguish or cold as they come out of anesthesia. The staff can give you pain relievers, antinausea medications or warm blankets.

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