Question on upper back and arm lipo. Any suggestions? (photos)
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Upper back and arm liposuction
There may be some connective tissue you or fibrinous character to the fat but it is still easy to remove by anyone talented and experienced.
The main issue in regards to liposuction of the back is skin laxity.
This area always has skin laxity when the arm is in a down position.
This is the case or else you would not be able to stretch your arm over your head.
if you put your arm over your head and stretch your torso you should notice that the area improved substantially.
Any area that's improved by pulling the skin tight has more of a skin laxity issue than subcutaneous fat. Arms usually respond very well to liposuction.
The exception is again for those who have skin laxity on their arms.
From your pictures your skin appears to be good.
You would most likely get some nice definition from arm liposuction but be wary of back liposuction.
I do liposuction on the back regularly.
It's extremely important to accurately assess who is going to benefit from this and it was not.
This really requires an examination.
I can also not emphasize enough the importance of seeing a plastic surgeon who has a lot of experience particularly with liposuction.
The reason you've read about difficulties in this area is because of a lack of experience of the plastic surgeons doing the procedure. I don't make those type of statements often but in this case I believe it to be true.
This is not only in regards to the technical aspect of surgery but also making a preoperative assessment.
my practice is exclusively devoted to body contouring using various forms of liposuction and fat transfer.
if you decide to move forward with surgery and I suggest you get multiple opinions by board-certified plastic surgeon's who have ample experience particularly with liposuction.
Mats Hagstrom M.D.
Back and arm lipo often done together.
Unique Challenge, But Can Be Done
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Question on upper back and arm lipo. Any suggestions?
We have had the pleasure of adding Dr. Onelio Garcia unto the staff at Imagos Plastic Surgery. Dr. Garcia is considered a leading authority in the use of the Vaser and has written extensively in medical books and journals on the subject. I would encourage you to do your research.
Always seek out the opinion of a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery with years of experience in liposuction . Furthermore request to see before and after photos of previous patients by that doctor....not a clinic or surgery center. Do your homework......research and verify the doctor's credentials. Have they had problems with the Board of Medicine, disciplinary or otherwise. Any law suits?
How about the center, clinic or facility? Are they accredited by a national organization or do they just have State approval. Understand that at the current time, there are three nationally recognized organizations responsible for the highest levels of patient safety, AAAASF, AAACH and JCHO. You owe it to yourself to position yourself for the best possible results but under the most stringent safety regulations, If you have kids, even more so.
How about anesthesia? Will you have a medical doctor certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology or a certified nurse anesthetist (CRNA)? Understand that there is no substitute for research. Cosmetic surgery, no matter how simple it may be to the patients, are invasive procedures and as such carry certain risks and complications.
In our office we use TouchMD which is a web based program in which patients have the ability to load their picture unto the program. We accomodate patinets from as far away as California. I then evaluate them and can actually draw on the picture to show a potential patient where the incisions would be located and how the procedure is to be realized. It's all done to comply with HIPPA which is the federal law that protects the patient's medical information. Look them up.
Give yourself the highest percentage of a sucssesful operation. Good luck,
Upper back liposuction - am I a candidate?
Yes, you can have this done.
The upper back is more fibrous and is more likely to bleed than the mid and lower back.
That said, you can get a nice result.
Please have a consultation, take photos of the look you have in mind and discuss the details with your surgeon.
Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
Best wishes - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS
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