Will Arm Lipo Hurt?

Arm lipo is one of our most requested procedures these days. More women than ever are seeking surgery to address their flabby upper arms. Having stubborn fat in this area is very common. Fat tends to accumulate in the arms, and it can be very difficult to eradicate. Even dieting and exercise often fail to get rid of these unwanted fatty deposits. This can lead to poor self-confidence and low self-esteem. 

Women with larger arms often struggle with their wardrobe choices. They avoid wearing swimsuits or strappy dresses. Instead, they wear long-sleeved clothing to cover up, even on very hot days. To restore their quality of life and give them back their self-confidence, they seek out arm liposuction. This procedure permanently removes the stubborn fat cells in the upper arms. While it’s an effective way to get rid of fat on the arms, it is nevertheless a type of surgery. Therefore, many women who seek this type of procedure worry that it’s going to be painful. Here, we look at the reality of liposuction of the arms and the level of pain to expect.

What Happens During Arm Liposuction?

When you undergo arm liposuction, you will have the procedure under a local anesthetic. We use a local anesthetic for two major reasons. First, local anesthetics are less risky, and the recovery period will be shorter. Second, Dr. Su, our liposuction expert, uses an active lipo technique. This involves asking the patient to move, change position, and tense her muscles during the operation. This technique produces impressive results and allows for better fat sculpting and maximum fat removal. 

Being operated on under a local anesthetic can sound worrying to some potential candidates for surgery. They have concerns about being awake during the procedure. They’re also worried they may experience pain if they aren’t under a general anesthetic. Please rest assured that there is no cause for concern. A local anesthetic is very effective, so you will experience no discomfort or pain during your procedure. Our team will put you at ease so that you feel relaxed during your surgery. You will also have a shorter recovery period and will experience fewer unwanted side effects post-procedure. 

Post-Liposuction Pain Management

It’s important to remember that arm liposuction is a form of surgery. All forms of surgery come with the potential of some pain afterward. So, you should have realistic expectations after your lipo. Everyone will have different experiences during her recovery period. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t experience any severe pain. For the majority of patients, it will feel like having a large bruise on their arms. You may experience stiffness because of the swelling, too. You should not be in so much pain that you cannot concentrate on anything else. Your surgeon may prescribe you some painkillers to take to help you manage those early days after your surgery. As long as you follow your surgeon’s instructions and take your medications as prescribed, you should cope well. 

Take a couple of days to rest post-surgery and then resume some gentle activity to help you manage your discomfort. You’ll almost certainly find that your post-surgery pain will be easy to cope with.

Will I Experience Long-Term Pain?

Although most patients will find their pain subsides quickly after their procedure, some will experience discomfort for longer. Some women have lower pain thresholds than others, and the outcome for each individual is different. This may mean that the swelling, stiffness, and tenderness they experience after their surgery persist longer. Most people can resume many of their normal activities within a week. But some tenderness and stiffness are likely to persist for a few weeks more. Some people may continue to experience some pain along with this discomfort. 

Numbness is also common following arm liposuction. This is because of the stretching of the nerve endings during the procedure. Usually, this will resolve within a few weeks, but sometimes, tingling will continue for a few months. In a few cases, small patches of numbness may be permanent. This is unlikely if you choose a highly experienced and skilled cosmetic surgeon to perform your surgery.

How Can I Minimize Pain from Arm Liposuction?

Nobody wants to experience pain, but you can minimize your chances of discomfort by following your surgeon’s instructions. Your surgeon will give you advice before and after your procedure. You should adhere to these instructions carefully, especially regarding taking pain medications and exercising. You must also wear your compression garment as your surgeon advises. Compression is important to reduce the pooling of fluids and promote better blood flow to the treated area. It’s, therefore, important to wear your garment as advised to promote speedier and more effective healing. 

To find out more about what to expect after arm lipo, contact the Artlipo team today. We’re looking forward to offering you our expert advice.