All about Arm Liposuction & its Types

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2022-07-12 05:30 AM | By Admin

Droopy arms that have excess skin is quite common as people age. One of the main reasons to this is that when people age, the extra fat tends to get deposited in some parts of the body. An inactive lifestyle can make it severe. Also people who have lost weight might find that they have excess skin sagging, particularly from the arms and might want to get rid of it. Where the fat accumulates in a person is purely genetic. Some have excess fat in the abdominal region while others may have it around the arms and thighs. Targeting fat cells alone can be quite a challenge for most people. Gender also plays quite a significant role in fat accumulation. Women have the tendency to develop flappy skin over men, especially in the region of the arms. It would be very hard to tighten the lose skin on the arms or to reduce the fat from this region. In this case, cosmetic procedures like liposuction can be very beneficial.

Dive in and know more about how you can tackle this with the liposuction procedure. Being a safe and commonly performed procedure, it has helped many lose the stubborn fat that never reduced with exercise or diet.


Liposuction is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure by which fat deposits from the body are removed with the use of a suction device. The area where fat has to be removed will be slightly cut and a cannula is inserted and moved up and down to loosen the fat deposits. After this, a suction device, usually attached on the cannula will remove the fat deposits. Liposuction or fat removal surgery would not be the best solution for weight loss but can help tremendously in targeted fat removal. Individuals who have stubborn fat on the thighs, arms, abdomen, buttocks, hips and neck can benefit from this technique. 

Arm Liposuction / Arm Fat Reduction

Many experience stubborn fat in the arm region, especially due to ageing. As the metabolism of the body slows, there will be more fat deposited in the arms and thighs. Physically inactive lifestyle can aid the accumulation of fat deposit in targeted areas of the body. Another reason for swollen arms is the condition called lymphedema formed by the accumulation of the lymph fluid on the arms. Arm liposuction helps with removing excess fat from the arms and giving a youthful appearance to the individual.

Types of Arm Liposuction

  • Tumescent or suction-assisted liposuction – This procedure is done using a conventional syringe or suction device often attached on the cannula
  • Power-assisted liposuction – An external source of power is used in this type of liposuction. Stubborn fat can be easily removed with this technique when compared to suction-assisted liposuction.
  • Vibration assisted liposuction – Air pressure causes vibration or aggressive movement of the tip of the suction device and fat is removed thereafter. Fat cells get separated faster and the recovery time for the procedure is much lesser. Apart from lesser time, there will be minimal bruising and better results.
  • Vaser assisted liposuction – Vaser stands for vibration amplification of sound energy at resonance. This works by using an ultrasound energy but in less intensity. There is greater precision and easier removal of fat cells with this procedure. It requires lesser downtime due to less need for sutures. Procedure has been noted to give higher satisfaction and results.
  • Laser-assisted liposuction – Laser is used to melt the fat with this technique and offers better results. This is especially good for people with skin elasticity issues since it can provide a certain level of skin tightness along with liposuction.
  • Ultrasound-assisted liposuction – Ultrasound energy or ultrasonic waves are used to remove fat from targeted regions. This procedure also helps with skin tightening.

A arm liposuction might take 1 to 2 hours for completion of the procedure. The doctor might suggest local or general anesthesia depending on the type of procedure chosen. A compression cloth or belt might be worn after the procedure, if advised by the doctor.

Benefits of Arm Liposuction

  • Safe and effective fat reduction technique
  • Permanent removal of the fat cells
  • Improved contour of the arm
  • Restores the elasticity and firmness of the skin
  • Boost in overall confidence and happiness
  • One can maintain the results with regular exercises

Risks or side effects of Arm Liposuction

Like in all surgical cosmetic procedures, there can be risks associated with the procedure. Some of them are:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection
  • Reaction to medications or anesthesia (if administered)
  • Damage to nerve or blood vessels in rare cases

Individuals must disclose their health history and existing medical conditions with the cosmetologist. Individuals who are diabetic, pregnant or breastfeeding and or who have cardiovascular conditions must stay away from the procedure.

Pre-procedural care for Arm Liposuction

  • Medical evaluation and blood tests may be suggested before the procedure
  • Avoid taking anti-inflammatory and anti-coagulant medications
  • Avoid smoking and consumption of alcohol
  • Take enough rest, sleep and nutritious meals for days before the procedure

Post-procedural care for Arm Liposuction

  • Complete rest is required for a few hours after the treatment
  • Do not drive for 24 hours after the procedure
  • Regular daily activities can be carried out after 24 hours
  • A compression belt or sling must be worn on the arms for a few days
  • Drink plenty of water and maintain a healthy diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol for one week after treatment

Arm Fat Reduction Exercises

Apart from the upper arm region, fat can also get deposited in the under arm region. Exercises can also help in reducing the fat on the upper or under arm regions.

Diet and regular exercises can go a long way in arm fat reduction. Some of the which to consider are:  

  • Avoid sugar, processed food and excessive consumption dairy and meat
  • Keep an eye on the quantity of food intake
  • Never skip breakfast
  • Ensure a nutritious meal rich in proteins
  • Arm fat reduction exercises such weight lifting, tricep dips, bicep curls and push ups
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Running

Cost of Liposuction in India

Liposuction in India costs between INR 20k to 5 lakhs depending on various factors such as where it is performed, the area covered for fat removal, the state, city and clinic where the procedure is performed. Arm liposuction would cost between INR 40 to 60k in India. Arm liposuction costs INR 40k and above in Chennai.

A liposuction is a surgical procedure and patients must ensure they get treated by a board-certified doctor who specializes in the treatment. Chennai has some of the best cosmetic clinics where the procedure is regularly performed with utmost safety precautions.

Arm Liposuction Before and After

arm liposuction before and after

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Does liposuction work on arms?

Liposuction on arms works best for individuals who have targeted fat deposition due to aging, weight loss or medical conditions that can cause swelling of the arms. Individuals who are obese might not get the desired results from a liposuction alone.

  1. How long does it take to recover from arm liposuction?

Individuals would be able to perform daily activities immediately after the procedure and in 24 hours without any discomfort. However, a rest of 10 days from strenuous physical activity is advised to ensure proper healing.

  1. Is Arm Liposuction a good idea?

It is a good idea for people with stubborn fat in the upper or under arm region and who have a ideal body mass index otherwise. This will improve their arm contour and give a youthful appearance.

  1. Does Liposuction on arms hurt?

Liposuction is not very painful. There will be slight pain and discomfort for two to three days caused by the sutures. People describe the pain from a liposuction procedure to be similar to that after intense exercise or the sore feeling from a bruise.

  1. Does arm liposuction leave loose skin?

Arm liposuction does not cause loose and sagging skin due to the procedure. However, if a person has skin that has lost its elasticity, then the person might experience sagging from the region where fat was removed. A skin tightening procedure would be helpful to correct this and would be preferred to be done along with liposuction if need be.

  1. Does fat grow back after liposuction?

Fat would not grow back in the region where liposuction was performed. However, if a person suffers from severe weight gain, the results of a liposuction would be deteriorated.

  1. Can you get liposuction twice?

Yes, liposuction can be performed more than once. This is recommended only if the results of the previous liposuction procedure have diminished due to reasons such as weight gain or loss.

  1. How long after liposuction will I see results?

It will take anywhere between one to three months for the final results from a liposuction procedure to be visible. This is because each person’s body type is different and would also depend on how much fat was removed.

  1. What do liposuction scars look like?

The scars from a liposuction procedure is extremely minimal and would look like small dots similar to freckles.

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