My upper arms measure about 16in all around. I fear want major surgery so I am thinking of going with lipo. I am not sure what would be best for me. Should I choose cool lipo, smart lipo, or lipotherme? I am confused, I need to get the best results possible. Please advise. Thank you so very much!!
Lipo for Upper Arms?
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3 procedures you ask about are not lipo
The 3 procedures you ask about are not lipo, they are laser lipolysis and other types of complimentary procedures. You are looking for traditional liposuction or tumescent liposuction.
Liposuction for Upper Arms
Arm Liposuction Will Not Make A Fat Arm Thin
While it is understandable why you are considering liposuction for your upper arms, it will not produce the result you are looking for not matter what the liposuction technique. You simply have too much skin to get the arm reduction you desire. Ideally you need liposuction combined with an armlift or arm skin reduction procedure. This does result in an upper arm scar so you have to consider that carefully as a trade-off. There is nothing wrong with doing liposuction alone but your expectation of the arm reduction results should be appropriately tempered.
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Lipo for Upper Arms?
Based solely on the one posted photo of your right upper arm I would not recommend any form of liposuction for this area. Only excision with the scar can improve. Thusly, I would not do you liposuction for this area. Sorry.
Your upper arms have "flabby" skin. Any form of liposuction will waste your money!
Your upper arm skin "hangs" because it has poor elasticity. Sure, there's fat there, and liposuction can remove some or even most of it. But what happens to the "emptied" skin? That's like having triplets and asking for the tummy to snap back to completely flat. Perhaps for a very select few with great genetics, but if you want the best results possible (I'm not sure why you said you "need" since this is elective surgery and there is always a choice to do liposuction, deflate your arms, and then go through the arm lift operation you really "needed" in the first place!), then don't wast time, money, healing, and incur (minimal) risks with any form of liposuction. The degree of skin tightening that Vaser, SmartLipo, or any other kind of marketed liposuction or external technique can offer is so limited you will kick yourself if you fall for the advice "Try liposuction, but then you 'may need' some sort of arm lift."
You "need" brachioplasty or nothing at all (unless you like the flapping bat wing look). I'm sorry for the dogmatic tone of my answer; it's just that I feel the "politically-correct" answers some of my colleagues are giving will be taken by you to be supportive of what you obviously "want" to hear, rather than what you really DO need to hear! See several ABPS-certified plastic surgeons with lots of experience in liposuction AND brachioplasty before you make your decision. Good luck!
Liposuction should help but you may need more
I think that you will receive good results with liposuction to your upper arms. However, it seems that you have quite abit of loose skin which may not all shrink down adequately with just liposuction. Therefore, you may need an arm lift later. I would recommend starting with liposuction but keep in mind that you may also need an armlift later.
Liposuction for the Arms?
Liposuction works very nicely for removing fat and sculpting the upper arms. If you have a significant amount of loose or extra skin, an arm lift may also be necessary.
When choosing liposuction, the most important factor to consider, contrary to what the advertisements would tell you, is to find a great surgeon with excellent skills and artistry. A skilled surgeon will be able to tell you if you are a good candidate for liposuction. He or she will also know how much fat can be safely removed depending on the area of the body and elasticity of the skin.
The challenge for patients is sorting through the marketing hype. All of the available liposuction techniques (eg. tumescent, laser, UAL, PAL, Vaser, Smartlipo, etc.) can lead to excellent results with minimal downtime in the right hands. The problem is that there are many non-plastic surgeons who will try to "sell" you on the fact that their technology can overcome your poor skin elasticity and their lack of proper board certified training.
I perform liposuction using a variety of techniques including tumescent, laser, ultrasound, and power assisted.
Larry Fan, MD