Would I be a good candidate for arm liposuction? (photos)
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Would I be a good candidate for arm liposuction
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Candidate for arm liposuction
Thank you for your clinical post and photograph. Disproportionate localized fat collection to the upper arm is common. The problem with the upper arm is the skin is quite thin and not as elastic as other areas of the body and care and attention needs to be taken in performing liposuction of the upper arm to avoid aesthetically displeasing skin laxity and wrinkles. In general, upper arm focal fat excess in the presence of atrophic stratum also called stretch marks and skin laxity requires the use and deployment of a specialized liposuction specifically SmartLipo that deploys laser or BodyTite liposuction that deploys radio frequency energy will not only liquefy the fat, remove it improving contour, but stimulate a significant contraction of the soft tissue. I will often use fractional technology on the surface of the skin at the same time to minimize the risk for a brachioplasty or skin excision, which can lead to quite displeasing scars.
I’ve been performing liposuction for over 20 years and have specialized in advanced liposuction techniques that minimize the risk of skin laxity. I would encourage you strongly to seek out a practice that specializes in this kind of liposuction to minimize the risk of skin laxity.
I think with selection of the right surgical practice and a thorough consultation and assessment you can achieve a good result without the need for brachioplasty and the potential for unattractive scars.
I hope this information has been of some assistance and best of luck.
For more information, please review the link below. In particular pay attention to the areas of SmartLipo, BodyTite and Fractora skin fractional resurfacing.
R. Stephen Mulholland, M.D.
Certified Plastic Surgeon
Arm skin does still shrink some after liposuction.
Marginal candidate for liposuction of the arms.
It is hard to know if you would be an ideal candidate just from a photo. The amount to be removed, the skin quality, etc all play into it. A consultation and full assessment is your best bet. The pros and cons, expected benefit, alternative options can all be addressed. I'd be happy to see you and give you my opinion if you wish.
Dr Rodger Shortt
Oakville Plastic Surgeon
Director if Cosmetic Surgery Training &
Assistant Clinical Professor,
Upper arm: Liposuction vs Arm lift
I don't think liposuction or associated technologies will tighten the skin enough to give you a smooth nicely contoured result. Try to imagine how much excess skin is involved here. I would estimate that it's a triangular area with its base at the armpit and its point along the inner arm near the elbow. It measures 2 or3 inches at the base. Liposuction cannot volumetrically tighten the skin this much.
When a plastic surgeon tries to tight the skin with liposuction, it is typically done aggressively. Liposuction and associated technologies in this area can leave indentations and adhesions of the skin to the underlying muscle with disastrous results.
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