Sagging arms are sometimes hereditary and also due to aging and obesity. Surgical repair is a possibility, but is painful and leaves large scars. Laser liposuction under local anesthesia can easily remove the fat and tighten the sagging arm skin.
Arm liposuction can be performed safely and easily under local anesthesia. Small incisions are made and a solution of saline and lidocaine are instilled into the fat layer. This fluid provides 8-12 hours of numbness, reduces any bleeding, protects other tissues, and makes space to remove the fat. At the end of the procedure, the patient can get back on their feet immediately and resume activities in a few days. After arm liposuction, the fluid is allowed to drain from the incisions which speeds healing and reduces chance of infection. The draining lasts 1-2 days.
Once anesthesia is obtained, small liposuction cannulas are utilized to begin to remove fat. The goal is not to remove all the fat, but to sculpt and restore the natural shape of the arm.
The scars for arm liposuction are minimal and scattered. They will heal and diminish in appearance over the next year after the procedure.
Loose skin on the arms is often a big part of why patients seek arm liposuction. Aggressive liposuction will lead to about 50% skin tightening alone. Often, this is enough for many patients. SmartLipo Laser Liposuction or Vaser Liposuction can also be used to introduce heat and produce more skin tightening.
The great thing about using local anesthesia, is that the downtime and recovery period are greatly reduced. The patient will have to wear a compression garment for at least 3-4 weeks, sometimes several months. Other than that, patients are instructed to resume normal activity. Massage of the arms is another part of the healing process, Some results will be seen in 4-5 weeks and final results will take 3-6 months.
Cosmetic Surgeon Lawrence Broder MD and Plastic Surgeon Staci Hix-Hernandez MD, have performed hundreds of arm liposuction procedures. They are experts and restoring arm contours while inducing arm skin tightening without big scars.