Liposuction is an increasingly popular cosmetic surgery procedure to remove stubborn fat pockets. People know liposuction for its effects on the thighs and stomach. However, surgeons can also use it effectively on the arms. The upper arms are notoriously difficult to tone naturally. Excess fat here will rarely move without cosmetic surgery intervention. Exercising and dieting alone won’t help. 

There is always a concern about sagging or loose skin when having liposuction. This is especially the case when it comes to arm lipo. Since the procedure will only remove fat, not skin, it’s possible that sagging could occur afterward.

Why Does Skin Sag After Lipo?

Not every patient will have sagging skin following the procedure. Typically, a surgeon will remove only a few pounds of fat. This means many people see absolutely no difference in the tightness of their skin. In some cases, though, even removing just a little fat will cause looseness in the skin.

Loose skin following lipo is quite similar to sagging skin following weight loss. The more quickly someone loses weight and the more weight lost overall, the looser the skin becomes. When you have liposuction, your surgeon will remove all the fat at once. This doesn’t allow your skin to retract naturally over time. After your procedure, you may feel unhappy about your skin’s appearance. However, rest assured that, in most cases, loose skin will retract in the months and years after your surgery.

The time taken for your skin to retract normally will depend on several factors. If you’re younger, you’re more likely to have good skin elasticity. This means your skin should bounce back. The volume of removed fat makes a difference, too. So, if you lost lots of weight before your surgery, you might have loose skin already. This will become more prominent after your procedure.

It’s hard to determine how the skin will behave following lipo. Your surgeon will evaluate the elasticity of your skin to get a good idea of what to expect. Should its elasticity be poor, he or she may suggest other options for you.

Improving the Elasticity of Your Skin

If your skin is only a little loose, it’ll retract naturally on its own. However, some treatments and lifestyle changes could improve the elasticity of your skin. Staying well-hydrated is very important. Water boosts your skin elasticity and improves your skin’s overall appearance and health. You can also carry out strength training exercises to target the affected area. Muscle built up in this area fills in any loose skin. You’ll also look more toned and fit. 

You may find massages improve circulation and tighten your skin with time. Don’t get a massage before your body has healed completely, though. Avoid any prolonged exposure to the sun and very hot showers. Both of these negatively affect your skin’s elasticity.

Can Professional Treatments Help Loose Skin?

If you’ve had liposuction on your upper arms and now have very loose skin, there’s an effective solution. A brachioplasty, otherwise called an arm lift, will remove the excess skin for a taut result. This is a much more invasive procedure than liposuction, though. You can expect more pain and a longer recovery period. 

Can I Reduce the Chances of Sagging Skin?

One of the best ways to reduce the chances of sagging skin after lipo is to choose the right surgeon. The more experienced and skilled your cosmetic surgeon, the better your outcome will be. If you make a well-informed decision, you can be sure of the best possible result. Your surgeon will offer you a full and detailed consultation before your surgery. At that time, your surgeon will assess you for your suitability as a candidate for lipo. He or she will be able to determine whether you’re likely to experience skin sagging. He or she will advise you about your options and any possible alternatives that could suit you better.

Here at Artistic Lipo and Plastic Surgery, our cosmetic surgeons are second to none. With years of experience and outstanding skills, they can offer you tailored advice to your specific requirements. Dr. Su is an expert in the field of liposuction. His revolutionary Celebrity Arms technique can achieve excellent retraction of skin on the upper arms. Surgeons can effectively tighten even moderately lax skin for an attractive, taut result. Contact our team today to learn more about how we can help you to achieve beautiful upper arms. We’ll answer your questions and arrange your first consultation. 

Remember that sagging skin following arm lipo is common, so don’t panic if you experience this. You’ll almost certainly notice your skin begins to tighten after a couple of months. If this doesn’t happen, a skilled cosmetic surgeon can assist. Of course, the best way to avoid this problem in the first place is to choose the best cosmetic surgeon. The Artlipo team is looking forward to helping you achieve your perfect physique.