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Arm Liposuction


Liposuction (or liposculpture) is a cosmetic procedure primarily used to remove unwanted fat from different areas of the body. Liposuction remains one of the most popular cosmetic procedures, with over 245,000 people undergoing surgery in 2017 and over 18,000 undergoing arm lift procedures.

One of the main reasons liposuction has remained so popular is because the procedure can be performed on several areas of the body, one of the most popular areas being the arms.

What is Arm Liposuction?

Liposuction for your arms follows an almost identical process as any other typical liposuction procedure, the only difference is the area where the fat is being removed from. The aim of arm liposuction is to contour the appearance of your arm to make it look smoother and patients who are healthy and in good shape will see greater benefits post-procedure. Arm liposuction results are generally long-lasting providing you maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.

What does Arm Liposuction Involve?

As with all liposuction procedures, your treatment will begin with a consultation with your chosen surgical consultant. During your consultation, your surgeon will highlight the areas where you are looking to have the fat removed. They will place markings on your skin to help guide the operation and give you a clear indication of where the fat will be removed from.

Arm lift/reduction surgery can involve one or both two key surgeries- liposuction and/or skin excision. Liposuction is singularly successful if there are large amounts of extra fat. This typically works best in younger patients whose skin is more likely to ‘bounce back’. During liposuction, a discreet incision is made by the surgeon enabling him to remove the fat and begin to contour and sculpt the arm.

If you have slim arms without any extra fat- just loose, empty skin, then skin reduction is most suitable as there is no fat to remove in the first place. Your surgeon will most likely draw an ellipse from your elbow up to your armpit, placed as discreetly as possible to minimise the visibility of scarring.

The above are examples of two ends of the spectrum and not suitable options for all; most patients will need a combination of both liposuction and skin reduction to reduce fat deposits and loose skin. Your surgeon will carefully assess you and make various skin markings to produce symmetrical and slim arms. Your arms will be bandaged to help reduce the swelling and bruising.

How Long does Arm Liposuction Take?

Depending on the extent of the procedure, arm liposuction can take anywhere between one and three hours. This is because each patient’s treatment is unique and tailored to their individual requirements. The time of your surgery can be discussed in more detail with your surgeon.

How Much is Arm Liposuction?

The price of arm liposuction differs from patient to patient. After your consultation, your surgeon will be able to give you a detailed price depending on your requirements. However, you can expect to pay anywhere between £1,500 to £4,500 for arm liposuction.

Choosing your Surgeon

Choosing your surgeon is one of the most important parts of your surgical process. All liposuction procedures are very personal, so it’s important that you feel comfortable throughout the entire process, and this starts with choosing your surgeon.

All surgeons at The McIndoe Centre are able to perform liposuction and arm lift surgery. Take a look at our list of consultants here.

As this is an elective surgery, it’s unlikely that it will be covered by your insurance. However, The McIndoe Centre are able to help with financing your arm liposuction treatment. For more information on our payment process, please call us on 01342 488054.

All consultants at The McIndoe Centre are fully accredited and are on the specialist register of the General Medical Council. A number of our consultants who specialise in plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery are also members of leading professional bodies such as BAPRAS (British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgeons) or BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons).

Arm Liposuction Aftercare

Patients can expect minor swelling of the operated area post-surgery. This is entirely normal and the pain can be helped with painkillers. You will also be provided with compression garments (as with any other liposuction surgery). The compression bandages help to reduce swelling, bruising and generally aid the recovery process. Tenderness is to be expected and you may experience some numbness in the area, but both symptoms should resolve themselves within a few weeks after surgery.

What are the Benefits of Arm Liposuction?

Arm liposuction can produce exceptional results in the form of removing stubborn fat pockets under the arms. The results of arm liposuction are usually very long-lasting and this will improve immensely if you maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.

You will not be able to witness your full results until around 6+ months have passed, as there may be swelling and bruising and your skin needs time to heal post procedure. Each patient will experience a different recovery journey, you need to be patient and allow your body the time to heal throughout this process.

Remember: It’s important to understand that liposuction can’t remove cellulite or stretch-marks and is not a treatment for obesity or a weight-loss alternative. If your surgeon believes you are not an appropriate candidate for arm liposuction due to these reasons, they may refuse to operate or ask for you to return when you are a healthier weight.

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