How Do I Reduce my Underarm Fat with out Doing Surgery???

How Do I Reduce my Underarm Fat with out Doing Surgery???

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Coolsculpting for underarm fat

While liposuction has many benefits, coolsculpting may be the preferred method for that. Consult with a board certified physician who can provide both surgical as we'll coolsculpting options so you have the ability to choose the best option for you.

West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Underarm Fat Removal

Your question reminds me of the lady I saw who weighed only 105 pounds, yet had excessive underarm fat. If she had tried weight loss, she would have looked too thin.

Exercising the arms will not take off fat in that area. The same goes for any other area.

The simplest treatment is liposuction using numbing just of the arm fat. This is called tumescent liposuction. Small instruments the size of spaghetti noodles are used to numb and then remove the fat. The arms are wrapped and most people can return to work the next day. One treatment is sufficient. How much easier could it be?

T. Wayne Day, MD
Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

Underarm Fat Can Be Liposuctioned

If you are otherwise in shape, have firm and elastic skin, but cannot lose the fat underneath your arms, then you might be a good candidate for tumescent liposuction. Tumescent liposuction involves a small incision, through which a special solution is injected to help break up the fat, numb the area, and control bleeding. The procedure can be done in the office with only local anesthesia. You will see your final results after one to four months. They will be permanent. You might also consider noninvasive fat-removal treatments, such as CoolSculpting or Vanquish. Please consult a board-certified dermatologist to find out which fat-removal technique is best for you.

Mitchel P. Goldman, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Several Treatment Options--Discuss with PS

We frequently see patients who have concerns about their upper arms.When this situation arises, it’s important to carefully analyze the problem.In some cases, loose skin may be present while in other cases increased fat accumulation is present.Historically, both liposuction and surgical skin resections have been utilized to treat these problems.

Recently, a new, non-surgical technique called CoolSculpting has been developed that actually freezes the fat cells.This technique represents a significant advance in the management of localized fat collections.The success of the procedure depends upon a variety of factors.

Upper arm CoolSculpting has been associated with excellent clinical results and high levels of patient satisfaction.Unfortunately, there are several potential problems when performing this procedure.

Excess upper arm fat can be difficult to treat because it’s often associated with loose skin.Loose skin can be made worse when subcutaneous fat is removed from the upper arms.Under these circumstances, CoolSculpting not only removes excess fat but can accentuate loose saggy upper arm skin as well.

In addition, it can be difficult to apply the applicator to the upper arms in some cases.This can adversely impact the result and lead to treatment failure.

Because of these issues, patient selection is extremely important. When patients have loose skin, results are less than optimal, and other types of treatment should be considered.It’s important to discuss these issues with your plastic surgeon.Your surgeon should be able to help you choose the procedure that’s best for you.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 194 reviews

Reducing Underarm Fat?

Thank you for the question.

It is in your  best interest to be seen in person by well experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. Accurate diagnosis is critical in the decision-making process. For example, the “underarm fat” that you are referring to may be axillary breast tissue. Surgical treatment of the excess breast tissue may be different than that of excess adipose tissue.  Attempted liposuction of the excess tissue (if it is breast tissue)  may be unsuccessful. 

Nonsurgical techniques tend to be gimmicks. Again, please consult with a well experienced board-certified plastic surgeon for the best advice.

I hope this helps.


Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,485 reviews

Non Surgical Upper Arm Reduction

Excess fat in the upper arm is tough to treat.  Surgical excision works well, but leaves a noticeable scar.  Liposuction works OK, but does not tighten the skin and is still invasive.

Coolsculpting by Zeltig for the upper arms has worked well in my practice and is a nice non surgical option.  The technology and the machine is new.  There are 3 applicator heads available, non designed for the upper arms, yet the company claims it is working on a new head for the arms.  If one of the current heads fits onto your upper arm, then you can undergo a treatment.  It takes one hour for each arm and is not painful, you can watch TV or read a book while having the treatment.  There is no anesthesia, IV's or down time, you can return immediately to your normal routine.To find a doctor in your area go to the Zeltig web site.

David Finkle, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 75 reviews

Non surgical underarm fat removal

Absent liposuction or weight loss, some non-invasive treatments including Thermage are available but their potential for success would be limited to patients seeking small improvements. Small cannula liposuction would produce a better result. Definitely seek a consultation with a board certified plastic wigeon to assess your options.

Robert L. Kraft, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Reducing underarm fat

Reducing underarm fat without surgery requires weight loss and exercise. If surgery is needed, liposuction with a small cannula works great as long as there is not excess skin.

Donna Rich, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Non-Surgical Fat Removal

In terms of fat removal, all of the non-surgical means ( Zerona, cool lipo, endermologie, etc.) are very hit or miss and are mostly temporary changes. They generally require multiple treatments which are expensive, and some patients see no results.  Besides diet and exercise, working to tone the arms as much as possible, there are no real options besides some type of liposuction to the areas.  I hope this helps.

Christopher V. Pelletiere, MD
Barrington Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 73 reviews

Exciting options for Non surgical fat removal

The gold standard for fat removal is still Liposuction.  That being said, we now have some new technologies that have promise.  Zeltiq is FDA approved for improving areas that have too much fat by freezing the fat cells without any surgical procedure, and with little disruption to your daily routine.  You should go in and be seen by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, one who is a member of ASAPS (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery), as they could help you wade through the pros and cons of non surgical versus surgical reduction of your area.  It is an exciting time that we now have options!  But if you only have one thing to offer, and not both modalities, you will not get an unbiased opinion. 

My office just got the zeltiq machine, and we are very excited to offer different options to our patients.

Dan Mills, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

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