Traditional lipo, Smart Lipo or Cool Sculpting- which is better for arms?
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Smartlipo best for your arms
Arm Fat and Results
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Best option for best looking upper arms
The best treatment most certainly depends on how loose your skin and how much of it there is. Cool Sculpting will modestly decrease the amount of fat in your arms, but will do nothing to tighten the skin. Traditional liposuction can remove a much larger volume of fatty tissue, but will also do nothing to tighten your loose skin and may even exacerbate the issue by creating more loose skin due to volume loss. If you are an appropriate candidate that has moderate fat deposits and moderately loose skin, Smart Lipo is a very good treatment solution. Small laser and liposuction cannulas are utilized to break up the fatty tissue and remove it, then the laser is utilized again to treat the under-surface of the skin which creates new collagen and thickens/tightens the skin. If you have an excess of loose skin/fat, the best solution would be a surgical arm lift or brachioplasty. An exam is the only way to definitively answer your question about which treatment is best for you, and will give you optimal results. Please seek consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon in your area to explore your options. Best wishes!
Best treatment for arm fat and loose skin.
Of the three options you listed here, Smartlipo laser liposuction is going to be the best at removing both fat and offering skin tightening (to tone up that “wing”). Laser liposuction is a combination of fat removal and skin tightening using different wavelength fibers. While Coolsculpting and Traditional liposuction are great treatments to help remove stubborn pockets of fat, you will not see the same sort of tightening affect as you would with Smartlipo. The only other option that works well when you have skin laxity (hanging skin below the arm) is bracchioplasty, or a surgical removal of excess skin. Most patients find the scarring from this is something they don’t want to tolerate in exchange for the more aggressive skin tightening.
Also, I want to mention that CoolSculpting is going to be coming out with a new handpiece in April for the arms. Don’t be fooled- this handpiece will offer a better fit for the arms, but it still isn’t going to offer the skin tightening you need. CoolSculpting is a great option when fat is the only concern for arms.
Finally, I really appreciate that you offering this honest opinion that doctors offer what they have in their office as your best option. I see that all the time. I think as doctors we have the duty to offer our honest opinions. I offer all three of these options, and more, for arms, because I know there are patients who need each of these. I’m glad you’re doing your homework and becoming an informed patient. Kudos to you.
What is the best way to reduce sagging fat arms?
Treating Arm Fat and Sagging Skin
Many patients consult the office because they are unhappy with their arms and sagging skin. The best combination that we have observed is a combination of Coolsculpting followed by Thermage. Coolsculpting will freeze the fat in the area and a week later Thermage is performed to tighten the skin. With this combination you can expect to have good results within a few months. Please consult a board certified dermatologist who is experienced with these advanced non-invasive cosmetic techniques.
Arms----lipo, laser lipo or CoolSculpting?
Liposuction of the arms is a very rewarding procedure for someone who has skin that has not lost too much of its natural elasticity (there has to be the ability of the skin to respond to the stimulus; it can't be totally stretched out).
I don't perform CoolSculpting because I can do liposuction, with, or without laser assistance. Liposuction always yields more precise, complete, and faster results than freezing the fat.
Have the procedure done by a board-certified plastic surgeon with ample experience with SmartLipo.
In my opinion, having a procedure done awake is by far preferable.
Just as location is the most important part of real estate, so is experience when it comes to SmartLipo.
Best of luck,
Mats Hagstrom, M.D.
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