If you want to achieve more sculpted, toned arms, arm liposculpture may be the ideal solution. However, many prospective patients don’t understand what liposculpture of the arms involves. There are some misconceptions about this kind of cosmetic surgery, especially when treating the arms. Some people believe that liposculpture of the arms is the same as a brachioplasty or arm lift. That isn’t the case at all. In fact, these two procedures are very different. Here, we’ll examine the similarities and differences between the two surgeries.
What is Meant by Liposculpture of the Arms?
“Liposculpture” is another term for liposuction. This surgery involves removing excess fat cells from the upper arm area permanently. The surgeon performs the procedure with the patient under a local anesthetic. They make tiny incisions in the arms and pass a narrow cannula through them. They break up the fat and then suction it out, sculpting the area to produce a slimmer, more attractive contour. This sculpting element gives rise to the name “liposculpture.”
Liposuction of the arms offers many benefits over an arm lift. It is not only less invasive, but it also has a shorter recovery time for the patient. It leaves much smaller and less noticeable scars too.
What Does an Arm Lift Involve?
An arm lift is an invasive surgery to remove both skin and fat from the upper arms. Surgeons carry out this procedure with the patient under a general anesthetic. They make a long incision along the underside of the upper arm. They then cut away the excess fat and skin to create a slimmer, tighter arm. They then suture the skin back together. Liposuction cannot get rid of large amounts of excess skin. That is why the arm lift is the best option for patients with a lot of sagging, loose arm skin.
Arm Lifts and Arm Lipo – The Differences
There are some significant differences between arm lifts and arm liposuction. Arm liposuction is a surgery to remove fat and contour the arm to produce a more attractive shape. An arm lift, meanwhile, removes both excess fat and excess skin to create a tighter, slimmer arm. Surgeons perform arm liposuction under local anesthetic and arm lifts under general anesthetic. The recovery time after an arm lift is also significantly longer than after arm liposuction.
Which Procedure Is Right for Me?
To determine which procedure is right for you, you must understand your body contouring goals. Do you have a lot of excess skin on your arms? If so, an arm lift may be the best choice for you. On the other hand, if you primarily have excess fat on your upper arms, arm liposuction could be best.
You need to consult with a skilled, experienced cosmetic surgeon who can tell you which procedure is best for you. Dr. Su at ArtLipo in Tampa, Florida, is an excellent choice for an arm liposculpture consultation. Get in touch today to find out more about how this surgery could help you.
Dr. Thomas Su, is the owner and cosmetic surgeon of Artistic Lipo. He has led our full-time clinic specializing in awake-only liposuction since 2007. Dr. Su began his medical career in internal medicine, practicing that until 2005, when he began to provide a full spectrum of non-invasive cosmetic procedures.