Image source: freepik.com
Arm liposuction is a relatively popular procedure that is offered to many patients. It helps to provide patients with more confidence in the way they look with sleeveless tops. For that reason, alone, it seems like an easy procedure to say ‘yes’ to. Usually offered as an outpatient procedure, the patient can leave the same day that the surgery is done. This means less time spent in the medical facility, and more time recovering from the comfort of the patient’s home. Arm liposuction has to be done through a knowledgeable, professional, and licensed surgeon that specializes in cosmetic surgery procedures. They are the ones that provide more insight into this procedure and how it benefits patients overall.
When considering arm liposuction, it is important to know whether this procedure is right for you. There are specifics that can help you decide whether you are an ideal candidate for the procedure. Every patient is different, and it is important that the person speaks with a professional regarding their unique situation. The professional can provide more insight into whether this is procedure can benefit them. Read on to learn more information about arm liposuction to make an informed decision before speaking with a surgeon to set up a consultation.
Who Is A Candidate For Arm Liposuction?
Image source: freepik.com
Those in good health that would like a boost in their confidence can benefit from the arm liposuction procedure. The treatment is ideal for patients that wish to wear sleeveless tops without having confidence issues or feeling embarrassed. The ideal candidates would be non-smokers within a relatively median age that have extra skin on their arms. Having realistic expectations is important. The patient must also understand that they should maintain the work once the procedure has been completed. Anyone that abuses drugs or alcohol, is pregnant, or under the age of 18 is not a suitable candidate for arm liposuction.
The Treatment And Procedure
The treatment involved with arm liposuction varies depending on the specific outcome desired. Sometimes heat may be used to break up the fat that is going to be sucked out of the upper arm regions. The heat helps to melt it down so that the vacuum has an easier time breaking it up and then sucking it up into the tube. There are also other tools that may or may not be used, depending on the texture and thickness of the fat found in the arms. Sometimes, these extra tools can also help smooth out and minimize the recovery time that comes with the procedure.
It is also important to note that the treatment process that the patient receives varies depending on their specific situation. Sometimes, there are small incisions that are made in multiple areas of the arm. These incisions may not be stitched up to allow trapped fluids to be released during the healing process.
Understanding The Procedure
During the procedure, the patient will be under anesthesia, so they will not feel the process taking place. A thin metal tube is inserted into the upper fatty portions of the arms. It then attaches to a vacuum that will remove that unwanted fat from those areas. This can be done while the patient is awake, but comfortable and numb. It may also be done while the patient is asleep under general anesthesia. This all depends on the specific treatment that is being provided as some are more invasive than others.
It is important that the patient understands the procedure beforehand because the skin will behave much differently than before it was worked on. It is also worth noting that this will not tighten or firm up the skin once the fat is removed. The patient will have to either work on tightening and toning their arms after arm liposuction or they may have to have another reconstructive surgery to remove the excess skin that is left over. The procedure may leave them feeling a bit uncomfortable for a few days but, with time, the arms will regain their shape and go back to feeling normal overall.
Recovery time varies from patient to patient, and each individual will have specific after-care instructions they should follow once the arm liposuction procedure is complete. These will be provided at the time of treatment by the doctor. The patients that undergo arm liposuction return to normal, everyday activities and work within a few days of having the procedure. However, this is only true for those that do not have heavy lifting or extreme jobs. Those who do have more extreme professions will need to be out of work for a little longer than someone with a desk job, to ensure that their arms fully heal and are back to normal.
Keep in mind, though, that not all recovery times for arm liposuction procedures will be the same. The results vary from person to person, and so do the recovery times. Depending on the body of the individual, how well they heal, and their specific activity levels, the times to heal will be different and circumstantial. It is important that the patient listens to the advice given by the surgeon so they can get the best outcome. Specific instructions are given to reduce the time that the patient has to wait to heal and see results, but also to minimize any complications that might occur because of the procedure.
What The Patient Has To Do
Exercise levels will have to be kept to a minimum for a period until the surgeon releases the patient. The patient will have to keep the incision areas clean and covered to protect them from infection or other issues that might arise. Compression armbands are given to the patient after surgery and they will have to be worn for a specified amount of time. This amount of time depends on your surgeon’s recommendation. The patient has to follow all the after-care instructions that have been given to them to ensure that they are healing properly. Some surgeons provide antibiotics to the patient to reduce the chances of infection from happening. This and other medications should be taken as prescribed.
Pain, Burning, Tenderness
Some pain, burning, tenderness, itching, numbness, and swelling of the area are common. This is because fat was just removed from the area and the arms have to heal after the procedure. Itching means that the incision sites are healing well. Pain relief medications are prescribed to the patient to keep them comfortable during the healing process. As the body continues to heal, bruising is often noticed. This will go away with time. The surgeon is able to let you know what exactly you should expect during this time, and what signs to watch for that show something might be wrong.
Symptoms To Watch For
To reduce the chances of infection or other problems, there will be a list of symptoms to watch for that the surgeon will give you. If you notice any of these symptoms after arm liposuction, it is important to reach out to the surgeon’s office or seek medical attention for the proper medical care. Watch for these or other worsening symptoms that do not seem to be getting better with time or medication.
- Foul smelling discharge from the incisions
- Swelling that does not go down
- Pain that is unbearable
- Extreme itching and redness at the incision sites
- Green or bright yellow discharge coming from the incisions
- Feeling much sicker than normal
It is best to be safe when dealing with any of these symptoms.
- Some of these symptoms can indicate that an infection is present, which is why it is crucial that you speak with a medical professional regarding the best course of treatment.
As with most all liposuction procedures, the results are not immediately seen or felt; the results are, however, always positive ones. The results that each patient sees is unique to them and their own bodies, which is something to note if you’re considering arm liposuction.
Arm liposuction is a relatively easy procedure to perform, and it does not require a lot of intensive work in the operating room, a lot of downtime for recovery, or discomfort for an extended period.
It is a great way to get the confidence that a person wants back without having to find other ways to burn down that unwanted arm fat. Many patients have felt happier than ever once they have had the procedure performed and would definitely have it done again, or recommend it to their friends because of how pleased they were with the outcome. Arm liposuction may be an ideal procedure for many to undergo depending on their wants from the procedure.
The results of arm liposuction are long-lasting, but maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle, while also keeping up on exercises is important to maintain the shape and integrity of the arms after the procedure is performed. An arm liposuction procedure can change your life as long as you follow the directions given and allow yourself enough time to heal after the procedure.