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Dr. Christopher T Chia
Christopher T Chia, M.D.

128 Central Park South
New York City, NY 10019
212-265-2724, 1-888-869-2762

Dr. Spero J Theodorou
Spero J Theodorou, MD

128 Central Park South
New York City, NY 10019
1-800-282-SCULPT

Dr. Alfredo E Hoyos
Alfredo E Hoyos, M.D.

Colombia Address: Cra. 15 # 83-33
Consultorio 304
Bogotá, Colombia
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 915-4274

 

Spero J Theodorou MD (Plastic Surgery)

Practice Name : bodySCULPT®
 
Address :
128 Central Park South
New York City, New York - 10019
1-800-282-SCULPT
 
Website : http://www.bodysculpt.com
February 3, 2012

How Arm Liposuction Differs from Arm Lift Surgery

Aging and weight fluctuations can affect your appearance quite drastically, and the effects can be quite evident when it comes to your arms – they can become excessively fat-ridden and flabby. Beyond a point, even diet and exercise will not help get rid of this fat and excess skin. Plastic surgery offers two options to solve this problem: an upper arm lift and liposuction for the arms.  Both procedures are distinct and suitable for different situations. This article tells you how arm liposuction differs from arm lift surgery.

When Arm Liposuction is Performed

Upper arm liposuction is performed to contour the upper arm. It is suitable for younger patients with good skin contractility and with minimal to moderate fat in the upper arms. The latest minimally invasive liposuction procedures can achieve excellent results by targeting and suctioning off the excess fat without the need for aggressive surgery. 

When Arm Lift Surgery is Necessary

Known as brachioplasty, surgery to reduce fat in the upper arms is suitable for patients with excessive fat as well as loose, hanging skin. Upper arms can develop in normally thin people due to age and genetic factors, but the problem usually affects people who have had weight fluctuations. Exercise and dieting cannot help remove the excess skin in the upper arms. An arm tuck reshapes the area from the underarm to the elbow by the removal excessive fat and sagging skin as well as the tightening of the supportive tissues of the upper arms.

Advanced Techniques for Arm Liposuction

Patients with mild excess fat and good skin tone can achieve outstanding results with liposuction alone. Cosmetic surgeons often combine arm liposuction with a brachioplasty to help you achieve smoother, firmer arms than would be possible with just one of these procedures. Adults of any age with considerable skin laxity and of relatively stable weight can benefit from an arm lift.

There are many advanced options available for arm cosmetic surgery:

•    SmartLipo Triplex, which uses the energy delivered by a triple laser-enabled cannula for quick fat reduction and tissue tightening.
•    BodyTite, which uses radiofrequency energy to target only the unwanted fat cells, while leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed.
•    VASER 2.0, an ultrasound-assisted liposuction device which efficiently separates fat from the tissues, preserves them for fat transfer, and allows enhanced body sculpting.

Make Sure Your Plastic Surgeon is a Professional

Select a surgeon with experience who has shown that he can offer you the best results. Find out if the surgeon has privileges to perform the liposuction surgery in a local hospital. If your surgery is being performed in the doctor's office, make sure the surgical center is AAAASF-accredited. Evaluate before-and-after pictures of previous patients. Ask your surgeon to explain exactly how arm liposuction differs from arm lift surgery, which procedure he would recommend in your case and why. Ensure that your surgeon offers advanced modalities for arm lift surgery so that you are assured of the best outcome with minimal pain and scarring, and less downtime.

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