Arm Liposuction is a unique derivation of liposuction that targets excess fat in the upper arm in order to provide a smoother, more uniform body contour. This type of liposuction consistently earns top marks from patients for satisfaction with both the surgery and the end appearance. The following information will serve as a basic guide to situations calling for arm liposuction as well as the surgery itself. However, you should always consult with your surgeons in regards to any more questions you have about the surgical process or what procedure would work best for your own unique body.
Am I A Good candidate?
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. Most women do not want arms that appear muscular or masculine. A heavy, bulky arm gives the appearance of obesity, a thinner arm helps to give the appearance of a thinner body.
Objectives of Arm Liposuction
The aesthetic goal of arm liposuction is for a woman to feel more attractive in social situations while wearing short sleeve clothing. 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 threefold:
- To improve a disproportionate appearance of the arm, while maintaining the quality of female beauty.
- To allow the patient to feel more comfortable and less self-conscious when wearing a sleeveless blouse.
- 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.
Areas of Interest for Arm Liposuction
- The pendulous drooping flap of the skin hanging from a fat arm when it is held in a horizontal position can be eliminated by tumescent liposuction using microcannulas. It is not sufficient to merely do liposuction on the back of the arm. The guiding principle in liposuction of the arms is the concept of removing the weight of the subcutaneous fat from 75 percent or more of the arm’s circumference. By doing liposuction almost around the entire arm, the weight of fat on the skin is eliminated and normal skin elasticity results in a dramatic improvement.*
- Anterior axillary fat pads are located on the chest just in front of the armpit. These fat pads become more prominent with age and with increasing degrees of obesity. Even in some relatively thin women, the anterior axillary 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 eliminated by tumescent liposuction using microcannulas. It is often convenient to do liposuction of the anterior axillary fat pads at the same time as liposuction of the arms.
- Posterior axillary fat pads 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 axillary fat pads at the same time as liposuction of the arms. Anterior axillary and posterior axillary areas require absorptive padding for only one to two days. The absorptive pads are best held in place with a torso compression garment.
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