Our arms are among our most visible body parts, which means that excess fat in the arm area can make one appear significantly heavier than they actually are. A common problem area, especially for women, the underside of the upper arm tends to carry excess fatty deposits that can be resistant to diet and exercise. The arm liposuction experts at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego regularly perform liposuction and liposculpture on the arms with great success.

How Is Arm Liposuction Performed?

Liposuction for Fat Reduction in Limbs SDDuring your consultation with one of our arm liposuction experts, he/she will be able to determine if you are a good candidate for arm lipo and develop your customized treatment plan. Liposculpture for the arms utilizes a small microcannula that is able to effectively treat smaller areas without causing the ridges and bumps that used to be a common side effect of traditional upper arm liposuction. The tiny cannulas allow the doctor to shape and sculpt the underarm with a tiny, hidden incision and a smooth result.

Tumescent liposculpture is one of the latest advancements in the field of upper arm liposuction. The tumescent lipo procedure involves the doctor filling the fatty area of the arm with a special solution prior to performing the procedure. The solution injected is a numbing solution that eliminates the need for anesthesia and/or sedation. The substance also contains adrenaline, which constricts the blood vessels, resulting in less bleeding during and after the procedure. The doctor then removes the unwanted fatty deposits using the tiny cannulas and a suction device. The patient is left with thinner, more defined arms that can have a big impact on his/her overall appearance!

Limb Lipo Recovery

After any upper arm liposuction procedure, the patient will need to wear a compression garment over the area treated for about 2 weeks. However, most patients are able to return to work and other light to moderate activities within one week of treatment. The recovery process is different for each patient, but it generally takes a few months for most patients to see the full results of the liposculpture procedure.

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Our doctors want to answer all of your questions about liposuction for the arms. Browse the answers to frequently asked questions below, or contact our liposuction office in SD for more information.

Q: Is arm liposculpture painful?

A: The board-certified dermatologists at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology utilize a special numbing solution when performing tumescent liposculpture to minimize discomfort. If undergoing traditional upper arm liposuction treatment without the tumescent solution, the procedure will be performed under general anesthesia so that you will not feel anything during the procedure.

Q: What is the recovery process after limb fat reduction surgery?

A: You will need to wear a special compression garment around your upper arms for approximately 2 weeks after the upper arm liposuction procedure is performed, but many patients return to work as soon as one week after treatment. You will likely experience some discomfort for the first couple of weeks, but this will gradually diminish as the treatment area heals. Full results will be visible within a few months.

Q: Who should perform lipoplasty treatments?

A: Liposuction/liposculpture requires extensive training and experience; therefore, it should only be performed by a board-certified dermatologist or board-certified plastic surgeon with specialized liposuction training. Here at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, our board-certified dermatologists have undergone extensive training in liposculpture and they are well versed in the latest liposuction techniques. Call us today to schedule a consultation with an upper arm liposuction expert!

Q: Am I a good candidate this fat reduction procedure?

A: Generally, patients who are between the ages of 16 and 70 and in good health are candidates for upper arm liposculpture. It is important to remember, though, that upper arm liposculpture is not a weight loss method. It is a means of eliminating stubborn fatty deposits that do not respond to proper diet and exercise. Schedule a consultation with one of our upper arm liposculpture experts today to see if you are a candidate.

Q: Is there a non-invasive way to remove limb fat cells?

A: Yes! The non-invasive CoolSculpting procedure is the latest in non-surgical fat reduction. The unwanted fatty deposits are cooled using the CoolSculpting system to a precise temperature to kill the fat cells without injuring the surrounding tissue. For more information on the CoolSculpting by ZELTIQ procedure, contact our office today.

Contact the San Diego Liposuction Experts Today!

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your arms and think you would benefit from liposculpture, schedule a consultation with one of our experts to see if you are a candidate for the procedure. With specialized training in the most advanced upper arm liposuction techniques, our doctors can give you the thinner, more youthful looking arms you desire. Call our San Diego center today at (858) 365-3623 to schedule your consultation!

To learn more about non-surgical liposuction for the arms, contact our dermatology office.

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