Undesirable arm contours often cause self-doubt issues. There is also a loss of self-esteem. If your upper arms are sagging or have excess fatty deposits, you may feel unattractive or self-conscious. If it’s affecting your quality of life, you might be wondering whether cosmetic surgery is the answer. Two potential treatments could help you. Arm liposuction is one. An arm lift is the other. If you’re ready to improve your upper arms, you’ll need to know which one is right for you. 

What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a treatment that addresses fat. It removes the excess fatty deposits from the treated area and leaves them looking slimmer. A doctor carries it out by making small incisions, then, inserting cannulas that suck out the fat cells. When performed by an expert surgeon, the results can be extremely impressive. When carried out on the upper arms, it can restore muscle definition. It can also create a slimmer and more toned appearance to restore self-confidence. An expert surgeon can also achieve a good degree of skin tightening in this area. However, there are limits to the extent of skin tightening that a surgeon can achieve. If you have large amounts of excess skin, perhaps because of extreme weight loss, a different treatment may be best.

What Is an Arm Lift?

An arm lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure, sometimes called a brachioplasty. This treatment not only removes excess fat from the upper arm, but it also removes excess skin. This makes it a suitable choice for women with extreme skin laxity in this area. A brachioplasty is a much more complex surgery than liposuction. It involves the patient having a general anesthetic, and the recovery process is longer. There are also more scarring issues to consider. While a skilled surgeon will minimize the amount of scarring, patients must be aware that there are extensive incisions involved. Scarring may extend from the elbow to armpit. Talented surgeons will attempt to hide these scars as much as possible. Yet, compared with arm lipo, the visible scarring will be more evident afterward. 

How Do I Decide Which Is Right for Me?

The only way to determine which procedure is right for you is to have a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon. At your consultation, the surgeon will be able to identify what is causing the issues with your upper arm. If the problem is solely or primarily because of excess fatty deposits, arm liposuction could be the answer. If the problem is solely because of excess skin, an arm lift would be the right solution. If the problem is both excess skin and excess fat, another alternative is possible.

Can I Have Lipo and a Brachioplasty Together?

Patients who have extensive issues with their upper arms may benefit from having both an arm lift and lipo together. Having both procedures at once is quite common. It allows your surgeon to tone and sculpt the arms to the best degree for the optimal outcome. As an added advantage, it will save you money and reduce your overall recovery time. If you have both surgeries separately, it will not only cost you more, but it will double the recovery time.

Which Procedure Has the Longest Recovery Time?

When compared with arm lipo, brachioplasty surgery is more extensive. This means the recovery time is longer. Usually, patients who have undergone an arm lift need at least two weeks before being returning to daily activities. Arm lipo patients, on the other hand, will usually be able to get back to normal within a week.

Which Procedure Produces More Scarring?

All surgical procedures can produce some amount of scarring. However, arm lift surgery and liposuction scars are very different. Arm lipo only requires small incisions. A surgeon can place these discreetly for minimal visibility. Arm lifts, meanwhile, require much larger incisions. These could be visible on the inner side of your arm.

Arranging Your Consultation

If you’re unsure which procedure is right for you, you should arrange a consultation with a skilled cosmetic surgeon. Contact Artistic Lipo and Plastic Surgery today. Our talented cosmetic surgeons are experts. They can examine your upper arms, determine the cause of your issues, and decide on the best treatment for you. Look at the before and after images on our website for both arm lipo and arm lift procedures. You’ll be able to see the quality of the results that we can achieve. 

It’s our mission to help to restore your self-confidence and to make you feel beautiful again. Our experienced team can offer you the procedure you need to help you achieve the arms of your dreams. Whether you could benefit from our celebrity arm liposuction or a brachioplasty, we’re here to help you.