The arms may be a particular difficult area and often are not improved by dieting. If you're considering arm liposuction, the following information will provide you with a good introduction to the procedure. Liposuction is not a weight loss technique, and is not a cure for overall obesity. It is, however, a great way to get rid of those bulges that you cannot seem to get rid of any other way. The arms may be a particular difficult area and often are not improved by dieting.
If you're considering arm liposuction, the following information will provide you with a good introduction to the procedure. For more detailed information about how this procedure may help you, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with Dr. Kremer.
Frequently asked questions about Arm Liposuction by Dr. Michael A. Kremer:
Firm, trim arms create a more youthful look and can provide an incentive to exercise regularly to maintain fitness. After liposuction, patients who have been self-conscious about their heavy arms often feel more comfortable wearing a range of clothing styles, and they also find that clothes tend to fit them better.
During the consultation, you will be able to talk to Dr. Kremer about the changes that you would like to make in your appearance. He will explain the different options available to you, the procedure itself, and its risks and limitations as well as the kind of anesthesia required.
Dr. Kremer will begin with a physical examination to evaluate your overall weight, your skin and muscle tone, and the pattern of distribution of fat deposits. He will also record your medical history, including any medications that you are currently taking.
Be sure to ask all the questions you have about the procedure. Learning everything you can about your options, risks and benefits is the key to making an informed decision.
Before surgery, Dr. Kremer will mark the precise areas of the body where the fat is to be removed. An intravenous (IV) line will be inserted in a vein over your wrist to make sure the fluid level in your body remains in balance.
During the procedure, Dr. Kremer makes tiny incisions in the skin, typically near the elbow or in the armpit crease, and inserts thin tubes called cannulas into the fatty area. The cannulas are used to break up the fat deposits and sculpt the area to the desired proportions. There are a number of different cannulas available today that differ in length, diameter and the shape of their tips. Unwanted fat is suctioned out with a high pressure vacuum, leaving the skin, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels intact.
In the tumescent technique ("wet technique"), a saline solution containing a local anesthetic and adrenaline is injected into the area to be treated, which makes the fat deposits easier to break up and extract. This extra fluid also minimizes trauma to the surrounding tissue, reducing swelling and post-operative pain. The administration of adrenaline also decreases bleeding during surgery, further reducing risks.
An earlier method of liposuction, called dry liposuction because no liquefying agent was used, required general anesthesia. This technique is not in frequent use today and is not used by Dr. Kremer.
The technique Dr. Kremer will choose for your operation will be determined by a combination of factors, including the precise area to be treated, the amount of fat to be removed, or the quality of your skin.
Generally the procedure takes up to one hours per arm.
If you have no medical problems, the procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis, either in Dr. Kremer's office or in an outpatient clinic. You may be allowed to return home within a few hours of the surgery, and spend the night in the comfort of your own home.
If you have other medical problems, concurrent procedures, or a lengthier procedure performed under general anesthesia, it may be necessary to spend the night in the hospital so your recovery process can be monitored by a medical staff.
The procedure is most often done with a local anesthetic. In this case, the pain is minimal, although you may feel pressure, movement, or a vibrating sensation.
Your arms may be stiff and store for a few days, feeling like you have over-exercised. You may experience some pain, burning, swelling, or temporary numbness. If necessary, Dr. Kremer will prescribe medication to relieve this initial discomfort.
You may be fitted with compression bands to wear on your arms to cut down on swelling and to hold your arms in their new shape until the tissues have adjusted. It is important that you follow Dr. Kremer's aftercare instructions, including wearing these bands, for the best results.
Most of the bruising and swelling should subside within three weeks. You should be able to return to work within a week, or within a few days if your work is fairly sedentary.
Remember that you must wear the compression bands for several weeks after your surgery to ensure that your arms stay firmly shaped.
Most people are pleased with the new contour of their arms. They often report a boost in energy and self-confidence.
Even though the arm size has been reduced, there may be extra skin once the fat has been removed. Although wearing the compression bands will help to firm the area, this extra skin may sag, especially if your skin was not particularly elastic to begin with. It may be necessary to perform an armlift to correct this problem.
The fat cells are permanently removed by liposuction, so you will not regain weight in that area. It is important to note, however, that arm liposuction does not guarantee that you won't gain weight or fat deposits in other areas of your body.
In general, the best candidates for arm liposuction:
- Have specific fat pockets that are resistant to diet and exercise
- Have firm, elastic skin
- Do not have frequent fluctuations in weight
- Desire reshaping and not weight loss
- Are psychologically stable
- Do not smoke
- Are well informed about the procedure
- Are accepting of any limitations
- Have realistic expectations about the outcome
The above is only a partial list of the criteria that Dr. Kremer will consider in determining whether or not this procedure is appropriate for you.
Since the normal aging process affects the firmness and elasticity of the skin, older patients may not achieve quite the same results as younger patients.
Although liposuction is the most commonly performed cosmetic plastic surgery procedure in Germany, and the majority of these operations are successful, there are risks and limitations, as with any surgery.
After surgery, some patients experience dimpling, lumpiness, numbness, scarring, discoloration, or sagging skin in the treated area. Follow-up surgery may be needed to correct these problems.
More serious complications include blood clots, infection, excessive fluid loss leading to shock, and fluid build-up in the lungs. A combination of the following factors is associated with an increased risk of serious complications:
- The removal of large amounts of fat
- More than one procedure being performed at the same time
- The use of general anesthesia
In order to minimize these risks, it is important that you follow all of Dr. Kremer's instructions, both before and after surgery.