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Tumescent liposuction of the arms is consistently one of the most highly satisfying and rewarding liposuction procedures. The results are almost always impressive and more rewarding than expected. Reducing the fat on the back of the arms is aesthetically pleasing for most women.

Arm Liposuction Before & After Photos
Liposuction of the extended arms
*Actual patients. Results may vary and are not guaranteed.

Many women are genetically predisposed to fat accumulation on the back of the upper arms, the area that overlies the triceps muscle. Even with the most dedicated exercise regimen for the triceps muscle, it is very hard to sculpt this area without help. Women complain that they know they have a firm and toned triceps muscle, but it is hidden beneath a layer of fat.

Another common problem for women is that sleeves may feel tight when the correct size is worn for the bodice. This makes blouse and dress selection very frustrating.

The goal of liposuction of the back of the arms is a reduction of the fat to reveal the underlying toned triceps muscle, allow a more comfortable fit in sleeves and to feel more attractive in sleeveless or short-sleeved blouses and dresses. These are goals that are usually realistic for most women who are seeking liposuction of the arms.

The heavy dangling appearance of the arms when they are raised is very troubling to most women. When the weight of the fat is reduced with liposuction the skin will contract to a significant degree and the “flapping” of the arm skin is often markedly reduced, if not completely eliminated. The degree of improvement depends on the condition of the arm skin. If there has not been excessive weight fluctuations, the skin will often be fine. If there have been weight gains resulting in stretch marks, the skin may not fare as well where the stretch marks are present, but stretch marks are usually confined to the upper part of the arm by the axilla.

In fact, the upper arm skin does so well in most cases that the more invasive and severe procedure of an arm lift, or brachioplasty as it is called, is usually not necessary. Scars from brachioplasty procedures are often unsightly and undesirable.

The most attractive result of arm liposuction is when there is a reduction of fat, but not a total elimination of the fat of the back of the arms. When too much fat is taken, the arm can appear too thinned. A small amount of residual fat left as a smooth layer under the skin is the best outcome. The use of the SlimLipo™ laser can help achieve a smooth reduction.

An associated problem with excess fat on the arms is the problem of fat bulges in front of and behind the axilla or armpit area. These bulges often protrude above the bra and are unattractive. These bulges may be improved with liposuction and during a consultation with Dr. Finder it can be determined if liposuction would be beneficial.

Recovery from arm liposuction is usually straightforward. The arms will feel sore like an intense workout. There aren’t restrictions on activity and it is best to go back to normal activities including lift as soon as soreness permits.

Arm liposuction is a very popular procedure in South Texas, where the warm weather makes wearing sleeveless and short-sleeved tops common throughout most of the year. Arm liposuction provides women with a slimmer contour to the arms. There is a reduction of flabbiness and fat in the upper arms and improved appearance in the folds of skin near the axilla.

Tumescent anesthesia technique liposuction of the arms provides a safe and highly rewarding solution. It often can help with skin laxity in the right patient, resulting in sculpted and smaller looking arms.

Visit our cosmetic dermatology and liposuction office in San Antonio, Texas (TX), near the Boerne, New Braunfels, Kerrville, San Marcos, Austin, TX area.