You watch what you eat. You exercise and lift weights regularly. Your shoulders and biceps are becoming more and more defined. Yet somehow, stubborn underarm flab remains. If this sounds familiar, you are not alone.
Fortunately, liposuction can help eliminate excess tissue and fat. When performed on the arms, it gives them a more toned, beautiful appearance. Here, Dr. Roger J. Oldham explains how liposuction for the arms can help you achieve your cosmetic goals. Contact our Bethesda, MD, practice to find out if you’re a good candidate.
Why Should I Choose Arm Liposuction?
Liposuction offers a range of benefits for qualifying patients. First, it helps them achieve a more proportionate appearance, so the upper arms look just as toned as the rest of the body. As a result, patients feel much more confident about wearing swimwear and sleeveless shirts.
Arm liposuction is about much more than just removing fat cells. It gives Dr. Oldham a chance to sculpt the upper arm area. To do this, he removes precise amounts of fat in strategic locations. With this in mind, he is able to dramatically contour the targeted areas while still delivering natural-looking results.
How Is Arm Liposuction Performed?
During an initial consultation with Dr. Oldham at our Bethesda practice, he will assess the upper arm area and determine how much fat should be removed (and from which locations). He will also discuss the procedure with you in detail.
The day of your surgery, anesthesia is administered for your comfort. Next, Dr. Oldham makes small incisions in the targeted area. He then places a cannula (a thin vacuum tube) through the incisions to break apart fat deposits and remove them.
Dr. Oldham has a comprehensive understanding of how fat is stored in different areas of the body. Therefore, he uses artistic vision to sculpt the area. Once complete, the incisions are closed with sutures.
Recovery and Aftercare
Patients who undergo arm liposuction can expect some discomfort, bruising, and swelling. These side effects are normal, but should diminish fairly quickly. Soreness usually subsides within a few days, bruising fades in about three weeks, and swelling decreases in about one to two months.
In most cases, individuals can typically return to work in less than one week. Keep in mind, however, recovery will be different for everyone. Those with more physically demanding jobs will need to stay at home longer.
Following your liposuction procedure, you will be provided with detailed post-operative instructions. These guidelines should be followed precisely for optimal results.
How to Achieve the Best Results
First, those considering arm liposuction should choose an experienced surgeon with an eye for detail. Dr. Oldham is a board-certified plastic surgeon who combines state-of-the-art technology with artistry.
It is important to understand that arm liposuction only removes excess fat. It does not excise sagging or loose skin. In some cases, Dr. Oldham may recommend an arm lift or other procedure to eliminate excess tissue. During a consultation at our Bethesda practice, we can discuss all treatment options with you so you can make an informed decision.
Learn More about Arm Liposuction
If you would like to learn more about liposuction for the arms, or any of our other cosmetic treatments, schedule an appointment at our practice. Contact us online anytime or call us at (301) 530-6100.