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When genetics, aging, and hormonal factors cause body fat to accumulate in the upper arms, you may not be able to achieve the firm, shapely look you desire without the assistance of a body contouring expert. In such cases, esteemed body sculptors Dr. Jason Emer and Dr. Yoel Rojas can perform arm liposuction in Beverly Hills to target and eradicate stubborn fat clusters.
What Is Arm Liposuction?
Arm liposuction can be an ideal treatment approach for men and women who have found that no amount of upper body strength training, time logged on the treadmill, or calorie counting can eliminate body fat in the upper arms. These patients are often frustrated that even their most disciplined efforts to lose weight and build muscle do not have any effect on the size and shape of their arms.
With arm liposuction, Dr. Emer and Dr. Rojas can permanently remove excess fat to create slimmer, firmer upper arm contours. Our doctors are adept in multiple liposuction techniques and take exceptional care to identify the best type or types of liposuction for accomplishing each patient’s unique aesthetic goals.
Cosmetic concerns that arm liposuction can address include:
- Arms that are disproportionately large due to an excess volume of fat
- Flabbiness or heaviness in the under-inner arms (“bat-wings”)
- Upper arms that appear soft or lumpy and/or lack definition
Right for you?
Am I a Candidate for Arm Liposuction?
Your candidacy can be determined in a consultation with Dr. Emer or Dr. Rojas. The consultation will include a review of your current health information and your medical history, along with a conversation about your upper body contouring goals.
The arms will also be physically examined, so our doctor can see how much fatty tissue is present. The elasticity of your skin and the degree of skin laxity present in the arm area will be evaluated during the exam as well.
Patients who have loose arm skin are not good candidates for this procedure unless it is combined with brachioplasty. Brachioplasty, or arm lift surgery, is a cosmetic procedure for removing excess skin and lifting droopy tissue in the upper arms.
Candidates for liposuction of the arms should be in good health and at a stable body weight they are committed to maintaining. There are volume limitations for how much fat can be removed during liposuction, so this procedure should not be pursued as a weight loss solution.
Arm liposuction is generally not suitable for patients who are considerably overweight. However, Dr. Emer can assist patients in finding weight loss programs, personal trainers, and other resources to help them reach an ideal body weight before undergoing arm lipo. Hormonal optimization and peptide therapy are available at his medical practice, as well, to optimize bodily processes that support muscle building, fat loss, and long-term weight management.
What Is the Best Type of Liposuction for Removing Fat from the Arms?
While every liposuction technique can effectively remove fat from the body, each technique has distinct advantages and limitations. When it comes to upper arm fat removal, Dr. Emer and Dr. Rojas prefer to use minimally invasive liposuction methods over traditional liposuction.
Minimally invasive lipo is associated with shorter procedure times and quicker, more comfortable recovery periods than traditional liposuction. Some minimally invasive fat removal methods also facilitate significant reshaping and/or skin tightening.
Our doctors consider many factors when designing a patient’s arm liposuction treatment plan. In order to achieve maximum improvements, your arm liposuction procedure may involve a combination of advanced liposuction techniques like:
With Body Jet water-assisted liposuction (WAL), our doctor delivers a controlled stream of water beneath the skin to gently separate fat cells from the surrounding tissue before removal. Since Body Jet affords such a high degree of control over the amount of fluid used, this system is especially advantageous when used in smaller treatment areas like the arms.
Radiofrequency-Assisted Liposuction (RFAL)
BodyTite and Renuvion are internal radiofrequency (RF) devices that are frequently incorporated into arm liposuction procedures at Dr. Emer’s Beverly Hills medical practice to capitalize on their “shrink wrap” skin tightening effects. These devices also assist in fat removal, as the RF energy delivered is intense enough to melt fat cells, so they can be easily suctioned away.
Since the RF heat generated during BodyTite and Renuvion treatments does not reach temperatures that are harmful to other types of cells, patients benefit from less post-procedure discomfort and reduced recovery times.
This liposuction technique employs ultrasound technology to liquify fat cells, so they can be extracted without causing injuries to the surrounding tissues. Not only does this method result in easier fat extraction, but the heat created by the ultrasound energy works to tighten skin and allows for a greater degree of sculpting than is possible with other techniques.
Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL)
PAL offers several advantages over traditional suction-assisted liposuction (SAL). SAL involves vigorously moving a cannula back and forth manually throughout the treatment area to break up and extract unwanted fat. With PAL, a powered handpiece vibrates the cannula, effectively dislodging fat cells with minimal damage to the surrounding blood vessels and tissue.
PAL is associated with shorter procedure times and recovery periods than SAL. Since PAL causes significantly less trauma to the surrounding tissue than SAL, patients experience less post-op bruising and pain, as well.
What Happens During the Arm Liposuction Procedure?
First, you will be asked to change into a surgical gown. Our doctor will mark the upper arms to indicate ideal incision sites and create a visual guide he can use to precisely execute your arm liposuction procedure.
After anesthesia is administered and has taken effect, small incisions will be made in the treatment area. Incision locations will be selected carefully to minimize post-op marks and allow for an expedient and efficient procedure.
The next step is to employ WAL, RFAL, Vaser lipo, and/or PAL techniques to dislodge and soften fat cells. A surgical vacuum is used to extract the liquified fat. During this process, our doctor will take advantage of technique-specific opportunities for reshaping the arms and tightening the skin.
At Dr. Emer’s medical practice in Beverly Hills, arm liposuction is typically followed by a BodyTite or Renuvion treatment. Internal RF heating causes the skin to contract tightly around your slimmer arm contours. It also signals the body to increase its natural production of collagen, which helps to keep skin youthful-looking long-term.
How Long Does It Take to Recover from Arm Liposuction?
Arm liposuction is an outpatient procedure that does not require an overnight hospital stay when performed as a stand-alone treatment. If combined with additional cosmetic surgeries, such as part of a 360 HD liposculpting treatment, you may not be able to return home until the day after your procedure.
Complete recovery from arm liposuction will take several months. However, most patients can safely resume their normal activities within about four weeks. Your total recovery time will depend on how much fat was removed and how well you follow your aftercare instructions.
Plan for four or five days of downtime after your arm lipo procedure. Getting adequate rest and protecting the treatment sites from exposure to friction, strain, and pressure is essential during this initial stage of your recovery.
Soreness, bruising, and swelling can be expected during the healing process. Your aftercare instructions will include directions for how to take over-the-counter and/or prescription pain medications to ease post-procedure discomfort.
Aftercare Therapies to Support Amazing Arm Lipo Results
Patients who take advantage of Dr. Emer’s advanced aftercare treatment protocols can enhance their results and expedite healing.
Your personalized post-treatment care regimen will help you replenish vital nutrients and fluids, support healing, and refine your new upper arm contours with a combination of:
You will receive directions for wearing specialized compression garments after arm liposuction. These garments should be worn 24 hours a day for the first several weeks of your recovery to ease swelling and reduce bruising. Compression garments also help the skin conform to your new arm shape. In the later stages of your recovery, you will only need to wear the garments at night.
IV Therapy provides restorative and revitalizing benefits that are incredibly valuable after a liposuction procedure. Receiving IV Hydration Therapy and/or a personalized IV cocktail is advised within 1-3 days of your arm lipo procedure. IV Therapy provides rapid rehydration and delivers vitamins, minerals, and nutrients directly into the bloodstream for maximum absorption.
The lymphatic system plays a major role in arm lipo recovery by processing toxins and fluids to prevent inflammation and scar tissue. Lymphatic massage not only helps the lymphatic system perform optimally for a quicker, easier recovery, but it also encourages healthy circulation and smooth, firm upper arm contours after this procedure.
Non-invasive radiofrequency (RF) treatments
Dr. Emer can use cosmetic devices like BTL Exilis Ultra, BTL Vanquish ME, and Venus Legacy to promote healing and enhance your treatment outcome. Externally delivering RF energy with these devices can further reduce fat and subtly tighten skin.
Devices like ZWave and Cellutone stimulate collagen production, improve circulation, and rejuvenate tissue by transmitting radial shockwaves.
What to Know About Arm Liposuction Results
Your arms will be noticeably trimmer right away, and improvements will become more evident as swelling decreases. Within about two months, you will see the full effect of your arm lipo procedure. Prioritizing physical fitness and healthy eating for weight management will keep your arms looking slender and toned for many years.
How We Provide the Best Arm Liposuction in Beverly Hills
Dr. Emer and Dr. Rojas are advocates of a holistic approach to body contouring, which is central to their high patient satisfaction rates. Our doctors anticipate how slimmer arms will look in the context of the patient’s overall body shape. This allows them to recommend concurrent procedures for addressing back fat, bra bulge, abdominal fat, or other issues that would become more pronounced if only the arms were enhanced.
Dr. Emer and Dr. Rojas are also two of a very limited number of providers with the skills and knowledge required to perform a specialized fat removal procedure called hi-definition (HD) liposculpture. HD lipo is designed for patients whose desired outcome requires minimal but very precise fat removal. HD arm lipo is frequently included in Dr. Emer’s signature 360 HD liposculpting treatment.
In addition to pairing advanced fat removal methods and skin tightening with internal heating devices for exceptional arm lipo results, 360 liposuction procedures can involve:
- HD liposuction in additional problem zones, such as the thighs, calves, back, flanks, and/or abdominal area
- Fat grafting, which involves purifying your extracted fat and injecting it to augment and reshape the buttocks (Brazilian Butt Lift), breasts, hips, or other areas of the body
- Surgical body lift procedures like the thigh lift, tummy tuck, breast lift, and arm lift, which excise hanging, loose skin for dramatic body contouring improvements
How Much Does Arm Liposuction Cost?
The cost of arm liposuction varies from one patient to another due to the highly customized nature of the procedure. Pricing is affected by the amount of fat to be removed and the specific liposuction techniques required to achieve an optimal outcome. Your procedure details, including the associated cost, will be discussed with you during your consultation.
Schedule a Consultation for Arm Liposuction in Beverly Hills
To learn your options for attaining toned, well-proportioned arms, contact our office to arrange a consultation. We look forward to helping you reach your body shaping goals!