Many individuals have excess fatty pockets in the area along the back of the arm. These fatty pockets can be hard to eliminate with diet and exercise alone.
An experienced cosmetic surgeon can help tone the inner and outer areas of the arm as well as contour the shoulders and biceps simultaneously. Liposuction plastic surgery can effectively contour the arm to improve its overall shape and appearance faster than any other solution.
Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides liposuction body contouring to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and surrounding communities.
Need for Arms Liposuction
Patients seek arm liposuction for many reasons, including:
- To achieve slimmer arms that tone easily
- To eliminate the flabby appearance of arms, particularly the back of the arms
- To look more appealing in photos
- To reduce sagginess on the back of the arms
Anesthesia and Treatment Experience
The patient will receive some form of anesthesia during the arms liposuction plastic surgery procedure. The surgeon may recommend general, local, or twilight sleep anesthesia.
Generally, liposuction of the arms is performed using local anesthesia. During the injection of local anesthesia, the patient will experience some stinging. The anesthesia will numb or freeze the arms.
Once the arms are numb, the procedure is performed usually with little discomfort. But the patient may experience some spot sensitivity. Patients who are awake during this procedure usually describe the procedure as “not delightful, but tolerable.”
In addition, general anesthesia and twilight sleep are options for patients who do not want to feel or recall anything about the surgery. But these options may cause the patient to feel groggy upon waking up and increase the procedure costs.
Arm Liposuction Techniques
Liposuction plastic surgery only removes excess fat. It does not firm or eliminates hanging or sagging skin. Some patients have adequate skin elasticity to enable the arms to tighten on their own.
Patients who lack sufficient skin elasticity in the arm area may need to undergo liposuction along with another procedure, such as a tuck.
Lately, many patients are curious about laser liposuction as an alternative to traditional liposuction surgery. Laser liposuction is not “safer” or “better” than other liposuction techniques. Laser liposuction will also not tighten loose skin, similar to traditional liposuction.
Liposuction can effectively offer patients the sculpted, slim arms that they desire. Patients should understand that the liposuction technique is secondary to the surgeon who is performing the procedure.
A skilled and experienced cosmetic surgeon will match the technique to the patient’s needs and not the other way around. This is important to accomplish optimal results.
Following the surgery, the patient may experience side-effects such as swelling, bruising, and altered sensation, including numbness and tingling.
Each patient recovers differently, but patients are usually able to return to work in a few days after the procedure. In general, the bruising resolves in two to four weeks. The inflammation will subside over one to two months.
Upper arm lift (Brachioplasty) is an effective solution to remove sagging skin in the upper arm region. But it can leave behind a long scar down the inside of the arm. The scar will remain discreet when the arms are down at the sides. However, it may be visible when the arm is raised.
Plastic surgeons at VIPS and MBody receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and nearby areas for liposuction body sculpting.
For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin at the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery and M Body Contouring and Laser Centerplease visit:
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