Lipoplasty, also named liposuction or liposculpture, is a surgical procedure
designed to remove deposits of excess fat to create a desired body contour. Although
liposuction is not a weight loss technique, it can effectively eliminate excess
fat deposits in particular areas of the body, including the arms, restoring a
more proportionate and healthy body contour.
trim arms create a more youthful appearance and can provide an
incentive to exercise regularly to maintain fitness. After liposuction,
patients who have been self-conscious about their heavy arms
gain a sense of self-confidence.
is arm liposuction performed?
the procedure, the surgeon makes a tiny incision in the skin,
typically near the elbow or in the armpit crease, and inserts
a thin tube called a cannula into the fatty area. The cannula
is used to break up the fat deposits and sculpt the area to the
desired proportions. Unwanted fat is suctioned out with a high-pressure
vacuum, leaving the skin, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels
intact. The technique chosen for your operation will be determined
by a combination of factors, including the scope and location
of the area, your surgeon's training and experience, as well
as your personal preferences. There are a several techniques
available to perform this procedure.
the super-wet technique, a saline solution containing a local
anesthetic and adrenaline is injected into the area to be treated,
which makes the fat deposits easier to break up and extract.
This extra fluid also minimizes trauma to the surrounding tissue,
reducing swelling and post-operative pain. The administration
of adrenaline also decreases bleeding during surgery, further
tumescent technique involves injecting a solution with a local
anesthetic into the areas to be treated prior to suctioning.
An incision is made near the area from which the fat is to be
removed; and a specially designed surgical tube, called a cannula,
is placed through the incision into the fat. The cannula is attached
by flexible tubing to a vacuum pump that removes the fat by suction
as the cannula is manipulated beneath the skin. Compared to other
conventional liposuction techniques, the tumescent technique
is more precise and accurate. This procedure minimizes blood
loss, removes more fat and has a faster recovery time.
relatively new method, ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL),
uses sound waves to liquefy the fat after the injection of fluids.
UAL minimizes trauma, bruising and blood loss. UAL is particularly
useful on fibrous areas of the body.
long does arm liposuction take?
liposuction generally takes one to two hours to complete.
type of anesthesia is used?
liposuction is usually performed using local anesthesia along
with a light sedative to make you feel drowsy and relaxed. General
anesthesia may also be used, causing you to be asleep during
the whole procedure.
is the procedure performed?
procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, in the surgeon's
office-based surgical suite, an outpatient surgical facility,
can I return home and resume normal activities?
is no hospital stay required and normal activities may be resumed
in approximately one week.
do I prepare for arm liposuction?
your initial consultation, your surgeon will discuss the changes
that you would like to make to your appearance. Since the appearance
of your arms is a matter of personal perception and preference,
you will need to discuss your concerns in detail so your surgeon
can determine the appropriate alternatives. You also should make
arrangements ahead of time for someone to drive you to and from
your procedure and to assist you with your daily activities during
your recovery period.
to your surgical procedure, the surgeon will perform a complete
health history and physical examination to evaluate your overall
weight, your skin and muscle tone and the overall distribution
of fat deposits. In particular your surgeon will ask you about
any problems you have had with high blood pressure, blood clotting
or a tendency to develop large scars.
of your allergies, medications and previous surgeries should
be brought to your surgeon's attention at this time. Specific
instructions to assist you in preparing for this procedure will
be given to you after the health history and physical is complete.
Depending on your individual health status, the instructions
may include guidelines regarding your diet, alcohol intake, smoking
and which medications to take or avoid. Your experience will
be much smoother if you remain compliant with your surgeon's
precautions are necessary during recovery?
of the bruising and swelling should subside within three weeks.
Compression bands must be worn for several weeks to ensure the
shape of your arms. Please ask your surgeon for after care instructions
specific to your case, as these will assist you during your recovery
are the possible complications after arm liposuction?
surgery, some patients experience dimpling, lumpiness, numbness,
scarring, discoloration, or sagging skin in the treated area.
Follow-up surgery may be needed to correct these problems. UAL
liposuction may cause friction burns to the skin or to the internal
serious complications include blood clots, infection, excessive
fluid loss leading to shock, fluid build-up in the lungs, and
drug overdose. The removal of large amounts of fat, multiple
procedures, and the use of general anesthesia is associated with
increased risks of serious complications. It is always important
to be informed about the possible complications before any surgery.
Be sure to discuss any concerns you may have with your surgeon.
results can I expect after arm liposuction?
arm may be stiff and sore for a few days, and you may experience
some pain, burning, swelling, bleeding or temporary numbness.
If necessary, your surgeon can prescribe medication to relieve
this initial discomfort.
surgeon may prescribe an antibiotic ointment to prevent infection
at the incision sites. Your stitches will be removed in a week
to 10 days, unless they dissolve on their own. You will be fitted
with a compression band to cut down on swelling and to hold your
arm in its new shape until the tissues have adjusted.
the normal aging process affects the firmness and elasticity
of the skin, older patients may not experience results as dramatic
as those typically achieved in younger patients. Although liposuction
cannot alter skin quality or muscle tone, and should not be a
substitute for regular exercise and a balanced diet, your arm
will always be slimmer than it was prior to this procedure.
liposuction is often performed in conjunction with an arm lift
to achieve the most desirable results. Most people are pleased
with the new contour of their arm and often feel a boost in energy