For most individuals, the problem area is along the back of the arm. A skilled surgeon, though, can help tone the inner and outer parts of the upper arm, as well as the bicep and shoulders. Liposuction sculpts the arm to improve overall shape and appearance faster than any other solution.
Patients seek out arm liposuction for many reasons:
- To get skinnier arms that tone easily.
- To eliminate the appearance of flabby arms, especially the back of the arms.
- To look better in photos.
- To reduce the fat that hangs down from the back of the arms.
What Getting Upper Arm Liposuction is Like
Your surgeon will give you some sort of anesthesia — local, general, or twilight sleep anesthesia.
Local anesthesia is most common. During the procedure, you will feel some stinging during the injection of the local anesthesia. This will freeze or numb the arms. Once the arms numbed, the procedure is performed usually with little discomfort, although some spot sensitivity may occur. When performed awake, liposuction of the arms is usually described overall as "not delightful, but tolerate."
For those who do not wish to feel or remember anything, general anesthesia or twilight sleep are also options. These options, however, may be associated with a groggy feeling from being put under, as well as increased costs.
After effects include temporary swelling, bruising, and altered sensations including numbness and tingling. Recovery varies from person to person, but most patients are able to return to work after a few days. Bruising generally resolves in 2-4 weeks, and swelling resolves over 1-2 months.
How Much Does Arm Liposuction Cost?
Cost varies depending on a few factors:
- Your surgeon’s level of skill and reputation.
- The extent of the work you need done.
- Other factors such as the type of anesthesia and operational facilities.
Expect to pay between $5,000 and $10,000.
Changing an aspect of your appearance is an investment, but many plastic surgeons offer flexible payment plans. Make sure that it’s money well spent by being realistic about your needs and planning ahead.
Getting The Best Arm Liposuction Results
Liposuction only removes excess fat. It doesn't tighten or eliminate loose or hanging skin. In some cases, the skin has enough elasticity to tighten on it's own. If your skin requires tightening, your plastic surgeon will recommend an additional procedure to address sagging skin, such as a tuck.
Lately, a lot of patients are wondering about laser liposuction as an alternative to traditional liposuction. Laser liposuction is not necessarily “safer” or “better” than other forms of lipo. And just as with traditional liposuction, laser lipo will not tighten loose skin.
Liposuction for arms could be the answer to attaining the slim, toned arms you want. Remember that the technique of liposuction doesn’t matter as much as the experience of your surgeon. A skilled surgeon will match the technique to the need, rather than the other way around. This is vital to getting the very best results.
Dr. Larry Fan is a San Francisco-based plastic surgeon with a Harvard education and an eye for detail. As a pioneer of “the natural look,” Dr. Fan and his team are ready to meet with you and begin your journey to feeling amazing. Try our online self-assessment to see if you're a good candidate for liposuction.