Many individuals have excess fatty pockets along the back of the upper arm. These fatty sites are challenging to address exclusively with diet and exercise.
An experienced surgeon can use liposuction to tone the inner and outer areas of the upper arm as well as the shoulders and biceps. Liposuction plastic surgery sculpts the arm to improve the overall shape and appearance more effectively than any other treatment option available.
Patients seek arm liposuction for various reasons, such as:
- Acquiring slimmer arms that tone easily
- Improving the appearance of flabby arms, particularly the back of the arms
- Look more appealing in photographs
- Reduce the fat that hangs down from the back of the arms
Board certified plastic surgeons at the Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) provide liposuction body sculpting to patients in Houston, Texas, TX, and surrounding locations.
Anesthesia and Treatment Experience
The patient will be given some type of anesthesia- general, local, or twilight sleep anesthesia. The procedure is typically performed using local anesthesia. When the local anesthetic is injected, the patient will experience a stinging sensation.
This will freeze or numb the arms. Once the arms are numbed, the patient will typically experience little discomfort during the procedure. But they may feel some spot sensitivity. Patients often describe liposuction using local anesthesia as “not delightful, but tolerable.”
For patients who do not want to recall anything about the procedure, general anesthesia or twilight sleep anesthesia are suitable options. But these options may make them feel groggy from being unconscious and involve higher costs.
Techniques for Upper Arm Liposuction
Liposuction removes excess fat, but it does not tighten or eliminate hanging or loose skin. Certain patients have sufficient skin elasticity to allow the skin to tighten on its own. However, sometimes patients may need an additional procedure, such as a tuck, to eliminate sagging skin.
Many patients are evaluating laser liposuction as a substitute for traditional liposuction in recent times. Laser liposuction is not generally considered “safer” or “better” than other forms of liposuction. Laser liposuction will not tighten sagging skin, similar to traditional liposuction.
Liposuction of the upper arm is an effective way to accomplish sleeker, more toned arms. But it is important for the patient to understand that the technique used is secondary to the qualifications and experience of the operating surgeon.
An experienced surgeon matches the liposuction cosmetic surgery technique to the specific needs of the patient, rather than the other way around. This is crucial to accomplishing excellent results.
Following the upper arm liposuction procedure, the patient will be allowed to return home and will be given aftercare instructions, prescriptions, and an appointment for post-operative follow-up. Swelling, bruising, and changes in sensation (including numbness and tingling) are some after-effects of the procedure.
Each patient will experience a different recovery. However, a majority of patients will be able to return to work in a few days. The bruising will usually subside in two to four weeks, and the inflammation will take between one to two months to resolve.
Cosmetic surgeons at the ACPS receive patients from Houston, Texas, TX, and nearby areas for liposuction body contouring.
For more information about The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) physicians and the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures they perform please click here or call us at 713.799.9999. We have offices in and around Houston, Texas.